"The animals, Sperm whale,blue whales, land and water monitor lizards, kingfishers, kites, elephants, giant squirrels, turtles, monkeys, water buffalo, and lots more.
The highland town of Kandy was also a personal highlight, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site it's scenic and is also home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Walking around the lake in the evening is really beautiful and the botanical gardens are a must see, well-kept and immensely colourful, there are also thousands of bats that you can get some great pictures of in some of the trees.
The variety of historical sites at Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa keep the temple visits interesting and it's great to see so many of the temples are still in use today."
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Tikiri was amazing, he knows the island and the tour inside out which meant for a super smooth running tour. He has a great sense of humour and kept us stocked up with treats and biscuits throughout the trip.
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
"- Do the whale watching tour, it's amazing. Very difficult to take pictures on the boat as you need to be able to focus and zoom in fairly quickly but great memories, and a few great shots in the end.
- The jeep safari to see the elephants, I did not expect to see that many elephants on the safari but there were lot's. Lot's of different family groups to allow for some great pictures.
- Take an extra pair of socks if you are planning to do the trek to Adams Peak, just in case it rains. You have to take off your socks and shoes when you get to the top and if the ground is wet, it's not much fun walking back down with wet socks on. It's also fairly chilly at the top so take a jacket/ fleece with you."
Do you have anything else to add?
Sri Lanka is a flavourful, colourful country with a laid back charm. Great for wildlife and culture lovers alike. After two weeks in Sri Lanka you will feel like part of the Island. I also loved visiting the tea plantation and the spice garden, really insightful visits with plenty of opportunities to buy locally produced spices and tea.