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Destination Highlights



Sri Lanka, the teardrop-shaped island off the coast of India is surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean and is rich in culture and history.

Sri Lanka has become an increasingly popular destination due to its innate beauty and remarkable destinations.  Ceylon, as it was previously known, has been in existence since 543 AD and it is no wonder that this country has slowly become a melting pot of cultural diversity. From the curry to the roti, Sri Lanka also promises gastronomic delights for all its visitors.




Negombo is a city that was once utilised as a trading port for both the Dutch and the Portuguese making its fishing industry centuries old. Being just 7km away from the Bandaranaike International Airport, it is the ideal destination for solo travellers flying into Sri Lanka. One of the most acclaimed activities in Negombo is the barbecue dinner boat ride in the Gin Oya River. Similarly, a visit to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage gives a once in a lifetime chance to have unique close encounter with these gentle giants.




Translating literally as Lion Rock, Sigiriya offers breathtaking views of a fascinating rock fortress and palace surrounded by exquisitely beautiful gardens.  Considered as one of the great natural wonders of the world, Sigiriya also offers solo travellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in Sri Lankan culture and mingle with the locals. Its strategic location offers easy access to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ruins of ancient Anuradhapura as well as Ritigala Medicinal Forest – home to some   famous natural remedies.




Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka after the capital Colombo. It is the home of one of the holiest and most sacred places to Buddhists, the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Matale Spice Plantations also offers a feast not only for the palate but also for the eyes. The Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya also offer magnificent sights with its wide array of orchid and plant species. The life of the Lord Buddha is well chronicled in a side trip to the cave temple of Dambulla.


Nuwara Eliya


Ceylon or Sri Lanka wouldn’t be as famous if not for its Ceylon tea. The city of Nuwara Eliya is famous because it is where vast plantations of tea are grown. Likewise, tea factories, where concoctions of various teas and local brews, are also found in this city. A side trip to nature, the splendid sights of St Clair and Devon Falls is a must see.




Tissamaharama is famed to be the gateway to the Yala National park. The park is sprawling with wild animals including leopards, elephants, buffalo and even black bears. For animal lovers and solo travellers, this personal encounter with these animals is truly rewarding.




This quaint yet magnificent small town comes to life at night. With breathtaking beaches, it is a nirvana for surfing, snorkeling and ocean lovers. The scenic cruise on the Madu River and quick side trip to the Moonstone Mine make it perfect for a day of relaxing and frolicking on the beach.




The capital city of Colombo is known for its architecture. A quick city tour is paradise for shopping enthusiasts who may want to buy souvenirs before going home. Cricket, a popular sport in Sri Lanka, makes Colombo home to several cricket clubs. The Cricket Club Café, run by two Australians, is popular not only with locals but also with solo travellers from abroad.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   

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