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Sri Lanka: Tour highlights Kandy Esala Perahera festival

Lavishly decorated elephants parade during the Kandy Esala Perahera festival in Sri Lanka.
Lavishly decorated elephants parade during the Kandy Esala Perahera festival in Sri Lanka.
(Prince of Wales Kandy)

Dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers and lavishly decorated elephants are all part of the pageantry during the Kandy Esala Perahera festival, the oldest and largest Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka.

The festival, held in August this year, commemorates Buddhist teachings. A 12-day Sri Lanka tour, offered by Ceylon Express International, will focus on the festival and include other highlights, such as a tour of the capital city of Colombo, visits to an elephant orphanage and several World Heritage sites, plus a game drive.

Dates: Aug. 19-31

Price: From $3,495 per person, double occupancy, including accommodations, breakfast, transfers, tours and entrance fees. International airfare is not included.

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Info: Ceylon Express International, (800) 423-9566


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