We stop in Kandy to visit the revered Temple of the Tooth before relaxing on the pristine beaches of the west coast.
Our standard, mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service, often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool.
The ruins of this 5th century Sky Fortress are one of Sri Lanka's major attractions, a stupendous sight to behold and a feat of consummate engineering skill.
Built in just seven years as a fortified palace to protect the reign of merciless King Kassapa, who had assassinated his father and deposed his brother, it is seen as one of the world's best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.
Here we will leave our bus and change to jeeps for an afternoon safari through the park hoping to spot Sri Lanka's most elusive resident, the leopard.
Despite Willpaththu National Park's location in Sri Lanka's dry zone, it boasts nearly 60 lakes and is renowned for leopard, elephant and sambar deer spottings.
We rarely have groups that are smaller than five or six people and the average is 12 people plus an Explore leader.
Our tour begins this afternoon in the coastal town of Negombo, famous for its fishing industry and golden sands.
Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a holiday which combines exciting activities and experiences with plenty of time to relax and unwind.
Our hotel is just a 15 minute drive north of the airport.
From its beach location, we are likely to see fishing boats bring in the day's catch.
We visit the Koneswaram Temple, which dates back to the 3rd century BC and the ornate design is similar to that of the coloured carved temples of Madurai in South India.
After exploring the temple we make our way to the beach and the rest of the day is free to relax.