These tours take you to all parts of the country combining culture, history, religion, nature and beach, for those of you who want to see everything, even if it means relinquishing some of your creature comforts for a visit to an untouched, authentic part of Sri Lanka.
Ayubowan! A warm welcome to our Island Nation!!!
On arrival at the Colombo Airport, you will meet your Guide and be taken to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 Hrs. drive)
Overnight in Sigiriya
An exciting day awaits you today! Set off early to climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
An exciting day awaits you today! In the cool of the morning, you will start off with a climb of the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
The shortest lived but the most extraordinary of all Sri Lanka’s medieval capitals, declared a world heritage site, this ancient ruin was once the Capital of King Kasapa
A lover of beauty, he ruled Sigiriya for 18 years, transforming the surroundings of his historical palace into a thing of beauty. Only 19 of the original 500 immortal frescoes, representing celestial maidens remain today. Its extensive network of beautifully laid out gardens; reservoirs and other structures including its unique plumbing system stand witness to the grandeur of its architecture, during its day.
It can be a hard 200m climb to the top, but once there, the view is magnificent.
After your climb of Sigiriya you will visit the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (0000 hours).
One of the island’s two great ruined cities (the other being Anuradhapura) and a UNESCO World Heritage site blending both culture and religion is the 2nd recorded ancient kingdom that many visitors find the time or the archeological enthusiasm to visit. But as the two are significantly different it is difficult to call decisively in favour of either.
The ruins at Polonnaruwa cover a smaller area, are better preserved and offer a more digestible and satisfied bite of ancient Sinhalese culture and there is nowhere at Anuradhapura to match the artistry of the Quadrangle and Gal Vihara. Polonnaruwa rose to prominence between the 11th and 13th Centuries AD and peaked during the reign of its famous monarch, King Parakramabahu the Great. One of the best planned archaeological relic sites, it is famous for its reservoir the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) the best example of the advanced irrigation engineering and construction prevalent during ancient times that has stood the test of time and remains operational even today.
Evening at leisure! Overnight in Sigiriya
After a leisurely breakfast, set off to Dambulla (Approx. 2 Hrs drive) en route to Kandy. Remember you need to wear clothing that covers your knees and no bare shoulders permitted in order to visit the Temple.
At the heart of the cultural triangle, so called because it encloses some of the most ancient of historical sites and cities - chiefly Anuradhapura, Polannaruwa and Sigiriya, lies Dambulla known for its famous Golden Rock Temple, a most impressive cave monastery and one of the largest in South Asia.
Of the 157 Buddha statues found in the five dimly lit grottos, 73 were gold plated at the behest of King Nissanka Malla, the 12-century monarch. Its walls decorated with some of the finest murals in the country are a showcase of sacred Buddhist art at its finest. A sacred pilgrimage site for nearly 22 centuries, it has been declared a world heritage site. Its spectacular setting on a massive rock overlooking the plains of Kurunegala, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Ritigala mountain range, is truly awe-inspiring.
Drive on to Kandy (Approx. 3 Hrs) with a stop en route in Matale.
Matale is a major town in a region famous for its spices. Spices pervade the air of this broad fertile valley at an elevation of 300 m. Tea and rubber plantations of the mid and low grown variety, thrive here and interspersed are dozens of spice plantations. Cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, cinchona, cocoa and cardamom are found growing in profusion in the area. It is easy to recognise the sturdy jackfruit tree, a staple in the cuisine of country folk with its large fruit hanging among the large leaves and branches of these trees.
Evening at leisure! Overnight in Kandy
Spend the day exploring the cities highlights.
the Hill Capital of Sri Lanka (the last Kingdom of the Sri Lankan Kings) nestled in a valley in the Highlands and locally referred to, as "Nuwara" meaning The Great City, a picturesque town by the side of a miniature lake. Visit one of the only natural reserves within city limits, the beautiful Udawatta Kele famous for its avifauna.
Dalada Maligawa, The Temple of the Tooth one of the most sacred & famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but also in the religion worldwide, is host to one of Asia’s most celebrated festivals, The "Esala" procession, held during the month of July/August around the Full Moon. The temple took nearly a hundred years to construct from 1687 to 1782 and houses the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha. Rituals are performed daily at 04:30, 10:30 and 6:30 p.m. The sacred square and old city canter within the temple complex contain the four shrines of the Gods Vishnu, Natha, Kataragama and the Goddess Pattini and many historical buildings and museums.
The pageant features over a 100 elephants in elaborate and colourful dress, accompanied by traditional dancers, drummers and torchbearers. A hive of activity during the day with shops displaying, handicrafts, colorful batiks in cotton and local silk, antique & skillfully crafted jewelry, semi precious and precious stones, it quietens down at dusk. Add flavor to your visit by trying out the local cuisine! Don’t forget to sample the 'short eats’ (snacks) as its popularly known.
Evening at leisure and overnight in Kandy
Today you transfer to Colombo airport for your return flight home.