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The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is possibly Sri Lanka’s most famous historical site and attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. The history as recorded in the ancient chronicles states that the Sigiriya Rock Fortress was built by King Kasyapa. Kasyapa was King Dhathusena’s son by a non-royal consort and thus was not an heir to the throne. Unable to accept this, Kasyapa killed his father usurping the throne which rightfully belonged to his brother Mogollan.

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DAY 1 | AIRPORT

Arrive at Bandaranaike International airport and you will be met by our National Guide/Chauffeur Guide who will present you with all onwards travel documentation and will be transferred to your hotel in Habarana. En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

 

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE

 

The town of Pinnawala near Kegalle, on the route to Kandy has become a vital stopover for most travelers who flock to visit the famed Elephant Orphanage. Begun in 1972, the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala is a remarkable project created to protect abandoned or orphaned wild elephants who would not otherwise have survived in the wild. Relocated to the present size in 1975, today it has grown to become one of Sri Lanka’s key attractions. The elephants roam free within the sanctuary – and the highlight of their (and the visitors’) day is the feeding sessions and when they are led down to the river for a bath. From the banks of the river you can watch these gleeful herds of elephants splashing around freely on the river. The wildlife guides here will also provide you with background on elephants in Sri Lanka and their remarkable – and often fragile partnership with man. The nearby Eliphus Maximus project which produces elephant dung paper creates awareness on elephants as well as providing much needed employment to the village community.
Then proceed to Dambulla to visit the Golden Cave Temple.

 

GOLDEN CAVE TEMPLE

 

The largest and the best preserved cave monastery in the island, Dambulla is a sacred pilgrimage site for followers of Buddhism for no less than 22 centuries. A cave complex comprising five sanctuaries, they were already established as important monasteries as far back as the 3rd century BC. At first, the caves were a refuge for King Valagambahu in 1st century BC. Returning from exile to his throne at Anuradhapura, he turned the caves into a magnificent temple for the monks who sheltered him. Protected and enhanced by successive kings it has continued to be a place of great religious significance up to today. The cave complex serves as one extended Buddhist image house. Its rock ceiling and interior walls are covered with intricate murals – an area of 2,100 sq meters with some of the frescos dating back over 2,000 years. The paintings depict Buddhist mythology and tales of Buddha's previous births. This cave complex has the largest number of Buddha statues housed in one place including a reclining Buddha figure carved out of the rock, 14 meters long; and 157 equally impressive statues of Lord Buddha, ancient kings, gods and goddesses.

Thereafter proceed to Habarana.

Overnight in Habarana.

 

3* ACCOMMODATION: Kassapa Lions Rock Hotel (Breakfast)

DAY 2 | HABARANA - SIGIRIYA

After breakfast visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

 

SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS

 

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is possibly Sri Lanka’s most famous historical site and attracts thousands of locals and tourists every year. The history as recorded in the ancient chronicles states that the Sigiriya Rock Fortress was built by King Kasyapa. Kasyapa was King Dhathusena’s son by a non-royal consort and thus was not an heir to the throne. Unable to accept this, Kasyapa killed his father usurping the throne which rightfully belonged to his brother Mogollan. Knowing that Mogollan, who fled to India, was bound to return and challenge him for the throne, Kasyapa moved the kingdom out of Anuradhapura and built his palace on the summit of the Sigiriya rock. Approaching the Sigiriya rock one can’t help but wonder how ancient builders accomplished the seemingly impossible task of building such an elaborate royal palace at the summit of this 200m high granite rock. This astonishing feature of engineering and construction had a highly sophisticated irrigation system which even went up to the palace complex atop the summit. In fact the irrigation system was so good that fountains which are found in a series of symmetrical pools still spurt water almost 1500 years after they were constructed. The entrance to the summit of the palace is guarded by a pair of giant lion’s paws which have been sculptured out of rock. The original entrance is said to have had visitors enter through the open mouth of a lion, but this has since perished. As if all this is not enough of a reason to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the famous Sigiriya frescoes which you encounter half way up the rock are truly breathtaking. The approach to the rock is well fortified with a complex rampart system complete with city walls and a moat. The view from atop the summit is breathtaking and enables you to take in the beautiful landscape for miles. Considered by most as Asia’s best preserved ancient city, Sigiriya is considered to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world. There is ample evidence of ancient visitors recording their impressions through a series of comments and verses scratched on the famous mirror wall of the rock in some of the earliest known graffiti. As Sigiriya is located in the harsh dry zone, it is best to climb the rock as early as possible as it does get very hot very fast!
Thereafter in the evening, you will have a chance of riding an elephant. (Optional)

 

ELEPHANT BACK SAFARI

 

Habarana is a central location within the cultural triangle in Sri Lanka and it is the perfect destination for visitors to the area to engage in one of the most popular tourist activities – an elephant ride. It is here that the most popular elephant rides can be experienced. An elephant ride is the best way to get a good view of the wildlife and also become familiar with nature and the behavior of animals. Elephant rides in Habarana take you through swamps, pathways, rivers, jungles, and the main road. The many tanks and reservoirs in the area may also provide visitors with the opportunity to experience riding an elephant in while it wades or swims across a tank. The best time to go is between March and June as the water level of the waterways is high enough to ride the elephant in such conditions. Occasionally elephants may also bathe its passengers with its trunk. There are mahouts which each elephant to guarantee the safety of the passengers and there is a saddle on top of the elephants to provide a comfortable experience.
In the evening visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

 

POLONNARUWA

 

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa 216 km northeast of Colombo is a cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. One of the most significant kingdoms in Sri Lankan history this medieval capital (11th - 12th Century AD) remains a well-preserved city of ancient stupas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and imposing statues. The ruins of this ancient city stay scattered over an extensive area of woodland and can be explored within a day. The city was enclosed by three concentric protecting the royal palace complex at its centre, the religious buildings - called Quadrangle, lie to the North and are very well preserved to this day. The largest monuments are found here including the buildings of the Menik Vihara, Rankot Vihara, Alahana Pirivena and Jetavana monasteries, the incredible Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara, the soaring Lankatilaka shrine, the majestic King's Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath are must see sights. And of course, the giant statue of Polonnaruwa greatest king - Parakramabahu, and the vast ‘Sea of Parakrama’ – a 12th century man-made reservoir which dominates the city are not to be missed either.
Return to Habarana. Overnight in Habarana.

 

3* ACCOMMODATION: Kassapa Lions Rock Hotel (Breakfast)

DAY 3 | HABARANA - KANDY

After breakfast proceed directly to Kandy. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth.

 

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH

 

The Dalada Maligawa or Temple of the Tooth Relic is home to Sri Lanka’s most sacred Buddhist relic – a tooth belonging to Lord Buddha. The shrine receives many worshipper and visitors throughout the year but is particularly busy on Poya days. The temple is located in close proximity to Kandy town and the Kandy Lake and remains a high security area. Those visiting the hallowed grounds of the temple must take care to dress in an appropriate manner ensuring that their legs and shoulders are covered. Footwear must also be removed before entering the temple premises as an act of respect. The tooth itself is not on display as it is kept in a gold casket shaped like a Dagoba which itself contains a further six caskets. The sacred tooth is said to have been smuggled onto the island during the 4th century AD concealed in the hair of a princess. The tooth was considered a symbol of sovereignty and it was believed that its custodian had the right to rule the country. Thus the sacred tooth relic has journeyed across the island having spent considerable time in each of the ancient kingdoms until it reached its final resting place in the ancient hill capital of Kandy. The temple complex itself was constructed by many Kandyan Kings who ruled the region from 1687 and was considered to be a part of the Kandyan Royal Palace. The main tooth shrine is the Vahahitina Maligawa which is a rectangular building which is positioned in the centre of the paved courtyard. It is an accepted belief amongst Sri Lankan Buddhists that they must pay homage to the Temple of the Tooth Relic at least once in their lifetime.
Thereafter enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
Overnight in Kandy.

 

3* ACCOMMODATION: Hotel Casamara (Breakfast)

DAY 4 | KANDY - AIRPORT

Breakfast at the hotel and then visit the Royal Botanical Garden.

 

THE ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN

 

Attracting approximately 2 million visitors a year, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens was established as far back as 1371 during the reign of King Wickramabahu III. Originally restricted exclusively to members of Kandyan Royalty, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is rich in history as well as in an abundance of nature’s most spectacular creations. Officially established in 1843 with plants brought from the famous Kew Gardens, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is home to more than 4000 species of plants. While the gardens are most renowned for its exceptional collection of orchids, it is also home to many varieties of spices, medicinal plants and palm trees, as well as an abundance of flowering plants and trees. The Avenue of Palms located in the gardens includes a tree known as the Cannonball Tree which is filled with historical significance. It is said that this tree which is often laden with fruit that are thought to resemble cannon balls, was planted by none other than King George V and Queen Mary in 1901. The Botanical Gardens have a strategic location being on the banks of the island’s largest river, the Mahaweli Ganga. While the Gardens have been watched over by many King from the Kandyan Kingdom, it was also used by Lord Mountbatten, who was supreme commander of theallied forces in South Asia during World War II as the headquarters for the South East Asia Command. History aside, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens makes for an extremely pleasant visit where you are likely to come across an array of plants and trees which you are otherwise unlikely to encounter. A leisurely visit is recommended so that you are able to truly enjoy the wonders of nature in all her splendor.


Thereafter proceed to Airport for your departure flight.

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