You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia or from the Airport direct by your very own chauffeur guide depending your time of arrival in case of direct from Airport and drive to Sigiriya,. Approximately 4 hours journey, you will arrive in Sigiriya and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya, internationally renowned as the eighth wonder of the world, consists of an ancient King’s palace and a fortress which is built on a solitary rock in the dry zone. UNESCO marked it out as a world heritage site of Sri Lanka due to the greatness of built it displays in each of its square feet. It belongs to the Dambulla District and is about 169 km away from Colombo. The Sigiriya mountain had been used by buddhist monks as a place for meditation before the time that the ancient king Kashyapa built his palace complex around it.
The remnants of the king’s palace can be seen on the summit of Sigiriya mountain which is about 200 m higher than the plain that surrounds it. There is a pond at the top which had been filled with water from a lake on the plains below, with the use of advanced irrigational techniques known by our ancient citizens that have marveled even the modern engineers. Steps have been made to climb up to the summit which have been repaired during the recent times, not spoiling the ancient ruins. The water canal that has been built around the area still remains along with the four gateways on four sides that had been built to provide entrance to the vicinity.
The palace complex consists of water gardens, boulder gardens and terraced gardens that are spread around the base of the rock. Remnants of some paintings of frescoes that had been painted in the ancient times can be seen in about two crevices of the rock. One of them can be viewed by climbing up a narrow stairway which is of recent build. The Mirror Wall, a polished wall which had built by the king had been used after his time by visitors over the years to write verses about the beauty of Sigiriya and the frescoes
Stay at Seerock The Kings Domain a luxury Boutique Hotel with Breakfast and Dinner included. Travel to Polonnaruwa on the second day, visit second oldest capital and see the ruins and cultural sites. On Return visit Minneriya National park to see the largest gathering of wild elephants and return to Hotel in Sigiriya.
Elephants are the major type of animals that can be easily seen within the park even during the day time. There are a few tanks inside the Minneriya sanctuary where the animals (mostly elephants) come daily to drink water and bathe from. There are other animals such as leopards, deer, water buffaloes, golden jackals, crocodiles and gray langurs in the forest but those cannot be seen easily because they do not come out into the open area close to the trails. Among the popular birds that can be seen around the area are the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Fish Eagle, Booted Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Painted Storks, Indian Roller, Indian Peafowl, Malabar Pied Hornbill and Pied Cuckoo.
Polonnaruwa the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. read more…
Anuradhapura is the greatest ancient city of Sri Lanka which had remained as the capital of the kingdom to many great Sinhalese kings for more than 1000 years. This is the best place to go to, if you are to see the remnants of skilled workmanship shown by the ancient Sri Lankans in building cities. read more…
Travel to Anuradhapura on the third day visit first capital of Sri Lanka. Return to hotel and relax in the afternoon.
This is a typical countryside experience with a Tuk Tuk ride to the rural village of Hiriwadunna from your hotel in Sigiriya or Dambulla. The trek begins with a beautiful walk along to a man-made reservoir. You will also experience a boat ride, bullock cart ride, rural vegetable cultivation, paddy fields and enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch at a Village house.
Kandy is well known for the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa, where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is preserved. The Kandy Esala Perahera is a festival celebrated over ten days leading up to the Nikini full moon day during July or August. During the Perahera, a replica of the tooth relic is taken on an elephant’s back in a procession accompanied by dancers, drummers, other elephants and people. Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is another attraction of both local and foreign tourists; a park which holds an amazing diversity of plants and flowers. read more…
On the sixth day do a city tour in Colombo and leave for Airport in time for onwards travel.
Sri Lanka’s commercial capital and the largest city with the highest population, Colombo is situated in the Western Province. It is a fascinating town which has a blend of eastern and western cultures where all colors of the island are drawn together. Many visitors appreciate the city’s colonial heritage and enjoy the vast range of fine shopping and dining outlets that can be located within the rush of its urban buzz. read more…