Cultural Sojourn - Sri Lanka
Cultural Sojourn - 3 days / 2 nights
Visit Sri Lankas Buddhist past at the world heritage 1st century BC Dambulla caves temples and the 11th century AD ruins of the city of Polonnaruwa. Sigiriya or Lion Rock is the country's landmark. This "citadel in the sky" rises 200 metres form the scrub jungle ans also has some beautiful frescoes.
Your base is Kandalama and the famed Kandalama Hotel (for the Deluxe option), an eco-hotel set along a cliff and in the midst of a forest overlooking a lake.
price on application
Cost Includes: Accommodation for 2 nights with breakfast, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking driver cum guide in an air-conditioned car and monument entrance fee as per itinerary
Hotels Standard: Sigiriya
Deluxe: Heritance Kandalama Dambulla
Note: extra supplements will apply for Perehera Festival period.
Day 01 ARRIVAL – Pinnawela – Dambulla
Reception and welcome at the airport then proceed to the well known Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. After checking in to your accommodation for the next 2 nights in Dambulla, visit Rock Cave Temples, built in the 1st century BC , with over 2000 sq metres of paintings and the largest figure of Buddha carved in rock.
Day 02 Dambulla – Polonnaruwa – Kandalama – Dambulla
Polonnaruwa was Sri Lanka’s 2nd capital, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD. Here you visit the ruins of the Royal Place, the Gal Viharaya with its 4 splendid Buddha statues, the Audience Hall, the lotus bath among other sights of interest. In the afternoon visit the hills around Kandalama and enjoy some free time for bird watching in this 55 acre forest.
Day 03 Dambulla – Sigiriya – DEPARTURE
Climb the 5th Century Sigiriya Rock Fortress another world heritage site. This “lion rock” is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The Rock also has some beautiful frescoes. Transfer to airport for your connecting flight or to Colombo for additional services.
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