Day 1: Travelling to Sigiriya.
Pass By: Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central Province
Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka.
Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World this ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. It is probably the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka.
Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
Sigiriya rock plateau, formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles.
Its view astonishes the visitors with the unique harmony between the nature and human imagination. The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains. The western wall of Sigiriya was almost entirely covered by frescoes, created during the reign of Kasyapa. Eighteen frescoes have survived to this day. One of the most striking features of Sigiriya is its Mirror wall. These inscriptions are proving that Sigiriya was a tourist destination more than a thousand years ago. The buildings and gardens of Sigiriya show that the creators of this amazing architectural monument used unique and creative technical skills and technologies.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This beloved cave temple is one of the best preserved in the country. It boasts intricate murals covering the surface of thousands of square meters and has five total cave complexes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple, Dambulla Sri Lanka
A popular hike with stunning views of Sigiriya. The entrance to the hike is through a temple. After the short walk through the temple, you’ll climb rock stairs for about 10-20 minutes before reaching a reclining Buddha statue and a view-point. After that, the trail essentially turns into about 10-15 minutes of clambering over boulders to get to the top. It’s a lot of fun, but be sure to wear some good shoes. If you want you can walk to Pidurangala from the entrance of Sigiriya and it’s about a 30-40 minute walk.
Duration: 1 hour
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at 3star hotel in Dambulla.
Day 2: Travelling to Minneriya national park.
Stop At: Minneriya National Park, Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway, 50150 Sri Lanka
Minneriya Jeep Safari is a one of the most popular activity among travelers who visit Sri Lanka. This national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Wewa, the park has plenty of scrub, forest and wetlands,sambar deer, buffalo, crocodiles and leopards.
Duration: 3 hours
No accommodation included on this day.