Day 01 - Kandy > Polonnaruwa > Minneriya > Sigiriya
Start your journey at 0630 hrs from your hotel in Kandy. You will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the hotel you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle and proceed to Polonnaruwa and visit the Ancient Kingdom. (Travel Time – 3 ½ to 4 hrs)
Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the second major capital of Sri Lanka. Walk through the ruins of the city that flourished between the 10th to the 13th century AD. View important monuments such as Gal Vihara, Vatadage, the lotus bath, Lankathilaka Temple and the statue of King Parakramabahu whose reign was considered the golden age of Polonnaruwa. Get to know more about Sri Lanka's ancient history.
Thereafter, proceed to Minneriya National Park to go on a lovely jeep safari. (Travel Time - 30 to 40 mins)
This three-hour safari takes you on a ride through the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy the sight of over 150 elephants congregating in one place during the famous Great Elephant Gathering, which happens in the dry season between May to October. In addition to elephants, get a chance to also see many mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians in the scrublands, forests and other areas.
Thereafter, proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya and check in. (Travel Time - 20 to 30 mins)
Day 02 - Sigiriya > Kandy
After breakfast at the hotel, check out and visit Sigiriya ‘Lion Rock’ Fortress. (Travel Time - 20 to 30 mins)
Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ' the Lion Rock'. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.
Thereafter, proceed on a private Village Tour after making your descent. (Travel Time - 20 to 30 mins)
Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a village farmer. Enjoy a relaxing catamaran safari across a calm lake. Walk through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Delight your taste buds with a home cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays. Enjoy the life of a Sri Lankan villager, just this day.
On completion of proceed to your hotel in Kandy. (Travel Time – 2 ½ to 3 hrs)
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