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Insight Into Sri Lankan Culture


The remnants of a spiritual past await your discovery in Sri Lanka, from the ancient cliff-built complex of Lion Rock in Sigiriya to the ruins of the Sinhalese last kingdom of Kandy. Explore wonders of nature and humanity – often both at once – on this 2-day adventure through the cities, jungles and caves of Sri Lanka. Beginning in Colombo, travel through verdant countryside, ruined cities, into the wildlife-filled Minneriya National Park and to the thriving capital of Colombo. An immersive and cultural Sri Lankan escapade awaits – the only thing left to choose is when to go.

Kandy and Sigiriya tour mainly covers the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. This two days tour allows you to see several world heritage sites on the island namely KandySigiriya and Dambulla. Kandy Sigiriya tour is a private tour and it enables you to see some of the most interesting places on the island within a very short period of time. This package also includes a safari with a 4-wheel drive jeep in the Minneriya national park, allowing you to explore the rich wildlife of Sri Lanka in this short program.


Why you'll love this trip

  • Travel through highlands so green they almost glow in Kandy, and sample some of the acclaimed tea varieties that grow on the hillsides with your small group.
  • Witness the iconic Sri Lankan historical monuments in the cultural triangle ( Dambulla golden temple, Sigiriya rock fortress and Tooth temple Kandy).
  • Visit Buddhist temples.
  • Guided walking tour in one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world, Peradeniya botanical garden.
  • See the acrobatic performance of Sri Lankan dancers in the cultural show.
  • Visit the biggest elephant orphanage in the world.
  • Visit the spice garden and learn about Sri Lanka's native spices and herbs
  • Learn of the varied cuisine and local customs of different regions around Sri Lanka.
  • See one of the world’s most revered relics at the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, home to the earthly remains of the Lord Buddha, and discover the cave temple of Dambulla.
  • Head on safari – Sri Lanka style! Look for elephants and leopards while you cruise the beautiful Minneriya National Park in a jeep with expert local guides at twilight.

Activities included in the trip

  • Trekking through a Tea plantation and visiting a Tea Factory
  • Explore the tooth relic temple and museum
  • Trek to the Dambulla golden cave temple and witness thousands of years old paintings and Buddha statues
  • Walking in the spice garden in Kandy and learning about Sri Lanka's authentic spices
  • Take a panoramic view from the summit of Sigiriya rock
  • Wildlife safari at Minneriya national park
  • Visit the Pinnawala elephant orphanage and see the elephant bath and hundreds of elephants

Trip includes

  • 1-night accommodation in Kandy
  • Breakfast and Dinner at the hotel (1 breakfast and 1 dinner)
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned, private vehicle with English speaking driver (please inquire about other languages)
  • Guided cultural tour of Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Guided temple tour of Dambulla
  • Guided tooth relic temple walking tour
  • Guided walking tour of Spice/herbal garden
  • Guided tour of Peradeniya botanical garden
  • Hop-on hop-off guided Kandy city tour
  • 4-wheel drive jeep safari at Minneriya national park
  • Highway toll
  • All government taxes

Trip excludes

  • Expenses of personal nature such as tipping, photography
  • Entrance fees for
    • Sigiriya rock fortress
    • Dambulla cave temple
    • Tooth relic temple
    • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
    • Minneriya national park 
    • Peradeniya botanical garden
  • Any other service or meal not indicated above
  • Flight ticket
  • Visa
  • Early check-in & Late check-out

3-Star Hotel

  • Senani hotel - Kandy

4-Star Hotel

  • Oakray regency hotel - Kandy

Cancellation policy

Cancel five days prior to arrival for a full refund


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COVID-19 special information

  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing is maintained in vehicles
  • To reduce crowds, all tours are private
  • Masks are required, please bring your own
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Temperature checks are mandatory
  • You must book this activity online, as the ticket office is closed

 

Insight Into Sri Lankan Culture

Itineraries

Day 1

Time : 6:00 am

Colombo / Pinnawala / Kandy

Meet and greet by Seerendipity tours representative and drive to Kandy, Enroute Pinnawala elpahhnat orphanage and Royal botanical garden.

ROYAL BOTANICAL GARDEN
After the elephant orphanage visits the Royal botanical garden of Peradeniya, which is the most popular garden on the island with an orchid house, palm alley, bamboo avenue, spice garden, flowering plant collection and verandah collection.

KANDY
Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan monarchy, which was ceded to the British administration in 1815. Finally, it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha.

Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy and enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different ages and sizes feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the foster – home of elephants of different ages and sizes feeding, bathing, playing together and even mating. The Jumbos living at Pinnawala elephant orphanage are found in the jungle with injuries and some of them are abandoned in the jungle. Since its inception there are dozens of babies are born in the orphanage.

OPTIONAL – ELEPHANT SAFARI / RIDE
The Elephant Safari (At Village) has become a highlight event for tourists for its excitement and adventure or even for the “Chance of a Life Time” of riding an Elephant. The Elephant Safari is a ride on an Elephant with a safely secured seat that takes around one hour. The ride takes you through the jungle, and village and even crosses a part of the paddy field.

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC
The tooth relic temple is also known as Dalada Maligawa in the native language houses the left eyetooth of Buddha, and it’s one of the most important tourist attractions as well as the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island. There are a few thousand Buddhist religious sites on the island but none of them can surpass its fame as a sacred site, it is the Mecca of Sri Lankan Buddhists. The temple is located in the world heritage site of Kandy, which is also the cultural centre of the island.

NATIONAL MUSEUM
The Kandy National Museum opened in 1942 is located next to the sacred Temple of the Tooth and is housed in a section of the Royal Palace where the King’s concubines resided. This museum has over 5000 objects on display and among the most impressive exhibits are king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe II's golden crown and a copy of the 1815 treaty known as the ‘Kandyan Convention’ by which on March 2, 1815, Ceylon ceded to the British ending 2,357 years of monarchy.

ARTS AND CRAFT CENTER
Arts and crafts are an integral part of Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural heritage. Traditional Sri Lankan crafts are vital industries in many parts of the island that include wood carving, mask making, drum making, mat weaving, handlooms, lac-work, rush and read products etc.

THE ROYAL PALACE
The last king to reside in the Royal Palace was King Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe until he was overthrown by the British in 1815 with the aid of Kandyan chieftains. Once part of a large palace complex that included the Raja Wasala, (King’s Palace), Magul Maduwa (Royal Audience Hall), Meda Wasala (Queens’ Palace), Palle Wasala (King’s Harem Quarters) and Ulpange (Queen’s Bathing Pavilion), together with the Temple of the Tooth.

AUDIENCE HALL
The ‘Magul Maduwa’, a finely carved masterpiece in timber is where the king met his ministers and carried out his daily administrative tasks. Many historic events have taken place at this location and it was here that the British handed over the death sentence to the Sri Lankan national heroes Keppatipola Disave and Madugalle Disave. A replica of the Royal Audience hall of Kandy was constructed in granite in Colombo in 1948 to commemorate Sri Lanka’s Independence from the British.

KANDYAN CULTURAL SHOW
The Cultural Dance Show. Sri Lanka's culture is so closely connected to dance and drama and no function will be complete without displaying a dance or even a drama. As a multi-ethnic land, Sri Lanka boasts of a rich conflux of dance and drama. The two main ethnic groups share two spectacular dance and drama traditions which enrich the fame Sri Lanka has gained in this sphere.

Activties for the day
Visiting Pinnawala elephant orphanage, Kandyan cultural show, Kataragama Devala, Gem museum, Downtown Kandy, Tea Center, Silk Factory, Handicraft centre, Royal botanical garden, Temple of the tooth relic, audience hall, Museum, royal palace

...Overnight stay in Kandy...

Day 2

Time : 6:30 am

Kandy / Dambulla / Sigiriya / Colombo

After breakfast leave for Colombo via Sigiriya and Dambulla, en-rouet visit spice garden, Dambulla golden temple and Sigiriya rock.

SPICE GARDEN
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown Spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.

GOLDEN CAVE TEMPLE DAMBULLA

In the 1st century BC, the king of Anuradhapura fled the city due to a South Indian invasion and took refuge in the caves of Dambulla. On recapturing Anuradhapura after 13 years, the king converted the caves into a monastery and gifted them to the Buddhist monks.

SIGIRIYA ROCK
A Prince of the 5th century who committed patricide made the rock of Sigiriya his hideout in order to stay away from his half-brother who sought vengeance. This prince Kasyappa by name, not only fortified his stronghold but also added to it artistic beauty. (declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO).

The name "Sigiriya" refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.

MINNIERIYA SAFARI
This will include a Safari tour by jeep with a jungle tracker, where you can see animals in the Jungle, including elephants, Bears, Wild boar, Dear, Buffalo, Monkeys and many other animals if you are lucky, leopards too. Return to Habarana.

TEA FACTORY

Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en route. Sri Lanka is famous for its “Ceylon Tea” has added cheers to many the world over for more than a century.

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  1. Stefan:

    Excellent service and trip throughout, very professional and very reasonably priced

  2. Jamine:

    My first time with in Sri Lanka and brilliant tour like this! I was very happy with the inclusions. Pace is fast but I realize I could never have done everything we did on our own. We really enjoyed Sri Lanka and was happy to learn more about its culture through are friendly, professional and knowledgeable guide.

  3. Rehana:

    What a fabulous adventure! Great guide, amazing food and some stunning sights. Would highly recommend this trip.

  4. Liza:

    The round trip through the cultural triangle was a unique experience that I will not forget for the rest of my life. We saw a lot in such a short amount of time and everything was super organized. Our guide Gihan always took excellent care of us and always tried to make sure that all of us were fine and that we got our money’s worth. I particularly liked that he gave us a lot of knowledge about the culture, country and people. The hotels and our private bus, which we always traveled with, were all in very good condition, making the journey very comfortable. I always felt very safe on the trip and would recommend the tour to anyone who wants to tour Sri Lanka but doesn’t want to sacrifice comfort. The tour is ideal for al type of travellers.

  5. Rochel:

    This trip exceeded my expectations – from visiting beautiful places of worship and the incredible Sigiriya rock, to tasting authentic Sri Lanka food and watching a dozens of stupas, temples, I felt like I got an authentic glimpse of Sri Lanka. The highlight was the brilliant conversations about Sri Lanka culture we had with Roma, our exceptional guide.

  6. Robi:

    Great trip and veryy well planned. We were bit hesitant at the start due to the political unrest but soon realized it was mainly in their capital. We enjoyed our trip a lot. very friendly and knowledgable guide. super service.

  7. Juda:

    Very interesting experience and a great vibe. I met some great friends from Sri Lanka. And our local guide Sam is great company. This is probably one of safetest way to explore Sri Lanka, especially cultural highlights of Sri Lanka.

  8. Jon:

    Great trip to cover Sri Lanka temples and historical sites. Wonderful sights, great experiences, good food and well looked after.

  9. Ashley:

    Great highlights of Sri Lanka! I came away with a new level of awareness and education about Sri Lanka’s history and culture. I always felt very safe and had a very memorable experience.

  10. Rhianan:

    A short trip with a lot of travelling. Same times many temples and hordes of cultural sites were covered. The trip is bit of an exhaust due to too much of things within a short period otherwise it is a fantastic trip.

  11. Gitara:

    For people who normally like to travel independently this is an excellent Sri Lanka tour. It gives you security and enables easy comfortable and interesting travel adventures with ease. It offers a chance to share experiences and learn about other cultures and places without any hassle. This is our first ever guided tour and we would certainly recommend Seerendipity.

  12. Psychologia Teoria:

    This trip totally delivered and was above our expectations, Gihan the guide was exceptional making this a safe journey and we now have a great love for Sri Lanka and its people

  13. Madiranovz:

    Amazing Sri Lanka trip with good hotels, food, and very informative guide. Our guise Kusum went above and beyond the call of duty, organizing things for us to do even on his day off. You will not be disappointed. Amazing.

  14. Sabriano abini:

    Fantastic SriLanka tour, jam-packed days of adventure through Sri Lanka. My favorite was the hill country. I definitely recommend the temples, palaces, and ruins in the cultural triangle! Not a “relaxing” week but comfortable, nonetheless. The accommodations were all clean and comfortable. Highly recommend!

  15. Cube Toronto:

    Awesome experience! Very nice and friendly guide. It’s a one-in-a-lifetime experience. The food is very good too.

  16. Tamanna:

    Our first trip for 2020 and we wanted to have a really nice trip. Hotel was good but it was empty

  17. Aneesh Fazil:

    Felt somewhat nervous before startign our first trip after covid curfew. But it was OK with our friendlky nice guide and driver.

  18. Andrewson:

    We booked this trip from our beach hotel in Bentotya. Prashan, my guide, picked us and dropped us off my hotel. We visited many places such as Sigiriya rock, Dambulla cave, Kandy temple, spice garden, elephant orphanage and few other places. Overall, it was tiring however very worth the price. Thankyou so much! 🙂

  19. Remma ali:

    Our tour guide Srimal was very good and knowledgeable guide. apart from the transfer he also gave a thorough explanation about Sigiriya, Dambulla, tooth relic temple, and the safari was fantastic, we saw a large number of elephants. I recommend this tour agency and their drivers to all travellers.

  20. Ariej Fayed:

    An amazing trip into the cultural cities of Sri Lanka this is the first time with serendipity. The whole experience was fantastic, it was short and little bit strenous. But interetsing led by our passionate, frindly and knowledgeable guide Chami. Hotels are standard with good food, it was significantly better than expected and the trip was amazing from start to finish with a wide range of activities. Fantastic to experience such an amazing country, culture and people in this way.

  21. Rehana Chaoudary:

    An excellent introduction to Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle with come natural attractions.

  22. Kata Houda:

    This is a Fabulous tour of a fabulous country with some wonderful experinces like wildlife tours, visiting historical places and exploring parks. The wildlife and scenery were spectacular and the locals were very friendly but most of all our driver/guide Soma – passionate about his country’s culture and environment and extremely efficient running of the tour together with great sense of humour.

  23. Oliver:

    I arranged a visit to pidurangala with My driver/guide Guna and had a great time, he spoke great English & we had a right good laugh on the journey. He didn’t climb the rock with me which I didn’t mind but he provided an expert on the site and did not have to pay for anything other than the entrance ticket. He told me all about the history of sigariya & dambulla and even stopped to buy me a coconut after my hike. He is a good driver & I felt safe with him at all times. Ask for Guna when booking, you won’t be disapointed 😊

  24. Pamela:

    We booked several routes with this company: Colombo to Galle and back, Colombo to tea plantations, Ella. They have good prices and the services they offer can make your trip to Sri Lanka extraordinary. Also, we had the most patient and helpful driver: dina. He gave us the best insights for this country: how to avoid tourist traps, where to eat, where to buy stuff at the best prices, what are the perfect hous for visiting attractions in order to avoid crowds, etc.

  25. Jimmy:

    Booked this as a 2 day trip on a limb didn’t know what to expect and it blew my expectation! I was traveling solo and was entertained the whole time by my good friend Roma! He was amazing drove me everywhere I wanted to go and gave me great conversation the whole way. He provided great insight to the culture of Sri Lanka. I definitely recommend! Just make sure you know that the ticket is not includedU in the price !

  26. David:

    We had a very positive experience with this driver shantha from Seerencipity. He was prompt to collect us from our Colombo Hotel and his car was immaculately clean. shantha drive us to Sigaria and stopped along the way if we required to take pictures, visit a spice garden, purchase water etc. He patiently waited for us at Sygaria whilst we climbed the rock and drive us back to the hotel. They also provide competent tour guides at each site, we did not expect it but, they are highly knowledgable of the site.

  27. Minas mohammad:

    At the end of the trip don’t forget to have a good rest, because you travel a lot during the 2 days.

  28. Amy:

    Our family of 5 had the pleasure of spending 2days with Silva and a very competent driver – which is what you need in Sri Lanka. We were picked up from our hotel in Colombo and spent a wonderful 2days exploring the caves, temple, elephant orphanage and ruins. We opted for the elephant safari to cater for our young family and our daughters still talk about this day and the enjoyment they experienced. We also arranged all of our transport around Sri Lanka with this company and I can vouch that they are, not only very competitive with their pricing, they just made it easy to get around. I highly recommend Seerendipity.

    On security point of bview Sri Lanka is fully safe.

  29. Giliano:

    Our guide Fernando was very good and helpful. Very nice trip with lot of temples and sightseeing.

  30. Joshim Albaram:

    Excellent trip to see the ancient places of Sri Lanka and it cover most important hsirorical monuments

  31. Janette:

    The tour includes many optional activities and we did all of them, even though it became fully packed 2 days. Minneriya National Park was fantastic, I can not describe how amazing it was. We had the best 2 days of our lives & truly once in a life time. We were picked up at early from our hotel and went to Dambulla temples which were stunning- must see. Sirigiya Rock is a harder climb for older people but it was so worth it and phenomenal history behind it all. We have a driver- sameera- he went out of his way to do extra for us, offering to stop at more temples and anywhere else we wanted to go if our time allowed it. We were so comfortable with him and he was always explaining everything and going out of his way to make it an amazing day for us, we can’t thank him enough!
    Highly recommend this 2 day trip, although it’s a long drive it’s a way to see everything and have an AMAZING once in a life time experience.

  32. Malkom:

    A short trip but good

  33. Dean Klaus:

    Big thank you to Seerendipity for the great tour, long drive to Dambulla and Kandy! However good trip, good tour guide and knows his stuff real well. Glad that we can coverse in our Bahasa also, that’s a plus!

    All in all, Sri Lanka is a great place to visit, very nice people and I really wanna come visit again.

  34. Mathias:

    Very service minded all the way through and absolutely worth it. Only had good experiences booking drivers and tours through seerendipity. Thank you.

  35. Sam Baxman:

    Short but good, lot to see and visit

  36. Peter:

    The tour was definitely worth it! Got picked up and transported safely to all the sights, starting with the rock temple, then Sigirya rock, later the elephant safari which was the highlight of that day and Kandy as well as orphanage!
    Entry fees are not included but the price is definitely reasonable.
    Thank you for a great day!

  37. Niroli pulak:

    We visited Sri Lanka on a cruise trip and we had only 2 days for teh trip. It was perfectly planned by the local company (Serendipity) and the perfect match for our layover on Colombo. However, we started the trip early morning on day one and day 2 as well so that we could visit as many places as possible and could reach ship on time on day 2.

  38. Imitiaz:

    good trip

  39. Nelly:

    Trips are good and you get the value for what you pay, but the long drive

  40. Pter Wisata:

    Exhausting, lot of travelling and not enough time to explore the places.

  41. Mehjd Solomon:

    Despite the short period (only 2 days), the trip is very intersting

  42. Samson.A:

    Nice trip with major tourist attraction in the cultural places, good hotel, vehicle, meals and guide too.

  43. Bremen:

    The trip is good, but keep in mind you have to pay for entrance separately.

  44. Mathias:

    Nice trip

  45. Mahmood:

    A lot of travelling on 2 days trip however nice break from the beach resort

  46. Gerhard shrouder:

    We enjoyed the tour. We didn’t do the safari as we already had one booked in a few days.

  47. Nishant:

    A superb 2 days trip from Colombo to see wonderful and famous sites in Sri Lanka. Met on time, perfect communication, safe driver and an incredible experience taking in Sigiriya, Dambullah caves, Kandy and the national park with 100 plus elephants in the camera lens. Tour perfect and highly recommended… a long but truly incredible 2 days, that’s fine I’m here to see interesting places. A great trustworthy company to work with and booked other travel with them. Highly recommended..

  48. Niral Rajput:

    Very affordable 2 days trip. can see a lot of things.

  49. John:

    Our chauffeur of the trip was Nisan, was very friendly and informative. He arrived at our hotel early, and we departed on time, the trip was very comfortable and nisan informed us of the history and geography of each destination and the places we were passing along the way. We enjoyed the climb of Sigiriya (very busy, but not particularly difficult), we ate a local lunch in a nearby restaurant and did the safari. The Dambulla caves were very interesting, Nisan showed us around and we visited the Golden Temple afterwards. Next day we visited Tooth relic temple and Orphanage another 2 important places on the trip. Overall we had a very enjoyable 2 days and would wholeheartedly recommend this tour company.

  50. Anderson:

    Had this tour while I was in Kandy. Prashan, my guide, picked me up and dropped me off my hotel. We visited many places such as Sigiriya rock, Dambulla cave, Kandy temple, spice garden, elephant orphanage and few other places. Overall, it was tiring however very worth the price. Thankyou so much! 🙂

  51. REema Ali:

    Our tour guide Srimal was very good and knowledgeable guide. apart from the transfer he also gave a thorough explanation about Sigiriya, Dambulla, tooth relic temple, and the safari was fantastic, we saw a large number of elephants. I recommend this tour agency and their drivers to all travellers.

  52. Andrew Menon:

    Well worth of investing time on this trip enjoyed a lot

  53. Rode Kukde:

    It was bit strenuous but we did not have any otehr option than booking this 2 days trip. We wanted to see as much as possible within 2 days because we did not able to spend more than 2 days for teh trip. The guide was very good and very friendly

  54. Megha Paniker:

    It was our the first trip in Srilanka and the first time in Sri Lanka. We booked the trip from our beach hotel and we wanted to explore some important places form our hotel. Very happy with the trip, very well organized

  55. Shifna Sayabagdhari:

    Excellent choice for the travller, who like to see the ancint temple, forts, museums and see some wildlife.

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