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.
- Trip Outline
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 Kandy, Sigiriya 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
- 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
- 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
- Early check-in & Late check-out
- Senani hotel - Kandy
- Oakray regency hotel - Kandy
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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
Glimpse of Sri Lankan Culture
Time : 6:00 am
Colombo / Pinnawala / Kandy
Meet and greet by a Seerendipity Tours representative and drive to Kandy, enroute to Pinnawala elephant orphanage and Royal Botanical Garden.
Royal Botanical Graden
After the elephant orphanage, visit 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 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, and fire walking.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the foster home of elephants of different ages and sizes, feeding, bathing, playing together, and even mating. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is 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, dozens of babies have been born in the orphanage.
Optional: Elephant Safari
The Elephant Safari (At Village) has become a highlight event for tourists for its excitement and adventure, or even for the "Chance of a Lifetime" of riding an Elephant. The Elephant Safari is a ride on an Elephant with a safely secured seat that takes around an hour. The ride takes you through the jungle and village, and it even crosses a part of the paddy field.
Temple of the Tooth relic
The tooth relic temple, 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 center of the island.
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 & Crafts 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 and include wood carving, mask making, drum making, mat weaving, handlooms, lac-work, rush and read products, etc.
King Sri Wickrama Rajasinhe was the last monarch to reside in the Royal Palace before the British overthrew him 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.
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 that no function will be complete without displaying a dance or even a drama. As a multi-ethnic land, Sri Lanka boasts a rich mix of dance and drama. The two main ethnic groups share two spectacular dance and drama traditions that enrich the fame Sri Lanka has gained in this sphere.
Activities for the day
Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Kandyan Cultural Show, Kataragama Devala, Gem Museum, Downtown Kandy, Tea Center, Silk Factory, Handicraft Center, Royal Botanical Garden, Temple of the Tooth Relic, audience hall, Museum, Royal Palace
...Overnight stay in Kandy
Time : 6:30 am
Kandy / Dambulla / Sigiriya / Colombo
After breakfast, leave for Colombo via Sigiriya and Dambulla; en route, visit the spice garden, Dambulla golden temple, and Sigiriya rock.
Visit a spice garden at Matale where spices and herbs used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medication are grown. The spices of Sri Lanka attracted the early seafaring merchants who made the long voyages to purchase this precious merchandise.
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.
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 its artistic beauty. (declared a world heritage site by UNESCO).
A massive rock column that is nearly 200 meters (660 feet) high dominates the historical and archaeological site known as "Sigiriya." According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle Culavamsa, the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477–495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful 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—Shgiri, 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.
Minneriya National Park 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, buffalo, monkeys, and many other animals, including leopards if you are lucky. Return to Habarana.
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en route. Sri Lanka is famous for its "Ceylon Tea," which has added cheer to many the world over for more than a century.
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