On arrival in Colombo Bandaranaike International airport- meet and greet by local representative and transfer Sigiriya. En route visit to Pinnawala elephant orphanage & Dambulla cave Temple. Overnight at the hotel.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage -Approx 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 baby elephants born as a result of the captive breeding program. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
Dambulla Cave Temple - (also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla) is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented Caves in the surrounding area. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters. Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara and Buddha's first sermon.
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to climb Sigiriya rock.On completion transfer to Kandy via Mathale.Evening view a cultural show featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka. Overnight at the hotel.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ''Lion Rock'' is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ''Heavenly Maidens'' of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
After breakfast check out from the Hotel & A commence a city tour of Kandy, including visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the royal botanical gardens in Peradeniya. Thereafter transfer to Colombo and commence City tour including shopping.Overnight at the hotel.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess` hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka`s most prized possession.
Royal Botanical Gardens - 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens.Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport to board your flight back home.
Mr. Namit Arora