Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa & Minneriya Safari - 2 Days Tour

Explore the most popular attractions within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka on this 2 days excursion. Starting off from the 8th wonder of the World, "Sigiriya", is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. Discover the most largest cave temple complex in Dambulla. Explore the splendid wildlife kingdom of Minneriya National Park, which is home to some rare and endangered species of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. This nature sanctuary is located roughly between Habarana and the historic city of Polonnaruwa. You will be transported in an air conditioned vehicle with all required facilities throughout your two days with us!
• Two way hotel transfers included
• Hear commentary from an expert guide
• Visit the most popular attractions in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka

per adult from

$399

NZD

Duration

2 days

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  • What's included :
    • 1x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 2x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Bottled water
    • 1 night accommodation
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • All entrance fees
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
    • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
    • Entry/Admission - Rankoth Vehera
    • Entry/Admission - Nissanka Latha Mandapaya
    • Entry/Admission - Thivanka Image House
    • Entry/Admission - Minneriya National Park
    What's excluded :

    • Day 1: Negombo/Colombo - Dambulla - Sigiriya

      Stop At: Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
      Dambulla cave temple is the largest and most oldest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka which dates back to the 1st century BC carved in a huge 160 meters high rock. There are more than 80 documented caves in the temple and out of them five popular caves contain the major attractions, with several statues and paintings that are related to Buddha’s life. These caves vary in sizes and magnificence. The walls of the caves depict things such as Buddha’s first ever sermon and the temptation by demon Mara.
      Archaeologists have found burial sites of human skeletons about 2700 years old near the cave temple complex. Hence it can be assumed that pre-historic Sri Lankans lived in the cave complexes before Buddhism came into Sri Lanka.
      Duration: 1 hour

      Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
      Sigiriya is an ancient city built atop a giant megalithic rock that towers 200 meters above the surrounding landscape. It is located in a remote location in the Matale District of the Central Province, Sri Lanka, and has mystified visitors to the site throughout its long and colorful history. Designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982, Sigiriya continues to be a site of research, study and speculation as experts try to unveil the mystery and enigma shrouding this historical site. It is believed that the environment around Sigiriya has been inhabited since prehistoric times – a rock shelter to the east of Sigiriya shows evidence of occupation going back nearly five thousand years during the Mesolithic period. However, Sigiriya is most famous for the period beginning in the 5th century when it was transformed into a palace, fortress and pleasure garden by King Kashyapa.
      Duration: 3 hours

      Meals included:
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Sigiriya

      Day 2: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Colombo/Negombo

      Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
      Polonnaruwa Vatadage is a well-preserved Vatadage in the famous Dalada Maluwa quadrangle of the ancient city of ruins, Polonnaruwa. Considered to be the only structure of its kind in the whole of Sri Lanka, this complex is believed to be the place in which the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha was housed, following the shift in the capital from Anuradhapura in the 11th century. The present state of the complex no longer has its original wooden dome that protected the stupa but still possesses the large pillars that once supported the roof. Moreover, the four entrances of the complex display some exemplary sculptures of the Lord Buddha in the seated position, along with other unique features that showcase some of the finest artistry in the whole kingdom.
      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
      Located in the ancient ruins of the Polonnaruwa Kingdom, the Gal Vihara is home to some amazing sculptures of Lord Buddha. It is a part of the Polonnaruwa Park and one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Central Province in Sri Lanka. As you enter Gal Vihara, you will be amazed by the huge statues of Buddha, one in sitting position, one in reclining and the third one in standing position. These are carved out of a single granite rock. You will find a fourth, much smaller Buddha figure seated inside an artificial cavern. As you observe the four statues, you will be intrigued by the claims of some people that the statue in the standing position is not of Buddha, but of the monk Ananda. Behind the statues is the stupa and the whole architecture and arrangement of the place are bound to leave an impression in your heart.
      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Rankoth Vehera, Ancient Bhikku Hospital, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
      Rankoth Vehera is the largest stupa in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the 4th largest in Sri Lanka. It is about 33m in height and 170m in diameter. It was built by the King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). This stupa has constructed with the same design as the Ruwanwelisaya in the Sacred City of Anuradhapura. According to a stone inscription found in the vicinity of the stupa, it was initially named as “Ruwanweli Stupa”. However, later it has come to be known as Rankoth Vehera. At each of the fours sides of the stupa, there are ruins of four gateways (“Vahalkada” in Sinhala) and image houses has built in between them. A stone seat located closer to the stupa is considered to be the one which the King Nissankamalla was seated to observe the construction of the stupa. The inscription of the seat further includes the record of donations and the war victories of the King.
      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
      Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a unique structure in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka which was built by King Nissanka Malla (1187 1196). Dating back to royal reign around the early 1100s, the structure is one of many monuments that can still be seen today, as a timeless testament to ancient regal reign engraved into Sri Lankan history. Here, the ‘Mandapaya’ is a mark of King Nissanka Latha Mandapaya’s time on the island and is located at the Western end of the ‘Dalada Maluva’, an area in Polonnaruwa that contains the oldest and most sacred monuments of all. The ‘Mandapaya’ is open on all four sides and acts as a shield for its visitors from the sun.
      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Thivanka Image House, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
      Tivanka Image house also known as Tivanka Pilima geya has been capable of attracting many local and foreign travelers to Sri Lanka. This is one of the largest monasteries around Polonnaruwa. This brick built building consists of a spectacular Thivanka image of Lord Buddha depicting thrice curved pose. Further mural paintings and frescoes on the plastered walls with pale green, light yellow and dark red colors are the main features that you will make astonished with a glance of a view. The image house is located within 400 m north of the Lotus pond. The monastery gets the name due to the statue indicated above. The walls are embellished with extra ordinary paintings and decorative statues of lions and dwarfs.
      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Samudra Parakrama, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
      The Sea of Parakrama Samudraya is a great artificial lake built by King Parakramabahu I. The lake was built as an irrigation solution, so as to supply water for the many paddy cultivation's in the kingdom. Even today, the Parakrama Samudra supplies water to over 18000 acres of neighbouring cultivation's. Presently though, the original grandeur has been lost due to the reconstruction of the artificial lake, which isolated two tributary rivers that fed the lake, namely the Kalahagala River and the Bhu River. In other words, the present lake is only fed by the Thopa River, Eramudu River, and the Dumbuthulu River.
      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Minneriya National Park, Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway, 50150 Sri Lanka
      The Minneriya National Park is most famous for the ‘The Gathering’. The Minneriya National Park is a treasure trove of endemic flora and fauna. Although known to be a wildlife reserve, the park has quite a rich history that goes back to the 3rd century, during the reign of King Mahasen. This is because of the Minneriya Tank, as it was originally built to irrigate the lands to cultivate paddy, however, it now serves as a major source for the wildlife that dwells in the area. According to the Wildlife Conservation Department, there are 24 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 75 species of butterflies that take refuge in the greenery of the reserve.
      Duration: 4 hours

      Meals included:
      • Breakfast
      • Lunch
      No accommodation included on this day.
    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      We pick up from all places in Negombo and Colombo Airports
      • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
      Departure Time :
      7:00 AM
      Return Detail :
      -
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
      • Face masks required for guides in public areas
      • Face masks provided for travelers
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
      • Regular temperature checks for staff
      • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
      • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Language

    English

    Age Req.

    -

    Fitness Req.

    None

    Group Size

    4

    Organised by Wander-Lush Travels

    Activity ID: V-211823P254

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