Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

Dambulla, Yala

Sri Lanka’s Cultural triangle is situated in the centre of the island and covers an area which includes the World Heritage cultural sites of the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, the Ancient City of Sigiriya, the Ancient City of Dambulla and the Sacred City of Kandy. Due to the constructions and associated historical events, some of which are millennia old, these sites are of high universal value; they are visited by many pilgrims, both laymen and the clergy (prominently Buddhist), as well as by local and foreign tourists.

Culturel Triangle of Sri Lanka (8 Day Tour)

Day 1 : Airport-Negombo.

Arrival, welcome & assistance at the airport. Leave for Sigiriya. En-route visit the fishing village in Negombo which is the center of the island’s fishing community. It is largely Roman Catholic by faith, with huge imposing churches down almost every street. The sea & the catamarans are the backdrop to the Negombo scenery. P.M. climb the rock of Sigiriya built by the patricide King Kashyapa in the 5th century A.D. Today it’s a treasure trove of rare art. In a pocket of the giant rock are the famous frescoes of the ‘’ heavenly maidens of Sigiriya’’ Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 2 : Kandy-Pinnawala.

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa & visit the 2nd capital of Sinhalese kings dating back to the 11th & 12th century A.D. The entire landscape of the region is punctuated by huge man-made reservoirs, the most famous of which is the ‘’Parakrama Samudra’’. Numerous monuments are found in this city & ‘’Gal Vihara ‘’ complex is one of the best among them with the fine sculpture of the recumbent, Standing and seated Buddha’s. P.M. leave for Anuradhapura & visit the ruins of the first capital founded in the 05th century bc here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. “Sri Mahabodhi” the oldest historically documented tree in the world is over 2200 years. There are monuments such as Ruwanveliseya dageba, 2nd century BC with its famous Elephant wall; Thuparama dageba 3rd century BC. The pillars of the brazen palace which once had nine storeys , the image of the Samadhi Buddha, one of the finest places of Buddhists sculpture, the twin ponds, guard stones & moonstones overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Sigiriya-Dambulla-Nalanda-Matala-Kandy.

After breakfast leave for Kandy. En-route visit the rock cave temple of Dambulla. Some of the frescoes in these caves are over 2000 years old. There is also a colossal figure of the recumbent Buddha 14 meters long carved out of rock. Then visit Nalanda Gedige the Abu Simbel of Sri Lanka. Also visit a spice garden & batik factory in Matale. En-route to Kandy. Evening arrive at hotel in Kandy, the center of the traditional arts in Sri Lanka .visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Return to hotel for overnight.

Day 4 : Pinnawala-Kandy

fter breakfast leave for Pinnawela & visit the elephant Orphanage. This orphanage was established to feed nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits and ravines in their request for water during drought period. P.M. visit the city of Kandy. The most famous landmark of Kandy is its lake, in the center of the city. Visit the Kandy Museum. Udawatte-kele is a nature reserve surrounded by city. The Kandy market is a great bazaar full of the sounds of exiting trade. Late in the evening view the Kandyan cultural performance return to hotel overnight.

Day 5 : Peradeniya-Nuwara eliya.

After breakfast visit the royal botanical gardens of Peradeniya which is well known for it’s large number and variety of plants, ornamental, Decorative, Useful & medicinal. More than 4000 species include indigenous and introduced plants. This garden is best known for it’s collection of orchids the largest in Asia. P.M. leave for Nuwaraeliya the center of hill country, En-route visit a tea plantation and witness the manufacture of the world famous ‘’ Ceylon tea ‘’. Spend the evening walking in the cool climate. Arrive at hotel for overnight.

Day 6 : Nuwara eliya-Ella-Buduruwagala-Kataragama-Yala.

After breakfast leave for Tissamaharama Region Stop at Ella to admire the magnificent view. Then visit Buduruwagala & the sacred city of Kataragama. P.M safari in Yala park by jeep. The Elephant is undoubtedly the best known attraction at Yala, seen in small & large herds. Herds of spotted deer are seen all over the park. Monkeys-the pinkish rhesus and the Grey-faced Langur Monkey live and play on the tree-tops and the ground below. Wild buffalo & wild boar could give you a good surprise & the sight of a leopard sunning itself or drinking water at a water hole could be memorable experience .the peacock is easily the most famous of the birds at Yala. The painted stork, many varieties of heron, the spoonbill, the bee-eater, parakeets, and king-fisher & wood pecker are some of the birds can be seen in the park. Arrive at hotel for overnight.

Day 7 : Weligama-Galle-Colombo.

After breakfast leave for Galle. en route view the Still fisherman of Weligama then visit the old Portuguese fort, later rebuilt and extended by the Dutch is still fine preservation. Most of the administration of Galle still takes place from the fort .the view from the ramparts is superb. Continuation towards Colombo. P.M visit the fascinating city of Colombo which links the past with the present. You will visit the fort area, the commercial center, ’’Pettah’’ Colombo’s bustling bazaar area, a cinnamon garden which is full of large residences, Buddhist temples, Hindu temples & mosques. Visit the Buddhist temple in Kelaniya. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 8 : Colombo-Airport.

After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect flight for departure. Rooms till 12h00 in the afternoon.