Sigiriya & Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple Complex - You will then be taken for a bit cave exploration at the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex. Dambulla is an ancient city with a history of early inhabitants reaching as far back as 7th to 3rd century BC. The place is made famous by the largest and best preserved cave temple complex, which contain statues and paintings, along with having the largest rose quartz mountain in South Asia which dates back to the 1st century BCE. The complex has five (5) caves under a vast overhanging rock and the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religious images following the contours of the rock. There are images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various Hindu gods and goddesses. Spend time at the monastery which is still functional and receives visitors daily and learn a little bit more about Sri Lanka's wonderful history.
Sigiriya Lion Rock - The day will start with a trip to the Sigiriya Lion Rock. Sigiriya is labelled as the Eighth Wonder of The World and is located in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya, labelled as the Eighth Wonder of the World, is the best preserved city centre in Asia from the 1st millennium and the best known monument here is undoubtedly the rock fortress of Sigiriya also known as the Sigiriya Lion Rock. The complex consists of the central rock, rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain, surrounded by two moats and three ramparts. With its combination of buildings and gardens, pathways, water gardens and the fusion of symmetrical and asymmetrical elements, it displays the grandeur and complexity of urban-planning in 5th century Sri Lanka.
Apart from the astonishing depth of engineering marvel, Sigiriya is well known for its frescoes, dating as far back as 5th century BC, which depict beautiful female figures commonly thought to be 'Apsaras' or 'Heavenly Maidens' of graceful contour and colour in various stages of religious observances. The complex also consists of the royal pool, the throne, remains of the once majestic palace, walk ways and gardens, a Buddhist monastery, cave temples, remains of an ancient fortress, the polished wall known as the 'Mirror Wall' and many more sights to behold. You can explore the wondrously preserved architectural wonder of the 1st millennium and walk through the palace complex, walk ways and gardens which was designed and constructed with elaborate carvings, sculptures as well as paintings all hewn inside a rock measuring over 200 metres above the plains before you continue your journey.
Habarana - After immersing yourself in the history of Sri Lanka and marvelling at the amazing engineering and artistic wonders of the ancient world, let us now go visitHabarana. Habarana is in situated the heart of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and is the centre point from which guests could explore the glorious past and the historical places of Sri Lanka. Closely located to the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks which are the transit points to hundreds of Asian elephants and other wildlife during the dry season. The village life is quite simple and revolves around family and friends while agriculture and tourism are the main industries. Habarana provides peace and tranquillity to observe the wildlife and all the myriad facets of communing with Mother Nature.