Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer to Dambulla
En- route visit Polonnaruwa, a grandeur unsurpassed. An interesting mix of Buddhism, ancient craftsmanship, arts, architecture and South Indian Hindu culture spread across around 122 hectares - an experience that would forever be etched in the traveller’s mind.
Ready to find out what you would explore in this 11th & 12th Century medieval capital during your travel journey?
Within this walled citadel you would find the significant monuments best preserved to date such as the flora stone pillared pavilion called Nissanka Latha Mandapaya; the Royal Citadel and the ponds; the impressive Vatadage relic house; Tuparamaya image house; the circular relic house; the golden pinnacled stupa- Rankoth Vehera; the extravagant moonstones; guard stones and sculpture; Kirivehera dagoba; the glorious Polonnanru Gal Viharaya with breath-taking rock sculptures; Menik Vehera- a Lotus shaped stupa; the statue of King Parakramabahu the Great carved on a rock (during this King’s reign Polonnaruwa reached its golden era) and the mammoth manmade inland Lake - Parakrama Samudraya which irrigates the city and the farmlands even today.
As you continue your drive to Dambulla you will also get the chance to visit the incredible Sigiriya rock fortress. Imagine you in the middle of a massive 200 meter rock fortress of 5th Century AD… A royal palace built on a colossal rock using the most sophisticated technology; having unique frescoes dating back to over thousand years - a place that has intrigued many archaeologists and historians, let alone the tourists, all over the world.
How do you feel? Enthralled right?
The remains of the citadel on a massive rock, the unique Lion Gate, the mirror wall, moats, ponds and archaeological ruins of Sigiriya rock makes it the Eighth Wonder of the World. Well, you have to see it to believe it!
We suggest you visit the museum outside at the main entrance on your way down or before you climb up the summit for a little familiarization to make the most of your tour.