Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Dambulla to Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is the first ancient capital of Sri Lanka from 3rd Century BC to 11th Century AD. At its height, Anuradhapura was one of the greatest cities of its age, functioning as the island's Centre of both temporal and spiritual power, dotted with dozens of monasteries populated by as many as 10,000 monks one of the greatest monastic cities the world has ever seen. The most extensive of all the ancient cities, Anuradhapura is a Unesco world heritage site. Transfer from Anuradhapura to Mihintale. Visit Mihintale Temple. Transfer from Mihintale to Aukana. The Aukana Buddha statue beyond doubt is the most magnificent, undamaged statue in Sri Lanka. It was built in the reign of King Dhatusena in the 5th century and is 39 ft (12 meters) high. The Name Aukana means Sun-eating Transfer from Aukana to Dambulla. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 3: Dambulla - Ritigala - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Dambulla to Ritigala. Ritigala is magical but enigmatic, while the setting deep in a totally undisturbed tract of thick forest lends an additional sense of mystery. North of Habarana, on the slopes of a densely wooded mountainside protected by the Ritigala Strict nature Reserve, lay the mysterious monastery of Ritigala. Transfer from Ritigala to Polonnaruwa. The ruined capital of Polonnaruwa is one of the undisputed highlights of the Cultural Triangle and is a Unesco world heritage site. The heyday of the city in the twelfth century represented one of the high watermarks of early Sri Lankan civilization. Polonnaruwa's extensive and well-preserved remains, offer a fascinating snapshot of medieval Sri Lanka, including some of the island's finest monuments and it is compact enough to be thoroughly explored in 3 hours. The Gal Vihara, a collection of magnificent Buddha statues carved out of sheer rock is not to be missed and a prime example of the craftsmanship of that era.
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Dambulla to Sigiriya. Climb the 5th century Sigiriya Rock fortress which is a Unesco world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa(477-495). The spectacular citadel of Sigiriya rises sheer and impregnable out of the plains of the dry zone. It is the country's most memorable single attraction, a remarkable archeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting. The rock was the innermost stronghold of a 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. Transfer from Sigiriya to Dambulla. Dambulla rock temple was built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and is a Unesco world heritage site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka many cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure carved out of granite rock and spanning 14 meters.
Breakfast at Hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a Unesco world heritage site. The historic city about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Kandy was home to Sri Lanka's last independent Kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Visit the Temple of the tooth, The royal Botanical Gardens, the Peradeniya University campus and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Upper lake Drive. Early evening, you will visit a Kandyan Dance performance and be treated to a spectacular fire walking finale. Kandy is also famous for its shopping, gems and jewellery, handicrafts, batiks, silks etc. And you will have the opportunity of browsing to your heart's content. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Breakfast at Hotel Transfer from Kandy to Colombo. Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is the largest city and former administrative capital of Sri Lanka and is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and remnants of a bygone colonial era. Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However it was only made the Capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. The main city is home to a majority of the Sri Lanka corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. On this tour you will visit many of the historical, religious and commercial sites of Colombo including the historic and bustling Fort and Pettah, the elite residential Cinnamon Gardens, the Galle face Green, Viharamahadevi Park and much more. Overnight stay at Hotel.