Two-day excursion Sigiriya - Kandy



One of the most outstanding excursion programs: it will allow you to see the most basic "must see" attractions of Sri Lanka (Sigiriya Lion Rock, Buddha's Tooth Temple, Kandy, Tea Plantations) in just 2 days.

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What we will see during the tour:

 

  • Sigiriya - a fortress on a cliff, according to legend, once belonged to the king of demons Ravana (from the epic of Ramayana)
  • Buddha Tooth Temple, one of the most sacred places for Buddhists around the world
  • The 700-year-old Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, one of the largest in the world, where you can see trees planted by the last Russian emperor, Yuri Gagarin, as well as many kings and presidents 
  • Tea Plantations, where the best, according to many, tea is grown in the World
  • Elephant riding through the jungle, Eco-friendly elephant excrement paper factory, Elephant Museum. 

 

Also on the way we will see next things:

 

  • Ayurvedic Garden
  • Village tour, immersion in authentic village life and cooking class
  • Traditional Sri Lankan villages: Pineapple Village, Cashew Village, Rambutan Village
  • Golden and Cave Temples in Dambulla 
  • Aluvihara Temple, where Tripitaka (Buddhist holy canon) was recorded in caves by monks, where we will have the opportunity to learn the ancient technique of writing on palm leaves
  • Tea Factory
  • Elephant Orphanage
  • Ornithological Tour: Bird Watching 
  • Tea Ceremony and Tea Tasting
  • National Dance Show 
  • Bahiravakande Monastery, Buddha Statue and Observation Deck

Detailed excursion program:

Day 1:

8:00 Breakfast and departure from the hotel
9:00 Sigiriya

Sigiriya

Sigiriya (which means “lion rock”) is a rocky plateau rising 370 meters above sea level and about 170 meters above the surrounding plain in the very center of Sri Lanka. Since 1982, Sigiriya has been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


 
King Kashyap, in the last quarter of the 5th century AD, built an impregnable fortress on the rock and his palace, in which he lived with 400 concubines. The rock was surrounded by a moat with water, which was filled with crocodiles. 



The monumental Lion Gate
 led to the top of the plateau. And in the pool for the Kashyap concubines, at a height of 87 meters, water flowed through a complex system of powerful pumps. Before and after the reign of Kasapa, a cave Buddhist monastery existed on a rock.

11:00 Elephant Riding

Elephant Riding

Next we will have the opportunity to ride elephants, go around the local village and cross the river on horseback of these amazing animals.


12:00 Village tour and traditional lunch

Also in Sigiriya you can go to the so-called  Village Tour, where you can get acquainted with the life of the Sri Lankan village.

13:00 Bird Watching

Bird Watching Tour

Here, in the national reserve, is an ideal place for bird watching (as well as butterflies, lizards and other animals and insects). Optionally, you can go on an hour-long excursion with a professional naturalist and ornithologist.


13:00 Golden Temple in Dambulla

Golden Temple in Dambulla

The  Golden Temple in Dambulla is a Buddhist cave temple of the 1st century BC, carved into the rock, with numerous statues of Buddha. The Sleeping Buddha Stone Temple is the largest cave temple in South Asia.


The temple complex consists of several caves located at an altitude of 350 meters, and numerous niches, the surface of which is painted with Buddhist wall paintings.

14:00 Cave Temple of Aluvihara

Cave Temple of Aluvihara



 
Over 2,000 years ago, the Buddhist Bible - the Pali Canon - was recorded here. There will be a unique opportunity to write down your names or the names of your loved ones on palm leaves according to the ancient technology that Buddhist monks invented.


17:00 Arrival in Kandy
17:30 National Dance Show

National Dance Show

Dance plots are borrowed from various features of village life - crop dance, dance with a jug, etc. Dance performers perform in traditional peasant clothes - short blouses and long tight skirts.

Magical dances associated with ancient beliefs exist on the island in our time. Sri Lankans attribute all misfortunes, ailments and troubles to the wrath of the gods and the evil will of demons.

If the disease is caused by the wrath of the gods, then a rite of bali is done to appease the god. The rite is accompanied by dancing, sacrifices and spells.

19:00 Dinner and overnight in Kandy



Day 2

7:30 Breakfast and departure from the hotel
8:00 Buddha Tooth Temple

Buddha Tooth Temple

Around 540 BC, the deceased Buddha was cremated and four teeth were taken out of the fire, which were transported around the world. The tooth was brought to Ceylon in 371.

The shrine, after several centuries in India, was sent to Ceylon IV by the ruler of Kalinga, who suffered defeats in wars and feared for the fate of his state. The relic on the island was transported by the ruler’s daughter, hiding it in her hairdo.


 
Magical power has long been attributed to this tooth: possessing it, he possessed all the fullness of power. Therefore, the tooth of the Buddha became the possession of the royal dynasty.

The city of Anuradhapura was chosen as the initial storage location, then the tooth was transferred to the city of Polonnaruwa, and already at the beginning of the 18th century it was transported to Kandy. Here in the temple we can see a magnificent museum, which displays a variety of offerings donated to the temple.


10:00 Buddha Statue Bahiravakande Observation Deck

 Buddha Statue Bahiravakande Observation Deck



Next, we will visit the monumental statue of Buddha, located on top of a hill towering above the city.


11:00 Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya

Royal Botanic Garden

Royal Botanic Garden, whose history spans over 700 years.The shrubs and trees here are gigantic in size, reminiscent of Gulliver's Travels to Lilliput Kids. 


 
Here we can see the magnificent orchid garden, as well as the Alley of Memorial Trees planted by famous historical figures, among whom are Nicholas II ( Russian King), many British King and Queen and Yuri Gagarin. 


12:00 Silk and Batik Factory

Silk and Batik Factory

We will get acquainted with the painstaking technique of making batik using paraffin, wild bee honey, and also learn how to wear traditional Sri Lankan clothes, including unique Kandy sari, which can not be found anywhere else in the world.

12:30 Workshop of masks, wooden products and natural paints

On the way, we will stop to look at the manufacture of traditional magic masks and see how natural paints are made from the chips of the Rainbow Tree due to chemical reactions with other natural ingredients.

13:00 Gem Museum 
14:00 Ayurveda and Spice Garden
15:00 Tea plantations and tea factory

Tea plantations and tea factory



In the end, we will visit a tea plantation and a factory where we can see how it is assembled and produced, and even we can taste the legendary, universally recognized Best Ceylon Tea in the World.

 
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Tour cost: 

For a group of 1-3 people : 4-seater car (the price is indicated for the car regardless of the number of people)

From Colombo and Negombo - 240 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 260 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 300 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 320 usd
From Trincomalee - 295 usd
From Tangalle - 375 usd

For a group of 4-8 people . Minibus.

From Colombo and Negombo - 305 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 345 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 365 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 395 usd
From Trincomalee - 345 usd
From Tangalle - 475 usd

* To specify the cost from other locations or more people write or call us.

What is included. Entrance tickets


Included in price:
2-day tour (unlimited time for every day)
comfortable car (or minivan) with air conditioning
gasoline, parking, toll roads
English-speaking driver

Not included:
accommodation: standard double room - $ 50
entrance tickets (because the tour is individual you can choose what you want to visit and what to skip):
 Sigiriya - $ 30
 Village Tour - $ 35
 Bird Watching (photo tour) - $ 45
 Cave Temple in Dambulla - $ 10
 Temple of the Tooth Relic - $ 10
 Bahiraravakande Monastery and observation deck - $ 10
 Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya - $ 10
 Elephant Nursery in Pinnavele - $ 18
 Elephant Museum + Elephant ride + Factory Paper of elephant excrement - $ 25
 Tea ceremony and tea tasting - $ 15
 * all prices in US dollars per person
meals (possible lunch and dinner in a European restaurant for a buffet type - $ 10 person)
personal expenses and tips