Three-day excursion Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
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, Train Ride, Nuwara Eliya) in just 3 days.
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
- End of Earth and Plain Horton - National Park with the most stunning scenery.
- 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
- Botanical Garden and Lake Gregory
- 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
- Rafting, Cycling
- Sinharaja Rainforest
- Adam's Peak - holy mountain for christians, hindu and muslims.
- Elephant Orphanage
- Ornithological Tour: Bird Watching
- Tea Ceremony and Tea Tasting
- National Dance Show
- Bahiravakande Monastery, Buddha Statue and Observation Deck
Detailed excursion program:
8:00 Breakfast and departure from the hotel
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
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
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.
The train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya powers up through Sri Lanka's southern hill country, through the tea plantations, into the clouds and then weaves in and out of the many mountain tunnels as it descends to reach Ella. This is a journey not to be missed!
12:00 Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya, called Little England, was a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting, elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
It is known for its temperate, cool climate – the coolest area in Sri Lanka.
13:00 Hakgala Botanical Garden
Hakgala Botanical Garden is the second largest garden in Sri Lanka. It is situated on the Nuwara Eliya- Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara Eliya. The garden has a cool temperate climate because of altitude is 5,400 feet above the sea level.
14:00 Lake Gregory
Lake Gregory is a reservoir in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya.It was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This lake is popular with tourists who enjoy strolling the footpaths, taking out a swan-shaped pedal boat or trotting around on a pony .
15:00 Tea Plantation and Tea Factory
Tea Plantation and Tea Factory
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.
16:00 The World's End and the Horton Plains
The World's End and the Horton Plains
One of the most beautiful World Heritage Sites in the world is definitely the Horton Plains National Park in Sri Lanka. The star attraction of this national park is the World’s End, which is where the plateau of the park comes to a sudden end and has a deep plunge of over 800 meters. On clear days, you can see Adam’s Peak from the World’s End.
185 usd per person (minimum 2 people)
What is included. Entrance tickets
Included in price:
3-day tour (unlimited time for every day)
accommodation: standard double room - $ 50
comfortable car (or minivan) with air conditioning
gasoline, parking, toll roads
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