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Anuradhapura Ancient City

Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the greatest centres of the ancient Buddhist world, and was the first royal capital of the island kingdom, from the 05 th centuary B.C. during 1500 years. Like the cities of Athens and Rome, it flourished in majesty and grandeur. Sinhala ambassadors were in the court of Rome specially during the region of Augustus Caesar. Roman coins have been discovered in Anuradhapura. Kings, monks, engineers, sculptors and people have left behind in this city the largest collection of Buddhist monuments in the island. Even today, a part of the city is marked off as the Sacred City (puja nagaraya) The most important sites in the ancient city includes the Sacred Bodhi Tree (Sri Maha Bodhi), magnificent stupas of Jethavana, Abhayagiri and Ruvanvaelisaya, Samadhi Buddha Statue, Twin Bathing Ponds (Kuttam Pokuna), Elephant Pond (Ath Pokuna), Isurumuni Viharaya, Royal Garden (Ranmasu Uyana).

Polonnaruwa Ancient City

The UNESCO World heritage site of Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka during 10 – 12 centuries A.D. Polonnaruwa was also a strategically important city during the Anuradhapura Era (05 th century B.C – 10 th Century A.D.) Inside the citadel (Inner City) are the Royal Palace of King Parakumbhahu The Great, The Council Chamber & the Sacred Quadrangle with the Temple of the Sacred Relic (Watadage), Image House (Thuparama), Hatadage, Inscripted Stone Book (Galpotha), Seven Story Shrine (Sath Mahal Prasadaya) The other important sites in the ancient city includes are Lankathilaka & Thiwanka Image Houses; well preserved large stupas of Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera; Gal Viharaya Rock Shrine containing exquisitely carved Buddha statues; Monastic and Library Complex (Pothgul Viharaya); Parakrama Reservoir (Parakrama Samudraya). Guia Lanka Tours guests have the option of exploring the  Polonnaruwa ancient city by bicycle.

Sigiriya Rock Fort

The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya Rock Fortress was founded at the capital in 5 th century. The city contains high ramparts, deep moats, landscaped gardens, the famous paintings and lion entrance to the citadel. Represents the very best of ancient Sinhalese engineering, architecture, landscape gardening, hydrology, painting and sculpture. Furthermore, there is ample archaeological evidence of these were pre historic settlement in this area. Furthermore, the cave shelters at the foot hills of the Sigiriya rock have been used by Buddhist monks from 3 rd century B.C.

Mihintale Monastic Complex

About 16 Km to the east of Anuradhapura lies Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is here that venerable Thero Mahinda, son of the Mauryan Emperor Asoka, met Sinhalese King Tissa in the 3 rd century B.C, as a result of which the King and the whole nation embraced Buddhism. In fact, the name Mihintale, which means the ‘Plateau of Mahinda’, is derived from the Venerable Thero’s name. Large numbers of Buddhist pilgrims visit the Mihintale monastery during full moon day of the month of June (Poson). The Monastic Complex is surrounded by woods, considered to be first National Park in the world, where hunting was prohibited.

Dambulla Cave Temple

THE UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dambulla Cave Temple, has been used by Buddhist monks since 2 nd century B.C. The first temple was built the 01 st century B.C by King Walagamba. The site contains five temples built within a very large cave at different periods by different Sinhalese Kings. In their entirety form a magnificent art gallery of statues and colorful paintings.

Pidurangala Rock Temple

Pidurangala is an enormous rock located a short distance from Sigiriya, as King Kashyapa was building the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the 5 th century he also built a new monastery at Pidurangala for the displaced monks from the cave shelters at the foot hills of Sigiriya. The adventures visitors can enjoy a wonderful sunrise or sunset from the summit of Pidurangala as well as a grand view of Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya Village Tour

Visitors can stroll through the rural countryside surrounding de Sigiriya Rock Fortress and will take a catamaran across a picturesque lake, often with lotus flowers. On the far shore there is a dry zone homestead (chena) where visitors can learn about rural traditions such as removing rice husks, grinding grains, scrapping a coconut and preparing a simple meal of unlevened bread (roti) and coconut salad (pol sambol). The return journey will be in tuk tuk.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The orphanage was founded in 1975 to provide care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. Visitors can observe the elephants being bathed in Ma Oya in front of the orphanage, which is very important aspect of the animals social life.

Ritigala Forest Monastery

Having a legendary, historical and monastic past it remains in the consciousness. Ruins of monasteries, ponds, and other unidentified edifices, now silent and reticent, evoke awe and wonder for a stupendous past where hundreds of monks once lived in these monasteries, cells and rock shelters a life of simplicity and detachment.

Knuckles Trekking

Knuckles is the one of the most beautiful mountain range in Sri Lanka. It has been declared as a World heritage site by UNESCO since 2010.This forest reserve which is intermingled by environmental beauty and the bio diversity of the central province of Sri Lanka. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the lush mountain vegetation, waterfalls and bird life by going on a short/ medium/ overnight trekking.

Sri Daladha Maligawa Temple

The crown jewel of the Kandy City is the famed Sri Dalada Maligawa, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Relic. The Sacred Relic of Gautama Buddha was previously preserved in Kalinga, India. The Kalinga King Guhasiva in the 4th century AD sent the Sacred Tooth Relic to Sri Lanka with Prince Danta and Princess Hemamala. The current Sri Daladha Maligawa was reconstructed by King Weera Parakrama Narendra Singha in the early 18c. The moat and octagonal structure were added by King Sri Wickrama Rajasingha in early 19c. Sri Daladha Maligawa is an art and history lover’s paradise. The temple is built by using classical Kandyan architecture.

Kandy City Tour

Kandy Lake, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill City of Kandy, built in 1807 by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Sacred Relic. The lake is charming and peaceful which is ideal for a leisurely walk. The View Point is regarded as one of the highest points in Kandy, it is an absolutely breathtaking spot which gives a magnificent view of the city. Kandy Municipal Market hall is a public municipal market which is close to the City Centre. The market is spread over two floors with a small courtyard in the center with landscaped gardens. The market is an ideal place to see local way of life, with colorful fruit & vegetable sections.

Hanthana Mountain Trekking

Hanthana mountain range is made up with various mountain peaks and it is a popular destination among the mountain hikers in Sri Lanka. The trekking offers a 6-9 Km track through mountainous terrain in Hanthana, which reflects the environmental beauty of central province is in Kandy. This footpath is ideal for bird watching and view of the landscapes of Kandy, Galaha and Peradeniya.

Village Trekking

This trekking will be conducted in a rural mountainous area in the Kandy district with unique attractions such as woodlands, tea, spice, tropical fruit trees and terraced rice fields. Visitors will be able to observe the authentic village life and interact with locals, bathe in a stream and enjoy a traditional Sinhalese lunch.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

The Royal Botanical Gardens, commonly known as 'Peradeniya Gardens' is popular with locals and visitors alike. It spans over 60 hectares. It is a glorious expanse of well-kept trees, flowers and pathways, some of which are centuries old. While officially established under the British Colonial Government in 1843, the history of the park goes back to the 14th century to the Kandyan Kingdom.

Horton Plains Trekking

Horton Plains in Sri Lanka, is one of the highest locations in Sri Lanka. It consists of ecosystems such as montane evergreen forests, grasslands, marshy lands and aquatic ecosystem. This UNESCO designated Natural World Heritage site, being a biodiversity hotspot is one of the best places to observe species of plants, a large variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Visitors are advised to start the 10km track early morning, which includes World’s End precipice and the Baker’s Waterfall.

Lipton’s Seat Viewpoint

The summit of Lipton’s Seat with its magnificent views, can be reached by a tuk tuk drive and is surrounded by lush green tea plantations and colorful tea pluckers. This was a favourite view point of Sir Thomas Lipton, who pioneered tea planting in Sri Lanka late 19 th centuary. Guests can also visit the Dambathenna tea factory.

Lovers Leap Waterfall

Lover’s Leap Waterfall is in Nuwara Eliya District and is the closet to Nuwara Eliya Town. Nature Lovers can have a short trekking among the tea plantations to the impressive waterfall (30m in height) and enjoy with beautiful views of the surrounding in villages.

Ella Visits

Located in Ella, the Nine Arch Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in Sri Lanka. It’s a stone railway bridge, was built by Mr. Appuhami (Sri Lankan Architect) with British engineers during the colonial period. Its Surrounded by picturesque views of lush rolling hills. 98 Acres View Point (Little Sri Padya) is also called “Little Adam’s Peak”. From the top of this hill, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the surroundings and the Ella Gap. Guests can also enjoy in Sri Lanka’s first ever mega dual zip-line, located amidst the lush tea bushes, at the foothills of the viewpoint. The two-wire zip-line stretches for more than half a kilometer slides at max 80kmph and offers a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful hills of the island.

Ella Rock

Ella Rock is a famous cliff, located high above Ella village, The Ella rock offers stunning views across the hill country. The trek to Ella Rock is about 8 km long and takes about four hours and goes by the railway track.

Dhowa Rock Carvings Temple

Located in the village of Dhowa on the Badulla – Bandarawela main road, the Dhowa Rock Temple (also known as Dhowa Rajamaha Viharaya) is famous for the beautiful paintings and sculptures that adorn its rock walls. Located at the bottom of a hill and close to a picturesque stream, it is one of the major attractions in the Bandarawela area.

Buduruwagala Rock Carvings - Temple

Seven statues sculptured on relief of the rock during the 9th -10th c A.D. are seen on a single rock face. The centrally sculptured main Gautama Buddha image is the tallest in Sri Lanka and is 15.5 M in height. The surrounding area has lush vegetation, a beautiful lake many birds species and is a mystical experience for the visitors.

Maligawila Temple

Maligawila Temple is in the Moneragala District. Maligawila comprises the ruins of an Image House and a Monastic Complex. The 11.5 m tall standing Buddha statue belongs to the 7th -8th c A.D.

Ramboda Waterfall

The 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka is located in Pussellawa. This waterfall is about 109m high and the waterfall has two main drops. It formed by Panna Oya which is a tributary of Kothmale Oya.

Rawana WaterFall

This waterfall measures approximately 25m in height and cascade from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. Although it is comparatively shorter than most waterfalls, it has a wide flow of water and is very impressive.

Diyaluma Waterfall

Diyaluma Falls is 220m in height and the second highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Hikers will love this location of Diyaluma. The climb takes you through beautiful fields of lemongrass that acts as a natural air freshener.

Ayurveda & Wellness Treatments

Wellness tourism promotes our well-being of mind, body and soul, which can be achieved via Ayurveda, meditation & yoga. Wellness treatments in Sri Lanka focuson detoxing, weight loss and stress relief to heal us from ill health and stressful life styles.Ayurveda emphasizes on prevention of ill health and promotes good health by maintaining the correct balance of body and mind. Unhealthy eating habits, a lack of exercise, emotional imbalance and inadequate sleep are given as the primary reasons of our health issues including our immune system. Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that control our inner and outer environments and that we are made of five basic elements found in the universe: space, air, fire, water, and earth. Known in Sanskrit as Vata (Wind), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Earth) are the three primary forces which are responsible for the characteristics of our mind and body. These combine in the human body to form three life forces or energies, called doshas. These are Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water), and Kapha dosha (water and earth). The doshas control our bodily functions. The main focus of Ayurveda are detoxing programs. It includes vegetarian diet, massage, laxatives, enemas, massage, herbal saunas etc.  The goal of treatment is to cleanse our body of undigested food, which can stay in our body and lead to ill- health. This cleansing process, known as “panchakarma”, is well-known in Ayurveda since it is a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical health and balance. There are three main stages of Panchakarma treatment which can take from 5 to 21 days in total. As we cannot achieve holistic well-being from the physical treatments alone, the practice of yoga and meditation are key components to embracing a more mindful lifestyle. These holistic practices help us to restore harmony of mind, body and spirit, as well as becoming more flexible & relaxed. In terms of medical and wellness tourism, Sri Lanka has positioned itself as an authentic Ayurveda wellness destination as well as for the production & export of Ayurveda based medicines and cosmetics.

South Coast

The South coast of Sri Lanka is a unique as there is no other landmass further south except for the continent of Antarctica. This is a traditional fishing area where the visitor can find anecdotal pole fishmen during the season as well as colorful fishing boats and markets along the coastline. The coast is dotted with many lovely beaches such as Marakolilla, Goyambokka, Hiriketiya, Jungle Beach, Unawatuna etc.

Galle Fort

Galle Fort was an important port during the region of Sinhalese Kings, as far back as 12c. In 1505 a group of Portuguese sailors led by Don Lorenzo de Almeida invaded the island. They built the first fortification in Galle on a cliff, jutting out into the sea. It was called the Swart Bastion or the Black Fort. The fortress which was built by the Portuguese was captured by the Dutch on March 13th 1640 after a battle. The small fortification in Galle which was captured from the Portuguese by the Dutch was considerably expanded and improved by them according to their own distinct architectural style and was considered to by one of the most important of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) whose beautifully engraved stone monogram from 1669 is still visible over the entrance. On 23 rd February 1796 the 70 th Regiment of the British Forces in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon), led by Captain Locklan Macwary, took control of Galle without any fighting. The Galle Fort is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Madu River Boat Excursion

The Madu River, situated in Balapitiya in the Southern Province, is a true natural paradise. Both banks are covered with mangroves and there is a wide variety of birds and reptiles, with many islets on the river. While enjoying a river boat excursion, the visitors can learn about cinnamon peeling directly from the farmers.

Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home

The Elephant Transit Home was established in 1995 next to the Udawalawe National Park and the animals are completely free in the wild. The main objective of the Home is to feed the orphaned baby elephants, veterinary care when they fall sick and the rehabilitations and their release back to the wild. The milk feeding time of the baby elephants is a lovely attraction, especially for children.

Udawalawe National Park Jeep Safari

Udawalawe lies in the Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces and is famous for its large elephant population. Herds of elephants can be seen at any given time and day, throughout the year. The park is also famous for birdlife; Crested Serpent Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle, White-Bellied Sea Eagle are some of the main raptors found in the park.

Wipattu National Park Jeep Safari

Wilpattu National Park is located by the west coast in Sri Lanka and the largest National Parks in Sri Lanka. A key tourist attraction of this National Park is its large network of Villus (Natural Water Tanks) and it is famous for leopards and wild bears. The area was declared as a sanctuary in 1905 and upgraded to a National Park in 1938.

Minneriya, Kaudulla, Hurulu National Park Jeep Safari

Minneriya National Park is located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, the area was designated as a National Park in 1997, having previously been declared a wildlife sanctuary. The Park Consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as sambar deer and elephants. However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya tank (built in 3 rd century AD by King Mahasena). Kaudulla National Park is located close to the historic city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka and presents ample opportunities for travelers to spot majestic elephants in their natural habitat. In addition to the elephants, sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, mouse deer, wild boar, Asian Spoonbill, Grey-Headed Fish Eagle, Painted Stork and Openbill Stork are common visuals at the park. Hurulu National Park is famous for sheltering elephants and evergreen forests and enjoys protection as a designated biosphere reserve. The forest reserve is an important habitat of the Sri Lankan elephants.

Wasgamuwa National Park Jeep Safari

The Park lies within the Polonnaruwa and Matale Districts. which is one of the island’s protected areas abundant with large herds of elephant. Located in the North of the hill country and provides ample opportunities to view elephants, leopards, the sloth bear, sambar deer and wild water buffalo.

Yala National Park Jeep Safari

It is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It lies in Southern Province and Uva Province. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals, elephants, deer, wild water buffalo, crocodiles, leopards and aquatic birds. Furthermore, Yala National Park has a variety of ecosystems including moist monsoon, dry monsoon, semi deciduous, thorn, grasslands, fresh water and marine wetlands, and sandy beaches. The national park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region. Yala National Park has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.

Colombo City Tour

Colombo is open and attractive city with a fascinating mix of 19 th and 20 th century colonial buildings, and more recent modern architecture. Some of the main sites covered during the city tour of the capital includes the Galle Face Green, Old Parliament, Gangaramaya Temple, Beira Lake, Viharamahadevi Park, Independence Square, Cinnamon Gardens, BMICH Hall, Nelum Pokuna Auditorium, Colombo Port.

Nuwara Eliya City Tour

Nuwara Eliya is a resort city in the Central highlands of Sri Lanka. Blessed a with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little’ England’, was the favorite hill retreat of the British colonial settlers who tried to recreate a typical English Village. The Grand Hotel, the red brick Post Office, The Hill Club, the 18-hole golf course, Victoria Park, Gregory Lake are the highlighted.

Tea Plantation & Factory Visit

Visiting a tea plantation is an unforgettable experience. Visitors can enjoy these wonderful places to chill out and breathe in the fresh mountain air as well as great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Tea plucking is an initial step in the tea making process. It is a delicate act that is artfully done by hand in order to eventually produce the finest quality tea. If desired, the visitor can join the tea puckers, collecting unforgettable memories.

Kithulgala White Water Rafting

Inside the jungles of Kitulgala there are plenty of camping opportunities which can be coupled with white water rafting, bird watching, jungle walks, river bathing and other adventure sports. Experience rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, Covering 5 Major rapids and 4 minor rapids. The distance covered is around 5 Km. White Water Rafting is a challenging recreational activity and an exhilarating water sport. However, contrary to the public belief, this is not a sport that demands great physical strength

Sinharaja Virgin Rain Forest Trekking

Go trekking in one of the finest natural rain forests in the world which has been identified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as being a Man and Biosphere Reserve. It’s probably one of the oldest living ecosystems. Discover the beauty of a virgin rainforest, with its dense trees, lush greenery, and vibrant flowers and also enjoy swimming and relaxing in a natural pool at the base of a waterfall.

Turtle Egg Laying at the Rekawa Beach

Rekawa is located 10 km from the South coast town of Tangalle. Turtle Conservation Project in their ‘Turtle Watch’ programme protects the endangered sea turtles on the Rekawa beach while they come ashore and lay eggs. This pioneering conservation programme was started in 1996 to protect sea turtles in their natural habitat.

Turtle Hatchery

Sri Lanka is a vital habitat for sea turtles. It has been observed that five of the seven endangered species come to the shores of Sri Lankan beaches to lay their eggs. Watching adult and newly- hatched turtles is a fascinating study. Below are the five out of seven endangered turtle species that can be seen at turtle hatcheries in Sri Lanka: Loggerhead & Green turtle – Endangered, Leatherback & Hawksbill - Critically Endangered, Olive Ridley – Vulnerable, The baby turtles are being hatched from collected turtle eggs, trained for three days to make them strong enough to survive in the sea, and then released into the Indian Ocean.

Whale Watching

Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations for whale watching in Asia. Sperm Whales and Blue Whales are a common occurrence off the southern coast, particularly at Dondra Point – close to the town of Mirissa, Sri Lanka. The blue whale is an absolutely impressive animal that swims in the ocean – elegant, mysterious, beautiful, and deserves our respect. Imagine having just a second of eye contact with this majestic figure – evokes a feeling of awe that adds to life’s precious moments. Sperm whales are another equally amazing, captivating and wonderful animal of the ocean.

Snorkelling in Pigeon Island

The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. Pigeon Island is one of the several protected areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Pigeon Island consists of two islands; large Pigeon island and small Pigeon island. The large Pigeon island is fringed by a coral reef, and is about 200 m long and 100 m wide. The National Park is situated in Nilaveli, by the North East Coast. Visitors can see many species of coral and coral reef fish recorded in the area. Sea Turtles and Blacktip Reef Sharks are also commonly seen in the shallow coral areas while snorkelling.

Pilgrimage to Sri Padya Sacred Mountain

Sri Padya Mountain is the fourth highest mountain in the island with the height of 2244m and is located in the Ratnapura District. This is a sacred mountain to the Buddhist worldwide. as they believe footprint of the Gautama Buddha is placed at the summit. A very large number of Buddhist pilgrims climb this sacred mountain between the months of December (Uduwap) to May (Vesak). Full moon days are especially important in the Buddhist lunar calendar. A rich biodiversity exists in the surrounding forests and hills. Visitors can also enjoy a spectacular sunrise on clear days.

Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant

The Kandy Esala Perahera Pageant is an ancient Buddhist festival that was held to commemorate the Buddha’s Conception, his Renunciation, and the First Sermon. Which is one of Asia’s highly traditional and most spectacular parades, takes place in the Buddhist month of Esala, usually falls in August. During Esala Perahera, the streets are filled with colourful decorations, bustling crowds, traditional dances, Musicians, highly decorated elephants.

Nagadeepa Temple

Graced by the presence of Gautama Buddha on his second visit to Sri Lanka merely five years after attaining enlightment to make peace between two warring Naga Kings, Nagadeepa Purana Raja MahaViharaya is among the sixteen most venerated Buddhist pilgrim locations in the island. The temple situated in the island of Nagadeepa which is 30 km from Jaffna on road and another 15 minutes in a ferry attracts thousands of pilgrims throughout the year.

Arugambay Surfing

The surfing season in Arugam Bay starts in April and ends in October. There are four main surf points in Arugam Bay including Arugam Point and Crocodile Rock.

Nilaveli/Uppaveli Beach

The Bay of Trincomalee’s harbor is renowned for its large size and security; unlike every other in the Indian Ocean, it is accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. The beaches are used for snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching. On the North East Coast of Sri Lanka, Nilaveli is a pristine beach covered with white sands and gentle waves slip softly to shore and is the ultimate getaway. Uppaveli is a beautiful, and calm beach closer to Trincomalee with plenty of fairly comfortable accommodation options.

Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa is a pretty town of the sun and waves, on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The place is renowned for its coral reefs, beautiful beaches and surfable waves. The coral reefs also mean that lots of colorful sea life live in the shallows supported by the coral organisms, the polyps. It is a marine sanctuary.

Surfing in Sri Lanka

Surfing is a popular water sport among foreign tourists who visit the palm fringed pristine beaches of Sri Lanka. Peel off the waves with surfs and let the experience start. Popular surfing beaches include Weligama, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Arugam Bay.

Scuba Diving in Sri Lanka

There are many Scuba Diving sites in Sri Lanka that spread out across the Western, Southern and Eastern coasts of the island. These locations are of such variety and beauty enabling even amateur scuba divers as well as the experienced ones revel in the opportunities presented

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Soar above the clouds and gently float above the island as visitors gaze down at the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, a variety of birds, wildlife, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees. Visitors can discover most balloon flight takeoffs from Dambulla, and most flights last around 60 minutes. Balloons achieve heights between 500 and 2,000 feet in the sky, skimming over cultural destinations, points of interest, rivers, treetops and lakes.

Three Temple Trekking

Three Temple Trekking Starting point of the trekking is Gadaladeniya Temple. This Temple was built by King Bhuvanekabahu IV in 14th century. The temple is most famous for its stone carvings. Trekking will continue to the Lankathilaka Temple. On the way we can see traditional rice farming, village way of life and traditional brass works. Walking through the countryside one can see various species of birds. Lankathilaka Temple was built by King Buwanekabhahu IV in the Gampola Era. At this temple we can have a discussion with a monk about Buddhist values. When one enters to the top of the Temple you will see a scenic view point and rest point. After the lunch, trekking will continue to the Embekka Dewalaya through another village. On the way there are tea plantations. The Embekka Dewalaya was built by King Wickramabhahu III in the Gampola Era. This dedicated to God Katharagama. The Embekke Dewalaya is most famous for the wood carvings of the drummer’s hall. All the pillars are carved with unique designs. There are 26 beams in the roof. Which are held together by a wood pin. This unique design is called ‘Madolkuruppuwa’

Nalanda Gedige

Nalanda Gedige is between Matale and Dambulla and is close to the geographical center of Sri Lanka. This site has a mix of Hindu and Buddhist architectural influences. It is believed to have been constructed between 8th to 10th century.

Aluvihare Rock Cave Temple

Located in Matale, a town which lies 25km from Kandy on route to the Cultural Triangle. The ancient Aluvihara Cave Temple is of great significance in the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It was here that the teachings of Gauthama Buddha, the Triptaka, was committed to the written form. There is a cave dedicated to Venerable Buddagosa Thero, the monk who spent many years in this cave documenting the teachings of Gauthama Buddha to the ancient Pali script. These Buddhist scriptures in Pali influenced the development of the Sinhala language. The temple consists of large caves decorated with ancient paintings.

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress

Yapahuwa was the capital of Sri Lanka during the latter part of the 13 th century (1273 – 1284). Built on a huge 90m high rock, it was a military stronghold and is renowned as an archeological treasure. There is a stupa, a Bhodi tree and a cave shelter at the top of the complex. At the foot of the rock there are two caves containing a Buddhist shrine and rock inscriptions.

Avukana Temple & Buddha Statue

Aukana Temple is situated at the village of Kekirawa in Anuradhapura district. The famous Aukana Buddha statue was carved during the reign of King Datusena in the 5th century It is more than 12 meters tall and rest on a lotus stone pedestal. This majestic statue is carved according to the abaya mudra and has been built mathematically. Abhaya mudra is a symbolic, ritualistic gesture of the hands often used to demonstrate fearlessness, protection, peace and friendship according to ancient Buddhist traditions.This statue is carved out of the single rock and was originally within a large image house made of stone walls.

Jaffna Fort

Jaffna Fort in the Northern province was initially built by the Portuguese in 1619 and was rebuilt by the Dutch in the second half of the 18th century. It is the second largest Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka and is located South of the Jaffna town. This 400-year-old structure was designed in the shape of a pentagon.

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil

Nallur Kondaswamy Kovil in Jaffna town northern province, is one of the most important Hindu religious complexes in Sri Lanka. It’s current structure dates from 1734. It has brass work, large paintings and decorated columns.

Thanthirimale Temple

Tantirimale is a historic Buddhist temple. Which is located 40 km northwest of Anuradhapurain dating from 03rd  century B.C. Thanthirimale is believed to have been called as Thivakka Bamunugama (village of the Brahmin Thivakka) in the past. The main attractions include two stone statues of Gautama Buddha (one statue meditating and the other laying down), ancient inscriptions, the ruins of several ancient buildings, a natural pond, and a museum.

Kadurugoda Temple

Kadurugoda Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Chunnakam, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka. It was built in 3rd century BC. Where we can find a cluster of twenty miniature Dagobas, ranging in height from one to three meters, are unlike any other Buddhist religious site in Sri Lanka. It is believed that remains of Buddhist monks are enshrined within each of the miniature dagobas.

Hantana Mountain Range Bicycle Tour

Cycling in Sri Lanka can be an amazing holiday experience. The cycling day tour will begin from Hantana Mountain Range, near Kandy, by the back roads. We will be cycling through tea plantations and low mountainous countryside. Guests can get an authentic experience of life on tea plantations and rural villages. Optionally, guests can visit a tea factory and you can taste fresh cup of famous Ceylon Tea. Our day cycling tour can be about 40km. May the time you spend on our island be filled with exciting experiences, memories of which you will carry long after you leave our shores.