Sri Lanka Matha Culture Compact

05 days cultural tour with safari

Day 01

Destination: Habarana

Early in the morning * our guide will pick you up at the airport or your hotel. It goes to the famous elephant orphanage to Pinnawala. You have time to be close to the pachyderms, to observe them during feeding and the subsequent bath in the river. Then drive north. In Dambulla the cave temples, since 1991 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are waiting for you. You will be amazed by the paintings and statues from the first century BC to the 20th century. In the afternoon you will arrive at your hotel where you will stay the next 2 nights.

Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla /D

* For later arrivals, we will, as far as possible, adapt your program in time.

Day 02

Destination: Habarana and Minneriya National Park

This morning you experience the "living" Sri Lanka. After breakfast we will go on a village tour, with the ox cart and by boat you will learn more about the fauna and flora of our island, before you visit a farm and learn about rural life, work, crafts, and last but not least to prepare a delicious curry. The results of the mini-cookery course will be eaten together with your hosts. Return to the hotel. In the afternoon you will go on safari in the Minneriya / Kaudulla National Park, depending on where the herds of elephants are. The parks are known for their large herds of elephants, but also for other animals such as giant squirrels, crocodiles, red deer, wild boars and many species of birds. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla H/B

Day 03

Destination: Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

You leave early to climb the Lion Rocks of Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982. Once at the top there is a delicious breakfast and a wonderful view of the countryside. Be enchanted by the stories and stories of King Kassapa and the Cloud Girl. After the descent, you can relax a little on the bus, as it continues to Polonnaruwa, the second royal city of Sri Lanka and since 1982 a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There you first visit the museum with the documentation of the excavations and impressive reconstructions of the historical buildings in miniature, before you visit the remains of the temples and palaces on the excavation area. Of course, you will also visit the great Buddha images of Gal Vihara. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla H/B

Day 04

Destination: Kandy

In the early morning we go to the last Sinhala royal city of Kandy. On the way you will visit a herb and spice garden * and see on a guided tour, which "treasures" once lured the colonial rulers into ancient Ceylon. In Matale you make a short stop to visit the famous Hindu temple Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam with its many gods and get a short excursion into Hinduism. Then return to the hotel.

In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Kandy, which protects Sri Lanka's largest sanctuary and Buddha's molar. Enjoy the atmosphere of worship by the many pilgrims in this place and learn more about Buddhism.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy H/B

Day 05

After breakfast drive back to the airport or your connecting hotel.

Program changes reserved

Package includes transportation in a/c vehicles with experience driver / experience English speaking or German Speaking guide, accommodation in 3* hotels and/or guesthouses, including entry fees.

Accommodation in double room, on H/B basis. For single, family or group rates Please contact us.