Day 1 | Colombo to Dambulla Cave Temple & Sigiriya
Welcome to Sri Lanka. It's time to dive straight into ancient history as we explore the remnants of one of the earliest civilisations on the planet. The odyssey begins in the town of Dambulla, 80 kilometres north of Kandy. At Dambulla Cave Temple, you will find Sri Lanka’s largest and best-preserved cave complex. Embellished over the years, the caves feature intricate murals and statues carved within the rock temples, including 153 statues of Buddha.
Day 2 | Explore Anuradhapura
A short journey north takes us to another spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura, one of the world’s most sacred Buddhist sites. Despite flourishing for over 1,000 years, the city was abandoned in 993 and remained uninhabited for centuries. Amongst the well-preserved ruins, there is a rich collection of architecture to explore including dagobas, monastic buildings and pokunas which supplied bathing or drinking water.
Day 3 | Sigiriya & Safari
Get ready for a day of action. We wake early to beat the heat and crowds to climb the impressive system of stairs to the plateau summit of Sigiriya Rock. Soak in the majesty of this impressive natural structure that was once the epicentre of the ancient Kassapa civilisation. Time for lunch and a taste of the vibrant flavours at a traditional Sri Lankan restaurant overlooking the rice fields. Make sure you fill up as we’re heading on safari after lunch.
Day 4 | Polonnaruwa
Once the thriving commercial and religious centre for the central plains of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa stands today as Sri Lanka’s second most ancient kingdom. As famous for its beauty as it is for its glorious archaeological ruins, Polunnaruwa is yet another of Sri Lanka’s World Heritage Sites.
There are hundreds of archaeological delights to explore here including tombs, temples, statues and stupas.
Day 5 | Kandy Temple of the Tooth & Botanic Gardens
A full day to explore Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy. With the tranquil Bogambara Lake in the centre of town and lush hills and tea plantations flanking it, Kandy is a perfect photo opportunity. Take your time to explore this delightful town which offers a wealth of culture and history. Explore one of Sri Lanka’s iconic destinations and the country’s most important Buddhist relic, the Temple of the Tooth. Safely guarded within the Royal Palace Complex, lies the actual tooth of Buddha.