Explore most important cultural cities and enjoy many different sightseeing attractions. You will see elephants and amazing rock fortress during this 2-day tour. Don’t think twice to book this tour if you are visiting Sri Lanka first time or for a short period of time.
08:30 am - You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo and driven to Sigiriya. Arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. 14:30 hrs - In the afternoon join in the gentle giants where the annual elephant gathering takes place by the Minneriya Tank. Spend the evening exploring the Minneriya National park from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Half Day Game drive to Minneriya National Park is a 3 hours game viewing opportunity with Beyond Escapes Safari Team. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population thus the national park is one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants, which are often present in huge numbers, and wading birds. Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, the park has plenty of scrubs, forest, and wetlands which are a home to approx. 24 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 75 species of butterflies. We provide light refreshments and water bottles during the safari. Overnight stay at a 3 Star hotel in Sigiriya.
After mood refreshing breakfast, hike the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya - a 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky”, or in other words “Single Wonder of the Island”. The 5th century Rock fortress of Sigiriya which as built by King Kashyapa is one of the Wonders of world and a UNESCO world heritage site. The Rock itself has its unique identity due to its shape. The irrigational technologies of water gardens & archeological technologies of the large lion carved at the entrance are precious as they are still existing. Sigiriya derives its name from “sinha-giri” means 'Lion Rock', due to the lion paws at the entrance. Well-designed ramparts and moats built around the rock reminds the strong protection given to the Fortress. The colorful frescoes with unique paintings of women and Mirror wall demonstrate the beauty and majesty of Sigiriya. On completion of rock fortress visit, you will be transferred back to Colombo. En route stop by a spice garden in Mawanella, where many quality spices have been grown for centuries and exported far and wide throughout the world. For centuries, spices have been one of the most celebrated exports in Sri Lanka. They have been used for medicines, cosmetics as well as to flavor foods. History says that the Greeks, Arabs & Malays had linked with Sri Lankan business field through spice trade. Spices provide ground for traditional Ayurveda. It is believed that Ayurveda is the science of a long life with a good physical & mental wee-being with natural remedies such as Fenugreek & cinnamon to control blood sugar, cloves as a treat for a toothache, ginger & peppermint to treat nausea, pepper as an anti-cancer property, etc. When you walk through the garden you can have an experience of an Ayurveda massage and other alternative therapies. Continue your drive to Colombo. En route you will be stopped for lunch at a local restaurant. Arrive at your hotel in Colombo and drop.