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  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Central Province
  3. Dambulla
  4. Dambulla Royal Cave Temple

From Colombo: Private 2-Day Wildlife and World Heritage Tour

Product ID: 257157
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Go on a private 2-day tour around Sri Lanka that takes you to some of the island's greatest natural and cultural treasures. Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, see a massive congregation of elephants, and experience Sri Lankan village life.
About this activity
Valid 1 day
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Booklets
English

Pickup included

Hotels in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Make the most of your time in Sri Lanka on a 2-day, 1-night tour that shows you the best of Sri Lankan wildlife and World Heritage Sites
  • See some of the highlights from Sri Lanka's famed Cultural Triangle
  • Experience one of the largest gatherings of elephants in the world
Full description
Get an early start on the first day and hop in an air-conditioned vehicle around 6 am with your experienced driver guide. Head first to the stunning Golden Temple of Dambulla, a cave temple complex built in the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Check out the giant golden Buddha Statue just outside the cave complex as well as the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King, and the Cave of the Great New Monastery. 

Then journey to Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari that will give you a chance to witness the largest gathering of Asian elephants on earth. See hundreds of elephants congregating around Minneriya Lake during the dry season between May and October. In addition to the elephants, spot a number of other native mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in the scrublands, forests, and other areas. After the safari, head to the hotel, check in, and relax.

After a relaxed breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, built in the 5th century AD for King Kaspaya. Walk through the elaborately-carved entrance framed by the paws of a lion (appropriately named "Lion Rock"). View the beautiful, unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns, and walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

Then visit a local village in Sigiriya and immerse yourself in Sri Lankan village life. Go on an oxen cart ride and experience the village farmer's point of view. Boat across a calm lake by catamaran and walk through golden fields ripe with the harvest of the paddy. Watch a traditional cooking demonstration that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Treat your tastebuds with a home cooked lunch made over a wood-fire and served on a bed of fragrant lotus leaves. Afterwards, get dropped off back at your accommodation. 
Includes
  • Accommodation at a 3-star hotel
  • Bed and breakfast meal plan
  • Transport in a private car, including driver accommodation, cost of fuel, parking and highway tolls
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • All prevailing taxes and service charges
  • Daily 1-liter bottle of water per person
What’s Not Included
  • Entry visa fees
  • Airfare
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Tips and portages
  • Beverages
  • Meals where not specified
  • Entrance fees mentioned
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Sleeveless shirts
Know before you go
• You must remove your shoes in the temples and places of worship
• Please bring your passport
Save up to 20%

From US$ 505 US$ 404 per person

Organized by

Lakpura LLC

Product ID: 257157