DAY - 02 : SIGIRIYA & POLONNARUWA
Collect your breakfast packet provided by the hotel and proceed to Sigiriya, which is a world heritage site.
The Sigiriya Rock, 5th century rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 220 metres from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70-hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Afterwards, proceed to Polonnaruwa & visit the ancient city of Kings.
Island’s medieval capital (built in 11th and 12th century AD) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. It is a world heritage site. Many of the ruins are in an excellent condition. Its great artificial lake, the Parakrama Samudra which covers an area of 6,000 acres, feeds a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks. Visit the ruins of Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya which has 4 splendid statues of Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath and the statue of King Parakramabahu.
There are also monuments of famous places of worship such a Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
On completion return to the hotel.
Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla.