Exploring part of the cultural triangle..and more!

This is our latest tour-joined with Amazing Lanka who provide tours with Russian translation across the country.  The route took us from Hikkaduwa, to Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, Sigiriya to Dambulla the next day, and Kandy.  There they saw kandyan dancing and tooth temple The botanical garden and the Hindu temple in Matale. Our final stop was Ramboda for the waterfalls.

Pinnawala Elephant orphanage was Established in 1975 to protect and care for elephants found orphaned in the jungle.  In 1982 they began a captive breeding program from which over 20 elephants have since been born.  There is a schedule each day, starting with bottle-feeding the baby elephants, after which the whole herd is taken to the river to bathe which is a totally breath-taking sight.

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The next stop was Sigiriya, an incredible UNESCO protected palace and fortress.  The impressive 180ft Granite plateau, known as Lion's Rock, is worth the climb for the views from the top, and its well preserved frescoes are a must-see for anyone visiting.

After a night spent at the Viceroy Resort, we moved on to Dambulla (above).  Dambulla's main point of interest is an amazing cave temple complex, including more than 80 caves, containing statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha's life.

After Dambulla, we travelled to Kandy, Sri Lanka's second largest city where our guests visited the Temple of the Tooth

Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam temple in Matale was our next destination.  It is known for some colourful chariots located here and is a site first built as an idol of the goddess Mariamman, by workers from the South of India.

The final part of the tour was at the waterfalls in Ramboda- the 11th highest waterfall in Sri lanka, before driving back to Hikkaduwa.

If you are interested in visiting some or all of these sites, (or even a different itinerary) contact us for a quote and we will be happy to help!