Giritale - Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy. Leaving
Giritale, drive to Sigiriya, the elevated and mysterious 5th century fortress ruins of King Kasyapa, where you view the stunning frescoes. The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock.
Next visit the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple. Dambulla
is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the most impressive
of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves
with over 2000 sq. metres of painted walls and the ceiling
is the largest area of paintings found in the world.
Leaving Dambulla, the final stop of the day is Matale en route to Kandy. Sri Lanka is renowned for it’s spices and spice gardens are located
all over the country. However, the biggest concentration
of them can be found around Matale. With a guide, you’ll
see first hand how cinnamon, cardamon, curry leaves,
peppercorns, saffron and other exotic spices are grown in the
wild and then processed for consumption.
Overnight: Kandy | Breakfast