Secrets of Sri Lanka: Private Day Trip to Matale Including Cooking Class and Lunch
"Your private tour begins at 8:30am when your vehicle picks you up from your Kandy hotel. Breakfast is not included in your tour package so you bring a travel meal or have it before leaving. It will take two hours to reach your first destination Nalanda Gedige in Matale. Nalanda Gedige is an old Dravidian (Pallava era) structure believed to have been built between the 8th to 10th century. At first view it’s an obviously Hindu temple from the detailed wall and roof architecture to the little windowless main shrine. However the ruins of the erotic tantric sculptures and plain moonstone point to a more Buddhist origin. After viewing this structure and discussing it with your tour guide you will be leaving for Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens at 11:30am. You will get there by 11:45am where you will initially receive a 45-minute tour of the spice and herbal gardens. During the tour you will learn more about the different spi
Private Day Tour: Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple Tour from Colombo
"Your private Sri Lankan history adventure begins at 6am when your friendly local guide will pick you up from your hotel in Colombo. Enjoy the scenery or nap in the car on the way to Dambulla where you arrive at the famous Dambulla Cave Temple around 11 am. Here you will see ancient Buddha statutes and elaborate alfrescoes in caves that date back to the 1st-century. A UNESCO-listed World Heritage site the temple also has a museum which you will have the chance to visit. After wandering the site you’ll have time to look for lunch nearby before taking off for Sigiriya one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Asia. Built in the 5th-century Sigiriya is a stunning example of innovative architecture
"Meet your guide at the park entrance gate and start your safari at 5:30 am if you select the morning safari or 2:30 pm if you select the evening safari. Hurulu Forest Reserve has been a Biosphere reserve since 1977. The average temperature sway including some which are endangered; such as the Sri Lankan elephant Indian Star Tortoise Sri Lankan Jungle fowl and the Rusty-Spotted Cat. Though you probably won’t see all of these endangered wildlife it’s quite possible that you may catch sight of at least some of them. The Sri Lankan elephants are a very high possibility with their migratory habits. Elephants that have been translocated to over 100 km away return to the Hurulu Reserve that they consider home periodically. If you are on the evening safari you have an even higher chance catching sight of the famed giants of Sri Lanka. They can be seen feeding or even taking a bath. Your safari tour guide will explain the sights and help you find as many
There are a lot of monkeys near the Dambulla Cave Temples. Be cautious. Wild animals are always unpredicable no matter how friendly, cute or "just like people" they might seem. We didn't actually see...