Start after breakfast and drive to Dambulla, a 4-hour drive. On the itinerary today is a visit to the two famous UNESCO sites: Dambulla Cave Temple and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Dambulla caves are the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The cave complex houses over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings, and over 150 images of the Buddha. The largest cave dates from the 1st - 2nd century B.C. and is quite breathtaking.
The 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress, is another impressive UNESCO site and a massive monolith of red stone rising 600 feet from the green scrub jungle below. Fifteen centuries ago, this rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town and was crowned by the palace of the mad genius King Kasyapa. Though the palace no longer exists, the paws of the great lion which guarded the entrance to the summit are still intact, and a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including the renowned water gardens, ring the base of the rock. The world-renowned frescoes of the “Heavenly Maidens” of Sigiriya can be seen in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
The evening is at leisure.
Overnight at hotel.