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DAY MINNERIYA / SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA

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Program

  • Pick up from hotel & proceed to Minneriya
  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Safari of Minneriya National park
  • Drop at hotel

Minneriya
Minneriya National Park is a  national park  in  North Central Province  of  Sri Lanka . The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a  wildlife sanctuary  in 1938. [1]  The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the  catchment  of  Minneriya tank  and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King  Mahasen  in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the  elephant population dwelling in forests of  Matale ,  Polonnaruwa , and  Trincomalee  districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 millions in the six months ending in August 2009. [2]  Along with  Kaudulla  and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70  Important Bird Areas  (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. [3]  The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from  Colombo.

Rock Fortress Of Sigiriya
The remains of Sigiriya constructed by King Kasapa I (477-495 AD) whom the Mahavansa introduces as a patricide lie five miles off Inamaluwa on the Dambulla-Habarana Road. On the west of the rock are ponds, the remains of summer palaces and other structures, and the first part of the ancient road, which led to the summit Ramparts. In the past the entire  western face of the rock had been covered with plaster and painted upon, but only those  paintings in two sheltered pockets now survive. The last lap of the ancient path to the summit had been through the mouth of a lion, but at present only parts of the lion’s legs and some of the lime stone steps from inside the lion’s mouth survives.

Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla is famous for the five cave Temples on a rock. The first 03 caves are better, older and larger than the other two. Some caves dates to 1st C.B.C. All the 5 cave walls and  ceilings are covered with Buddhist murals and there are more than 130 Buddha statues, statues of Gods and Kings are also found here

Includes

  • Transportation in an A/C vehicle
  • Service of an English or German speaking professional guide
  • All Government Taxes
  • Jeep Cost for Safari
  • Entrance fees

Does Not Include

  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Camera permits

Amenities

All Government Taxes
English or German speaking professional Guide
Entrance fees
Jeep Cost for Safari
Parking
Transportation in an A/C vehicle

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