Anuradhapura/Polonnaruwa/Dambula/Sigiriya

Day 1
Early in the morning we drive in an air-conditioned car to Dambula, where we then stop and eat. Then we go to Anuradhapura.
Whoever did not visit the first capital of Sri Lanka (5th century BC - 10th century AD) was not properly on Sri Lanka - the Sinhalese (and South Indian) kings dominated the island from here from around 1400 years! Also, Anuradhapura is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists in the country, if not Asia. In addition to the still visible backdrops, the imposing Dagobas, now under the jungle, but now freed, the Sri Maha Bodhi Temple attracts the believing Buddhists and pilgrims. A so-called Bodhi tree has been standing here for almost 2300 years - an offshoot of the tree under which Buddha attained his enlightenment.
Day 2
After breakfast, we will visit the remaining sanctuaries, palace ruins and ruins, which are located in a 20 square kilometer ruin park (the old town) between four gigantic reservoirs built up to 2400 years ago by the far - sighted kings and since then the land in the central Make the dry zone fertile.     
Afterwards we go to the old royal town Polonnaruwa.
It is the second most important royal city on the island. In the 11th century, the capital of Anuradhapura was transferred to Polonnaruwa, hoping that the new residence of the Sinhalese kings would be better protected against the notorious attacks from the Indian mainland in this difficult area. As a result, Polonnaruwa developed into a splendid residence and under the famous King Parakrama Pahu the Great (1153 - 1186) and his successor Nissanka Malla (1187 - 1196), the Sinhala kingdom reached its last high bloom, whose magnificent buildings and irrigation systems with imposing reservoirs A strong testimony. As in Anuradhapura, the ruins and monuments lie scattered in a lovely tropical landscape surrounded by rice fields and jungles. The buildings of true monumental and imposing Dagobas are missing, with the exception of Gal Vihara, a group of monumental statues of Buddha, which are among the highlights of the Sinhala stonemasonry. Many buildings and facilities are better preserved. Afterwards we return to Dambula, where we spend the night.
Day 3
On the next day, when it is still cool, we climb Sigiriya, the 8th worldunder with the cloud girls! A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE !!!
After the return we will visit the temple complex Dambulla, which is reached by a small walk. On the way there are wild monkeys, which are nice to look at, but you should avoid to stroke them, as there are no tame animals. In the complex itself, you will be able to visit five caves, all of which can be visited by monks in a period of 2000 years, decorated with 154 Buddhist statues.
The oldest works of art date back to pre-Christian times, the most recent from the 20th century.
In the first cave is a 14 meter long, lying Buddha, beaten from a granite rock .... the feet artfully painted with henna. Steingravierungen and frescos, which arouse the religious and historical interest, are numerous in the caves. The frescoes were built between the 15th and 18th centuries. In one of the caves, the largest and most beautiful, there are no less than 150 large statues of gods. Numerous scenes from the Buddhaleben are painted in bright colors. The view from the summit is breathtaking.
Now we go back to the starting point of our trip back to the guesthouse in Beruwela, where you can let the impressions of the trip to the rest of the day.