Polonnaruwa/Sigiriya/Dambulla/Kandy

With this trip we would like to bring you a little bit closer to the country, where relaxation should not be missed.
Day 1
After breakfast, you will be picked up by our guide in the air-conditioned car. Then 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, which was hoped 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 final high bloom, its magnificent buildings and irrigation systems with imposing reservoirs his wealth a clear testimony. As in Anuradhapura, the ruins and monuments lie scattered in a lovely tropical landscape surrounded by rice fields and jungles. The buildings were less monumental and imposing Dagobas, with the exception of Gal Vihara, a group of monumental statues of Buddha, one of the highlights of singhalite stonework. Many buildings and facilities are better preserved.
Sigiriya is a massive rock that stretches over 200 meters out of the jungle. The world-famous Sigiriya frescoes are of extraordinary beauty, they are representations of girls, nymphs or heavenly beings, painted with tone colors on the mirror-rocky rock. At half height of the rock, a steep staircase leads to a gallery, from which a spiral staircase leads to world-famous frescoes. Insurgents indicate that the original existence of more than 500 such portraits can be assumed. Only 19 are left today. On the north-western side of the rock, a path leads from the gallery to the summit. This path is protected by a wall that is covered by such a high-polish plaster which can be mirrored almost in spite of centuries of weather. Along the path you can see Sigiriyagraffiti, signatures and rhymes engraved by pilgrims. The top of the rock has a surface area of ​​over 12000 square meters. An outer wall of the palace was built at the extreme end of the slope. The pleasure garden on the west side of the rock is decorated with lakes, small islands, walks and pavilions. After this breathtaking view from the rock we arrive at the guest house in Dambulla.
Day 2
Today, after a leisurely breakfast, we visit the temple complex, which is reached by a small walk. On the way you will meet wild monkeys who are nice to look at. But you should avoid avoiding pet strokes 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.
Then we make an elephant walk through the savannah and wetlands. Where the elephant then kneels with you through the water. This takes about an hour. Afterwards we drive to the Mathale temple. It is the largest Hindu temple in Sri Lanka.
The next stop is the cave temple of Aluvihara, through the magnificent gate in the original white wall, filled with numerous black elephant figures, we enter the temple area, which is located in a landscape marked by rugged granite rocks. The Aluvihara is one of the most important places of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. In 80 BC, about 500 Buddhist monks from all over the world came together to document the teachings of Buddha, which had previously been handed down, on palm leaves, the so-called olas ,
Afterwards - on the way to Kandy - we drive to a herb garden, where you will be introduced by a guide with all the herbs of the island and your effects for humans and animals.
Now we go to Kandy, the picturesque capital of the highlands. Kandy is surrounded by tea and spice gardens, 490 meters above sea level, where we stop at the hotel. After a short break, head to Dalada Maligawa, the temple of the Sacred Teeth of the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The sacred relic, which was brought to Sri Lanka in the fourth century AD, has since been a symbol of the sovereignty of its rulers, and has always been preserved with great splendor as a sanctuary. The tooth temple, as it is commonly called, is a magnificent shrine, with decorative walls, moat, turrets, golden roof and fine carving and has preserved its ambiance from times gone by. Every day, three religious services are held at daybreak, noon, and in the evening, which may be visited by you. Afterwards, you can visit the Kandy Temple dancers performing their traditional Buddhist dances.
In the evening we go back to the hotel where you will end the day with dinner.

Day 3
Today we visit the Botanical Garden in Peradeniya. Far-traveled plant-lovers hold this park, by the way in 1824 by the British on the place of former royal pleasure gardens, for the most beautiful botanical garden in the world. The most impressive is the huge Ficcus Javanicus, which is planted in 1861 and whose roof covers an area of ​​2,400 square meters. You will be totally shocked by the highest bamboo in the world, which rises 30 to 40 meters into the sky and reaches 30 cm per day. The candle tree and orchid house are also worth a visit. One of the top attractions of the complex is a large number of palm trees that are normally found in the Seychelles, the Coco de Mer. Many years ago, they were flushed once to the beach. Except in the Seychelles, where they come from,

Powerful mahogany trees show us how small and lost man is. There is plenty to see on this wonderful spot. Next station is the Elefantenwaisenhaus in Pinnawela. It is the home of some 60 elephants, many of which were abandoned in the baby age or orphaned in the wilderness. They are fed, fed and trained here by the forestry authorities. The best time to visit the orphanage is during the feeding times when the elephant babies "get the bottle". Afterwards the elephants with their carers go to the nearby river and take their daily bath. A show that you should not miss, because when you have the opportunity to see 30 elephants or more.

Now we return to the starting point of our trip back to the guest house Pahalage in Beruwela, where they can let the impressions of the trip to the rest of the day.