Minnariya Elephant Gathering, Lion’s Rock and Sacred City Three Day Tour

Day One – Kurunagala rocky kingdom , Sigiriya lion’s rock  >  Day Two – Dambulla cave temple , Minnariya National park , Spices garden , Reach  Kandy  >  Day Three – Kandy city , sacred tooth relic temple , Paradaniya botanical garden , traditional dancing show , Visit tea factory

Day One

The places of visiting, Negombo Kurunagala Sigiriya Rock Fortress Dambulla Golden Rock Temple Arvada Herbal massage Elephant Riding Minnariya National Park Visit.

Our airport representatives will warmly welcome you at the airport or the linguistic chauffeur will come to the given destination to pickup you to do 03 days tour with Chiara Tours Srilanka. Early in the morning we are heading to Sigiriya passing Kurunagala and stop kurunagala for the lunch. kurunagala was the fifth rocky kingdom in Srilanka in 14 century AD. When you reach Kurunagala you can see a big rock in the middle of the city and it looks like a giant elephant. Because of this the city was called as ‘Giant Elephant Rock’ or Kurunagala. There is a big Buddha’s statue on the rock which is looking at the city and blessing all who are passing the city towards Lion’s Rock.

Rice fields in Srilanka

The environment is looking very beautiful and green with many paddy fields. Many farmers are working hard with cattle in the paddy to provide rice to everyone. Rice is our stable food in Srilanka and it takes 06 months to get harvest. Firstly, there should be a bare land to cultivate rice and we use natural or chemical fertilizer. The land should be plow, harrow and level using machine or traditional method of using cattle. We should provide water at least 03 months to the rice tree and we get water from the rivers or man made tanks. After 06 months the farmers are happy to cut their harvest after 06 months for our consumption. After experiencing the rice fields and man made lakes we are reaching to the Lions Rock, the most spectacular rock fortress in the world.

Sigiriya Lion’s rock

Sigiriya was a great ancient city, huge palace and beautiful garden complex and most of the people believe it as an 8th wonder of the world. The Lion’s Rock or Sigiriya rock is Srilankan most recognizable landmark and not only natives but also many tourists daily visit the world famous rock fortress because it is a World Heritage site published in 1982 by UNSCO. The Sigiriya palace was built by king Kashapa in 5th Century AD to protect himself from his brother Mugalan who lived India at that time. He was a ‘lover of nature’ and wanted to make Sigiriya as a heaven in all comfort. When we are entering in to the site we pass two moats and three ramparts to safe guard the king’s life from enemies. There were many dangerous crocodiles could be seen in these moats. The water garden, terrace garden and boulder garden tells the story that the King had admired the nature in great manner; still the fountains are working during the rainy season. 

Frescoes or wet plaster painting

The Lion’s Rock is 200 meters high and half way to the Rock the visitor has the ability to see the world famous 5th century AD Frescoes. They are half naked woman was drawn by the great ancient artist 1612 years ago using natural paint and they are still alive. There were more than 500 paintings could be seen but unfortunately they were washed out and only 22 painting can be seen now. The frescoes were drawn on the wet plaster and it is proved by one lady has three hands and other one has two nipples. The ancient artist could not erase the unsuitable hand and the nipple because it was drawn on the wet plaster. The technique that they have used was wet plaster by mixing clay, hay and paddy husk, butter clay and then burnt oyster shells with glue of a tree. The colors were found from the flowers, bark or the trees, leaves and from nature. The Dorana tree oil was used to varnish the paints.

The mirror wall is built to protect to the staircase walkers who are climbing to the summit and the wall was converted as a mirror using well polished natural granite. So that, when the visitor is going through the mirror wall the Frescos could be seen from the mirror.

After 5th century AD, there were many people came to see the miracle of the rock and the well preserved urban planning. They wrote their ideas, thoughts and feelings in the mirror wall about their experiences in Sigiriya. There were more than 1000 grafties can be seen but 687 grafties have read and understood in present. After Lion’s paw we reach the summit where we experience the ruins of the palace and the pool, it gives bird’s eye view of the surrounding.

After Lion’s Rock you are free to ride on elephant and to have aruvadic herbal massage from government approved places.

In the evening we go jungle Safari at Minneriya National park where you can see more than 200 elephants in a row with baby elephants. Not only elephants but also mammals, reptiles, and birds too can be seen. It is a joyful journey and we stay until late evening with the elephant and come to the hotel with happy memories in our hearts.

Day Two

The places of visiting, Dambulla cave temple , Spice garden , Matala Aluviharaya Buddhist Temple &  Kandy

After breakfast we are going to Dambulla Golden cave temple which is 18 km away from Sigiriya Lion’s Rock. It is a cultural triangle declared by UNSCO where there are five natural caves converted as Buddhist temple in 1st Century BC by the great king Valagamba.The caves were suitable protecting places to him to safeguard his life from invaders from India in 1st century BC and Buddhist monks too helped him during his difficult situation. The king converted these natural caves as Buddhist temple after winning the battle against invaders in Anuradhapura as a gratitude to the Buddhist monks. It is a well painted cave temple where different postures of Buddha’s statues can be seen and they are made out of natural rock, plaster, and granite or wooden with well painted and very colorful ones. Dambulla golden cave temple is unique and important site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras. After visiting Golden Rock temple we are heading towards Kandy and on the way to Kandy we visit species garden .Srilanka is a tropical county where there are lot of plants are growing due to suitable soil and climate conditions. Srilanka is very rich with endemic spice and herbal plants and they have magical taste and have the curing ability of different diseases. From ancient time, Arabians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Portuguese, Dutch and British were here in Srilanka specially to do trade on spices. You would have a good understanding and knowledge about spices (cinnamon, cardamom, pepper, cloves, nutmeg etc.) and herbal plants during this journey.We are reaching to Kandy for the lunch passing Matale Aluviharaya Buddhist temple, (date back to 1century BC) and it is the place where the Buddha’s teaching were written down in golden script.

Sacred Tooth relic temple of Buddha 

After lunch we are going to visit gem museum and batik factory then we are proceeding to the most important places that is the sacred Tooth Relic temple of Buddha. The Sacred Tooth Relic was introduced to Srilanka from India in 4 century AD for the protection from enemies during the king’s era .The Tooth Relic has become the Palladian of the royalty, that means nobody become the king without having the Sacred Tooth Relic in his hand. So it had played a great role in Srilankan history. When you reach the temple your heart and eyes might be rejoicing with experiencing sound and meal offering of Sacred Tooth Relic. Who ever come to this place, use to offer some fragrant flowers and light lamps to Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha in religious manner to get peace of mind and get better life in next life. You are too welcome to offer some flowers to Buddha’s statue and Sacred tooth relic to get peace of mind and much happiness in your life.  After experiencing Sri lankan cultural dancing, show we are going to the hotel with religious hearts.

Day Three 

The places of visiting, Kandy city , Royal Botanical Garden , Traditional Dancing Show , Tea factory , Gem museum , Taste for fresh fruits

After kandy city tour we are going to Paradaniya Royal Botanical garden and it is very famous for collection of different kind of beautiful orchids. It includes more than 1000 plants flowering trees, spices aruvadic medical plants and palm trees. After Royal Botanical garden, you are accompanied to pineapple garden (Ananas comosus) where you can taste fresh ripe pineapple and it is edible multiple fruit in Srilanka. It is consumed fresh, cooked, juice, jam or desert and it takes six months to grow. The pineapple crown is used for next cultivation. Not only pineapple garden but also crane handicraft places, cashew nut village, rubber estates, (where we make natural rubber cutting the bark of the tree as a major export item) are some places where you get memorable experience.

On the way back to Airport or to Negombo we are going to Tea factory to taste Ceylon original tea which quenches your thirst.

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