Day 10 Habarana – Dambulla – Matale – Kandy (Drive)
Breakfast at the Hotel
Transfer to Kandy, on the way you will visit and climb Dambulla cave temple and visit a local spice garden in Matale.
DAMBULLA………The city is home to one of Sri Lankas seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the richly painted cave temple complex, is the islands largest and best preserved. Though there are more than 80 documented caves in the area, the most significant are spread over 5 caves, which comprise of statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha and his life. The latest archeological site of significant historical importance, the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric Burial Site, is also found in this great city, within 3 km of the cave temple. At this site, bones of 2700 year old human skeletons were found, which according to scientific analysis, is evidence of civilisations existing long before the arrival of the Indians to the island. Ancient history aside, Dambulla is home to the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, well known for being built in just 167 days. Its Iron Wood forest (Namal Uyana) and the largest Rose Quartz mountain range in South Asia make this city special.
MATALE…….Located in the hill country of Sri Lanka, a picturesque hours drive from Kandy, Matale is a small town famed for its spice gardens. Here, visitors are able to see how spices are grown and processed. An opportunity to take home a selection of fresh spices. To the north of Matale town, surrounded by the foothills of the beautiful Knuckles Mountain Range, is the Aluvihara Temple; the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down in text on ola (palm) leaves in full. Not far from the temple, are several monastic caves worthy of a visit, with some of them possessing some magnificent frescoes.
KANDY…….Locally referred to as Maha Nuwara, meaning The Great City, Kandy is the Hill Capital and one of the most scenic cities in the country. It is also home to one of the most revered places of the Buddhist community in Sri Lanka, and around the world. The sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha, is housed in the temple, known as the Dalada Maligawa. In one of Asias most celebrated festivals, The Esala (Kandy) Perahera (held in July/August), where the inner caskets housing the sacred tooth relic, is taken through the streets in a grand procession of dancers, drummers, torch bearers and over a hundred beautifully costumed elephants. Steeped in history and located at the foothills of the central highlands, the city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. Its not only its places of historical significance that make Kandy a popular tourist destination, but also the shops displaying precious and semi precious stones, skillfully crafted jewellary, handicrafts, colourful batiks and silks; and of course there is the expansive Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the largest and finest in Sri Lanka – a must do. Check in at the hotel and relax for the day enjoying the hotel facilities.
Dinner and Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Kandy .