DAY 3 ANURADHAPURA – POLLONNARUWA (SITE SEEING)– MINNERIYA – SIGIRIYA (APPROX.190)
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Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Pollonnaruwa, visit historical sites in Pollonnaruwa.In the afternoon leave to Minneriya National Park for Safari.
Proceed to Sigiriya and check in at the hotel. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer to Pollonnaruwa.
Pollonnaruwa became capital of Sir Lanka following the decline of Anuradhapura. It was declared a capital by King Vijayabahu the 1st who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070. Today, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa is a World Heritage Site. The golden age of this glorious city was under the reign of King Parakramabahu the 1st who oversaw the construction of one of the greatest irrigation systems the country has seen, the ParakramaSamudhraya, which covers an area of 6,000 acres. The ruins of the Royal Palace and various buildings and structures can be seen even today. Other highlight of this city is the Gal Viharaya which has 3 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock, the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, the statue of King Parakramabahu, the former Temple of Tooth Relic, Shiva Temple, Lankathilake, Watadage, Galpotha, and KiriViharaya.
After site seeing ,in the afternoon leave to Minneriya National Park for Safari.
Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8890 hectares of Minneriya national park is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favorites such as sambur deer, leopards and elephants.
However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rdcentury AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Proceed to Sigiriya.
Check in at the hotel. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.Request This tour
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