Excursions

Sigiriya

This rock fortress was built by king Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. It is a complex of buildings, part royal palace, part fortified town, and water gardens on par with the best in the ancient world, constitute a magnificent and unique architectural feat of the ancient Sinhalese. In a sheltered pocket approached by a spiral stairways are the famous Sigiriya frescoes, the earliest surviving pictorial art of Sri Lanka and of the same period as the Ajantha frescoes of India. The summit of the rock with an area of nearly one hc. Was the site of the palace. It is rerated as the 8th wonder of the ancient world.

Dambulla

Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here king Valagamba took refuge in the 1c. B.C. he later turned the cave into a rock temple. Sites rock ceiling is one large sweep of colorful paintings which depict Buddhist mythology and tales of the Buddha’s previous births. Some of them are over 2000 years old. Within the cave temple is the collection of the largest number of Buddha statues in one place.

Minneriya National Park

This area was declared as a sanctuary in 1938 and upgraded to a national park in 1997. The park is 8,885 hectares in extent and the core of the park holds one of the country’s most diverse ecosystems comprising intermediate forests, savannahs etc. The tank supports a wide variety of waterfalls. The vegetation consists of dry mixed evergreen forests, abandoned chena cultivation lands, grasslands and wetlands. The park is famous for elephants that can be sighted gathering on the dried exposed lake shore during the dry season.

Pasikuda Beach

Pasikuda beach, recognized as one of safest beaches in Sri Lanka is very famous among the travelers who travel around the Sri Lankan tourism areas. Known for its sun kissed beaches, one of the best seaside areas to visit when in the Eastern Coast is Pasikuda Beach.
Throughout the year Pasikuda beach is fully crowded with travelers from all around the world. The sea is visualized with crystal clear water. Foreign travelers never miss this beach as it is known as an ideal destination for a sea bath.

Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka’s first capital, founded in the 5 b.c., according to the ancient/Sinhala chronicle Mahavansa, was model of planning with precincts set aside for huntsmen, scavengers, heretics as well as for the foreigners. Anuradhapura was an example par excellence of a Hydraulic Civilization. The construction of reservoirs, canals and irrigation channels during this period exhibited an amazing knowledge of trigonometry and the design of reservoirs a thorough grasp of hydraulic principles.

Polonnaruwa

The island medieval capital (11c & 12c) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many shrines. Polonnaruwa shows the interesting blend of the influence of the south Indian Hindu culture on the Sinhala Buddhist art and architecture in the scattered shrines and monuments still venerated daily by the devotes.

Nilaveli Beach

Nilaveli beach is one of the purest white sand beaches in Asia. The pristine beach which is very popular among sun worshipper is quite serene and the crystal clear blue water is so breathtaking that it would be a memorable stay for you. Nilaveli is an ideal place for scuba diving.