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Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Habarana

Morning: visit to the rock fortress of Sigiriya

Breakfast at hotel and departure to Sigiriya.
We will ascend to the impressive fortress of the rock of Sigiriya, one of the most important archaeological points in Asia, heritage. Built by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 ad) on a large monolith of Red stone, 180m above the jungle, it is a Citadel of extraordinary beauty that rises 200 metres above the jungle.
The rock was the most hidden fortress of a city of 70 hectares. There is a moat, a wall and enormous gardens including the famous irrigation system that surrounds the base of the rock. We will visit the famous frescoes of the “divine ladies” of Sigiriya in a nook protected from the rock, which is accessed by a spiral staircase. Considered one of the eight wonders of the ancient world, there are sufficient remains to impress visitors with a sweeping view of the ingenuity and creativity of the builders.

Afternoon: visit to Polonnaruwa

Tour through the city of Polonnaruwa. Medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th century to the 13th A.d., the ancient city is considered to be the “Renaissance jewel” of Sinhala architecture. Currently protected by Unesco as a world heritage site for its archaeological and historical interest.
There are large monuments scattered in the jungle on the shores of a vast swamp, such as the colossal figure sculpted in rock King Parakramabahu, the Royal Palace, the halls of hearings, the formidable Temple of images of Thuparama, etc. Visit the fabulous statues of the Gal Vihara which are three great Buddhas carved into a limestone wall. Finally we will see the new Museum where remains from all places in the area are kept.

Return to the hotel in Habarana.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel

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