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Elephants Exterior at dusk Heritance Kandalama Heritance Kandalama Pool Sigiriya  Sigiriya Lion Rock Buddha statues in the temple of Dambulla Dambulla cave temple Golden Temple of Dambulla

Cultural Highlights

Dambulla 3 nights

Day 1 Colombo*/Dambulla: Travel by road to Dambulla (approx 4 hours) and the Heritance Kandalama, a hotel that doesn’t sit on the landscape but is part of it. Shaped like a bird with wings outstretched, it sits in the side of the mountain and is draped in vines.

Days 2-3 Dambulla: Two full days at leisure at this extraordinary hotel. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the imposing rock fortress of Sigiriya. Near-vertical walls soar to a flattopped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation which dates back to the 5th century. No tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site would be complete without climbing the approximately 1,200 steps to the top, but your reward is simply breathtaking views. Another option is Dambulla Cave Temple, which houses a reclining Buddha and another 150 life-sized Buddhist statues. Optional excursions to Minneriya or Wilpattu are also availble.

Day 4 Dambulla/Colombo*: Transfer by road to Colombo where your tour concludes.

Heritance Kandalama - 5*
This very special hotel, designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, is flanked by two UNESCO World Heritage sites - Dambulla cave temple and the Sigiriya rock fortress. It offers a place to wake up to bird calls and enjoy stunning vistas of verdant jungle, calm waters and rocky mountains. Float in the infinity swimming pool as you gaze across towards Sigiriya, indulge in spa treatments at the Six Senses Spa and dine in style at the three restaurants, highly regarded for their cuisine.

What you need to know

Departures: Daily from Colombo. *Various other pick up and drop off points are available within Sri Lanka for this tour. Please ask for prices.

Accommodation: In superior rooms at Heritance Kandalama which have air-conditioning, bath/shower, mini bar, safe and views of Dambulla rock.

Upgrade options include panoramic or luxury rooms and suites.

Meals: Breakfast.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes return private transfers from Colombo to Heritance Kandalama and 3 nights accommodation.

Private tours to heritage sights available on request.

3 nights privately escorted tour by private air-conditioned car from £269pp

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