Drive from Dambulla to Kandy via Dambulla Caves
Journey time is approximately three hours, visiting the Dambulla Caves on route. Dambulla Rock is more than 1.5km around its base and the summit is at 550m and the caves were the refuge of King Valagambahu when he was in exile for fourteen years. When he returned to the throne at Anuradhapura in the 1 Century BC, he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla. The site has been repaired and repainted several times. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1991and now it not possible to photograph the insides of the caves. The caves comprise a mixture of religious and secular paintings and sculptures and there are several reclining Buddha's, including a 15m long sculpture of a dying Buddha. There are a fair few steps to reach the top, but it is worth it once at the top.
Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka after Colombo and is home to some of the most famous sites in the country. The Botanical Gardens, which are the second largest in the world after Kew in England, house an amazing collection of flowers and trees aswell as a world famous orchid house. It is also possible to see the outside of Lord Mountbatten's colonial house within the gardens. Temple of the Tooth, which is also found in Kandy is believed to house a tooth of Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to the new city and placed in a temple built to honour it. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portuguese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone.
Half Day Trip to the Temple of the Tooth
Visit the revered Temple of the Tooth, which houses a tooth that is said to have come from Buddha himself. Attracting vast numbers of white-clad pilgrims, the temple is often swarming with people bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani.
According to legend, the tooth was removed as Buddha lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in the fourth century, escaping the Hindu armies that were sweeping through India. Since then, this precious relic has been treated with great reverence and has survived several attempts to capture or destroy it. The tour will take approximately two hours.
You will be staying at Ellerton, bed and breakfast