Full Day to Anuradhapura
The sacred city of Anuradhapura was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', Buddha's fig tree, which brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again. Time can be spend walking around the site, have a blessing at the temple and soak up the atmosphere of families picnicing and flying kites. Bikes can be hired for the day if preferred. The tour will last approximately three hours.
Local village and lunch Anuradapura
This popular experience includes a bullock cart ride to a local village with an authentic local lunch served in a village hut with native herbal brews served out of coconut shells.
Evening Safari in Minneriya National Park
In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Minneriya National Park. Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, this protected area contains one of Sri Lanka's most interesting ecosystems. Set out on an evening safari through the parklands.
Centred on the ancient Minneriya Reservoir, which was built in the third century, the park is rich with wildlife. During the drier summer months, wild elephants come to graze here, whilst cormorants and painted storks flock to feed upon the fish that live in the reservoir's shallow waters.
You will be staying at Ulagalla, half board