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. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1991. 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 is believed to house a tooth of Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day.
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