During this tour, you will be going on a Jeep Safari in the Minneriya National Park, which has been declared to be a wildlife sanctuary. You will be able to see a wide variety of wildlife including elephants and rare species of birds. You will also be visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is one of the most famous attractions in Sri Lanka and is a must-visit site during your time in Sri Lanka.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: SigiriyaWe will pick up the guests from any hotel or location in the following areas: Negombo / Waikkal / Marawila / Chilaw, and proceed to Minneriya.On the way, we will be visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The remains of Sigiriya constructed by King Kasapa I (477-495 AD) whom the Mahavansa introduces as a patricide lies five miles off Inamaluwa on the Dambulla-Habarana Road. On the west of the rock are ponds, the remains of summer palaces and other structures, and the first part of the ancient road, which led to the summit Ramparts. In the past, the entire western face of the rock had been covered with plaster and painted upon, but only those paintings in two sheltered pockets now survive. The last lap of the ancient path to the summit had been through the mouth of a lion, but at present only parts of the lion’s legs and some of the limestone steps from inside the lion’s mouth survives. Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Minneriya National Park, Minneriya, North Central ProvinceAfter visiting the Sigiriya Rock Fortress you will go on a Jeep safari in the Minneriya National Park. Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 million in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo.After the Jeep safari, the guests will be dropped off at the hotel they were picked up or any location nearby in the areas of: Negombo / Waikkal / Marawila / Chilaw, confirming the end of the tour.Duration: 5 hours