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Our most recommended Central Province, Sri Lanka Educational Activities

Kandy: Historical Three Temples All-Inclusive Tour

1. Kandy: Historical Three Temples All-Inclusive Tour

Visiting three of the most ancient and historically important temples that are within an easy walking distance to one another is a memorable expedition for a heritage lover. The three temples (Embekke, Lankathilaka, Gadaladeniya) have been built in the 14th century before the Kandyan Kingdom was fully established. This tour finished at approximately 12:30 PM, when you are returned to your hotel.  Be picked up at 8:00 AM from your hotel lobby in Kandy. Arrive at your first temple by 9:00 AM. Embekke is a crafted work of wooden dedication. Look at the pillars or drum hall with unique designs on each side. Appreciate the care and effort in shapping swans, peakcocks, wrestlers, dragons and more. Hear about the history of this temple, and the importance it has represented for the culture. Visit Lankatilake Temple by 9:45 AM. Lankatilake is perhaps the finest temple in the district. An impressively solid-looking structure built on a huge rock outcrop and painted a pale blue rather than the usual white.  Then next visit Gadaladeniya Temple, built on a rocky outcrop and covered with small pools, the temple is reached by a series of steps cut into the rock. This Buddhist temple with a Hindu extension is a similar age to the Lankatilake Temple and the Embekka Devale.

From Negombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

2. From Negombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

After being transported in private car with local English speaking tour guide from Negombo, you will reach your first destination: Sri Lanka's largest rock, Dambulla Cave Temple, which is built on a 600-foot high rock at an elevation of 1118 feet from sea level. It is home to the worlds most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and shapes from the 2nd-century BC to the Kandyan era of the 18th-century.  Your second visit is to Sigiriya Rock, a site of historical and archaeological significance dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 feet) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital. Finish your day with a tour to see the crafts of the traditional artisans in Sigiriya, including wood carvers and batik makers. Learn about the process of their work and purchase some great souvenirs.  At the end of the trip, your guide will take you back to your hotel in Negombo.

Kandy: All Inclusive City Tour

3. Kandy: All Inclusive City Tour

Be picked up from your accommodation at 8:00 AM. Your first stop will be the Giragama Tea Factory. Here, you will see the sorting, grinding, and drying tools and then the packaging machines. Learn how tea is processed from shiny green leaves to the contents of your tea bag. After enjoying a cup of high grown processed tea, set out to explore the plantation.  Continue your tour and head to the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya, which is renowned for bundles of varieties of plants including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, and palm trees. Then, visit the Bahirawakanda Buddha statue known as big Buddha, which is one of the most scenic places in the city. At 1:00 PM, take a break to enjoy lunch at Oak Ray restaurant. After Lunch, visit the wood carving factory and gem lapidary. Then, be driven to Kandy Lake, which was built by King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1807. It is one of the major highlights in the city and the drive is a scenic and memorable ride.  At 4:00 PM, witness a cultural show in one of the many theaters available in the Kandy city. Then, visit the Temple of the Tooth. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and around the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. You will be returned to your hotel for 7:00 PM.

Colombo: Full-Day Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour

4. Colombo: Full-Day Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour

Following an early morning pickup at your accommodation in Colombo, head directly to Sigiriya Rock on arrival. Bring your own snacks or make sure to have a proper breakfast at your accommodation before the tour. You'll arrive at Sigiriya Rock Fortress after an approximately 4-hour car ride. Gaze in awe at the massive column of rock that, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, was selected by King Kasyapa as the site of his new capital. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa. Enjoy the fascinating morning views across the mist-wrapped forests. Climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress and arrive at the Lion Rock. Explore numerous unfading murals and continue your hike at the steep staircase leading to the terraced gardens and cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace and get a feeling for the history of this unique place. Proceed to Sigiriya at around 1:30 PM for a walking tour of the village. Discover a bund of a Wewa, a man-made reservoir. Get on a bullock cart ride and experience the rural village life. Then, aboard a tandem canoe and join for a catamaran safari at a scenic lake. Stop to enjoy a traditional restaurant lunch prepared by the villagers at your own expense. Savor a typical buffet-style meal served on lotus leaves. Witness the preparation methods by the local women and participate in the preparation of a curry. Following lunch, take a three-wheeler tour back to the starting point in Sigiriya. Start the journey back towards your accommodation in Colombo at around 6 PM. En-route you may stop at Restaurant at your choice and have dinner at your own expense.

Colombo: Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya, & Panduwasnuwara Tour

5. Colombo: Yapahuwa, Dambadeniya, & Panduwasnuwara Tour

The tour begins with early morning pickup from your Colombo hotel at 6am, then travels the 2-hour journey to the first stop of the day, the Kingdom of Dambadeniya. Step back in time as you wander around the ruins of Dambadeniya, once a bustling mid-13th century hub reigned over by King Parakramabahu II. See the recently excavated remains of the Temple of the Tooth, as well as the fascinating royal palace complex with its gardens, walls, and moats. By 10:30am arrive at the next stop of the day, the former capital of Sri Lanka, Yapahuwa. Marvel at the city’s fortress which was built on a giant rock, boasting wide staircases, beautiful stone sculptures, and highly detailed pillar carvings. Climb to the top of the fortress to view the ruins of the stupa on the summit of the rock, which once would have been used as a center for meditation. Spend a few hours exploring ruins of Yapahuwa, then head to a local restaurant for a traditional lunch at your own expense. After lunch head to the final stop of the day, the ancient city of Panduwasnuwara, which was one of the first kingdoms in Sri Lanka. Once the capital city of the country during 5th century BC, the site was used up until the 12th century resulting in a vast array of architectural influences and styles. Once you’ve marvelled at the ruins, visit the onsite museum which houses fascinating archaeological finds from excavations in the area. After an hour and a half exploring Panduwasnuwara the tour comes to an end and you will be dropped off back to your hotel at around 7:30pm.

From Dambulla: Kandy Day Trip

6. From Dambulla: Kandy Day Trip

Start your day trip with a pickup at 7:00 AM from your hotel in Dambulla. Bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel. Reach Kandy by 9:30 AM and go to your first destination in the city, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Learn about the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha and its importance throughout the history of Sri Lanka. Also, view the beautiful architecture of the palace and look at the many golden figurines in the shrine. At approximately 11:00 AM go on a tour to see the crafts of traditional artisans of Kandy, such as gem crafters, woodcarvers and batik makers. You will get to see the process of how the artisans do their work and purchase some unique souvenirs if you'd like. Finish the tour by 1:00 PM and break for lunch at a local restaurant of your choice. After an enjoyable meal, head to the next leg of your tour at about 2:30 PM. Go to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya and explore the grounds hosting gardens of over 4000 plant species, including an exclusive collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants. Also, have the chance to see famous plants such as the Cannonball Tree, the Giant Javan Fig tree, and Burma bamboo. Complete your tour of the botanical gardens by around 5:00 PM and return to your hotel in Dambulla.

From Colombo: Private 2-Day Sri Lanka Highlights Trip

7. From Colombo: Private 2-Day Sri Lanka Highlights Trip

Start your private tour around the magical island of Sri Lanka at Colombo International Airport. Meet your knowledgeable local driver and guide and get transported to your hotel in Colombo. Get a good night's sleep before embarking on your tour. After breakfast the following morning, head to an elephant orphanage in a small village and meet some of the gentle giants native to Sri Lanka. Learn how the center rehabilitates young elephants who have been displaced and readies them for re-entry to their natural habitat. Then head to the city of Kandy to tour a spice and herb garden. Get to know some of the most important local spices, including coriander, chili, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg, and their uses. Afterwards, check out the fruits of some other local industries, including gem crafting, woodcarving, and batik. Finally, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which was built in the 16th century as the place of veneration and protection for Buddha’s sacred tooth. Walk through the beautifully embellished passageways and elaborate halls painted in red, cream, and black. Lounge against delicately carved pillars and marvel at the assortment of golden statues while your guide explains the historical and artistic significance of the temple. Return to your Colombo hotel afterwards.  On your second day, journey first to a turtle hatchery on the island's southwestern coast. Come face to face with these fascinating creatures and learn about their intricate life cycle. Then head to the Madu River for a boat safari. Pass through secret passages created by the mangrove trees and let your guide introduce you to the wonders of this flourishing ecosystem. After, continue on to Galle and explore the ancient colonial city where the Portuguese and Dutch made their headquarters at various points in history. Return to your hotel in Colombo. After breakfast, check out from the hotel and get transported back to the Colombo airport if you'll be leaving Sri Lanka after the tour.

Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

8. Central Sri Lanka: Ramboda Falls and Tea Factory Tour

Visit the Ramboda Falls and a Tea Factory with a guided tour through a tea estate and learn more about the varieties, processing methods and qualities of tea. Later go on a scenic tour in Nuwara Eliya City, the highland city that was the premium holiday resort town of the British in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Enjoy walking through the streets with their pretty little cottages, quaint villas and beautiful mansions. Make memories in the old red-bricked post office and relax at Queen Victoria Park or on the shores of Lake Gregory. Visit the beautiful Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, with its montane grasslands and cloud forests. Enjoy the majestic views from the precipice of World's End and the cooling sprays from Baker's Falls. Catch glimpses of the many endemic fauna that make their home in the plains. Get to know more about the archaeological finds that were discovered in the area.

From Kandy: Traditional Spices and Crafts Tour

9. From Kandy: Traditional Spices and Crafts Tour

Start your spice and crafts tour at Euphoria Spice and Herbal Gardens in Matale, where you will learn all about the spices and herbs of Sri Lanka and how they are grown and processed. Discover how to use them to their fullest in the spice gardens before visiting the Jayamali Batik Factory. Despite being named a factory, this craft industry isn't as large scale as you would expect from its name. Instead, it involves a few expert craftspeople, usually women, and a few apprentices. See the elaborate batik-making process and learn all about how this traditional cloth is made. Next, discover the process of wood carving and learn more about the types of wood used. Visit the gem museum, learn about the gem industry in Sri Lanka, and the gem crafting process to close out the tour.

From Kandy: Ancient Heritage of Sri Lanka 2-Day Guided Tour

10. From Kandy: Ancient Heritage of Sri Lanka 2-Day Guided Tour

Embark on a 2-day tour of Sri Lanka’s cultural history, including one of its most famous National Parks. Explore the sacred city of Anuradhapura, Dambulla Golden Cave Temple, and Wilpattu National Park.   Day 1: Kandy – Dambulla – Anuradhapura Start your journey at 7:00 AM with hotel pickup in Kandy. Hop into an air-conditioned vehicle and head for Dambulla to your first stop: the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Marvel at the hundreds of Buddha figurines and other deities scattered across the 5 main caves. You’ll also see the giant golden Buddha statue just a little distance outside the cave complex and hear the tales of this ancient kingdom.   Afterwards, head to Anuradhapura where you’ll check into your hotel for a short rest. In the evening, explore the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, which served as the country’s capital for over a millennium until the 10th century AD. See its pagodas, monastic buildings, and ponds scattered over a vast area. Visit important landmarks, like Jetavanarama, one of the tallest buildings of the ancient world; the Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment; and the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. Learn about the fascinating history of this region as you walk in the footsteps of kings.   Day 2: Anuradhapura – Wilpattu – Kandy Early in the morning, head to Wilpattu National Park for a jeep safari. Feel the call of the wild as you catch sight of the elusive Sri Lankan leopard—this National Park is believed to have the highest concentration of leopards in the entire world. See hundreds of other types of wildlife such as deer, buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, and rare birds. Get the photographs of a lifetime of these curious creatures.   After the safari, return to your hotel for a short rest before setting off again for a visit to Mihintale Rock. This is the place where Buddhism began in Sri Lanka, the spot where King Devanampiyatissa and Monk Mahina met. View the monastic ruins at the foot of the mountain and walk in the footsteps of Mahina as you visit the cave where he lived. See historic stupas (commemorative monuments) as you wander the ruins of an age long past, helping you to understand its impact on the history and current state of Sri Lanka. After this final visit, you’ll head back to your hotel in Kandy.

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What people are saying about Central Province, Sri Lanka

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Nice trip with a good English speaking guide. We saw a lot but also a lot that was not described on the trip we what booked. When you arrive at Sigiryia Rock you have to pay for a ticket and the same thing you have to do if you go on an elephant safari in the area, so you just have to be aware of this. So what you pay for is basically a drive there. We did not get to see the temple in Dambula which was otherwise something we had been looking forward to the most.

Reliable, professional and customer-oriented.

With a little uncertainty about how this would turn out, we were pleasantly surprised. The driver picked up at 04.45, drove us and followed us all day and guided us. He was friendly and quite knowledgeable and our experience was a little more than we expected. We are pleasantly surprised again by Getyourguide and your service, guides and services. We will book you again!

It's a must!

Since u are visiting Sri Lanka, u must book a trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla! Apart of a good exercise climbing the rock, the view from up and the wind makes the best experience! Highly recommended, with Aaron as a driver!

The Rock was amazing but require enormous strength to climb up. The village was unique, able taste the local cuisine. The downside was 4 hours+ drive from colombo to sirigiya, so you spent 8 hours for transit.