Things to do in Mahiyanganaya

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From Kandy: Mahiyanganya and Dambana Day Trip

1. From Kandy: Mahiyanganya and Dambana Day Trip

Begin you tour at 7:00 AM with a pickup from your guide. First, drive along the famous 18 Bend Road to Mahiyangana. 18 Bend Road is known for being one of the most dangerous and spectacular roads in the world. While the recent road renovations have widened the road therefor reducing the danger factor, it still remains an amazing experience with dramatic views over the valley of Mahiyangana. Your first stop lies within the valley and is of great archaeological value. Sorabora Wewa, also known as the Sea of Bintenna, is an ancient reservoir believed to have been constructed over two millennia ago. Created by damming Diyawanna Oya with a 485-meter embankment, the reservoir uses the natural rock around it to its advantage to form a channel that acts as a sluice gate. Observe this unique sluice gate as you walk along the embankment. Afterward, head to Ulhitiya Reservoir, one of the most important reservoirs in the area. Formed by the damming of Ulhitiya Oya, it is a tributary of Mahaweli River. After learning more about the history of this reservoir, continue on to Mahiyangana. Reach this historic city at about 9:30 AM. Hear about how Mahiyangana is said to be the site of Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. Visit Mahiyangana Temple and learn about its history and development starting from before 543 BC to the present day. See how the temple continues to be a place of tranquility and peace.  At approximately 10:00 AM start your hike to the Dambana Veddah village. Arrive after about 30-minutes and be introduced to the community of locals and see their rustic homes and lifestyles. Learn how these tribes hunt and farm to sustain themselves. Have the opportunity to join a short hunt if you desire or examine their longbows and arrows.   Leave the village at 12:30 PM and return to Mahiyangana. Have some lunch before returning to your hotel, arriving at about 3:00 PM.

From Kandy: All-Inclusive 2 Nights Guided Tour of Sri Lanka

2. From Kandy: All-Inclusive 2 Nights Guided Tour of Sri Lanka

Day 1 Kandy / Mahiyanganaya 6 AM: Leave Kandy and proceed with your driver for two hours to reach Mahiyanganaya. 8:30 AM: Arrive at Mahiyanaya and start trekking with a local guide to explore the hidden waterfalls. Pass by countryside attractions including paddy fields and canals. Enjoy the sounds of the waterfalls and the songs of the birds. Visit two beautiful hidden waterfalls and explore the surrounding nature's flora and fauna. 12:30 PM: Be driven to your hotel in Mahiyanganaya. 2 PM: Arrive at a four-star luxury hotel and spend some time at your leisure. 3:30 PM: Leave to visit the Wedda village of Dambana. Learn more about the fascinating lifestyle of forest dwellers and how they have adapted to the changing times. 6 PM: Arrive back at the hotel and enjoy the hotel facilities including dinner with wine and beer. Stay overnight at Keven’s Casa hotel Mahiyanganaya. Day 2 Mahiyanganaya / Your next Destination 5:30 AM: Leave the hotel to witness the dawn of a new day, as the sun rises over the horizon of the beautiful Sorabora Lake. Listen to the birds chirping away as you breathe in the fresh morning air and enjoy the true beauty of nature. 6 AM: Do a scenic, hour-long boat tour across the 1440-acre body of water in Sorabora Lake and enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful views of the blue waters. If lucky, catch the moment when a diving bird plunges into the water for a fishy snack. Watch as the local fishermen use a traditional form of fishing to enclose the fish and bring it ashore. 7:30 AM: Enjoy breakfast with a view. Head over to the top of the Sorabora Rock where your chef will await your arrival to cook up a freshly prepared, delicious breakfast. 8:30 AM: Try your hand at milking the friendly yet mischievous cows in Mahiyangana. Learn about the procedure from a local villager and get hands-on experience milking a cow. 9:30 AM: Enjoy swinging at the edge of the lake or try mountain biking to explore more of the surroundings. 11 AM: Check out from the hotel and proceed to your next destination (Transportation will be provided to Ella, Yala, Pasikuda, Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya free of charge)

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