• Duration: 9 hours
  • Moderate
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  • Pick up available
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Description

Sigiriya, also called Lion Rock Situated in central Sri Lanka consisting of the ruins of an ancient stronghold that was built in the late 5th century on a remarkable monolithic rock pillar. Sigiriya was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. 

The rock, which is so steep that its top overhangs the sides, rises to an elevation of 1,144 feet above Sea level and is some 600 feet above the surrounding plain. The Sinhalese king Kashyapa built a palace in the shape of a monumental lion on the several acres of ground at the summit, intending it to be a safeguard against his enemies. 

However, the king was defeated in 495, and the palace fell into ruin. The site soon became a pilgrimage destination, however, and it is now a popular tourist spot. Visitors begin the final ascent to the top through the open paws of the lion, one of the few remaining portions of the palace that are still intact.

Minneriya national park is located 182 km away from Colombo, in the North Central Plains of Sri Lanka. The major city closest to Minneriya National Park is Polonnaruwa. 

The recently renovated, ancient Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir irrigates a considerable area of the district of Polonnaruwa and is the focal point of the Minneriya National Park. 

May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephant herds. The gathering is documented as the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world. 

During the dry season of August to September each year, herds of up to 300 elephants are seen within a few square kilometers of the vast Minneriya Reservoir. 

This Elephant Gathering is a thrilling spectacle that would be remembered for the rest of the life of all those who were fortunate enough to witness it.

Itinerary

Pick up from your hotel

Leaving the hotel at 6:00 am in the morning to avoid the heat and the crowd who come to Sigiriya from the closest areas to the historical sites to give our clients the value of the price that they're paying to enjoy the site without noise, heat, and people.

Sigiriya Lion Rock

A person who goes to Sigiriya Lion Rock before its a perfect time for a climb up.

Minneriya

After having lunch proceed to Minneriya.

Be part of the “Elephant gathering”, the annual congregation of wild elephants sometimes herds as large as 400 come together in the largest gathering of wild elephants in the world.

There is also plenty of other wildlife to see and enjoy.

End of the tour

After the evening safari, we take you back to your hotel.

Pick up locations

What's included

  • Transportation in an A/C Vehicle
  • English speaking guide for the entire tour
  • All Govt. Taxes and Surcharges
  • Mineral Water Bottle

What's excluded

  • Entrance Fees
  • Any tours to cities not mentioned above
  • Any other services not mentioned above

What do I need to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothes
  • Money for personal expenses
  • Anything that might be useful to you

Important information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not stroller accessible
  • Not suitable for pets
  • No public transportation nearby
  • Infants must not sit on laps
  • Infant seats unavailable

Cancellation policy

  • Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
  • Cancellation fee of 0% if cancelled 1000 days or less before departure

Categories

  • CULTURAL AND THEME TOURS
  • DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS
  • ATV OR QUAD TOUR
  • BUS OR MINIVAN TOUR
  • SAFARI AND WILDLIFE

Guided Language

  • English

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