Dambulla Sri Lanka
As a part of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle Dambulla is close to the ancient sites of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigirya and the former capital Kandy.
Climb the amazing rock of Sigiriya with its impregnable palace fortress built in the fifth century and enjoy the magnificant views over the once magnificent royal pool, the throne, remains of the majestic palace, walk ways and gardens.
Polonnaruwa is the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries and the repository of outstanding ruins, frescoes and enormous statues of reclining Buddhas. The ruins of the old city are on the shores of Lake Topawewa, man-made during the reign of a twelfth century king—a huge task, when one considers it was accomplished with nothing but manual labor.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela is located West of Kandy on the Colombo highway and hosts the largest elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka, accounting for around fifty elephants at any given time.
Kandy, is Sri Lanka's second largest city and home of the Dalada Maligawa, one of Buddhism's most sacred temple grounds containing the palace of Sri Lanka's former king and the holy of holies, the repository of an actual tooth relic of the Lord Buddha.