After breakfast at the hotel proceed to visit Polonnaruwa
Ancient city. (Approximate Duration 1 hour
and 30 minutes – Distance - 67 Km)
Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka's second ancient capital kingdom
an interesting blend of archaeological monuments, Polonnaruwa was the second
kingdom of Sri Lanka and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The iconic
manmade reservoir, which you will do well to miss, was appropriately named
Parakrama Samudra, or 'the sea of Parakrama', due to its enormous size. Look
out for the famous Gal Viharaya or, 'Rock Temple' where you can see four
colossal statues of the Buddha cut into the stone, reflecting peace, serenity
and strength. Polonnaruwa also boasts ruins of ancient palaces, intricately
carved moon stones and royal baths. If you are feeling a bit more energetic,
this whole site can also be explored on bike and your guide will be more than
happy to arrange this for you.
Later proceed to Minneriya National for an afternoon
Safari. (Approximate Duration 1 hours – Distance - 40 Km)
Minneriya National Park the Minneriya National park,
located in the North Central district of Sri Lanka is a sanctuary for wildlife.
It is one of the best places on the island to see the Sri Lankan elephant up,
close and personal, all year round. As well as elephants, you are likely to see
a whole host of other mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians.
Aside from the wildlife, the impressive Minneriya tank - a reservoir built by
an ancient civilization - is undoubtedly the highlight of the park. If you are
visiting between June and September you are likely to experience the dry season
when the reservoir slowly dries out, giving way to fresh grass and shoots and
attracting large herds of elephants, deer and water buffalo. It is during this
time that Minneriya National Park gains fame in view of The Gathering of wild elephants.
If you are lucky, you may witness between 50 and 300 wild elephants making
their way to the shores of the reservoir in what is considered to be the
largest known meeting point of Asian Elephants in the world. We recommend an
early morning or late evening visit to the park.
Return to your hotel.