DAY 03 DAMBULLA / MATALE / KANDY
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Kandy. En route visit Dambulla cave temple. (Approx Transfer time: 20 minutes drive)
Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass and it was here that king Valagambahu took refuge in the 01st century B.C. when fleeing from his enemies. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. The Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus alike for 22 centuries. It is Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. The shrines also house a collection of 157 statues of Buddha in various sizes and poses, including a 15 meter long reclining Buddha and vividly coloured frescoes on the walls and ceiling, making this the largest antique painted surface in the world.
On completion proceed to Kandy. En route make a visit to a Spice Garden in Matale.
(Approx Transfer time: 1 - 2 HRS)
Matale is famous for its batik production and spice gardens. Batik has been an ancient art of painting cloth and today Sri Lanka is among the world leaders in the design of batik. Batik galleries and factories offer batik from simple single-colored designs to intricate multi-colored masterpieces. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's celebrated exports. Spices are mostly grown in home gardens (as a home industry) and used not only to flavor food but also for medicine and cosmetics.
On completion, proceed to your hotel in Kandy and spend the rest of the day at leisure, enjoying the hotel amenities. (Approx Transfer time: 1 - 2 HRS)Overnight at OZO Kandy or simiiar.