Sri Lanka, the journey of serenity
For those in search of serenity, do not miss the thrilling 5-night stay in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with partner Jetwind who reserves special quotations on bookings received by 31st August 2018, for stays up to 20 December 2018 (last tour start date 15.12.18).
The history of Sri Lanka is characterized by dominations and colonization (Indian, Dutch and English) that have profoundly influenced the culture and in more recent times suffered a civil war and the hard blow of the 2004 tsunami. Today, finally the situation is quiet and the economy of the country, based mainly on the export of tea and spices, is recovering.
THE STAGES OF THE JOURNEY:It starts from the chaotic Kandy: the Sinhalese love this city that stretches all around an artificial lake and in whose temple, Sri Dalada Maligawa, is kept the tooth of the Buddha. From here it is reached and one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in the country: first stop Dambulla, where 5 temples are excavated in the rock, dating back to the first century. B.C. Statues are kept in each cave and the walls are painted with scenes from Buddha’s life.
Prepare also trekking shoes and empty the backpack to face the steps that will take you to the top of the rocky fortress of Sigiryia (200 meters). Built at the behest of King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. to defend himself from his brother who came to claim the throne he was entitled to, there is still a swimming pool, rock frescoes, a 1000-year-old graffiti, the throne and a pair of huge stone leonine claws which, at the foot of the rock formation, welcome (and warn) visitors.
The trip does not miss the visit to the memorable orphanage of the elephants of Pinnawela, a place that since 1975 houses the wounded or abandoned elephants. Over the years the number of elephants has gradually increased and now there are about a hundred; this number also includes children born in freedom who arrive from every part of the island and those born in captivity. Do not miss the “pappa” time and the river bath.
Hotels where to sleep:
- Thilanka Hotel, Kandy– Deluxe Room – http://thilankahotel.com/
- Thilanka Resort & Spa, Dambulla –Deluxe Room – http://thilankaresortandspa.com/
- The Covenro, Katunayake – Standard Room – http://covanro.com/