Polonnaruwa Ancient Kingdom and Wild Elephant Safari from Dambulla (Private Day Tour)
This tour takes you to Polonnaruwa and Minneriya, on a remarkable archaeological and nature-filled journey. Wonder at the ancient structures of the kings. Be mesmerized by the old religious temples of an era long past. Go on an exciting half day safari in Minneriya National Park. This is a tour for all ages.
- Visit to the ancient ruined city of Polonnaruwa.
- Half-day safari at the Minneriya national park.
- Experienced English speaking tour guide.
- Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English-speaking chauffer guide.
- Minneriya national park jeep cost.
- 1 liter of bottled mineral water per person.
- Hotel pick & drop.
- All taxes & service charges.
- Entrance Fees (Archaeological sites, Minneriya National Park).
- Food or drinks.
- Gratuities (optional).
- Expenses of personal nature.
What to Expect
You will be starting your tour from your hotel in Dambulla at approximately 0830 hrs. Your vehicle driven by a private chauffeur-guide will pick you up and drive you to your first destination - Polonnaruwa. You can have a packed breakfast along the way if you haven't had it yet. You will get there by 0930 hrs.
Polonnaruwa, or Pulasthi nakaram as it was also called, was second capitol of the ancient Sri Lankan kings; the first being Anuradhapura. It remained the most important city of the country for over two centuries; until the capital was moved to Dambadeniya in AD 1284. The many kings who ruled this old city contributed to its culture and religion with many constructions and temples; many of which remain today.
During your visit to the ruined city you will be able to see famous archaeological sites such as Gal Vihara, the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sathmahal Prasada, Medirigiriya Vatadage, Lankathilaka Image House, the Shiva Temple, Rankoth Vehera, Nissankalatha Mandapaya and much more. Your entire tour of the ruins will last till approximately 1230 hrs. You may also get to see the archaeological museum in Polonnaruwa if you have time. After this you will go to a good restaurant of your choice, where you can enjoy lunch (At your own expense).
You will leave Polonnaruwa by approximately 1345 hrs and get to Minneriya national park by approximately 1430 hrs. Minneriya is famous for its seasonal elephant gatherings; where hundreds of elephants gather together, socialize, feed and play. This is the only place in the world that such a phenomenon occurs. You may get to see this if you come during the right season; or at least a few elephants during the other times. There are also many other types of fauna to watch out for during your three hour long evening safari at the national Park.
Your safari will be completed by 1730 hrs; after which you will begin the drive back. The tour will conclude when you get back to your hotel in Dambulla.
Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour.