Spend the next three days in the cultural triangle where a clamber up Mount Sigiyiya is a must for an active traveller. We recommend an early start soon after dawn to so you can be making your descent before the tourist buses arrive. Hike to the historic Aligala (Elephant Rock) jungle caves that date back to the 3rd century BC or the Kandalama Rock, with magnificent views of the surrounding wilderness, the reservoir and the Dambulla cave temple from the summit. Cycle through the wilderness and quaint rural villages.
Wake up early the next day, again preferably before dawn, armed with a picnic breakfasts, for a morning safari at Minneriya National Park best known for the biggest gathering of Asian Elephants. This 8,890 hectare park of dry evergreen forest, scrub jungle, grassy plains, is dominated by the Minneriya Tank. During the dry season from about August to September, herds of up to 150 elephants can be seen here. Explore Polonnaruwa’s ancient ruins. Polonnaruwa became Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital in 1073 and remained the capital until the late 13C. Today, these ruins provide a fascinating insight into a sophisticated ancient civilisation.
The Simply Red option elects for another eco hotel – Galkadawala – for an enriching close-to-nature experience, while our Classically Red choice gives you the chance to indulge yourself for a while with the creature comforts of Kandalama.