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Full Day Tour to Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park

Unearth Sri Lanka's rich history with our private day tour to Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park and explore the very best of the ancient ruins & islands wildlife at Minneriya National Park. This tour will take you to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa where you can discover the ruins of an old kingdom of Sri Lanka that dazzled during the 11th to 14th century. After your historical exploration set an adventure to the wilderness of Minneriya national park in a jeep safari. Discover the rich biodiversity of the forest while witnessing the best sightings of a range of wild animals including Elephants, leopards, sloth bear, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffalo, wild pig, grey langers, and more.
⁃ Hassle free transportation
⁃ Witness the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO world heritage site.
⁃ Go on an afternoon safari at Minneriya National Park.

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12 to 14 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • All entrance fees
    • Cost of safari jeep
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa
    • Entry/Admission - Minneriya National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Restroom on board
    • WiFi on board
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s second most ancient kingdom, Polonnaruwa became the capital of Sri Lanka following the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993 AD. A plethora of civilizations have journeyed through this kingdom including the Cholas who were Hindu from South India and the Sinhalese between the 12th and 13th centuries. This incredible urban creation, built by King Parakramabahu I, is famous for its unusual shapes and dimensions that connect the building and surroundings. Delve into this once flourishing civilization, and discover how three species of monkey have reclaimed the site. Polonnaruwa is abundant with magnificent ruins and beautiful ancient temples. Delve into the past and wander around the Royal Palace from the period of King Parakramabahu I (1153 – 1186). Once a massive structure, with 50 rooms, today impressive walls still stand strong. Lion sculptures stand guard at the stairs to the king’s audience hall, where intricately carved stone elephants line the walls and the king’s swimming pool with large crocodile mouth statues that spout fresh water. Shiva Devale No.2, the oldest Hindu temple in Polonnaruwa, is built of stone and is tucked away in a small forest clearing. A stunning collection of ruins form the Sacred Quadrangle and in the middle is the Vatadage with four entrances leading to where the Sacred Tooth Relic was once housed. Venture to the massive Rankot Vihara, a large stupa, and walk through the monks’ quarters. A lovely tribute built to the king’s queen, Dagaba Kiri Vihara is a perfectly preserved dagaba, lovingly repainted by devotees prior to the Vesak Poya every year. Marvel at the massive 17m (55feet) Buddha statue at Lankatilaka, and end your explorations in front of four magnificent Buddha figures at Gal Vihara, cut from one slab of granite.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Minneriya National Park, Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway, 50150 Sri Lanka

    Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, Minneriya’s scenery offers just the kind of respite one might be looking for if suffering from ‘ruin overdose’. The park’s centerpiece is the 300 square hectare water tank, built by King Mahasena in the 3rd century BC, which today attracts herds of wild elephant who gather on the shores to drink and cool off in the thick afternoon heat. The dry tropical forest, lush wetlands, sweeping grasslands and scrub support an incredible variety of wildlife: in the lake itself are mugger (or tank) crocodiles and fish, around it little cormorants, painted storks, herons and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters, while in the trees hide skinks, red-lipped lizards, trees frogs, hanging parrots, Sri Lankan jungle fowl and grey hornbills. Buffalo, sambar and spotted deer wander through the grasslands, whilst macaque and purple-faced langur monkeys swing from branch to branch in the treetops, amongst an enormous number of birds. However, the main attraction in this park is the elephants, and Minneriya is one of the best places in the country to see them. From July to October, peaking in August and September, large numbers of these magnificent beasts can be found here.

    Duration: 4 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any hotel in Negombo or ColomboAirports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Wander-Lush Travels

Activity ID: V-211823P33

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