After breakfast, we check out hotel as we travel to Kandy today. About 14 miles from Habarana, we stop to visit the cave temple complex of Dambulla. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and dates back to the first century BCE. There 5 caves and they contain beautiful murals and Buddhist statues. The rock towers 525 ft. over the surrounding plains and requires climbing flight of several hundred stairs. So, please, avoid the mid-day heat when you visit the temple.
On the way, you will drive through several spice gardens! We will stop in one of them. The plants in the garden include cinnamons, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg, mace and many others! You will have an insight into an age old industry of spice production, which attracted many a European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka.
Once in Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth- one of the foremost sacred places of worship of the Buddhist world. The temple enshrines a tooth relic of Lord Buddha that's what makes this temple so special!
Optional: Cultural Program (if time permits).
The cultural program showcases the traditional songs and dances of Kandy. The show lasts about an hour and includes several different items and end with fire-eating and fire-walking shows outside the hall! While the songs and dances are great, do not expect much on the hall ambience and decoration part.