Day trip

Around Niyagala Lodge, many sites or safaris of great interest are within your reach on a day trip.

Rate and request at reception.


Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees.
Hot air ballooning is an adventure activity like no other, your flight path unknown, taking off at sunrise around 6 am.
Float gently with the breeze 1,000 – 2,000 feet above taking off from Kandalama in the Cultural Triangle as you enjoy the experience of the oldest form of flight. The peace and gentleness of the flight will surprise you as your Pilot guides the balloon using the different wind currents at different altitudes.
Ballooning season : November to April.

SIGIRIYA, the Rock

Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high with on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes.
Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.

DAMBULLA, the Holly Caves

Rajamaha Temple of Rangiri Dambulla (Also known as the Golden Rock Temple or Dambulla Cave Temple) is located north of Kandy and considered by most to be the centre point of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is a town built around a vast isolated rock mass and a World Heritage City, declared by UNESCO.


Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers.
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Polonnaruwa is the second largest city in North Central Province


Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka.The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.


Minneriya National Park is located near Sigiriya in the North Central Plains of Sri Lanka. The major city closest to Minneriya National Park is Polonnaruwa. The renovated vast ancient Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir that irrigates the considerable area of the district of Polonnaruwa is the focal point of the Minneriya National Park.
It is the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world. During this period herds up to 300 elephants are seen at the 8,890 hectare park within a few square kilometers of the Minneriya Reservoir.


Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka.The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE.
At 766 m (2513 feet) above sea level, and 600 m above the surrounding plains, Ritigala is the highest mountain in northern Sri Lanka. The modern name Ritigala is derived from the ancient name Ariṭṭha Pabbata (Dreadful Mountain), mentioned in the Mahavamsa.
The team of Niyagala Lodge is at your disposal to organize your excursion in the surroundings.