Reach the “Cultural Triangle”, the driest region of the country with a web of Sri Lanka’s most significant ancient sites. Lunch in a rural village where dishes are cooked in earthen pots over a fire.
Late afternoon, as the light softens and the heat of the day diminishes, visit Sigirya. This UNESCO site, an astounding feat of engineering is ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak.