With a short detour through another historical city of Polonnaruwa, we arrive to Sigiriya, the site of famous Preaching Rock. While this rare mesa hosts ancient temple on its peak, it is even better enjoyed from the top of of its sister rock Pidurangala. And right next to Sigiriya is town of Dambulla, hosting famous Golden Temple, a system of ancient cave temples, holiest ones in the whole Sri-Lanka.
Then we head out south to the very heart of the country, the cultural capital Kandy. Famous for its The Temple of the Tooth (supposedly hosting tooth of Buddha himself). The walk around the central The Bogambara lake is a pleasant experience and ideal way to end the day is with Kandian Dance, a specialised dance form involving dancing, theatre, juggling and even fire-walking.