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Day 1. Airport  / Wattala

Arrival, welcome with Orchid Garlands by a representative of Kango Tours and transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon, visit Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya in Kelaniya.

 

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is one of the most sacred worshipping places of the Buddhists of Sri Lanka since it is a site made hallowed by the visit of Lord Buddha. In the past Kelaniya itself was a large city and the Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya was one of the largest and one of the most beautiful temples of Sri Lanka.

 

Overnight at Pegasus Reef Hotel – Colombo or similar 

 

 

Day 2. Wattala – Anuradhapura  

After early breakfast leave for Anuradhapura. En route visit Yapahuwa Rock - where the majestic Gateway remains to be seen as the proof to the grandeur that this former capital enjoyed and any other place of interest

Proceed to Anuradhapura & visit many sites of the City of archaeological and historical interest including Isurumuniya - the first temple to be built in the island, Sri Maha Bodhi Tree- with an authenticated history of more than 2300  years which has been planted from a sapling from the original tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment , Ruwanveliseya - the largest stupa in the island , Jethawanaramaya and Abhayagiriya - which in their original form have been equivalent in size to the Great Pyramids in Giza and have thus been declared as World Heritage Sites  , Twin Ponds, Thuparamaya- the first Stupa to be built in Sri Lanka enshrining the left collar bone of the Buddha, the Samadhi Statue - meditating posture etc

 

Overnight at Palm Garden Village – Anuradhapura or similar

 


Day 3. Anuradhapura – Mihintale – Aukana - Polonnaruwa

            After breakfast leave for Mihintale.

Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures

Then leave for Polonnaruwa the Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka- 11th Century AD. En route visit Aukana standing Bouddha statue, 12m tall - a magnificent master piece of Sri Lanka Craftsmanship.

Proceed to Polonnaruwa

 

Overnight at Polonnaruwa Rest House ( superior room ) – Kandy or similar .

 

 

Day 4. Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa visit. In Polonnaruwa , visit the many sites of archaeological and historical interest in the Sacred City of Polonnaruwa including the Grate Statue, Quadrangle, Royal Palace, Vatadage, Hatadage, Siva Devalaya, Gal Viharaya, Alahana Pirivena Complex, Kumara and Lotus Ponds, Thuparamaya , Rankoth Vehera, Pabalu Vehera , Thiwanka Image House , The Museum etc some of which depict the influence that Hinduism had on the Buddhist Civilization during that period of history.

 

Then continuation towards Sigiriya.

 

Afternoon climb Sigiriya, 5th-century rock fortress. Highlights of Sigiriya include frescoes, the Mirror Wall with graffiti and the Lion's Stairway.

 

Overnight at Sigiriya Village – Sigiriya or similar.

 

 

Day 5. Sigiriya – Dambulla – Nalanda Gedige – Matale Alu Viharaya - Kandy

After breakfast leave for Dambulla cave temple, considered to be the largest painted caves in the world with more than 22,000 sq ft of painted surfaces with many paintings , sculptures, statues of Lord Buddha, his desciples, Kings , Gods etc.

Thereafter, leave for hill capital Kandy. En route visit Nalanda Gedige & Matale Alu Viharaya

 

Nalanda Gedige - The small building is designed like a Hindu temple with a mandapa, an entrance hall (originally roofed), a short passage to a bare cello, and an ambulatory round the holy center. There is no sign of Hindu gods, however, and the temple is said to have been used by Buddhists. This is one of the earliest buildings of stone constructed in Ceylon

The richly decorated facade sections, laboriously reassembled in 1975, are predominantly in the South Indian style, and may have originated in the eighth to 11th centuries, but cannot be precisely dated. However, the god Kubera appears on the south side of the tympanum over the sanctuary, and this is a feature only to be found in Sri Lanka. The temple, nestled in a marvelous setting, is hard to tear yourself away from.

Matale Alu Viharaya - This temple had been constructed in the 1st century BC. It is at Alu Viharaya that  the ‘Thripitakaya(  The doctrine of the  Buddha is in Three Segments called  ‘Pitakas’    and  are   referred to as  “Three Baskets ‘ in English) was committed to writing. Until then the doctrine of the Buddha was committed to memory  by  Buddhist Monks and was  handed  down from  one generation to another by word of mouth.

 

En route, visit a Spice Garden and take part in a conducted tour to get some knowledge about the growth and use of spices in the day to day life

 

In a Batik Making Factory, see how beautifully the village girls turn out beautiful colored cloths for different purposes with colorful designs.

Proceed to Kandy

 

Kandy ... The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a world heritage site. The name Kandy conjures vision of splendour of magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1806; visit the Kandy town bazaar, the arts and the crafts centre and a gem museum and lapidary.

 

In the evening visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a traditional cultural dance show.

 

Overnight at Thilanka Hotel – Kandy or similar.

 

 

Day 6. Kandy – Embekke – Gadaladeniya – Lankathilake  - Wattala

After breakfast leave Embekke – Gadaladeniya – Lankathilaka Vihara

 

Embekke Devalaya, Kandy comprises carved wooden pillars with engravings of swans, lions, bulls, elephants and other such animals. On these pillars you will often find motifs like leafs, flowers, soldiers, dancing women and even mermaids. There are a total of 128 carvings on these pillars. Most of these carvings are presumably the work of the ancient artisan, Devendra Mulachari. 16 wooden pillars adorn the entrance of the Embekke Devalaya in Kandy.

 

Gadaladeniya Temple in Kandy was constructed in the year 1344 by King Buwanekabahu IV in accordance to an inscription written here in this temple. The Gadaladeniya Temple in Kandy was designed by many architects. But one of the main architects was Ganesvarachari, who was a South Indian. As a result, the Gadaladeniya Temple in Kandy is designed in South Indian architecture.

 

Lankathilaka Viharaya, Kandy is a dramatic building made out of clay brick. At one time it was a five-storied building. Lankathilaka Viharaya in Kandy was decorated with flowers, creepers, birds, animals and statues of gods. At the entrance of the building there are two huge pillars. Presently the pillars have broken down and reduced to a height of 58 ft. Initially, the height of these pillars was almost twice the existing one.

 

Then leave for Colombo

 

Proceed to Colombo & undertake a city tour of Colombo including the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, some other Buddhist Temples, an Hindu Temple , Town Hall, BMICH , etc

 

Overnight at Pegasus Reef Hotel – Wattala or similar 

 

 

 Day 7. Wattala - Airport

Transfer to the airport for Departure.

 

 

 

COST INCLUDES

 1. Accommodation in the standard category hotels on double sharing basis with meals on Bed & Breakfast.

2. Airport transfers & the tour in an A/C Deluxe vehicle with English speaking Chauffeur - Guide. 

3. Entrance Fees to all the tourist sites that are included in the programme.

4. Any other local assistance or service that may be required.

 

Our services exclude: 

Extras, porterage, air tickets, tips and all other personal expenditure.

 

 

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