6 Nights 7 Days Tour 2

  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
    Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Culture Dancing Show
    Culture Dancing Show
  • Botanical Garden
    Botanical Garden
  • Temple of Tooth
    Temple of Tooth
  • Kandy
    Kandy
  • Matale Hindu Temple
    Matale Hindu Temple
  • Aluviharaya
    Aluviharaya
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
    Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
    Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Sigiriya Ancient Kingdom
    Sigiriya Ancient Kingdom
  • Sigiriya Ancient Kingdom
    Sigiriya Ancient Kingdom
  • Polonnaruwa
    Polonnaruwa
  • Polonnaruwa
    Polonnaruwa
  • Polonnaruwa
    Polonnaruwa
  • Polonnaruwa
    Polonnaruwa
  • Ritigala Mountain
    Ritigala Mountain
  • Mihintalaya Temple
    Mihintalaya Temple
  • Mihintalaya Temple
    Mihintalaya Temple
  • Anuradapura
    Anuradapura
  • Anuradapura
    Anuradapura
  • Anuradapura
    Anuradapura
  • Anuradapura
    Anuradapura
  • Anuradapura
    Anuradapura
  • Anuradapura
    Anuradapura
  • Negombo
    Negombo

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Day 01 – Colombo

Arrive to Colombo international airport and welcome by Kalum Niriella or his associate then transfer to Negombo hotel. Overnight stay at Negombo.

Sunset on Sri Lanka

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Day 02 – Negombo / Anuradapura
Visit ancient city Anuradapura, overnight stay at Anuradapura.

Anuradhapura Stupa

The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. Founded in the 4th century BC it was the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom till the beginning of the 11th century AC. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. It was also a wealthy city which created a unique culture and a great civilization. Today this ancient city of Sri Lanka, which is sacred to the Buddhist world, which its surrounding monasteries covers an area of over sixteen square miles ( 40 km²) and is one of the world’s major archaeological sites.

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Day 03 – Anuradapura / Mihintalaya / Ritigala
Overnight stay at Habarana

Mihintalaya Temple

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. Eight miles east of Anuradhapura, close to the Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Road is situated the “Missaka Pabbata” which is 1,000 feet (300 m) in height and is one of the peaks of a mountainous range. Thera Mahinda came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon day of the month of Poson (June) and met King Devanampiyatissa and the people, and preached the doctrine. The traditional spot where this meeting took place is revered by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. Therefore in the month of Poson, Buddhists make their pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Mihintale. “Mahinda” was the son of Emperor Ashoka of India. King Ashoka embraced Buddhism after he was inspired by a very small monk named “Nigrodha.”

Ritigala Mountain

ritigala

Ritigala mountain range consists of four peaks of which the main and the highest peak at the south of the range is named Ritigala Kanda. Ritigala mountain range, a 3776-acre (1582 ha) Strict Nature Reserve, in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka. The climate at the summit is in sharp contrast to the climate at the foot; it is cooler in comparison to hot and dry climate of the region. Its rainfall records the highest in the whole of dry zone surrounding it by a good margin during the northeast monsoon of dry zone of the tropical island of Sri Lanka. The mist and cloud cover which encapsulate the summit during the south-west monsoon of Wet Zone of the island, results in high vapor condensation, in turn, turning the earth moist when the plains all around are in drought.

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Day 04 – Habarana / Polonnaruwa
Elephant safari is optional, overnight stay at Habarana.

Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya

The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. While Vijayabahu’s victory and shifting of Kingdoms to the more strategic Polonnaruwa is considered significant, the real Polonnaruwa Hero of the history books is actually his grandson, Parakramabahu I. The city Polonnaruwa was also called as Jananathamangalam during the short Chola reign. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the kingdom’s first rulers.

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Day 05 – Habarana / Sigiriya / Dambulla / Aluviharaya / Matale Hindu Temple
Overnight stay at Kandy

Sigiriya Ancient Kingdom

Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya, considered by some as the eighth wonder of the world, consists of an ancient castle used by King Kasyapa of the 5th century AD. The Sigiriya site has the remains of an upper Sky Palace sited on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the Mirror Wall and the world famous Sigiriya Frescoes, the lower palace that clings to the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and gardens that extend for some hundreds of metres out from the base of the rock. The site is both a palace and fortress. Sufficient remains to provide the visitor with a stunning insight into the ingenuity and creativity of its builders. The upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock that still retain water. The moats and walls that surround the lower palace are still exquisitely beautiful.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temples

Dambulla Cave-kovil also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a world heritage site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km (92 mi) east of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m (525 ft) over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The later 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, god Vishnu and god Ganesh. The murals, covers an area of 2,100 square meters. Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha’s temptation by Mara (demon) and Buddha’s first sermon.

Aluviharaya – Temple

Aluvihara

The Aluvihare Rock Temple (also called Matale Alu Viharaya) is a sacred Buddhist temple located in Aluvihare, Matale District of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by hills, the Aluvihara cave temple is situated 30 km north of Kandy on the Matale-Dambulla road. The history of Aluvihare Rock Temple is traced back to the 3rd Century B.C to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. It is believed that the King built the dagoba, planted the Bo sapling and founded the temple after the introduction of Buddhism to the country during his reign. Aluvihare Rock Temple was the historic location where the Pāli Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. Many monastery caves, some of which exhibit frescoes are situated near this temple.

Matale Hindu Temple

matale-hindu-temple

The main Hindu temple in Matale is dedicated to Muthumariamman. The goddess Mariamman (speak “Muri-um-man”) is very popular among Tamils in India and Sri Lanka. “Amman” The prefix “Muthu”, literally meaning “pearl”, is an honorific title, similar to “Sri”. The last part of the name, “Amman” simply means “mother”. “Mari” means “rain”. The name recalls that this deity was originally an ancient Tamil fertility goddess. For today’s devotees, Mariamman is ​​as a helper against all febrile diseases. In particularin she is the smallpox goddess in southern India.

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Day 06 – Kandy City Tour / Temple of Tooth / Botanical Garden / Culture Dancing Show

Kandy City Tour

Kandy City

Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. 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.

Sri Dalada Maligawa – Temple of Tooth

Kandy - Sacred Tooth Relic Of The Buddha

The “Sri Dalada Maligawa” or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the tooth relic of the Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times, it’s believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple.

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated about 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka and attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herbarium of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall.

Culture Dancing Show

Kandyan Dancers

The Kandy Dance cultural show is one of the most famous evening events in this city of heritage, and is a major highlight of any trip. Starting in the evening, show captivates your ears and eyes with spectacular displays of local culture and art. Covering various aspects of Sri Lanka’s traditions, expect to see drummers, fire dancers, and more in a cultural spectacle that should not be missed.

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Day07 – Kandy / Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage / Drop To Airport For Your Home Flight

pinnawela

The elephant population is a major feature of Sri Lanka and, although endangered in the 1960s, is now protected and a regular sight on the island. Elephant in the wild live in tight-knit family herds of no more than 15, headed by an elderly female. Although elephants family ties are strong, it is common for ageing males to take voluntary retirement from the herd so that the females mate only with the virile younger bulls. The Pinnawella elephant orphanage providers most visitors with the best chance of seeing a large numbers of elephant at close quarters. The animals are free to roam around the sanctuary but come together at specific bath and feeding times.

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