Whether you are a Buddhist, a Hindu, a follower of Islam or of Christianity, this very remarkable and haunting island has an abundance of sacred and religious sites to visit, to experience and to embrace.
|PICKUP/ DROP OFF LOCATION||Airport, Hotel or Private Residence|
|DURATION||4 Nights / 5 Days|
Of the four major religions which the people of the island embrace, Buddhism predominates. It is a way of life rather than a religion. Sri Lanka holds one of the most sacred shrines of Buddhism in a glorious temple in Kandy, where the sacred Tooth relic of Buddha, the palladium of the Sinhalese nation and Buddhist faith, is enshrined.
Airport / Anuradhapura (169 km approximately 03 hours 30 minutes)
The Airport Representative and National guide assigned by TC Holidays will meet & greet you at the Bandaranaike International Airport on arrival. Proceed in a very comfortable air conditioned bus to Restaurant for Lunch.
Proceed to Anuradhapura for a City tour.
Anuradhapura is an ancient city, located at a distance of 206 km from Colombo. The city is in northern Sri Lanka and is the capital of North-Central province. Anuradhapura was established in 4th century BC. It was the first capital of Sri Lanka and remained so until 8th century AD. Anuradhapura is an archaeologist’s delight and contains several monuments of historical importance. The city is considered very sacred by the Buddhists and is home to the largest dagobas in Sri Lanka. A dagoba is a dome enshrining sacred relics or the bodily remains of the Buddha, or articles used by Him like the alms bowl and other objects of veneration. It is built in different sizes on a pedestal with a spire on top crowned with a pinnacle. The earliest dagobas had a stone umbrella on top of the dome in place of the spire.
Sri Maha Bodhi Tree: The right branch of the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya in India under which the Buddha attained enlightenment was brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC by princess Sanghamitta, the daughter of Emperor Asoka. It was planted in Anuradhapura and is venerated to this day by the Buddhists from many countries of the world. This is the oldest recorded tree in the world whose exact age is known.
Dinner & Overnight at Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya (176 km approximately 03 hours 40 minutes)
Have breakfast and leave for Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, And is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, The Galviharaya where 4 splendid statues of lord Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock could be seen, the Audience hall, The lotus bath, the statue of King Parakramabahu, and the Parakrama samudraya – a lake built by King Parakramabahu the Great. There are also places of worship such as the Shiva temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha, the Kiri Vehera and the remains of former Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Have lunch at restaurant in Polonnaruwa and leave for Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Climb the 5th century rock fortress which is a World Heritage Site built by king Kashyapa (477- 495 AD). The Lion Rock is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens, ring the base of the rock. View the world famous frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.
Dinner & Overnight in Sigiriya.
Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandy (99 km approximately 02 hours 50 minutes)
After breakfast leave for Kandy. En route visit Dambulla.
Dambulla Rock/Cave temple was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC and it is now a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings is the most extensive area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha out of rock and spanning 14 meters.
Have lunch restaurant and proceed to Kandy in time for the cultural dance show that begins at 5.00 p.m.
Kandy cultural show (Kandy Dance) program is one of the famous evening events not to be missed when visiting this heritage city. It starts in the evening and runs for more than 1 hr. Listen to the captivating traditional drummers and be mesmerized viewing the many different art forms from the up country and low country of the island. The spectacular fire dancers and other folklore, demon dancers and the traditional Kandyan dancers are a definite breathtaking experience to the locals and visitors alike.
Soon after the cultural dance show visit the Kandy Temple of the tooth for the evening pooja (guaranteed visit to the inner chamber)
The Holy Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), Kandy is the most sacred shrine of Buddhism. The temple of the Tooth is the prime monument, the supreme structure not only of the Sinhalese Buddhist public of Sri Lanka but also of the Buddhists all over the world. It is within this glorious temple that sacred Tooth relic of Buddha (DantaDhatu), the palladium of the Sinhalese nation & Buddhist faith is enshrined.
Dinner & Overnight in Kandy.
Kandy / Nuwara Eliya (76 km approximately 02 hours 30 minutes)
Have breakfast and leave for Nuwara Eliya. En embark on a Kandy city tour.
Undertake a city tour including the upper lake drive a place where one cloud a bird’s eye view of the city below, a gem museum to see how the valuble gems that you see on a shop shelf are turned out from a raw stone with the background history.
Have lunch at a restaurant & proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka with amazing scenic views of mountains, waterfalls, valleys and tea estates. It is one of the coldest places on the island, but is really just like a day of spring in England with the temperature dropping even lower at night. You will notice the British influence in the town and around Nuwara Eliya. Dwellings are like country cottages or mansions of old royalty.
Visit a Tea Factory and an estate to observe the manufacturing process of world famous “Ceylon tea” and to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea before being sent to the tea auctions in Colombo for export.
Dinner & Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya / Colombo (171 km approximately 05 hours )
Have breakfast and leave for Colombo. En route have at a restaurant.
Proceed to Colombo and embark on a city tour with shopping.
Colombo is a modern city which blends the beauty of the old world charm and modern day development. The busy Bazaar, Fort & Pettah area, Old Dutch church, Hindu Kovils, Buddhist Temple in Gangaramaya, Town Hall, Independence Square and other areas in Colombo could be explored whilst on tour apart from the bargain shopping at popular stores.
What was once a swamp adjoining the famous Beira Lake, a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the ‘seemamalaka’ – an assembly hall for monks – in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having being established by one of the most famous scholar monks, Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera, founder of the Vidyodaya Pirivena, originally an institute of oriental learning for monks, now a State University – Sri Jayewardenapura University.
Have Crab dinner in Colombo
Transfer to airport in time for flight out of Sri Lanka.