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3 Days Excursion to Explore the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka

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Day 1: Colombo - Anuradhapura

Stop At: Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
The sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is reck- oned as the oldest surviving historical tree in the world. It was brought to Sri Lanka by Theri Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka of India and was planted in the Mahameghavana Park in Anuradhapura in 307 B.C. by King Devanampiyatissa of Sri Lanka. It is one of the most hollowed objects of Buddhist worship in the world being the southern branch of the original Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment. The Mahavamsa or the great chronicle of the Sinhalese provides an elaborate account of the establishment of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in the island. Bodhi means wisdom that understands the Four Noble Truths. Thus the tree which assisted Lord Buddha to achieve wisdom or enlightenment is called Bodhi.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa in Sri Lanka, considered a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. It was built by King Dutugemunu c. 140 B.C., who became lord of all Sri Lanka after a war in which the Chola King Elara, was defeated. It is also known as Mahathupa, Swarnamali Chaitya, Suvarnamali Mahaceti (in Pali) and Rathnamali Dagaba. This is one of the Solosmasthana (the 16 places of veneration) and the Atamasthana (the 8 places of veneration in the ancient sacred city of Anuradhapura). The stupa is one of the world's tallest monuments, standing at 103 m (338 ft) and with a circumference of 290 m (951 ft). The Kaunghmudaw Pagoda in Sagaing, Myanmar is modeled after this stupa. The stupa was an ancient ruin in the 19th century. After fundraising efforts by Sinhalese bhikkhu, the stupa was renovated in the early 20th century. The Ruwanveli Seya Restoration Society was founded in 1902 and the final crowning of the stupa took place on 17 June 1940.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Jethawanaramaya Stupa, Watawandana Road B341, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa located in the ruins of Jetavana in the sacred world heritage city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Mahasena of Anuradhapura (273–301) initiated the construction of the stupa following the destruction of the mahavihara. His son Maghavanna I completed the construction of the stupa. A part of a sash or belt tied by the Buddha is believed to be the relic that is enshrined here. The structure is significant in the island's history for it represents the tensions within the Theravada and Mahayana sects of Buddhism, it is also significant in recorded history as one of the tallest structures in the ancient world and the second tallest non-pyramidal buildings after Pharos (lighthouse) of Alexandria. The height of the stupa is 400 feet (122 m). The structure is no longer the tallest, but it is still the largest, with a base-area of 233,000 m2 (2,508,000 sq ft).
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Abayagiriya Stupa, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
Abhayagiri Vihara was a major monastery site of Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism that was situated in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is one of the most extensive ruins in the world and one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage cities in the nation. Historically it was a great monastic centre as well as a royal capital, with magnificent monasteries rising to many stories, roofed with gilt bronze or tiles of burnt clay glazed in brilliant colors. To the north of the city, encircled by great walls and containing elaborate bathing ponds, carved balustrades and moonstones, stood "Abhayagiri", one of seventeen such religious units in Anuradhapura and the largest of its five major viharas. One of the focal points of the complex is an ancient stupa, the Abhayagiri Dagaba. Surrounding the humped dagaba, Abhayagiri Vihara was a seat of the Northern Monastery, or Uttara Vihara and the original custodian of the Tooth relic in the island.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dagoba of Thuparama, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
Thuparamaya is a dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist sacred place of veneration. Mahinda Thera, an envoy sent by King Ashoka himself introduced Theravada Buddhism and also chetiya worship to Sri Lanka. At his request King Devanampiyatissa built Thuparamaya in which was enshrined the collarbone of the Buddha. It is considered to be the first dagaba built in Sri Lanka following the introduction of Buddhism. This is considered the earliest monument, the construction of which was chronicled Sri Lanka. The name Thuparamaya comes from "stupa" and "aramaya" which is a residential complex for monks. Thuparamaya dagoba has been built in the shape of a bell. This dagoba was destroyed from time to time. During the reign of King Agbo II it was completely destroyed and the King restored it. What is seen presently is the construction of the dagoba, done in 1862 AD. As of today, after several renovations, in the course of the centuries, the monument has a diameter of 59 ft (18 m), at the base.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Anuradhapura

Day 2: Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Polonnaruwa period of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the tooth relic of the Buddha, or during the reign of Nissanka Malla to hold the alms bowl used by the Buddha. Both these venerated relics would have given the structure a great significance and importance at the time. Located within the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, it is the best preserved example of a vatadage in the country, and has been described as the "ultimate development" of this type of architecture. Abandoned for several centuries, excavation work at the Polonnaruwa Vatadage began in 1903. Built for the protection of a small stupa, the structure has two stone platforms decorated with elaborate stone carvings. The lower platform is entered through a single entrance facing the north, while the second platform can be accessed through four doorways facing the four cardinal points. The upper platform, surrounded by a brick wall, contains the stupa. Four Buddha statues are seated around it, each facing one of the entrances. Three concentric rows of stone columns had also been positioned here, presumably to support a wooden roof. The entire structure is decorated with stone carvings. Some of the carvings at the Polonnaruwa Vatadage, such as its sandakada pahanas, are considered to be the best examples of such architectural features.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hatadage, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
The Hatadage monument is said to have been built in 60 (hata) hours. Hatadage in Polonnaruwa is an ancient relic chamber where the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha was kept. This is a masterpiece of King Nishshankamalla(1187-1196) made by full of stones, brick, and wood. Anyway, stone and brick items are rescued. Later the mansion was revamped with two flats. But today you will find only the lower mansion. In Sinhalese, the Hatadage reveals of a sixty relic shrine. The entire structure was built in memory this feat. Another version is that it was called, because of six relics which were conserved and ensured at one time. Constantly the relics were kept in a special chamber in the upper story of the Hatadage. A 120 feet high stone wall guards the shrine. Simultaneously you can find that the shrine has a wooden structure. The entrance to the shrine is decorated with stone carvings. A Moonstone or ‘Sandakadapahana’ which was concerned as another great architectural feature of the Polonnaruwa architect is placed at the same place. While you are passing by you can see the 27 feet long and 21 feet broad small chamber.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a one of a kind structure in the old city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. Worked by King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) and named after him, it is situated close to the western passageway of the Dalada Maluva, the zone that contains the most seasoned and most holy landmarks in the city. An adjacent stone engraving distinguishes this as the building utilized by Nissanka Malla to tune in to pirith (droning of Buddhist sacred writings). The structure is a lifted stone stage with various stone segments and encompassed by a low stone divider. These stone sections are the remarkable element about the Nissanka Latha Manadapaya, since they are cut in a way that is discovered no place else in the nation. The eight stone segments are masterminded in two lines, with four in each line. Probably used to help a rooftop, every one of them is roughly 8 feet 4 inches (2.54 m) in stature.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Rankoth Vehera, Ancient Bhikku Hospital, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
Rankoth Vehera is a stupa situated in the antiquated city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. The stupa was worked by Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa, who administered the nation from 1187 to 1196. The Rankoth Vehera has been worked by the custom of the stupas of the Anuradhapura Maha Viharaya and looks somewhat like Ruwanwelisaya. Indeed, a stone engraving arranged near the stupa even distinguishes it by the name "Ruwanweli". Be that as it may, it has later come to be known by the presently utilized name, Rankoth Vehera. In Sinhalese, ran implies gold, kotha is the name given to the zenith of a stupa, and vehera implies stupa or sanctuary. In this way, the name Rankoth Vehera can be generally meant English as "Gold Pinnacled Stupa". Alongside the Kiri Vehera, it is a standout amongst the most worshipped stupas in Polonnaruwa. Rankoth Vehera is structure made totally of block, and has a base breadth of 550 feet (170 m) and a tallness of 108 feet (33 m). Notwithstanding, the first state of the stupa, especially its upper bit, has been changed amid remodel work completed by later rulers and it is assessed that the first tallness of Rankoth Vehera may have been just about 200 feet (61 m). In spite of this, it remains the biggest stupa in the antiquated city of Polonnaruwa, and the fourth biggest stupa in the nation.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Polonnaruwa

Day 3: Polonnaruwa - Dambulla - Sigiriya

Stop At: Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
Dambulla cave temple 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 kilometres (92 mi) east of Colombo and 72 kilometres (45 mi) north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha’s first sermon. Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
Sigiriya is the 8th wonder of the world and is a true wondrous feat of ancient architecture and engineering. Located near the town of Dambulla, the Sigiriya lion rock is a palace complex built on an isolated rock that is about 200 meters tall. Archaeologists have found evidence to show that the rock had been inhabited during the prehistoric Mesolithic period. Until the 14th century this rock had been used as a monastery. Legend has it that King Kashyapa after usurping the throne from his father built Sigiriya fortress to protect himself a possible attack from Prince Moggalana who was his half brother and the rightful heir to the throne. The view from up above rock that spreads a few kilometres and the strategically built moat that could be seen even today shows the visitors, the paranoid psyche of the King. The complex irrigation systems, the asymmetrical and symmetrical garden complexes, magnificent frescos and a mirror wall that is about 1000 years old indeed amaze even the modern architects. It is better to start climbing the rock early morning as the heat and sun tends to make the climb hectic. After ascending the steps carved on the rock itself you can see the paws of a lion carved in stone when you come to the plain terrain of the rock. Its designed to look as of the visitor is entering the rock through the mouth of a lion. Historical record tell us that it has been called “Singhagiri”; ‘singha’ means lion and ‘giri’ means rock.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in Negombo or Colombo

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Duration
3 days
Inclusions
  • 2x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Bottled water - 1L per person - per day
  • Entry/Admission - Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
  • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
  • Entry/Admission - Hatadage
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
Exclusions
  • WiFi on board
  • Restroom on board
  • Gratuities
  • All Entrances fees
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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