Cultural Tour In Sri Lanka
Highlights of the Tour
- Anuradhapura ancient site
- Ritigala Forest Monastery
- Pidurangala Rock Hike
- Polonnaruwa ancient site
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Spice gardens in Matale
- Aluivihare Rock Temple
- Temple of the tooth relic
- Tea factory in Nuwara Eliya
|1||Airport||Anuradhapura||BB||Transfer from Airport to Anuradhapura. Visit the sites in Anuradhapura.|
|2||Anuradhapura||Habarana||BB||Transfer to Habarana. En-route visit Ritigala monastery. Afternoon hike to Pidurangala rock.|
|3||Habarana||Habarana||BB||Excursion to Polonnaruwa and visit the sites by bicycle. Evening climb Sigiriya Rock.|
|4||Habarana||Kandy||BB||Transfer to Kandy via Matale. Visit Aluvihara temple & a spice garden on the way. Explore Kandy.|
|5||Kandy||Colombo||BB||Visit temple of tooth relic and transfer to Colombo. En-route visit a tea factory. City tour in Colombo.|
|6||Colombo||Airport||BB||Transfer to airport for departure.|
Airport | Anuradhapura
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport. Clients will be welcomed by the Representative of Reliance Tours / Chauffeur guide and transfer to the hotel in Anuradhapura.
Evening commence a tour of Anuradhapura world heritage site.
Anuradhapura “UNESCO World Heritage Site” is the capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and one of the largest structure in the ancient world. Thuparama Dagoba is enshrined with the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura | Ritigala | Pidurangala | Habarana
Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Habarana. Visit Ritigala Buddhist monastery on the way.
Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE.
According to popular belief, non-human Lord Hanuman of supernatural powers, traveled over Ritigala, and, by accident, dropped a chunk off a mountain of the Himalaya range he was carrying from India to Lanka for its medicinal herbs. Lord Rama’s brother, Prince Lakshmana was mortally wounded in battle and only a rare herb in the Himalaya could save his life.
The ruins of Ritigala monastery are located on the eastern side of the mountain at the foot of the gorge which separates the main peak from the northern ridge of the range. The ruins cover an area of 24 hectares (59 acres).
Afternoon hike to Pidurangala rock.
Pidurangala is an ancient Buddhist temple constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.
The history of Pidurangala goes back beyond to the first and second century BC. From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 – 495 AC).
It is a hike of 30 minutes to the top of the rock and you get to the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock. Climbing will start with stairs and the later parts of the path will be a little bit off road.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Habarana.
Habarana | Polonnaruwa | Sigiriya | Habarana
Breakfast at the hotel. Then excursion to Polonnaruwa and visit the site by bicycle.
Polonnaruwa – another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.
Polonnaruwa – the medieval capital was fortified with inner & outer moats and inner & outer walls. The Parakrama Samudra is on the western side of the city. The Royal Palace, Audience Hall and other buildings in the inner city were enclosed by another tall wall.
Then leave for Sigiriya & climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya – is a world heritage site built in 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.
Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Habarana.
Habarana | Matale | Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Kandy via Matale. Visit Aluvihara temple & a spice garden on the way.
Aluvihare Rock Temple is a sacred Buddhist temple surrounded by hills situated 30 km north of Kandy.
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.
Spice Gardens at Matale – You will see Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them food preparations.
Afternoon you will witness the city of Kandy including upper lake drive, market square, arts & crafts center and the gem Museum.
Kandy is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally the British in 1815.
To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Kandy.
Kandy | Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel. Then visit the Temple of tooth relic in the morning ceremony.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.
Then transfer to Colombo. Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory.
Tea Plantations – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839.
In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate.
In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.
Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 15% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as one of the World’s largest Tea exporter.
Arrive in Colombo. Explore the city.
Colombo is the business and commercial center.
Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbor took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British.
The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city.
Colombo is a shopping paradise for shoppers who always enjoy a good bargain on quality clothes and fashion accessory items. Genuine Gem Stones have been used in designing the jewelry, blending the lush fresheners of nature with the warm sensuality of design.
Discover yourself for the famous shopping items like clothes, handloom fabric, Sarongs, Sarees, art, photography, books and souvenirs etc…
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Colombo.
Colombo | Airport
After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure.
Cost & Terms
Cost: – Staring from USD 435 per person
Sharing double room on BB basis including the excursions and entrance fees (Conditions apply)
Above price Includes
- Welcome service at the airport on arrival by private chauffeur / driver.
- Accommodation with breakfast at hotels based on standard room category.
- Transportation from arrival to departure in an Air conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English speaking chauffeur / driver guide.
- Breakfast at the hotels from day 02 to day 06
- Excursions / sightseeing to the places included in the program
- Entrance fees / tickets to the places mentioned in the program
Value added services from Reliance Tours on FOC
- Mobile phone with emergency contact details
- 02 bottles of mineral water per client per day (500ml)
- Binocular for sightseeing
- A gift of gratitude
Above price Excludes
- Lunch & Dinner
- Early check-inn or late check-out at hotels
- Optional supplements, sightseeing & excursions
- Tips & Portage
- Camera / video permits if any
- Air Tickets, train tickets and Visa fees
- Sudden festive or Cricket event supplements
- Government tax imposition change
Additional services offered by Reliance Tours (Surcharges apply)
- Wifi device with data packs
- Cool box in vehicle
- Baby seat
- Camera / Lenses
- Other equipment’s related to travel