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  • Heritage Sri Lanka 06 Nights / 07 Days

    Cultural Heritage Tours

    Day 01 – Airport / Negombo – (Approximate travel time – 20 mts)

    Welcome at Airport by Helanka Vacations representative and transfer to Negombo.

    Negombo, situated by the shores of a lagoon which was once a trading port for Portuguese and Dutch. The economy of Negombo is mainly based on its centuries-old fishing industry, though it also produces cinnamon, ceramics, and brassware. 

    Arrive and check in to Hotel in Negombo.

    Afternoon visit the Negombo City “Called Little Rome”.
    Your visit will includes: Negombo Fishing Village / St. Mary’s Cathedral / Dutch Fort / Negombo Dutch Canal.


    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight stay in Negombo.


    Day 02 – Negombo / Anuradhapura – (Approximate travel time 3-4 hours)

    Breakfast at Hotel.

    Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura and check into the hotel.

    Afternoon set on a sightseeing tour in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

    Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka and was named a world heritage site by UNESCO. Anuradhapura is now a picturesque city, filled with mystery and rich in Sinhalese culture.

    Atamasthana or the ‘eight sacred places’, Mirisawetiya and Samadhi Buddha statue are located within the ancient kingdom- Anuradhapura. These eight places were built to carry the memory of the Lord Buddha having walked on the ground of that area. The eight sacred places are named Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanweliseya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanaramaya, Mirisaweti stupa and Lankaramaya. The Sri Maha Bodhi, is a sampling of the ancient tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment more than 2,500 years ago, brought here from India. Thuparamaya is said to be the oldest stupa while the Jetavanaramaya stupa (a towering brick mound that seems to touch the sky) was one of the tallest brick structures of ancient times. Mirisawetiya is one of the most ancient Stupas in Sri Lanka towering to a height of 120 feet and is more than 2100 years old. The Samadhi Buddha statue is considered one of the best sculptures, as each angle of the statue looks different (from either side Lord Buddha is slightly sad and from the front, he smiles).


    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight in Anuradhapura.


    Day 03 – Anuradhapura / Aukana / Dambulla – (Approximate travel time 2-3 hours)


    Breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Dambulla.

    En route visit Aukana Buddha Statue.

    Aukana Buddha Statue, rises to a height of 11.36 meters, it is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. It is said that the degree of alignment of the statue is such that a raindrop on the nose would drop straight down to a small depression carved between the toes of the statue. The Aukana Buddha statue is a masterpiece by an unknown sculptor: the serene expression of the statue, the gracefully carved robe with neat pleats brings in delicateness that could hardly be molded into a rock.

    Proceed to Dambulla.

    Dambulla, was declared a World Heritage site in 1991. The Cave Temple had first been constructed during the reign of King Vattagamini Abhaya. There are 5 caves in the temple and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, with paintings on the ceilings and walls of the cave. The paintings of the cave highlight the past of Lord Buddha

    Visit Dambulla Cave temple. Dambulla Cave Temple, was declared a World Heritage site in 1991. The Cave Temple had first been constructed during the reign of King Vattagamini Abhaya. There are 5 caves in the temple and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha, with paintings on the ceilings and walls of the cave. The paintings of the cave highlight the past of Lord Buddha.

    Check in to Hotel in Dambulla.

    Overnight stay in Dambulla.



    Day 04 – Dambulla / Sigiriya / Dambulla – (Approximate travel time 1 hour)

    Breakfast at Hotel.

    Visit Sigiriya lion’s rock.

    Sigiriya holds remains of King Kasyapa’s palace, forever set atop the rock yet still showcasing their age-old beauty. Numerous eye-catching highlights persist in this fortress.

    Climb the Sigiriya rock (Lions rock). When entering the site walk along the Royal gardens which consists of pools, fountains and an unending number of aromatic gardens. As you enter the second level of the rock, witness the colourful paintings that date back to 5th century AD. Another interesting architectural masterpiece here is the Mirror wall which was covered with graffiti between the 7th and 10th century AD. The Audience hall is a part of the royal complex constructed on a rock boulder. The Cobra head cave is named due to the natural shape of the rock itself. Sigiriya is one of the many UNESCO heritage sites in the country.

    Return to the hotel.

    Rest of the day at leisure.

    Overnight in Dambulla.

    Day 05 – Dambulla / Kandy / 3 Temples – (Approximate travel time 3 - 4 hours)

    Breakfast at Hotel.

    Proceed to Kandy. En route visit a spice garden at Matale.

    Sri Lanka has always been renowned for its spices. Over 15 different spices call Sri Lanka home and many of them are traded in the international spice market. Cinnamon especially is endemic to Sri Lanka, and highest quality ‘true cinnamon’ can be obtained here. Visit a spice garden, where smells of cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and mace overwhelm the senses and the visitors are provided an insight into an age old industry of spice production, which attracted many a European and Asian merchants to the ports of ancient Sri Lanka.

    Arrive and check in to Hotel in Kandy.

    Afternoon visit 3 temples in Kandy.

    Lankatilaka is a Buddhist temple of the 14th century in the Hiyarapitiya village. Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Viharaya has two shrines. The main shrine, built upon a rocky outcrop at the top end of the monastery site, is of South Indian appearance. It houses a fine seated statue of Buddha framed by a Makara Torana (dragon arch) decorated with numerous images of Gods. Embekka Devalaya is a temple that is completely made of wood except for the sanctum and about an eight of a mile away from the temple lays some ruins with a group of stone pillars.

    Embekke, legend states that the King Vickramabahu III’s consort; Henakanda Biso Bandara woke from a strange dream in which the God appeared and asked to build a temple for him. On finding that a drummer Rangama had the same dream, they considered it a portent and built a temple together. The original temple was supposed to have been a three story building that unfortunately did not survive the ravages of time.

    Except the Sanctum the rest of the temple is made almost entirely of wood. From carved wooden pillars in the Halls which have open sides to the beautifully crafted roof, the entire are is covered in carvings. The bases of the pillars are octagonal in shape while their tops end in the shapes of a four leaves stacked in a square. The pillars have various images carved into the sides of the bases. In addition carvings adorn the beams, rafters and doorframes.

    Notable carvings among these masterpieces were those of the entwined swans, double headed eagles, entwined rope designs, breast-feeding image, a soldier fighting on horseback, female dancers, wrestlers, women emanating from a vein, bird-human hybrid, elephant-bull hybrid, elephant-lion hybrid and etc. The carvings of the entire temple include 125 series of decorations, 256 liyawela type designs, and 64 lotus designs, 30 decorative patterns and roof designs, ending up in 514 unique designs.

    The roof of the temple is an excellent example of ancient wooden architecture, where the 26 rafters are supported by a single wooden wooden pin.

    Gadaladeniya, the main shrine, built upon a rocky outcrop at the top end of the monastery site is of South Indian appearance. It houses a fine seated statue of Buddha framed by a Makara Torana (Sinhala: dragon arch) decorated with numerous images of gods, over it. The images as described in the Gadaladeniya inscription represent the deities Salerea, Brahma, Suyama, Santhusthika, Natha and Maithri. On either side of the main seated statue is a standing statue of Buddha.

    Built in 1344 by King Buwanekabahu IV, the Gadaladeniya Raja Maha Viharaya stands on the border of Udunuwara and Yatinuwara in the Kandy district. Located very close to the town of Pilimathalawa, the Gadaladeniya Temple (which had been named after the village in which it was built) was also called Gadaladeniya Gramaye Viharaya, Gadaladeniya Gramaye Saddharmakirthi Vihayara and Dharma Kirthi Viharaya. Saddharmakirthi was the name of the founding monk.

    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight stay in Kandy.


    Day 06 – Kandy / Colombo – (Approximate travel time 4 – 5 hours)

    Breakfast at Hotel.

    Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic for the ceremony.

    Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic; the crown jewel of the Kandy city is also known as Dalada Maligawa. ‘Maligawa’ translates to palace and the temple is a part of it. It has seen centuries of peaceful reigns and is one of the many historical places on the island. Walk around the Kandy Lake, also known as “the sea of milk” is situated in the heart of Kandy (next to the Temple of the Tooth Relic), it was built in 1807 by the last king of Sri Lanka. This lake is highly protected as it has many auspicious stories related to it.

    Proceed to Colombo.

    Arrive and check in to Hotel in Colombo.

    Evening free time to shopping.

    The nightlife here is lively at a number of clubs, pubs and dining venues.

    Return to the hotel.

    Overnight stay in Colombo.

    Day 07 – Colombo / Airport – (Approximate travel time 1 hour)

    Breakfast at Hotel.

    Thereafter proceed to Airport in time for your departure flight.

    Departure time & hotel leaving time to be updated.


    ...END OF TOUR …

    Rates on request (based on 3* / 4* / 5* / Boutique hotels)


    Included

    • 06 nights’ accommodation on Bed and breakfast basis.

    • Transport in an air conditioned Car/Micro Van with an English speaking Chauffeur. (Above 6pax – English Speaking National Guide).

    • Arrival & Departure transfers.

    • Entrance fees for the sites as per the program.

    • Water bottle on Arrival.

    • All applicable taxes (Subject to change without any prior notice).

    Excluded

    • Lunch / dinner during the tour.

    • Early check in & late check out not included.

    • Tips and Porterage’s.

    • Other extra expenses of personal nature.

    • Camera & Video permits (for tourist sites mentioned).

    • All extra expenses at Hotels.

    • Visa fee charges. 


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