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    Ancient Kingdoms of Sri Lanka

    05 Nights/06 Days


    DAY 1 -   AIRPORT  /  NEGOMBO

          

    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 into the Hotel in Negombo.


    Afternoon brief tour of Negombo.


    Start your city tour of Negombo by visiting the Dutch port, the canal, a Hindu Kovil, St. Mary’s church, the Angurukaramulla temple and the Negombo open and fish market.



    Overnight stay in Negombo.

     


    Day 2 -   NEGOMBO   /   ANURADHAPURA 

     

    Breakfast at the Hotel. Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura.



    Anuradhapura, 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.



    Arrive and check in to a Hotel in Anuradhapura.



    Evening visit the Mihintale Temple.



    Mihintale, a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The stairway fleets upward through 1840 steps made of granite, leading to picturesque sceneries that can be viewed from the summit.  



    Before commencing your climb, find the Vejja Sala; ruins of a hospital dating back to the 3rd century AD. Further, Kantaka Cetiya is situated on a portion of the rock not much higher from the base, it is one of the 1st religious monuments to be built in Sri Lanka resting at a height of 425 feet. The next level of the rock holds the Ambasthala Dagoba, this great historical monument is the symbol of Mihintale, a large seated Buddha looking down from a rock above. Other famed attractions such as the Kaludeniya Pokuna also reside within this mountains’ plains.



    Return to Anuradhapura for overnight stay.

     

    Day 3 -   ANURADHAPURA   /   POLONNARUWA

     

    Breakfast at Hotel. Start your sightseeing tour of this ancient city.


    Start sightseeing Anuradhapura by visiting the 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).


    Afternoon proceed to Polonnaruwa.


    Polonnaruwa, Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago when it was a commercial and religious center. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still create a picture of how the city once looked.


    Arrive and check in to a Hotel in Polonnaruwa for overnight stay.


    Day 4 -   POLONNARUWA    /   KANDY

            

    Breakfast at Hotel, start your sightseeing


    Start sightseeing Polonnaruwa by visiting some of the ancient structures that includes; the palace of King Parakramabahu, Potgul Vehera (this is the oldest library complex found in Sri Lanka, where the Buddhist writings were studied and resided), Shiva Devale (a 13th century Hindu shrine, that was built entirely from stone), Vatadage (built for the protection of a small stupa, the structure has two stone platforms decorated with elaborate stone carvings) Nissanka Lata Mandapaya, the Sathmahal Prasada (a unique seven story brick structure), Hatadage and Atadage (where the Temple of the Tooth Relic was placed first before it was brought to Kandy), Gal Potha (stone book), Pabalu Vehera, Rankoth Vehera, Lankatilaka, Kiri Vehera, Gal Viharaya and Tivanka Image House.  


    Thereafter travel to Kandy, En route visiting the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple.


    Dambulla, which 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.


    Arrive and check in to a Hotel in Kandy.


    Kandy, which was the capital of Sri Lanka during the ancient times of Kings and Queens. Nestling midst low hills and looped by the Mahaweli river, this religious city is one of the most sacred places of worship to Buddhists in the world and was also named a world heritage site by UNESCO.




    Overnight stay in Kandy.

     

     

    Day 5 -   KANDY /   DEPARTURE

     
    Breakfast at the hotel.



    Thereafter you will be transferred to Airport to connect with your departure flight.

     

    ***TOUR END***

    DESCRIPTION
    TOTAL PRICE FOR THE TOUR

       
     
    02 PAX SHARING DOUBLE ROOM ON BB BASIS   

       USD 410.00 per person   

                  

    04 Star Hotels

    Pledge Escape - Negombo
    Palm Garden Village - Anuradhapura
    Ekho Lake - Polonnaruwa
    Topaz Hotel - Kandy



    Price Includes
    Price Does Not Include
    • 04 nights’ accommodation BB basis in Double room sharing basis.
    • Transport in an Air-Conditioned Private Car with an English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide.
    • Tour pack with the compliments of Helanka Vacations.
    • Government TAX (Subject to change)
    • Early Check-In and Late Check-Out   
    • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature                                
    • Entrance fees/tickets as per the program.
    • Every other meals throughout the tour.
    • Any other services not mentioned.
    • Camera permits (for tourist sites)
    • All extra expenses to Hotels.

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