Explore Sri Lanka Tour - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Explore Sri Lanka Tour - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 01 - Airport - Kandy

Welcome & assistance at Bandaranayke International Airport & meet Our Trans Srilanka Travel guide on arrival terminal & Proceed to Kandy, En- Route visit Bahirawakanada Temple, Lankathilaka Temple , Degaldoruwa Temple, World Buddhist Museum in kandy , in the evening visit most significant Buddhist Place in srilanka Sri DaladaMaligawa (Temple of the tooth relic).

Kandy Sri Dalada Maligawa

The Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times, it's believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple.

Bahirawakanda Temple

The Sri Maha Bodhi Viharaya at Bahirawakanda is a very attractive and hilly place in the Kandy Town. This is a center for carrying out national as well as international Buddhist relations. Many tourists are attracted by this temple. The monastery was started in 1972 ,the founder was the ven.Ampitiye Dammarama Thero. He disaided to build the big buddha's statue and started to build it with the peoples donations in year 1972 he could finsh the construction of the budda's statue and open on 1 st of january 1993 precident premadasa was opend the statue.after the opening the statue people started to visit our temple from sri lanka and all around the world.Bahirawakanda temple. The ominipresent Buddha statue seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple, just 1 km away from the Kandy city.

Lanka Thilaka Temple

The history of the temple dates back to the 14th century, and a pre-colonial Lanka where several strong kingdoms ruled the land. At a time when the capital of the Sinhalese kingdom was Kurunegala, that era drew to a close when the Sinhalese kings decided on setting up the new kingdom at Gampola, a safe stronghold on the bank of the Mahaweli river.

Degaldoruwa Temple

The Degaldoruwa Temple was built in 1771 AD by King Rajadi Rajasinha and was initiated during the rein of his elder brother King Kirti Sri Rajasinha (1747-1782 AD).This is considered as a Cave Temple with Kandyan era Paintings and Architecture.

This temple is situated at Amunugama, a village near Kandy Town.The easiest way It can be reached from Kandy is via the roadway over Lewella Bridge or by proceeding along Kundasale road and turning left at Nattarampota.

The temple had been built at a place where two rocks were touching each other from above and below.The rock mass has a height of about 40 feet. A Cave had been made by breaking the rocks large enough to accomodate the Shrine Room of the Buddha and an area leading to the Shrine Room.

The paintings at the temple were the work of four painters. These paintings are recognized as some of the best examples of the Kandyan era paintings. Four " Jathaka Stories " are drawn at this cave temple of which one is the famous Vessantara Jathaka story.

International Buddhist Museum (IBM)

Sri Dalada Maligawa kandy has established the International Buddhist Museum (IBM) to showcase the expand of the Buddhism throughout the Asia and rest of the world.This is the only museum which demonstrates the expanding of Buddhism all around the world.

By the 2600th year of the sambuddatva jayanthi,the Buddha dhamma has developed its status from the simple philosophy of the lifestyle of mankind enunciated in early Buddhist thought to highly developed ritualistic religious system. From its birth place, India, Buddhism as a religion, has spread to different parts of Asia, South - East and far East. While the message of the Buddha is currently being perused in the wide context in the modern world. It is interesting to note the different systems followed in the practice of Buddhism, both Theravada and Mahayana, by the respective countries.

Over Night Stay at Kandy Hotel

Day 02 - Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Dambulla Cave Temple

Morning leave to climb sigiriya Rock fortress &Dambulla cave temple , after leave to most Ancient city in polonnaruwa.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century, Sigiriya or Lion Rock is an astonishing feat of engineering and construction. The most striking portion of Sigiriya, a terracotta and grey core of rock set in the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, rises a sheer 200 metres above a forested plain, its flattened summit sloping gently. A series of moats, ramparts and water gardens - remnants of an ancient city - spread out on two sides of the rock, with the remains of a pair of giant stone lion's paws still guarding the staircase that leads to the summit, once occupied by a royal palace.

Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, Sigiriya is Asia's best preserved city of the first millennium, showing complex urban planning around the base of the rock, combined with sophisticated engineering and irrigation skills in the palace perched on the summit. It is considered it to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world with visitors recording their impressions in some of the earliest-known graffiti.

Dambulla Cave Temple

Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a world heritage site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. Dambulla was designated a World Heritage site in 1991. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It 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. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The later 4 include two statues of Hindu gods, god Vishnu and god Ganesh. The murals, covers an area of 2,100 square meters. Depictions in the walls of the caves include Buddha's temptation by Mara (demon) and Buddha's first sermon.

Over Night Stay at Polonnaruwa Hotel.

Day 03 - Dambulla Cave Temple - Polonnaruwa

Morning doing city tour in polonnaruwa & visit lankatilakaVihara, Gal Vihara,Polonnaruwa Vatadage, SandakadaPahana,, Gal-potha Stone Book, Lotus Pond,Hatadage,MedirigiriyaVatadage, PothgulViharaya, Parakrama Samudraya Tank.

Polonnaruwa

Sightseeing tour in ancient city Polonnaruwa (11th Century AD), visit the many sites of archaeological and historical interest in the Sacred City.

Gal Viharaya

The Gal Vihara, also known as Gal Viharaya, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka. It was constructed in the 12th century by Parakramabahu I. The central feature of the shrine are four images of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granite rock. The images consist of a large seated figure, another, smaller seated figure inside an artificial cavern, and standing figure and a reclining figure. These are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts, and have made the Gal Vihara one of the most visited monuments in Polonnaruwa.

Lankathila Viharaya

Lankathila Viharaya is a Gedige type large image house build by king Parakramabahu the Great ( 1153- 1186 AD). The specialty in this structure is the two pylons at the entrance and the giant Buddha statue in side. This statue is 42 feet in height and building walls are 53 feet high. You can see some evidence that there were some paintings in the interior . There are some sculptures out side with some south Indian influence. The The exterior wall designs pretend that this has five floors, and the carvings of gods meant that this is divine place.

Polonnaruwa Vatadage

Polonnaruwa Vatadageis an ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha or during the reign of Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa 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.

Gal Potha

Gal Potha(Stone Book) is one of the famous works of King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196) which describes himself, his rule and the eligibility for being a king of Sri Lanka. This massive slab which is 26'10" feet (8.2 meters) long and 4'7" feet (1.4 meters) in breath has been brought form Mahiyangana area by the worriers of King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). The text is written in 3 columns and contain over 4300 characters in 72 lines.

There are signs that liquidized metal has been pored on to the carved characters to bring out the letters much clearer.

Lotus Pond

This elegant pond was built in 12th century. This was made like a eight petaled lotus with four tiers and it is believed to be pert of Jetavanaramaya monastery.

Parakrama Samudra

Parakarama Samudraya (Sea of Parakrama) was built by King Parakramabahu I. This is treated as one of the outstanding irrigational work in history of Sri Lanka. The reason why it is called as "Sea of Parakrama" as it covers an area of 5,940 acres It has 11 channels directing water and feeding a network of irrigation canals and smaller tanks.

Potgul Vehera

Potgul Vihara Monastery is believed to be built by King Parakramabahu. It is a unique monastery. There are a small dagabas surrounding a circular brick building.

Medirigiriya Watada Geya

Medirigiriya Watada Geyais one of the oldest ruin in South Asia, According to the historical records, Watada geya has build up before 1900 years. During the Polonnaruwa kingdom, it has build to protect thestupa from rain and sun. It's situated 40 km s away from Polonnaruwa. These unbelievable construction still stands without falling down. The meaning of watadagea, he house around the stupa. It has created only from the thick stone. It's circumstances is 57 feets. Hight 25 feets. There are four entrances made out of stone.

Over Night Stay at PolonnaruwaHotel.

Day 04 - Polonnaruwa - Trincomalee

Morning leave to Trincomalee, doing city tour & visit Koneswaram Temple, Marble Beach,Kanniya Hot Water Well,& spend on the beach in the evening.

Trincomalee city tour

A sight-seeing tour of Trincomalee will include a visit to Fort Fredrick , built in 1624 the fort remains formidable to this day. Currently used as an army garrison, entrance to the fort is monitored, however you are given the opportunity to either walk or drive into the fort and visit the famous Koneswaram Temple, built atop ‘Swamy Rock’, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee.

Koneswaram temple

Trincomalee historically known also as the Thirukonamamalai Konesar Kovil, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Thiru-Konamamalai Maccakeswaram Kovil, is a Hindu temple in Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka venerated by Saivites throughout the continent. It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee, a classical period harbour port town. The primary deity is the Hindu god Lord Shiva in the form Konesar. There has been a kovil at this site since the 3rd century, possessing a hoary history with various dates of establishment and development attributed at different points before the classical era. At its zenith, the original Konesar temple was the main shrine of the Trincomalee Koneswaram Temple Compounds, one of three ancient connected Hindu temples on Swami rock with a considerably sized gopuram in a complex of nine major courtyard compounds. The Konesar temple stood distinctly in the middle of the cape at its highest eminence, with other shrines to deities Ganesh, Vishnu (Thirumal), Ambal-Shakti and Murukan stretching across the cape complex to its extremities. Heralded as one of the richest and most visited temple compounds in Asia, Koneswaram became one of the most important surviving and influential structures in the world by the early 17th century, inspiring a rich corpora of devotional and descriptive literature, inscriptions and art by royals and pilgrims.eswaram Temple.

Marble Beach

Marble Beach Resort is fully equipped to cater to your every need, and to serve as a venue for corporate events such as conferences and workshops. The Yacht Restaurant offers a delicious fresh seafood menu that includes both Sri Lankan and international dishes, and our staff are always on hand to make sure you feel at home. The beach front 'Eagles' Nook' bar serves both local and imported spirits, and is the ideal venue for a sundowner by the sea.

Kanniya Hot Water Well

According to the details provided in some information boards at the site, Kanniya Hot water spring has the history from the King Rawana era. It says that King Ravana stuck the earth with his sward in several spots and several fountains were started on those places. The water was hot and thats the beginning of this hot water springs.

Some believes that this is a part of the Buddhist Monastery and Buddhist Monk used this place as a part of their complex. There are some old ruins scattered over the area. It seems that most of those historical artifacts were destroyed in the war time.

Over Night Stay at Trinco Hotel.

Day 05 - Trincomalee - Somawathiya Temple

Morning leave to Somawathiya Temple. En - Route visit Seruwila Mangala Raja MahaVihara, Lanka Pattuna after Back to the hotel Trincomalee.

Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple in Trincomalee district in Eastern Province, which is among the sixteen holiest Buddhist shrines or Solosmasthaana, in Sri Lanka.

It was built during the reign of King Kavantissa (2nd century BC) containing the Lalata Dathun Wahanse the Sacred Forehead Bone of Lord Buddha.

The opening ceremony was attended by the Head of the Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabhaa and The Mahanaayaka of the Sri Kalyaanawansha Maha Nikaya Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandasiri Mahanayaka Thera and more than 600 Bhikkus and Bhikkunees from various Mahamevnaa Monasteries around Sri Lanka and a large number of devotees.

Somawathiya

Somawathi Stupa is located in the middle of the jungle, in Polonnaruwa District. From Polonnaruwa, you have to travel to Sungavila and then take a gravel road which leads to the temple through the Jungle. Its recommended to go in dry season ( of cause its dusty), because there is a probability that the area get flooded during the raining time. Somawathi stupa has written historical evidence that it was constructed in 2nd century BC. This dageba was named for the princes Somawathi, the sister of king Kawanthissa.. She got married to prince Abhaya, a nephew of of king Shiva of Kelaniya. He was the ruler of the Somapura Kingdom, which was located by the Mahaveli river.

Lanka Pattuna

Lankapatuna Samudragiri Viharaya at Trincomalee is said to be lieing in the exact location where the Prince Dantha and Princess Hemamala landed in Sri Lanka with the tooth relic of the Buddha. This is one of most ancient temples in Trincomalee. Buddhist ruins scatter in a area of about 50 acres which belong to the temple.

Day 06 - Trincomalee - Nilaveli Beach

Morning leave to Nilaveli Beach, Pigeon Island National Park In the evening spend with Golden sand beach.

Nilaveli Beach

For years Nilaveli has been considered one of Sri Lanka's most perfect beaches. It certainly has that feeling of paradise-island remoteness, with plenty of bending palms swaying over the golden sand. Good it may be, but in reality things aren't quite as heavenly as they seem here. It's not far from the old front line and there's still an large military presence which undermines the idyllic mood.

Pigeon Island

Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province. The island's name derives from the Rock Pigeon which has colonized it. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. In 2003 it was redesignated as a national park. This national park is the 17th in Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. Pigeon Island is one of the several protected areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.

Over Night Stay at Nilaveli Hotel.

Day 07 - Nilaveli - Passikuda Beach

Morning leave to Most beautiful & tourist attraction place in passikuda , all day can enjoy with beautiful beach at passikuda.

Passikuda Beach

Pasikuda beach, recognized as one of safest beaches in Sri lanka is very famous among the travelers who travel around the sri lankan tourism areas. It is located in the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The nearest city is Batticloa. Throughout the year the beach is fully crowded with travelers from all around the world. The sea is visualized with crystal clear water. Foreign travelers never miss this beach as it is known as an ideal destination for a sea bath.

Visitors are walking kilo meters in to the sea because the sea is not compared toh other beaches of Sri lanka.They play, scream and entertain themselves in the beach. Even small children can dive in the sea. Some try to play with a surf board.

During the seasons, many water surfing sports men and women come to frolic with the waves in Pasikudha Beach. Even sri lankan players are trying to compete with them. Especially Pasikudha beach is appropriate for the beginners in water surfing. Surfing the waves, pulling off cool techniques, jumping high off the wave and spinning in the air are attractive. They have been trained to the surfing game professionally. Even an open tournament is held at the Pasikuda beach annually for the surfers.

On behalf of the Civil war started in 1983, Pasikuda wasn't attracted by many tourists. Actually it wasn't a place to be toured because of the place wasn't secured. Significantly it has become more popular destination of Sri lankan tourism with the rehabilitation process done after the Tsunami devastation. Even the end of the crucial war lasted in Sri Lanka is now welcoming lots of tourists to these coastal areas. After recovering these matters now the Pasikuda beech is open to the entire world. Never the less there are no any luxurious hotels in the area, but small houses and hotels can be rented. Still the beach is maintained very well by cleaning and managing activites. Some of the businessmen have planned to construct luxurious hotels near the beach. Therefore travelers are encouraged to entertain at Pasikuda beach and feel free minded.

Day 08 - Passikuda Beach - Colombo

Transfer to Bandaranayke International Airport to the departure.

Observe: Kandy / Sigiriyaa / Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Trincomalee / Somawathiya Temple / Nilaveli Beach / Passikuda / Colombo
Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
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