Pilgrimage Tour - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Pilgrimage Tour - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Day 01 - Airport - City Tour in Colombo

Welcome & assistance at Bandaranayke International Airport & met our Trans Lanka Travels guide on arrival Terminal & Transfer to Hotel in Colombo, and relax at the hotel & evening doing shopping in Colombo City.

Over Night Stay at hotel.

Day 02 - Colombo - Kalaniya Rajamaha Viharaya

Morning Visit Most venerable Temple in Kalaniya Rajamaha Viharaya,En- Route Visit Gangaramaya Temple, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya & Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya.

Gangaramaya Temple

This Temple is a landmark in the capital city, is today a vibrant complex comprising the Gangaramaya temple, the 'seema malaka' - an assembly hall for monks - in the picturesque Beira Lake and a vocational training institute. The temple has been in existence for over 120 years having being established by one of the most famous scholar monks, Venerable Hikkaduwe Sri Sumanagala Nayaka Thera, founder of the Vidyodaya Pirivena, originally an institute of oriental learning for monks, now a State University - Sri Jayewardenapura University.

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya.

In the temple-studded paradise island of Sri Lanka, Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara occupies a special place. This temple is considered so sacred that there is a long cherished belief that a child who treads the ground under the shade of its scared Bodhi-tree will never fail in life.

Situated in the outskirts of the city of Colombo, in the village of Bellanwila, just three kilometers from the city limits, Bellanwila temple has a long and hallowed history. The great sanctity attached to the temple is due to its sacred Bodhi-tree. There is authorative literary evidence in ancient texts such as the Sinhala Bodhivamsaya which records that this Bodhi-tree is one of the thirty two saplings that sprang from the sacred Bodhi-tree at Anuradhapura planted in the 3rd century B.C.E. The recorded tradition is as follows: There were five twigs in the Bodhi-sapling that was brought from India to Sri Lanka and planted in the Mahameghavana at Anuradhapura. When the sapling had grown into a tree, eight new saplings sprang from its eastern side. These are called the astaphalaruka-Bodhi-trees and they were planted at eight different spots on the Island. From the other four original branches sprang thirty-two additional saplings which were also distributed throughout the Island. One such plant is the sacred Bodhi-tree at Bellanwila.

Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya.

On the eighth year after attaining enlightenment, The Buddha visited the kingdom in Kelaniya on the invitation of the King Maniakkhika of the "Naga" (Cobra) tribe. The king had extended this invitation at the Buddha's second visit to country which was to settle a battle between the two "Naga" kings, Culodara and Mahodara over a gem studded throne at Nagadeepa. King Maniakkhika who was the mother's brother to the naga Mahodara has been present at Nagadeepa for the battle.

According the chronicles the Buddha visited the Kelaniya with 500 bhikkhus and preached dharma to King and his people on the spot where the temple stands today. From Kalaniya the Buddha proceeded to the domain of the Deity Sumana Saman at the mountain to of Samanthakuta now known as Sri Pada.

The Great Chronicle of Sri Lanka, Mahavamsa describes the Buddha's visit to kalaniya.

Over Night Stay at hotel.

Day 03 - Colombo - Kandy

Early Morning leave to Most Historical & significant place Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) in kandy En- Route Visit Bahirawakanada Temple, Lankathilaka Temple, Degaldoruwa Temple, Ambakke Temple, World Buddhist Museum in kandy .In the evening doing City Tour & Boat trip on Nuwara Wawa (Tank).

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.

Lankathilaka 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, thatera 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.

Ambakke Temple

The UNESCO has identified these marvellous but elaborate carvings on wooden pillars to be the finest products of woodcarvings to be found in any part of the world.

Many are the hoary legends that tell of the origins of this splendid devale. According to archaic documents and the epic Embekke Varnanawa composed by Delgahagoda Mudiyanse, it was built during the Gampola period of King Wickrema Bahu II (1371 AD). One of his consorts named Henakanda Biso Bandara, in association with a drummer named as Rangama, as told in a miraculous dream, is supposed to have built this Devale dedicated to God Kataragama in a superb three-storeyed building which is now no more.

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.

Kandy City Tour

In the evening doing round tour in kandy city En- Route visit Kandy City Center.

Boat trip

After Kandy City Tour, Proceed to the kandy lake Boat ride.

Over Night Stay at hotel.

Day 04 - Kandy - Anuradhapura

Sri mahaBodhiya, Ruwanwalimahasaya temple, Thuparamaya, Abayagiriya, Jethawanaramaya, Isurumuniya Rock Temple, Samadhi Statue, Lovamahapaya.

Anuradhapura is the largest and oldest of all ancient cities in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is a fitting climax to any tour of the Cultural Triangle and world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization. The Civilization which was built upon this city was one of the greatest civilizations of Asia and in the world. Anuradhapura was the royal seat of more than 250 Buddhist and Hindu kings recorded in the royal genealogies, and the preeminent city on the island for some 1400 years.

The city now a UNESCO heritage site lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, on the banks of the historic MalvathuOya. Founded in the 4th century BC it was the capital of the Anuradhapura Kingdom till the beginning of the 11th century AC. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. It was also a wealthy city which created a unique culture and a great civilization. Today this ancient city of Sri Lanka, which is sacred to the Buddhist world, which its surrounding monasteries covers.

Sri mahaBodhiya

The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is reckoned as the oldest surviving historical tree in the world.

Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi was brought to Sri Lanka by the Theri Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka and was planted in the Mahameghavana Park in Anuradhapura in 249 BC by King Devanampiyatissa.

Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi is said to be the southern branch of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi at Buddha Gaya in India under which Lord Buddha attained bodhi or 'Awakening'

Ruwanwelisaya

Ruwanwelisaya is the one of the world tallest stupa, located in sacred city of Anuradhapura. It was built by king Dutugamunu (140 B.C).It is standing at 103 m (338 feet)with circumference of 290 m (950 feet) Ruwanwelisaya is one of the 8 places of veneration in the Anuradhapura. The Buddha's relics has been deposited in this sacred stupa. Ruwanwalisaya is called various names such as Swarnamali Chaitya, Mahathupa, Suvarnamali Mahaceti.

Thuparamaya Temple

This is the first stupa to be built in the country after the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. Built in the time of king Devamnampiyatissa (250BC - 210BC) this was a stupa as well as an Aramic complex (monastery). Today ruins of this complex covers nearly 3 1/2 acres. The stupa was built on the instructions of Mahinda Thero who brought Buddhism to the island to enshrine the right collar-bone of Lord Buddha.

Abhayagiri stupa

belongs to the aramic complex of Abhayagiriya Viharaya which was constructed in the reign of King Vattagamini Abaya (commonly known as King Valagamba) in the 1st Century BC.

Isurumuniya

The Meghagiri Vihara is now commonly known as Isurumuniya Vihara or Isurumuniya. But the real Isurumuni Vihara is located few hundred metres away is now called Vessagiri Vihara.

Isurumuniya is most famous for the stone carving of a couple located there. This carved stone was found in The most popular is that this carving shows the prince Saliya (the son of the great king Dutugamunu) and his mistress Asokamala. Asokamala was of a lover cast called "Chandala" and the prince Saliya gave up the right to be the king by marrying this girl of a lower cast.

Another belief is that this couple represent the god Siva and goddess Parvathi of Hindu belief.

The vihara also has another stone slab which depicts a court scene which is thought to be the court of king Dutugemunu. Both these stone slabs are thought to be originated in the 8th century.

The vihara itself is built on a rock and the sacred tooth relic of Buddha has been originally kept here when it arrived to the island from India in the 312 AC. the royal pleasure garden and brought here. There are many interpretations for this carving.

Samadhi Statue

Samadhi Statue is considered one of the best sculptures in the Anuradhapura era. It is thought to be done during the 3rd or the 4th century. It is made out of dolomite marble and stands 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 metres) in height. This statue was found in the present location in 1886 fallen to the ground with damages to the nose. It was then erected and the nose was reconstructed. In 1914, it was found damaged by treasure hunters and re constructed again.

Over Night stay at Hotel.

Day 05 - Anuradhapura - Mihinthalaya Rock

Morning Proceed to Climb Mihinthalaya Rock (Aradhana Rock) En-Route visit Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, Ranmasu Uyana.

Mihinthalaya Rock

Mihintale is only 12 kM away from the famous Anuradhapura city. The sacred forest mountain Missaka Pabbatha where King Devanampiya Tissa met Arhat Mahinda Thera and his companions is situated in Mihintale. Prior to that the Lord Gautama Buddha had visited this place on his Third visit which was called as Missaka Pabbatha then. Being one of the sixteen places (Solosmasthana) the Lord Buddha had visited in Sri Lanka, this is regarded as one of the most important sacred places by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

Kalu Diya Pokuna (Pond)

Kaludiya Pokuna in Kandalama is not to be confused with its name-sake in Mihinthale . It dates back to the period, 853 - 857 A.D., during the reign of King Sena the 2nd. The sacred precincts of this ancient site served as a meditating center for the Buddhist monks who resided there.

RanmasuUyana.

Sandwiched between the Thissa Wewa reservoir and the Isurumuniya Rock Temple, RanmasuUyana of Anuradhapura, a forty acre pleasure garden of the ancient Sri Lankan royals is a unique creation.

The Ranmasu Uyana was mainly known for its rock sculpted bathing ponds with a sophisticated hydraulics mechanism. A subtle use of pressure difference enables the pumping of water from the nearby Tissa Wewa to the swimming pools of the garden. The pools themselves display a clever use of technology and craftsmanship, in constructing a flawless luxury swimming facility nearly three thousand years ago.

Over Night stay at Hotel.

Day 06 - Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa

Morning proceed to Polonnaruwa historical city & explore Buddhist Civilization.

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.

Polonnaruwa Vatadage

This beautiful Stupa house has been built before the time of Nissanga Malla (1187-1196) but he has carried out major renovations on this building. So what you see today is probably his work.

Te uniqueness of such buildings is that the Stupa is protected by a roof. Therefore Stupa's in such buildings are small. Another beautiful Stupa house is situated in Madirigiriya few kilometres away from Polonnaruwa.

Kumara and Lotus Ponds

The architecturally perfect Kumara pokuna found close to King Parakramabahu's palace, the pokuna found near the rest house and believed to be that of King Nissanka malla, the austere baths of the Alahana pirivena are some examples. Yet a jewel of the pokuna architecture lies hidden along the lonely road to the northern city, well away from the bus loads of pilgrims and tourists that crowd Polonnaruwa's more famous quadrangle packed with ruins from different dynasties differing in architecture.

Lankatilaka Vihara, Polonnaruwa

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.

The structure was done with bricks and there were two floors. You can see the remaining of stares, which ware used to climb the upper floor. According to the historical reports and pictures in early 20th century by Mr. H.C.P Bell, the head the Buddha statue was there at that time, but you can't see it now.

Parakrama Samudraya

This vast water reservoir was built by King Parakramabahu the great (1153-1186) and today what you see as the Parakrama Samudraya is only a portion of his original creation. Parakrama Samudraya originally consisted of five large reservoirs separated by smaller dams to reduce the pressure on the main dam. Many smaller tanks has been built around the main tank to feed these primary tanks and to take in excess water.

Thiwanka Image House

Thivanka Image House (Thivanka Pilima Ge) had been built by King Parakramabahu (1153-1186) as part of the Jethavanarama Complex. Since the large image of Buddha has been curved in 3 places, this has been given the name "Thivanka" which literally means three curves. As most other structures of this era, this is too built with bricks including the statue. The Buddha statue is about 8 meters in height but today the part of the statue above the head has been destroyed. The statue as at today is 6.6 metres tall. The building is 133 feet long and 67.6" feet wide. The walls are 7-12 feet thick making the internal size.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 07 - Polonnaruwa - Dambulla Rock Template

Morning Proceed to Dambulla Rock Temple (Cave Temple ) En- Route Visit climb to Sigiriya Rock ,& in the evening doing City Tour in Dambulla.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kassapa 1 (AD 477 - 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage sites of Sri Lanka.

Dambulla Cave Temple

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 a total of 153Buddhastatues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 08 - Dambulla Rock Temple - Sinharaja Rain Forest

Morning Procced to Sinharaja rain forest En- Route doing City Tour in the town.

Sinharaja rain forest

The last major undisturbed area of rainforest in Sri Lanka, this forest reserve occupies a broad ridge at the heart of the island's wet zone. On most days the forest is shrouded by copious rainclouds that replenish its deep soils and balance water resources for much of southwestern Sri Lanka. Recognising its importance to the island's ecosystem, Unesco declared the Sinharaja Forest Reserve a World Heritage Site in 1989.

The only way to get about the reserve is by foot, and excellent park guides, or freelance guides available through many hotels, can lead you along slippery trails pointing out the wealth of stunning plant, bird and animal-life.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 09 - Rathnapuraya - Sri Padaya (Lord Buddha's Foot Print)

Morning Proceed to most Holiest place Sri Sumana Saman Maha Dewalaya in rathnapura district & In the evening proceed to climb most historical & holiest mountain in the Buddhist world 'Sri Padaya'.

Rathnapura Sri Maha Sumana Saman God Temple.

aman Devalaya, the shrine of god saman is a citadel in Rartnapura Frozen with history, surrounded by lofty mountains, hallowed with worship and prayer in simple serenity.

Writers on Sri lanka and historians have mentioned the existance of four distinct clans in Sri Lanka the Deva clan, The Naaga clan the Yaksha and the Raksha clan.

People in Ratnapura District belonged to the Deva clan. Representing thin clan was Sumana a strong able religions district administrator. He was popular and over pavering not merely as a peoples Leader, but as an extremely previleged person blessed to have close access to Lord Buddha, specially on Lord Buddhas three historical visits to Sri Lanka.

The Saintly life of God Sumana Saman

Inspired by the Lord Buddhas doctrine, following the Lord Buddhas Dhamma, listening to his holy preachings Saman attained the higher state of Ariya. Later After his demise Saman become a symbol of worship and was acclaimed as God Sumana Saman.

His saintly appearance remained a symbol of peace and Compassion. God Sumana Saman was also Connected with non Violence and tranqnitity. He is shown in statues holding a lotus bloom depicting calm peace and serenity.

The statue of God Sumana Saman with a Lotus in hand in the Makara Pandal in Shanti Mandapaya at Saman Devalaya is a brilliant example of God Sumana Saman's is godliness.

Sri Padaya (Lord Buddha's Foot Print)

Adam's Peak is also called as Sri Padaya. (Sinhalese call Samanalakanda, Tamils call Sivanolipatha Malai) It is situated in the Ratnapura district of the Sabaragamuwa Province. There are Six trails to Access to the mountain (Hatton-Nallathanni, Kuruwita-Erathna, Ratnapura-Palabaddala, Murraywatte, Mookuwatte & Malimboda) These access are popular amoung tourists. Sri Pada is 2,243 meters (7,359 ft) tall.

Peak of this historical mountain has the sacred footprint it was identified by Buddhists as the footprint of Load Buddha. Hindus believe that it is footprint of Shiva Muslims believe that it is footprint of Adam. This sacred place shows unity of various religions.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 10 - Sri Padaya - Mount Lavinia

Morning Proceed to Mount. Laviniya En-Route Visit Captain's Garden Kovill, City Tour in the town, Shopping in Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala, Wellawatha, Kollupitiya area and in the evening stay lovely beach in Mount Lavinia.

Mount Laviniya

The town is largely a middle class and mostly residential suburb that had until now escaped most of the damaging industrialisation of neighbouring cities and urban centres. Famed for its "Golden Mile" of beaches, it has often been a hot spot for tourism and laid back nightlife. It is one of the most liberal regions in Sri Lanka and plays host to the island's annual gay pride and Rainbow Kite Festival.

Captain'S Garden Kovill

This is the oldest Hindu temple in Colombo, by most accounts. It's in a hidden location just off D.R. Wijewardena Mw and is a pleasant and welcoming kovil to visit.

Though the kovil is called the oldest in Colombo, a lot of the structures are new. The coat of paint certainly is, and they're building more off to the side. The main kovil that is a square around an inner sanctum.

Over Night Stay at Hotel.

Day 11 - Airport

Transfer to Bandaranayke International Airport to the departure.

Observe: Colombo / Kalaniya / Kandy / Anuradhapura / Mihintbalaya / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla / Sinharaja / Rathnapuraya / Mount Lavinia
Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
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