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6 days around Sri Lanka from Kandy

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Day 1: Kandy - Sigiriya

Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Main Road, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Rock Fortress today stands tall as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sigiriya Rock still exudes the same might and power it once held, the heights of which can be felt only after climbing up right to the top. And once you're there, the breathtaking views of the lush green lands sweep you off your feet. The richness of history surrounding this beauty is quite impressive. Since 3rd century BC, the rocky plateau of Sigiriya served as a monastery. Later, in the second half of the 5th century, King Kashyapa shifted his base from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya and developed it into a complex city and fortress. However, after his death, the fortress went back to the plateau’s original status of a Buddhist monastery. However, by the 14th century, it was abandoned.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Jaffna Hwy, Habarana 50150 Sri Lanka
Dambulla cave temple in Sri Lanka also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Sri lanka. Dambulla 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 area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Sigiriya

Day 2: Sigiriya - Anuradhapura

Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
The construction of Ruwanweliseya was prophesied by the great Buddhist missionary Maha Thera Arhath Mahinda, who brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka from India during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa (250-210 BC). Having heard of the prophesy of Maha Thera Mahinda to the effect that a great Stupa would be built by a great king at a certain location atAnuradhapura, King Devanampiya Tissa had an inscription pillar planted at the said location narrating the prophesy. A little more than a century later, the inscription pillar was destined to be found by a fitting hero: King Dutugamunu (101-77 B.C.), who rescued the Sinhalese Buddhist nation from the Dravidian invader. The Hero of the Nation wasted no time and commenced the construction of Ruwanweliseya also named Maha Stupa or Ratnapali Stupa or Swarnamali Stupa.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Isurumuniya Temple, At Royal Pleasure Gardens, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
The vicinity does not only boast of ancient architecture but of a beautiful story of love that knows no boundaries. The spectacular site includes the Isurumuniya Temple, a picturesque pond with an intricate elephant carving and more. The most interesting remnant here is the carving of the Isurumuniya lovers. The popular myth revolving around it relates that Prince Saliya, the son of one of the most celebrated monarchs in history, King Dutugemunu discards his hereditary rights to marry a woman of low caste – Ashokamala.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ranmasu Uyana - Royal Park., Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Ranmasu Uyana or the Park of the Goldfish is situated close to the Isurumuniya Temple. The water for the scenic pond was supplied by the underground ducts connected to the Tissa Tank. There is unsupported belief that a particular carving here is a result of extra-terrestrial activity.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
The sacred city of Anuradhapura, the first Royal Capital of the Island Kingdom, and the first UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sri Lanka, is known in the Buddhist world as the home of the oldest historically documented tree in the world, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. It is considered the first among the Eight Sacred Sites (Ata Masthana) of this scared city, because it is the one and only living object among these sacred sites. Bodhi trees belong to the class of trees known as ‘vanaspati’, lords of the jungle, majestic trees that bear fruits apparently without blossoms.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Anuradhapura

Day 3: Anurdhapura - Trincomalee

Stop At: Koneswaram Temple, Trincomalee Sri Lanka
One of the most significant Hindu temples in the country, the Koneswaram Temple traces its history to mediaeval times. The grandiose structure coupled with its intricate composition, showcases early Pandyan artistic influence.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Fort Frederick, Trincomalee Town, Trincomalee 31000 Sri Lanka
The very foundation of the fort is intriguing. Built on the Swami Rock, the massive boulder is to have housed a Jaina monastery during ancient times. It was demolished by King Mahasena and a temple was built by him. This in turn was destroyed by the Portuguese general Constantine De Saa and the foundation for the fort was set.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Trincomalee War Cemetery, Nilaveli Road, Trincomalee 31000 Sri Lanka
One of the beautiful sites in Trincomalee, the Biritsh War Cemetery narrates an untold story of war heroes of the Biritsh Empire. Attesting to the significant role that region played in World War II, the cemetery provides a one of a kind experience.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kanniya Hot Springs, Kanniya, Trincomalee 31000 Sri Lanka
Placed between the Trincomalee-Anuradhapura road, the Kanniya Hot Wells consists of seven hot springs. Its origins are tied with the legend of Ramayana and is of religious importance to Hindu devotees. Each spring here is of a different temperature. Its surrounded brick walls were built during the Dutch era.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Trincomalee

Day 4: Trincomalee

Stop At: Pigeon Island National Park, Public Beach Road, Nilaveli 31010 Sri Lanka
Breeze through an early morning boat trip, and reach before the sun gets too harsh. Although its growing popularity has resulted in a crowded snorkelling experience, it’s beauty will still mesmerise you. Corals in beautiful colours, luminescent fish and turtles swimming around you will make you wonder about nature’s spellbinding creativity. When you take the difficult decision to step out of water, walk up the rocky slope laiden with dead corals, rand go right on top. Take in the stunning views, capture them on your camera, and sit there in quietude for a bit. Clap aloud, and a flock of pigeons will fly out from the rock’s hidden crevices. A trip to the Pigeon Island is an absolute must if you’re a lover of natural beauty.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Girihandu Seya Temple, Trincomalee Sri Lanka
Believed to be the oldest Buddhist temple in the country, Girihandu Seya is believed to be built during Lord Buddha’s time. It is said that two merchants, Thapassu and Bhalluka had constructed the temple and in its fortification, housing the Kesa Dathu or two strands hair gifted by Lord Buddha himself.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Marble Beach, Kinniya Road, Trincomalee 31000 Sri Lanka
A place that is considered amongst the top beaches in the world. he atmosphere is very still at Marble Beach. It could best be described as serenity at its utmost. The calm waters that recede in a shallow gradient towards the deep allow an adventurer to wade into the waters for a reasonable distance while submerging only a part of the body. With the distant view of Rock Island breaking the horizon and adding colour to the scene, swimming in the water and lying on the sand all through the day can make time fly by in a very pleasant manner.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Trincomalee

Day 5: Trincomalee - Polonnaruwa

Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
Gal Viharaya of Polonnaruwa is a magnificent group of statues of Buddha carved in a rock built by king Parakramabahu. Also known as the Stone Temple, this is a UNESO World Heritage Site. The Viharaya contains four impeccable statues of Buddha. The Gal Vihara group consists of four fascinating statues, three colossal rock-cut images and a smaller one in a partly artificial cave. The Gal Vihara sculptures, each different in design, are undoubtedly the most perfect specimen of Buddha statues hewn out of solid granite in Sri Lanka. All four images are hallowed out of the abrupt eastern slope of a single massive boulder, which is about 27 meters in length and 10 meters in height. They are still in a good state of preservation. In order to protect them from acid rain, the resplendent images are sheltered under a new roof, the aesthetic perfection of which might be debatable.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
This was the area, where the Sacred Tooth Relic was kept and worshipped. Remarkably, the guardians of this holiest Buddhist relic where Tamil Hindu mercenaries. Different kings erected different monuments for keeping the Tooth Relic. The buildings supposed to be shrines of the Tooth relic are at least three, namely Hatadage, Atadage, and Vatadage, the latter being Polonnaruwa's iconic circuit temple already mentioned above. There are further interesting structures on the Quadrangle, for example coiled pillars, Sri Lanka's largest inscription stone, a tower inspired by Southeastasian architecture, and last not least Thuparama, one of the three large image houses, which have been characteristical architectural features of Sri Lanka's Buddhist architecture since the Polonnaruwa period.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Pabalu Vehera, Gal Vihara Road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
Pabalu Vehera, Polonnaruwa's third largest dagaba (stupa) is situated slightly east from the Polonnaruwa main track. You can find it at the cul-de-sac also leading to Shiva Devale No.2. The construction of this temple is attributed to a female, which is rare in Sri Lankan monastic architecture. Queen Rupavati, one of the wifes of King Parakramabahu the Great, is believed to be the donor. She was of lower caste origin and had worked as a dancer. The brick dagaba of Pabalu Vehera is of an unusual shape. It looks like a two-storey stupa. A smaller stupa is placed atop a larger one, the latter being not a dome, but only the basis of a dome. This double-structure can was used for other huger stupas during the Polonnaruwa period, too, but they are in other parts of the island. The largest dagaba ever built, Polonnaruwa's "Tamil Dagaba", was of the same size, but in contrast to Pabalu Vehera, it's not recognizable any more, because completely overgrown.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in a 3 star hotel in Polonnaruwa

Day 6: Polonnaruwa - Kandy

Stop At: Rankoth Vehera, Ancient Bhikku Hospital, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
Rankot Vehera, also transcribed Rankoth Vihara, is a stupa built by King Nissanka Malla in the late 12th century. An ancient stone inscription situated close to this stupa identifies it by the name "Ruwanweli", which is also the name of the most venerated stupa in Anuradhapura. Obviously, Rankot Vehera served as its counterpart in Polonnaruwa. “Rankot Vehera” is a later Sinhala name meaning “Golden-pinnacle monastery”. Rankot Vehera does not reach the size and height of Anuradhapura’s giant stupas. However, with a diameter of 170 m and a height of 33 m it is still impressive and larger than all still existing ancient stupa domes in India. Typical for Sri Lankan stupas are four large frontispieces in the cardinal directions, they are called Vahalkadas. The structure is used statically to support the weight of a stupa. Stone slabs erected for the purpose of offering flowers at the stupa are added to these Vahalkadas.
Duration: 20 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: No accommodation provided on this day
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We can pickup travelers from any hotel in Kandy
6 days
  • 5x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • All entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • 5 Night's Hotel Accommodation
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Isurumuniya Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Fort Frederick
  • Entry/Admission - Pigeon Island National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
  • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
  • Restroom on board
  • WiFi on board
  • Gratuities
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a strong physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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