Dambulla and Sigiriya, Giritale and Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa Ancient City, Anuradhapura Ancient City, Heritage Holidays in Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Cultural Holidays, Cultural Holiday Packages in Sri Lanka, Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
8 Nights & 9 Days
Arrival in Sri Lanka, Colombo (Half Board Basis)
The Rock is more the 1.5km around its base and summit is at 550km. The caves were the refuge of King Walagamba (Vattagamini Abhaya)
When he was exile for 14 years. When he return to the throne at Anuradapura in the 1st century BC, he had magnificent rock temple built at Dabulla.
The site has being repaired and repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries.Dambulla was designated a World Heritage site in 1991. The caves has a mixture of religious and secular painting and sculpture. There are several reclining Buddha's, including the 15m long sculpture of the dying Buddha in Cave 1. the frescoes on the walls and ceiling from the 15th-18th centuries; the ceiling frescoes show scenes from the Buddha's life and Sinhalese history. Cave 2 is the largest and most impressive, containing over 150 statues, illustrating the Mahayana influences on Buddhism at the time through introducing Hindu deities such a s Vishnu and Ganesh.
A new large white Buddha (similar to the ones in Kandy and Mihintale) is planned for Dambulla. There is little evidence of monks who are housed in monasteries in the valley below where there is a monks' school.
The ancient city of SIGIRIYA is a premier eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka which was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.
Translated as ‘Lion Rock' into English, the name of the monument indicates the way in which visitors used to begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya') of a lion (‘sinha').Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock.The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft up from the green scrub jungle). The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly an acre in size), that was used in its entirety to build King Kasyapa's fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins.
Giritale and Minneriya National Park (Half Board Basis)
A stay at Giritale is much more than just a holiday, it is an experience and an unique possibility to admire and enjoy the serene beauty of Sri Lanka's Dry Zone, with little rain and temperatures average 30° C in the daytime, topping to 25° C at night. Perched atop a picturesque lake which is a natural attraction to wild elephants, wild boar, flying squirrels, monkeys and over a hundred species of indigenous and migrant birds, which are regular visitors to the lake and its surroundings. Giritale is also close to many sites of historical and archaeological interest, as Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.
Minneriya National Park
Located between Habarana and POLONNARUWA , the 8890 hectares of MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK is an ideal eco tourism location in Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka 's favourites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants. However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena).During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Polonnaruwa (Half Board Basis)
At nearly 1000 years old, POLONNARUWA is one of Sri Lanka 's ancient capital cities (and part of the famous ‘Cultural Triangle'). Although King Vijayabahu 1 was the first to claim the city as his capital, it was King Parakramabahu who made it what it is today, with its massive buildings, ornate parks and the ‘pièce de resistance' – a 2500 hectare tank called ‘Parakrama Samudra' (‘ Sea of Parakrama ').As an eco tourism venue, the city itself is divided into new and old town with the impressively preserved ruins split into five main areas, including ‘The Quadrangle' (aka ‘Terrace of the Tooth Relic'), the Northern City group and the Rest House group (with the royal palace ruins of ‘Nissanka Malla'). Due to its reasonably compact layout, the ruins can be easily explored on foot, and with the surrounding area's flat well maintained roads, you can leave the car behind and jump on a bicycle to get around!
Anuradhapura (Half Board Basis)
Anuradhapura has been made royal capital by the king Pandukabhaya in 380 BC. It remained residence and royal capital for 119 successive Singhalese kings till the year 1000 AD when it was abandoned and the capital moved to Polonnaruwa. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest dagoba of Sri Lanka, remains from palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and the temple of the holy Bo-tree.This tree was grown from a sapling of the very tree under which more than 2500 years ago the Buddha found enlightenment.
With the dawn of the second century BC, adventurers from across the Palk Strait had begun to settle down in the northern coast. One such intruder called Elara, became supreme in almost whole of the North and reigned from Anuradhapura. He was later challenged by the ruler Gemunu, son of King Kavantissa. Later this independent ruler, Gemunu of the South met in combat with Elara and the latter was killed. For the first time a single kingdom for the island arose.
Dutugemunu's reign saw the culmination of Buddhism Dutugemunu (161-137 BC) contributed immensely for the religion of Buddhism. Anuradhapura Kingdom lasted one thousand and five hundred years. Despite the intrusions and clashes of South Indian Chola, Pandyan and Pallava, there prevailed stability in the continuity of the Anuradhapura civilisation.Due to the strong diplomatic relations among the countries like Rome and China, in first century AD.Fa-Hsien visited Sri Lanka. And in seventh century, Hisuen T'sang regretted his failure of his attempt to reach Sri Lanka.
Kandy (Half Board Basis)
Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. (115kM from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level). Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island.
Kandy Perahera, the pageant of the temple of tooth where Buddha's tooth is kept is held either in July or August each year to parade the golden caskets is a must see itenary if one is visiting Sri Lanka during these months. The final night procession is the most spectacular event of the country. More than 50 elephants parade the city accompanied by the drummers, dancers and chieftains.The city established in the 15th century was the last royal capital where 2500 years of royal rule ended.
This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity has plenty of iteneries to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handy crafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy is a good transit point to the cultural triangle to the north or hill country to the south. The city is also a good source of souvenirs or to experience many cultural performances at it's various hotels in the city.
Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy (Half Board Basis)
Temple of Tooth Relic
The Temple of the Tooth which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" is situated in the city of hills, Kandy. It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Pathirppuwa). The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka
Thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.The tooth relic was brought to Sri Lanka in the 4th century ADdue to the cruel war in India. The ruler of India, King Guhasiva, was afraid that he might lose the battle and therefore loose the tooth relic. So the King decided to send the tooth relic to Sri Lanka because it was a strong Buddhist country. King Guhasiva trusted Sri Lanka to treat the tooth relic highly because there was a strong relationship between the two countries. Prince Dhantha and Princess Hemamala brought the tooth relic to Sri Lanka. The tooth relic is now kept on the top floor of the "Vadahitina Maligawa" so that thousands of people could worship it. The arrival of the tooth relic had a great influence to Sri Lanka.
The "Vadahitina Maligawa" is commonly known as the Tooth Relic shrine. It holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is situated in the center of the courtyard. The stairway that leads to the "Vadahitina Maligawa" is decorated with moonstones, and carved floral designs. It is two stories high. It was re built by King Wimaladharmasuriya II. And was renovated by King Narendrasinghe in the 18th century. King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe converted the "Vadahitina Maligawa" into a beautiful structure. He is also responsible for the beautiful ivory carvings on the doorways of the shrine.The "Pattirippuwa" (the octagon) was built by the last King of Kandy. The King used to view the Esala perahera from up here. Nowadays it is used as a library, which holds manuscripts made of palm leaves and other exhibits.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Negombo (Half Board Basis)
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
See baby jumbos wondering around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards Kandy is the home to some 60 or more elephant orphans. A place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless.
Started in 1972 the Elephant Orphanage was relocated to at the present site in 1975 Bathing time at Ma Oya just in front of the orphanage is sharp at 10.00am and 2.00pm. Feeding time is about and hour earlier.
Colombo – Airport (Bed and Breakfast Basis)
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Kassapa Lions Rock
An ideally located hotel situated facing the magnificent Sigiriya rock in the midst of a small village named Digampathaha. It is located just 20 minutes from the beautiful and ever famous town of Dambulla.