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Historical & Cultural Tour
Duration – 5 Days/ 4 Nights
 
Day 1
 
Arrive at the Bandaranayake International Airport to be met by a Travel Representative, travel northeast towards Sigiriya (approx. 150 km – 3.5 to 4 hours), an impressive rock palace surrounded by landscaped gardens and expansive views of the surrounding countryside. The UNSECO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya, a most singular geological formation towering 660ft above the surrounding plains. Sigiriya Rock is in fact an ancient hardened magma plug from an extinct and long eroded mountain. The Rock consisted of an opulent palace atop which is now in ruins; an intricate and extensive network of gardens, ponds, reservoirs and aqueducts can be observed around the complex.  The mirror wall and the frescoes of ancient “Sigirya Damsels” can be viewed on the rock. The views are truly spectacular and awe-inspiring.
 
       
 
 
Day 2
After breakfast, travel to Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (approx. 61 km – 2 hours), one of the Ancient Kingdoms of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa is situated in the north-central region of Sri Lanka and is an important ancient architectural site. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best-planned archeological sites on the island, with its numerous palaces, monuments, ponds, temples, museums and statues. Polonnaruwa is home to the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of King Parakrama), a huge reservoir built by the namesake King around A.D. 386, best known for his immortal phrase, “Let not a single drop of rain that falls on this island flow into the ocean without first serving humanity.” Polonnaruwa is a dream come true to any person with panache for history, culture, tradition and nature.
 
A few sites that can be seen in Polonnaruwa
 
  Gal Vihara – A rock temple of the Lord Buddha. The central featureconsists of four Buddha statues carved into the rock – two seated, onereclining and one standing.
  The ruins of the Royal Palace.
  Lankatileka Temple
  Medirigiriya Vatadage – (A vatadage is a type of Buddhist structure, circular in shape and adorned with intricate stone carvings, they act as protection for smaller stupas built within them or important relics.)
  Statue of King Parakramabahu
 
       
 
 
Day 3
Travel to Anuradapura (approx. 75 km – 2 to 2.5 hours), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of the oldest kingdoms and first capital of Sri Lanka and famous for its well-preserved ruins and temples of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. Anuradapura is dotted with monasteries and well-planned monuments. The Sri Maha Bodhi, a giant Bo tree is the oldest documented tree in the world, planted in 288 BC is situated in the city. Anuradapura was the center of social and urban life in South Asia during the early Christian era. It was King Pandukabhaya that propelled the status of Anuradapura as a center of learning and development by devising a well thought of method of urban city planning. This is evidenced by some of the most complicated irrigation systems known to the world during that era and some of the tanks still survive to this day.
 
A few sites that can be seen in Anuradapura
 
  The Jetavanarama – The 3rd tallest structure of the ancient world behind the Great Pyramids and the largest stupa ever built anywhere in the world.
  Ruwanweli Seya
  Abhayagiri Dagoba
  Thuparama
  Lovamahapaya
  Lankarama
  Isurumuniya
  Magul Uyana
  Kuttam Pokuna
  Samadhi Statue
  Avukana Buddha Statue
  Mihintale – A 1000 ft high mountain peak upon which Buddhism first made its presence known in Sri Lanka.
 
       
 
 
Day 4

After Breakfast, travel to Dambulla (approx. 22 km – 30 mins), home to the Golden Temple of Dambulla or the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Golden Temple of Dambulla is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. It towers 530 feet above the surrounding plains with sweeping views of the Sigiriya Lion Rock and the Kandyan Hills in the distance. The complex itself hosts hundreds of statuesFrom then on, travel to Kandy (approx. 26 km – 45 mins), tucked away amidst lush evergreen forests at an elevation of 1640 ft and the gateway to the highlands.

 
Description
The Royal City of Kandy is a World Heritage Site, as is the Temple of the Tooth, an important shrine to Buddhists the world over, since it contains a relic of the Lord Buddha’s Tooth. Kandy has a scintillating blend of ancient Sinhala architecture and contemporary architecture. The myriad colours, the pulsating atmosphere of the town center, sprinkled with amazing scenery and enveloped by a salubrious climate helps in making Kandy a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka.
 
       
 
 
Day 5
Conduct a town tour inclusive of the Temple of the Tooth, Udawattakele Forest Reserve, the Kandy bazaar, the numerous museums of history and gems, the lapidary and the Kandy Lake. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya on the outskirts of Kandy, well known for its enchanting array of flowers, trees and plants. The gardens hosts the collection of orchids in Asia and is home to over 4000 indigenous and foreign specimens, including ornamental and medicinal.
 
       
 
 
Day 6
After breakfast, transfer to the airport (approx. 100 km – 3 hours) for your homebound flight.
 
END OF TOUR
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
   
       
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