The tour provides you an insight into the ancient civilization of the country dating back to the 5th century B.C. The unique culture and architecture is well depicted in the monuments, monasteries and the irrigation systems which is still the main supply of water for agriculture. You will marvel at the frescoes of heavenly maidens and pleasure gardens at the 200m high Sigiriya Rock fortress which is a wonder in Asia.
Our representatives will meet and greet you at the airport from where you will be transferred to Kandy. You will be taken to the most beautiful botanical garden on the island, the Peradenaiya botanical gardens. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids The garden consists of more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Indulge in the rich history and culture of Kandy by embarking on a city tour. You will also be taken to visit a bazaar, an arts and craft centre, a gem museum and lapidary where you may indulge in some shopping. Having concluded your city tour you will be transferred to you hotel in Kandy for rest and relaxation. The last event of the day will be to witness a beautiful cultural show. You will then be transferred back to your hotel where you will spend the rest of your night.
Today you will proceed to Sigiriya, a massive rock fortress which rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle to accentuate the lucid blue of the sky. Built in the 5th century BC, it is one of the best architectural feats of the ancient world. Its key features being the frescos and its landscaped garden which is known to be Asia’s oldest surviving landscaped garden. Having concluded your tour of Sigiriya you will be transferred to your hotel in Dambulla for an overnight stay.
Today you will visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura, established in 437 BC is the largest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities of the cultural triangle. En route you will be able to witness the Aukana Buddha statue which was carved out of living rock in the 5th century BC. Followed by a visit to the Kalawewa Tank built in 400 AD. Here you will witness ruins of temples, dagobas and Buddha statutes. You will also visit “The Sri Maha Bodi” a giant Bo tree which was a sapling from the Bo tree underneath which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. It is the most frequented Buddhist site of Anuradhapura. The fame of Anuradhapura spread as far as the ancient Hellenistic world and established diplomatic links with China. It was the royal seat to 25 Buddhist and Hindu kings and the preeminent city of the island for 1400 years. If there is sufficient time you will also visit Mihintale which is known to be the cradle of Buddhism. Then you will be transferred back to your hotel in where you will spend your night.
Today you will visit the cave temple complex of Dambulla which is known to be one of the larges cave temples of south Asia. Here you will witness ancient rock paintings of Lord Buddha. An optional elephant ride can be enjoyed in Habarana. You will then be transferred to your hotel in Colombo where you can refresh yourself after which you will join a midday city tour of Colombo. The tour will give you a glimpse of Colombo’s architecture, art and culture. You will then be transferred back to your hotel at the conclusion of your city tour where you will spend the night.
You will be transferred to the Colombo airport for your departure flight.
A massive monolith of red stone rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle to accentuate the lucid blue of the sky. How overpowering this rock fortress of Sigiriya must have been when a palace crowned it 15 centuries ago. At the brief height of its glory, a flowering of only 18 years in the late 5th Century, it was one of the loveliest royal cities that ever graced the earth. And today, it is perhaps the single most remarkable memory for visitors to Sri Lanka.
The last capital of the Sri Lankan kings is a World Heritage Site. The name “Kandy” conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive.
The largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities, Anuradhapura is a fitting climax to any tour of the Cultural Triangle.
The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha near Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), has been carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil.
This Botanical Garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers.
This World Heritage Site is one of the foremost centers of Buddhist pilgrimage as well as one of the largest cave temple complexes in South Asia. It is a major attraction for tourists and locals, who flock to see the dazzling and numerous rocks and wall paintings of Lord Buddha.