Anuradhapura - Sigiriya - Kandy 3 day tour
One of the most outstanding excursion programs: it will allow you to see the most basic "must see" attractions of Sri Lanka (Anuradhapura, Sigiriya Lion Rock, Buddha's Tooth Temple, Kandy, Tea Plantations) in just 3 days.
What we will see:
- We will visit the 2500-year-old city of Anuradhapura, with the largest brick buildings on Earth and the oldest religiously revered tree on the planet.
- Sigiriya - a fortress on a cliff, according to legend, once belonged to the king of demons Ravana (from the epic of Ramayana)
- Buddha Tooth Temple, one of the most sacred places for Buddhists around the world
- The 700-year-old Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, one of the largest in the world, where you can see trees planted by the last Russian emperor, Yuri Gagarin, as well as many kings and presidents
- Tea Plantations, where the best, according to many, tea is grown in the World, Tea Factory
- Elephant Museum, Elephant Riding, Eco-friendly elephant dung paper factory ,Elephant Orphanage
Also on the way we will see next things:
- Ayurvedic Garden
- Bahiravakande Monastery, Buddha Statue and Observation Deck
- Ornithological Tour: Bird Watching
- Traditional Sri Lankan villages: Pineapple Village, Cashew Village, Rambutan Village
- Golden and Cave Temples in Dambulla
- Aluvihara Temple, where Tripitaka (Buddhist holy canon) was recorded in caves by monks, where we will have the opportunity to learn the ancient technique of writing on palm leaves
- National Dance Show
- Ornithological Tour: Bird Watching
- Village tour, immersion in authentic village life and cooking class
- Tea Ceremony and Tea Tasting
Detailed tour program:
Abayagiriya Stupa, Ranweli Stupa, Jetawana Stupa (Anuradhapura)
The first settlement on the site of Anuradhapura arose in the VI century BC. In 377 BC the city (called Anuradhapura) becomes the capital of the first Sinhala kingdom on the island.
Had a clear layout; In the vicinity there was an extensive system of irrigation canals. Anuradhapura developed dynamically as a shopping center; marked on the maps of Claudius Ptolemy. In the XI century AD.
The city was destroyed by the rulers of the South Indian Tamil state of Chola that captured the island; subsequently, the capital of the Sinhala state was moved to Polonnaruwa.
Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
A place of pilgrimage for Buddhists is the Mahabodhi tree and the Mahabodhi temple around it.The Mahabodhi tree is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date.
It is grown from a branch of the sacred Bodhi tree, situated in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya, under which, according to the legend, Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.
Samadhi Buddha Statue
Samadhi Buddha Statue is the only survived complete Buddha statue which is considered to be an unachieveble example of perfect sculpture art, because the statue shows the perfect state of Buddha's mind free of any addictions and emotions.
Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum (Also known as Puravidu Bhavana) is one of the oldest museum in the Cultural Triangle area.
The museum is used to exhibit antiquities found from various regions of Sri Lanka. Such as Buddha statues, inscriptions, drawings, puppets, coins, jewelleries, Beads and other miscellaneous things.
Among these antiquities there is a model of the Thuparamaya Vatadage and a relic chamber found at Mihintale Kantaka Chetiya Dagoba.
Sandakada pahana, also known as Moon-stone, is a unique feature of the Sinhalese architecture of ancient Sri Lanka.
It is an elaborately carved semi-circular stone slab, usually placed at the bottom of staircases and entrances.
According to historians, the sandakada pahana symbolises the cycle of Samsara in Buddhism.
8:00 Breakfast and departure from the hotel
Sigiriya (which means “lion rock”) is a rocky plateau rising 370 meters above sea level and about 170 meters above the surrounding plain in the very center of Sri Lanka. Since 1982, Sigiriya has been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
King Kashyap, in the last quarter of the 5th century AD, built an impregnable fortress on the rock and his palace, in which he lived with 400 concubines. The rock was surrounded by a moat with water, which was filled with crocodiles.
The monumental Lion Gate led to the top of the plateau. And in the pool for the Kashyap concubines, at a height of 87 meters, water flowed through a complex system of powerful pumps. Before and after the reign of Kasapa, a cave Buddhist monastery existed on a rock.
11:00 Elephant Riding
Next we will have the opportunity to ride elephants, go around the local village and cross the river on horseback of these amazing animals.
12:00 Village tour and traditional lunch
Also in Sigiriya you can go to the so-called Village Tour, where you can get acquainted with the life of the Sri Lankan village.
13:00 Bird Watching
Bird Watching Tour
Here, in the national reserve, is an ideal place for bird watching (as well as butterflies, lizards and other animals and insects). Optionally, you can go on an hour-long excursion with a professional naturalist and ornithologist.
13:00 Golden Temple in Dambulla
Golden Temple in Dambulla
The Golden Temple in Dambulla is a Buddhist cave temple of the 1st century BC, carved into the rock, with numerous statues of Buddha. The Sleeping Buddha Stone Temple is the largest cave temple in South Asia.
The temple complex consists of several caves located at an altitude of 350 meters, and numerous niches, the surface of which is painted with Buddhist wall paintings.
14:00 Cave Temple of Aluvihara
Cave Temple of Aluvihara
Over 2,000 years ago, the Buddhist Bible - the Pali Canon - was recorded here. There will be a unique opportunity to write down your names or the names of your loved ones on palm leaves according to the ancient technology that Buddhist monks invented.
17:00 Arrival in Kandy
17:30 National Dance Show
National Dance Show
Dance plots are borrowed from various features of village life - crop dance, dance with a jug, etc. Dance performers perform in traditional peasant clothes - short blouses and long tight skirts.
Magical dances associated with ancient beliefs exist on the island in our time. Sri Lankans attribute all misfortunes, ailments and troubles to the wrath of the gods and the evil will of demons.
If the disease is caused by the wrath of the gods, then a rite of bali is done to appease the god. The rite is accompanied by dancing, sacrifices and spells.
19:00 Dinner and overnight in Kandy
7:30 Breakfast and departure from the hotel
8:00 Buddha Tooth Temple
Buddha Tooth Temple
Around 540 BC, the deceased Buddha was cremated and four teeth were taken out of the fire, which were transported around the world. The tooth was brought to Ceylon in 371.
The shrine, after several centuries in India, was sent to Ceylon IV by the ruler of Kalinga, who suffered defeats in wars and feared for the fate of his state. The relic on the island was transported by the ruler’s daughter, hiding it in her hairdo.
Magical power has long been attributed to this tooth: possessing it, he possessed all the fullness of power. Therefore, the tooth of the Buddha became the possession of the royal dynasty.
The city of Anuradhapura was chosen as the initial storage location, then the tooth was transferred to the city of Polonnaruwa, and already at the beginning of the 18th century it was transported to Kandy. Here in the temple we can see a magnificent museum, which displays a variety of offerings donated to the temple.
10:00 Buddha Statue Bahiravakande Observation Deck
Buddha Statue Bahiravakande Observation Deck
Next, we will visit the monumental statue of Buddha, located on top of a hill towering above the city.
11:00 Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya
Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Garden, whose history spans over 700 years.The shrubs and trees here are gigantic in size, reminiscent of Gulliver's Travels to Lilliput Kids.
Here we can see the magnificent orchid garden, as well as the Alley of Memorial Trees planted by famous historical figures, among whom are Nicholas II ( Russian King), many British King and Queen and Yuri Gagarin.
12:00 Silk and Batik Factory
Silk and Batik Factory
We will get acquainted with the painstaking technique of making batik using paraffin, wild bee honey, and also learn how to wear traditional Sri Lankan clothes, including unique Kandy sari, which can not be found anywhere else in the world.
12:30 Workshop of masks, wooden products and natural paints
On the way, we will stop to look at the manufacture of traditional magic masks and see how natural paints are made from the chips of the Rainbow Tree due to chemical reactions with other natural ingredients.
13:00 Gem Museum
14:00 Ayurveda and Spice Garden
15:00 Tea plantations and tea factory
Tea plantations and tea factory
In the end, we will visit a tea plantation and a factory where we can see how it is assembled and produced, and even we can taste the legendary, universally recognized Best Ceylon Tea in the World.
185 usd per person (minimum 2 people)
What is included. Entrance tickets
Included in price:
3-day tour (unlimited time for every day)
accommodation: standard double room - $ 50
comfortable car (or minivan) with air conditioning
gasoline, parking, toll roads
accommodation: standard double room - $ 50
entrance tickets (because the tour is individual you can choose what you want to visit and what to skip):
Sigiriya - $ 30
Village Tour - $ 35
Bird Watching (photo tour) - $ 45
Cave Temple in Dambulla - $ 10
Temple of the Tooth Relic - $ 10
Bahiraravakande Monastery and observation deck - $ 10
Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya - $ 10
Elephant Nursery in Pinnavele - $ 18
Elephant Museum + Elephant ride + Factory Paper of elephant excrement - $ 25
Tea ceremony and tea tasting - $ 15
* all prices in US dollars per person
meals (possible lunch and dinner in a European restaurant for a buffet type - $ 10 person)
personal expenses and tips