Footprints of Lord Buddha
On arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by our airport representative. Your chauffeur guide will drive you to your hotel whilst you enjoy a king coconut, a welcoming and refreshing natural drink in Sri Lanka. You will spend your first night at Jetwing Lagoon; a Geoffrey Bawa property famous for its beauty and location, you will get to enjoy a swim in the pool overlooking the Negombo Lagoon. Overnight stay will be in Negombo.
Dagobas & Ancient Ruins
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Anuradhapura early morning to be able to reach the destination by 9:00am. Begin the holy journey with a city tour in Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A. D. It was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The greatest treasures of the city are dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The highlights in the ancient city are namely; Ruvanveliseya, Jetavanarama, Thuparamaya, Sri Maha Bodhi Tree and Samadhi Statue. Isurumuniya Temple is also famous as this is the temple where ceremonies for Rain God were performed. Abhayagiri, Lankarama and Mirisawetiya are some of the iconic sites to be covered during your visit to Anuradhapura holy city.
In the afternoon check in to your hotel, specially designed for religious and wellness aspects. This Hotel does not serve alcohol and has vegetarian meals. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura Mihintale Aukana Sigiriya
Cradle of Buddhism
After a Sri Lankan breakfast, check out and proceed to Mihintale Temple, this is also known as the cradle of Buddhism as it is where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka by Mihindu Thero.
Proceed to Sigiriya, stopping on the way to witness one of Sri Lanka’s greatest rock carves, Aukana. This standing statue of Lord Buddha will undoubtedly be a cherished memory of your tour. Check in to hotel and relax, cooling at the pool, enjoying the view of magnificent Sigiriya Rock.
Sigiriya Ritigala Dambulla Sigiriya
Caves & Rock Monastery
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Rock Monastery of Ritigala, being the tallest mountain in the north central region is the home for 70 rock caves that were inhabited since first century BC where monks have been living in caves or rock shelters. The inscriptions at Ritigala reveal that the site became a rock monastery for hermit monks where the rock monastery was founded by King Lanji Tissa to safe guard the followings of Panskulika monks that practiced extreme austerity. In the evening visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temples, dating back to 2nd and 3rd Century BC was established as one of the largest rock monasteries including five magnificent caves that include images of various Gods and Goddesses that reminds of the Ajanta Caves in India. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Ancient Buddhist Scriptures
Leave after breakfast for Kandy, stopping En-route in Alu Vihara Temple where the Buddhist Thripitaka was first written in Ola leaves, a chore that required the devout attention of about 500 senior monks 2,000 years ago. The rock caves were formed long ago by boulders tumbling down from a nearby mountain. They contain various icons and frescoes. One cavern graphically depicts sinners’ hell.
Arrive at Kandy; on reaching we check-in at the hotel relax until 5:00 pm then get ready to enjoy a drum and dance cultural show before concluding the day. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
Temple of the Tooth Relic
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic for morning Pooja with lotus flowers. Later visit Gadaladeniya Temple which is done by the South Indian Architect Ganeswarachariya, using South Indian Devala Architecture for a Buddhist Temple.
Next visit Lankathilake temple, which is an important Buddhist Temple in Kandy, constructed by Sthapati Rayar a South Indian Architect. From Lankathilake proceed to Welamboda and at Emebekke you will see the brilliance of Sinhala Architecture in Wood. The Devala is dedicated to God Kataragama. The Wooden pillars and pillar capitals are done with over 514 different designs of beautiful carvings. The day comes to an end with a visit to the Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya to relax and enjoy your time at leisure. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Kandy Mahiyanganaya Kandy
Buddha’s first visit & Home of the Veddhas
After an early breakfast at the hotel leave to Mahiyanganaya passing through hair pin bends and breathtaking views. Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is believed to be the site of Gautama Buddha‘s first visit to the country. A Yakka chieftain named Saman (who is now regarded as a deity) attained Sotāpanna (Sovan) after listening to Lord Buddha’s discourse, and asked for a token from the Lord Buddha that they could worship in his absence. The Lord Buddha had given him a handful of hair from his head, which Saman later enshrined in a small stupa, 10 feet (3.0 m) in height. This was the first stupa to be built in Sri Lanka. Mahiyanganaya is also famous as home to the Veddhas (local aboriginal community) known as ‘Vannilaetto’, meaning people of the forest who are in fact on the list of the world’s primitive tribes and considered to be the descendants of the Yaksa and Naga Gothra that inhabited Sri Lanka thousands of years ago. Return to hotel for overnight.
Kandy Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)
Footprint of Lord Buddha
After breakfast at the hotel visit Kandy town and enjoy a visit to a Batik factory and shop for antiques and jeweler where Kandy is an icon for. Relax the morning at the hotel and check out at the hotel by 12:00 hours and begin the journey to Adam’s Peak. To Buddhist this peak has the marking of the left footprint of Lord Buddha. It is best to commence the hike up the peak around midnight so that you reach the peak to watch the magnificant sunrise. Its best visited during the festival period from December full moon Poya to May full moon Poya day where thousands of devotees hike Adam’s peak with hope and prayers to Lord Buddha. Here you can join in the daily worship & prayers.
Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) Kalutara
After breakfast at the hotel proceed towards the western part of the island.
Later visit the Gangatilaka Vihara at Kalutara can be seen from miles away. This Huge new dagoba, just south of the Kalu Ganga Bridge, marks the site of an ancient Buddhist temple. The outer dome is hollow and a small dagoba is found inside with a beautifully painted interior.
Check in at the hotel, relax the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kalutara.
After breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Kelaniya Temple complex, The Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the most sacred worshipping places of the Buddhists of Sri Lanka since it is a site made hallowed by the visit of Lord Buddha. In the past Kelaniya itself was a large city. The spot on which this vihara stands derived its sanctity in the Buddhist era 2531, with the third visit of the Buddha to this country. He hallowed this ground by His visit accompanied by 500 Arahants. The fact that the Buddha visited the spot on a Wesak day on the invitation of King Maniakkhika is given in the historic epics of Sri Lanka.
The next stop will be at Gangarama Temple complex and Seema Malaka Temple surrounded by the Baira lake. Join the evening Pooja at Gangarama Temple complex. Check in to hotel.
Your tour ends here. You have a opportunity to shop before departing to the Bandaranayke International Airport for your flight home.
- Quote is subject to availability and price fluctuations prior to booking due to government decision on taxes; the above rate is valid as per mentioned period.
- All drive times are approximate and are subject to change
- All reservations subject to availability at time of booking
- The standard check in time in Sri Lanka is 1400 hours and the Checkout time is 12 noon
- Tips for restaurants and hotel would be LKR 200.00 per person and for the driver/guide USD 5.00 per person per day, however this is only an indication and guideline, the decision of tipping solely depends on your level of satisfaction
- Train rides are subject to availability, hence might not be available if not booked in advance
- On Poya and other religious days alcohol will not be served at hotels and restaurants
- Please note that plucking of Tea leaves is not done on public holidays & Sundays.
As such the Tea production process does not take place, however a tour of the factory will be arranged where the process is explained.
- When visiting religious sites such as Polonnaruwa, Kandy Temple, your attire should cover up to ankle length and sleeveless tops/shirts/t-shirts will not be allowed. It is also advised to bring a pair of socks as you will be asked to remove slippers/shoes when entering sacred temples
- You can always change currency at the airport and a local SIM card can be purchased at the airport of Sri Lanka
- Cancellation Policy:
- If cancelled 61 days prior to your arrival 75% refund made.
- If cancelled 60 – 31 days prior to your arrival 75% cancellation charged.
- If cancelled less than 30 days prior to your arrival 100% cancellation charged.
- Accommodation in all hotels mentioned above
- Private air-conditioned vehicle and an English-speaking Chauffer Guide for the duration of the trip (including pickup and drop-off at the airport)
- Local government taxes & service charges
- Meals – As per the program
- Oil and Fuel charges
- Meet and greet at the airport with paging board at arrival terminal
- Bottle of Water and welcome flower garland on arrival
- Departure gift
- Visas can be pre-arranged through the web site www.eta.gov.lk
- All entrance fees to tourist and other attractions not mentioned on the “Inclusions” Section
- Lunch, Dinner on Tour ( Except when accommodated in Forest Rock Garden)
- Optional tours and activities
- Airport taxes
- Camera & Video permits at Cultural sights for commercial purposes
- All expenses of personal nature
- Tips and port rage
- Spa and wellness treatments