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9 Days Sri Lanka Beaches and Culture tour

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DAY 1 Arrival Transfer - The Temples of Dambulla
Meet upon arrival at Colombo International Airport and drive to Sigiriya, Check in at your hotel. Later on leave for a guided tour to the Dambulla Rock Temple, which dates back to the 1st century BC, and which features 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Here you will gaze upon cave paintings along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. A gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold looks out over the unfolding panorama. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Overnight at The Paradise Resort and Spa

DAY 2 The Ancient Scriptures of Aluvihare
You will be provided with breakfast at the hotel before setting out on a guided visit to Matale Aluvihare Buddhist Monastery on route to Kandy. Over the centuries, the monastery has compiled scripture after scripture of Lord Buddha, which formed the 'Tripitaka', the most venerated book of Buddhists. At Aluvihare steps lead to caves located towards the top of the rock upon which a Buddhist temple is located dating back to the 3rd century BC. Return to the hotel for relaxation and leisure, and an overnight stay.

DAY 2 Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
In the afternoon, you will set out on a guided tour of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is a Buddhist temple located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. Said to house a tooth of the Buddha, it is believed that whoever possesses the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bhikkhu monks of the chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays, there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those in attendance. Overnight stay in Kandy.

Overnight at OZO Kandy Sri Lanka

DAY 3 Tour of the Temples
This morning, you will enjoy a calm breakfast at the hotel followed by a guided tour to visit Gadaladeniya, Lankathilake and Embekke Temples in Pilimathalawe. Constructed on a rocky outcrop, Gadaladeniya was built during the reign of King Wickramabahu. Here you will gaze upon a small shrine dedicated to Vishnu, guarding the main building which houses a venerated gold-plated Buddha statue. From there proceed to Lankatilaka Temple, which dates to the early 14th century, and which favours both Buddhism and Hinduism. Lankatilaka temple is adorned with Kandy period paintings, Buddha statues and stone figures, as well as rock inscriptions which shed light on the region’s history. Following this visit, you shall venture onwards to Embekke Devalaya, the site of the Embekke temple complex. Here, wooden pillars are engraved with lotuses, lions and mermaids. Transfer to Nuwara Eliya in the afternoon for an overnight stay.

Overnight at The Blackpool Hotel

DAY 4 The Birthplace of Ramayana
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a morning-time visit to Seetha Amman Temple which is located in the village of Seetha Eliya. The temple is believed to be the site of the Hindu epic Ramayana, where Sita was held captive by King Rawana, and where she prayed daily for Rama to come and rescue her. On the rock face across the stream are circular depressions said to be the footprints of Rawana’s elephant. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight at The Blackpool Hotel

DAY 5 Rock Carvings in Uva
Breakfast at the hotel, with the rest of morning free to spend at your leisure. After lunch, you shall embark on a guided tour of Dhowa Rock Temple, a protected heritage site in the central mountains of the Uva province. The Dhowa rock temple, which dates back 2000 years, is famous for its large unfinished Buddha image, carved into the rock face. The site is beautifully located within a ring of mountains, with a river which flows across the plateau. Overnight stay in Bandarawela.

Overnight at Melheim Resort

DAY 6 Sacred Sites of Ancient Pilgrimage
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a transfer to Tissamaharama for a guided tour of Kiri Vehera and Kataragama temples. Kri Vehera is a 6th-century stupa and is believed to be have built by King Mahasena, a regional ruler of the Kataragama area. Kiri Vehera is numbered among the Solosmasthana; the 16 most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites of ancient Sri Lanka. From there, you shall venture onwards to Kataragama Temple, a site of ritual and festivity, particularly in the summer months of July-August. Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

Overnight at Thaulle Resort

DAY 7 Guided tour of Mulkirigala Temple
A quiet breakfast at the hotel will be followed by a guided visit to Mulkirigala Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple.

Rock formations and paddy fields
After breakfast, embark on a visit to Yatagala Temple, located in Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, a short distance from Galle. This is a fascinating temple built amongst boulder-like rock formations, one which looks out over paddy fields and small hamlets. Overnight stay in Galle.

Overnight at Lady Hill

DAY 8 Promote Peace Pagoda
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a visit to the Japanese Peace Pagoda, Rumassala. This pagoda is a Buddhist stupa built to inspire people to promote peace. Many similar peace pagodas built since World War II have been erected under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Overnight stay in Galle.

Overnight at Lady Hill

DAY 9 Farewell to Sri Lanka
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for the airport. Thank you for holidaying with us!

Cost for this 9 days sri Lanka tours starts from US$ 1280.00 per person base don double occupancy bed & breakfast basis. Contact us for more details and booking
 

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