Buddhist pilgrimage T03
Your tour guide will be waiting for you on arrival at Colombo International Airport and from there you will take to your Anuradhpura En route visiting to Elephant rock Buddhist statue Kurunagala and Yapahuwa Rock Fortress Known as one of the ephemeral capitals of medieval Sri Lanka. The citadel of Yapahuwa lying midway between Kurunagala and Anuradhapura was built around a huge granite rock rising abruptly almost a hundred meters above the surrounding lowlands.In1272, King Bhuvenakabahu transferred the capital from Polonnaruwa to Yapahuwa in the face of Dravidian invasions from South India, bringing the Sacred Tooth Relic with him. Following the death of King Bhuvenakabahu in 1284, the Pandyans of South India invaded Sri Lanka once again, and succeeded in capturing Sacred Tooth Relic. Following its capture, Yapahuwa was largely abandoned and inhabited by Buddhist monks and religious ascetics.
Overnight at Anuradhapura.
After breakfast visit to Anuradhapura archeological city. Was known as the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka. Founded by King Pandukabhaya in 377 BC, the kingdom's authority extended throughout the country, although several independent areas emerged from time to time, which grew more numerous towards the end of the kingdom. Nonetheless, the king of Anuradhapura was seen as the supreme ruler of the country throughout the Anuradhapura period. Buddhism played a strong role in the Anuradhapura period, influencing its culture, laws, and methods of governance.Society and culture were revolutionized when the faith was introduced during the reign of DevanampiyaTissa this cultural change was further strengthened by the arrival of the Tooth Relic of the Buddha in Sri Lanka and the patronage extended by her rulers.
In the evening visiting to Mihinthele is known as is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures.
Overnight at Anuradhapura.
After breakfast visit to Ritigala Buddhist Monastry.Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. It is located 43 km away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura.After complete proceeding to Dambulla. En route visiting to UNESCO World Heritage listed, DambullaGolden cave temple complex.
Overnight at Dambulla.
After breakfast visiting to the lion' rock segiriya. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477-495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure Sigiri the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. After lunch proceed to bird watching and safari tour to Kawdulla national park. Kaudulla National Park is a national park on the island of Sri Lanka located 197 kilometers (122 mi) away from the largest city, Colombo. It was designated a national park on April 1 2002 becoming the 15th such area on the island. Along with Minneriya and Girithale BirdLife International have identified Kaudulla as an Important Bird Area. Historically Kaudulla was one of the 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen. Following a period of abandonment it was reconstructed in 1959. It now attracts and supports a variety of plant and animal life, including large mammals, fish and reptiles.
Overnight at Dambulla
After lunch proceed to elephant ride or village tour then drive to Kandy. En route visit to the spicy garden at Matheleto see the different spices and visit to mathele ancient temple.The significance of the temple is an original piece of the Buddhist writing P?li Canon
After Buddha's death, the Buddha Dhamma (a sort of imaginary bible for Buddhism) was passed on from generation to generation verbally by his pupils.
In the 1st Century BC, during King Walagamba's time, there had been a famine for 12 years which was known as "Baminithiyasaya". There was also a South Indian invasion at the same time. The Bhikkusrealised that these problems would be a danger to the Buddha Dhamma. Due to the famine, they had to eat yams, roots and leaves and underwent a difficult time. Under these conditions, memorising and repeating the Dhamma was difficult. About 60 of them went to Malaya Rata which is said to be the hill country. They lived on the banks of the MahaweliRiver under harsh conditions. They saw dead animals. The Theras were weak and realised that the Buddha Dhamma was in danger of being lost.After surviving the twelve years and the return of King Walagamba from hiding after fourteen years, the pupils who went to India and the hill country returned to KallagamaJanapadaya. They discussed and decided that they should write the "Tripitaka" (the Pali) to preserve the Dhamma for future generations. However, they realised that Anuradhapura was not suitable for this purpose and decided on "Alokalena" in MathulaJanapadaya, now Aluvihare in Matale.Check in to the hotel and visit to Canadian cultural dancing show in the evening and visiting to temple of tooth relic.
Overnight at Kandy.
After breakfast proceed to Colombo. En route visit to Elephant orphaning pinnawalaand Keliniya ancient temple. Buddhists believe the temple to have been hallowed during the third and final visit of the Buddha to Sri Lanka, eight years after gaining enlightenment. Its history would thus go back to before 500 BCE. In the evening proceeding to Colombo city tour
Overnight at Colombo.
Transfer to Colombo International Airport for your onward flight.
Buddhist Pilgrimage Tours
Package Name : Buddhist pilgrimage T03
Package Code : RTS/TP/14
Premium, Deluxe, Standard Or Budget Hotels
Price will change according to the no of people , category of the hotels & the month that you are planning to travel.
COSTS INCLUDED WITH THE PACKAGE
Breakfast at your preferred hotels.
Transport in a late model air-conditioned van or car.
English speaking tour guide throughout the entire tour.
Unlimited Bottle of drinking water during the tour.
Government tax of 12%
COSTS NOT INCLUDED WITH THE PACKAGE
Flights to and from Colombo.
Lunches and dinners during the tour.
Entrance and safari fees.
Activities not specified above.
An advance payment of 20% is required to confirm your tour.
The Balance to be paid in US dollars on arrival, either by cash or travelers cheque.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
100% of the confirmation payment will be refunded for cancellations received 7 days prior to the tour arrival date.
For cancellations received within 7 days of the tour arrival date, there will be no refund of the confirmation payment.
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