SRI LANKA BUDDHISM AND BEACHES-8 DAY

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The beautiful island country of Sri Lanka is no short of natural beauty. Indeed the beaches of Sri Lanka are a sight to behold. People from all around the world come to explore the best beaches in Sri Lanka to experience the beauty, adventures, and offerings of these gorgeous sandy shores.

 

The monasteries add just the perfect touch to the fun and frolic of the beaches with their austere sense of peace and spirituality.

 



HIGHLIGHTS

  • The majestic elephants of Sri Lanka

 

  • The monasteries and peaceful nirvana

 

  • The fun and frolic on the amazing beaches

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  • Day 1: Colombo

    Our representative will pick you up from the airport and drop you off at the hotel.

     

    It is a day reserved for leisure.

     

    Overnight at Colombo.

     

  • Day 2: Colombo-Dambulla-Sigiriya-Dambulla

    After breakfast, the first destination is a local Sunday market before arriving at one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. We then continue onto the 'Lion Rock' fortress in Sigiriya.

     

  • Day 3: Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Kandy

    After breakfast, we head to Polonnaruwa, followed by a bullock cart ride and short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala, where we try our hand at preparing a local meal. We stop off a spice garden in Matale before arriving into Kandy. KANDY – This world heritage site was the hill capital of the Sinhalese Kings until it was wrenched away from them in 1815 because of an agreement with the British.

     

    It is the sacred home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and thus very close to the hearts of the several Buddhists all over the world.

     

    Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used as the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the center of the Lake is the Island called “Kiri Samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the Kings as the summerhouse which has now been converted into the Buddhist haven for culture, music, dance and art.

     

    You will be shown a cultural dance and music programme at this centre.

     

    Dinner and overnight stay will be at Kandy.

     

  • Day 4: Temple of the Tooth

    Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa)

     

    When King Wimaladharmasuriya I (1592-1604 A.D.) became King in Kandy, he searched for the Tooth Relic and the bowl Relic of the Buddha and found that it was kept at the Delgomuwa Buddhist Temple at Kuruwita, for more than 44 years, hidden in a grinding stone. The King had gone there personally and brought the Sacred Tooth Relic to Kandy in a procession accompanied by the King. The first Temple of the Tooth Relic was constructed by Wimaladharmasooriya I to house it next to the Royal Palace. The Portuguese burned down the 2-floored building and King Wimaladharma Sooriya II (1687-1707) erected a 3-storied building to house the Sacred Tooth Relic. It was burnt down once again and a new 2-storied building was constructed by King Narendra Singhe (1707-1739 A.D.) and what we see today may be the building constructed by him. The last King of Kandy, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe added the Pattirippuwa or the Octagon and it was not a part of the Temple, but a resting place for the King.

     

  • Day 5: Nuwara Eliya & Tea Plantation

    After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya

     

    Nuwara Eliya

    The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places on the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.

     

    The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.

     

    Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

     

    Nuwara Eliya - Sita Amman Kovil

    According to the Indian Epic Ramayanaya and the legends, the area where Sita, Queen of King Rama of Ayodhya in India, who was abducted by Ravana, the King of Sri Lanka, was kept in hiding and the area she roamed is in the hill country of Sri Lanka.

     

    In Nuwara Eliya is the "Sita Amman Kovil" - a quaint little Kovil, with the statues of Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana and Sugriva.

     

    This is supposed to be the only Kovil in the entire World dedicated to Sita. The stream by the side of the Temple is a famous spot where she went for bathing.

     

    Out of the 13 Palaces of Ravana, two caves in the Strict Nature Reserve of Hakgala, starting from Temple land and the cave at Ella close to the waterfall "Ravana-Ella" (1080ft. high) where Ravana went for bathing, are supposed to be three Palaces Sita was kept in hiding.

     

    The Hakgala Gardens may be the "Ashok Vanaya" of Ramayana where Rhododendrons identified as Ashok Flowers in the epic, are found in bloom throughout the year.

     

    Dinner & Over Night Stay in Nuwara Eliya. 

     

  • Day 6: Udawalawe National Park Jeep Safari

    Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park.

     

    Today we head south to Embilipitiya, this afternoon we enjoy a game drive through Udawalawe National Park - one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant.

     

     Overnight at Kandy.

     

  • Day 7: Gem Mine & Colombo City Tour

    Udawalawe National Park - Colombo.

     

    This morning with a visit to the Gem Mine and Museum at Ratnapura.

     

    Arriving at Colombo, we commence a city tour seeing the Fort area in the north, the Gangarama Temple and take a stroll along Galle Face Green.

     

  • Day 8: Lazy day by the beach in Bentota

    After breakfast leave for Bentota

     

    Bentota is the first National Holiday Resort developed by the Ceylon Tourist Board as a planned resort. There are 6 tourist hotels in the beach span of 5 miles with all the facilities a resort would require. Water sports facilities are available as in the Beruwela Resort. Many interesting sightseeing tours are possible from here, such as the Turtle Hatchery, Boat trips on Bentota River etc.

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    In the evening, you will be taken to the airport for your flight back home.

     

    TOUR ENDS