Two Days Tour to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa with Minneriya Safari
Sri Lanka's famed Cultural Triangle is a treasure-trove of ancient monuments, royal cities and Buddhist temples that once served as the crucible of early Sinhalese civilization. You will be visiting two main destinations in the cultural triangle which is the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. With such a wealth of ancient sites, for visitors to Sri Lanka the Cultural Triangle is the best place to absorb the island's unique cultural heritage and incredible history. However, it's not all ruins and religious monuments - within Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle you'll also find the wildlife reserve of Minneriya renowned for its elephants that gather here for the water held in the park's centrepiece tank!
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What's included :
- 1x Breakfast
- 1x Dinner
- 2x Lunch
- Accommodation included: 2 nights
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
- All entrance fees
- 1 night accommodation
- Safari jeep cost
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Entry/Admission - Isurumuniya Temple
- Entry/Admission - Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
- Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa
- Entry/Admission - Minneriya National Park
What's excluded :
- WiFi on board
- Restroom on board
Day 1: Colombo - Anuradhapura
Stop At: Isurumuniya Temple, At Royal Pleasure Gardens, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
The Temple of Isurumuniya, which is known by the names, such as; Vessagiri Viharaya, and Mahagiri Viaharaya, by the locals, is situated, few meters towards the east of the Thisa Wewa. This temple is known among many for its antiquities and sculptures and most importantly the different archaeological theories woven based on the many sculptures. King Devannampiyatissa founded the ancient Issaramana or Isiramana Vihara in the 3rd Century BC, it is evident, that the current isurumuniya temple had undergone many renovations under many kings. This temple holds a significant value to the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. The temple of Isurumuniya, which was built by a group of granite boulders, is situated in the premises of massive rock. As you enter the premises, you would be greeted with cold breeze of the pond of the temple which is adjoined to the base of the cliff.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
Sri Mahabodhi is one of the most sacred places among the Buddhist devotees, as it is a straight sapling from the main Bo (fig) tree from Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha obtained Nirvana. King Thissa received the sapling from the emissaries of King Asoka as a gift of good faith. Even during the great wars, when the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, was deserted as the capital of Sri Lanka, the devoted villagers lit up a pyre to protect the Bo (fig) tree, from the wild elephants and animals and it became a habit of the villagers to collect firewood for the year on a one specific date, this tradition continues till to date. This tradition is called the Deramiti Perahara. Though Sri Maha Bodhiya is a religious place for many Buddhists and is visited by the Buddhists all around the world, many individuals from other religions too come and visit the Bodhiya for the peace and tranquility it offers to one’s mind.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
Ruwanweli Maha Seya as the locals say is one of the gems of Sri Lankan culture and heritage. This Stupa, which was built by King Dutugemunu, is known to be the biggest stupa of the Sri Lanka History with a height of 350 feet and 300 feet in diameter. This stupa is said to be one of the oldest and most revered sacred sites of the Buddhists next to Sri Mahabodhi. As stated in the ‘datums,’ Ruwanveliseya, contains eight of the relics of Buddha, making the most sacred place among the Buddhists, next to the Temple of Tooth relics. This Stupa, which was built in the year 137 BC, was given many names such as; Rathnamali Chetiya, MahaThupa and Suwarnamaliseya; which all then translates to ‘sand of gems. The legends say the stupa derived its names due to the content of its invaluable treasures; gold, jewels, and silver.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Abayagiriya Stupa, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
Abhayagiriya is one of the prominent stupas of the Ancient Anuradhapura kingdom and also one of the places of Solosmassthana (the list of 16 prominent worship places of a Buddhist). This famous world stupa was built by the Kind Valagamba, who is also known as the King Vatta Gamini Abaya was constructed in the 1st century BC. As per the Chinese monk Fa – Hien, who visited Sri Lanka in the 5th Century BC, Abayagiriya was 122 meters in height decorated with gold and silver and studded with precious jewels. Furthermore, as per the records of this monk, there was a 20ft tall Buddha statue which was sculptured from Jade.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Dagoba of Thuparama, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
Thuparamaya, which was built by the King Devanampiyatissa during his reign of 3rd century BC, on the behest of the Arahath Mahinda, a special envoy from the King Asoka, is said to be one of the sacred monuments of Sri Lanka. It is also one of the first stupas build with the reception of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. It is stated to have contained the relic of right collar bone of the Lord Buddha. As per the legend, it is also said to have noted that the Thuparamaya temple, has housed the tooth relic at one point. According to legend, History says that, it is said that the Thuparamaya, was also used as a monastery, housing monastic monks and was also served as an infirmary a little over 2000 years ago. The excavations have discovered the remains of the latrine systems and the medical equipment’s which is said to have been used by the personnel of the ancient medical hospital.
Duration: 20 minutes
Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Anuradhapura
Day 2: Anuradhapura - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Colombo
Stop At: Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Polonnaruwa was the country’s capital from the 11th– 13th Century. Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka is considered one of the best preserved historic cities in the world. Located approximately 140km from Kandy, Polonnaruwa was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its abundance of historic remains. Most commonly referred to as Sri Lanka’s second ancient capital, the city of Polonnaruwa is nevertheless a magnificently preserved city with rich archaeological monuments and natural beauty. Located in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, Polonnaruwa has both its ancient city, an adjoining “old town” as well as a “new town” located about 6km away. The archaeological sites are in a compact layout, within easy distance of each other. As in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa too has its share of Buddhist sites, and tour buses of pilgrims can be often seen visiting the stupas and monasteries. But Polonnaruwa also boasts an impressive array of ruined palaces and courtyards, pleasure gardens and intricate networks of bathing tanks, as well as carvings and sculptures and a rich display of artistry. The ancient city was declared a World heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Some of the main attractions in Polonnaruwa include the Vatadage, Gal vihara,Thuparama, Nissanka Lata Mandapaya, The Satmahal Prasada, Hatadage, Gal Potha (Stone Book) and many more.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Minneriya National Park, Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway, Minneriya 50150 Sri Lanka
With just over 30 square miles, Minneriya National Park is a thrill-packed alternative to the more vast expanses of other wildlife sanctuaries. Made of grasslands, thick scrub, and the wildlife that roam their particular territory, the Park is fed by its giant reservoir which is also its life-blood, especially in the dry months of June through September, which are the best times to visit. A diversity of animals roams within the vicinity of the reservoir, as food and water grow scarce elsewhere in the Park. A must see spectacle is ‘The Gathering’ where countless herds of elephants congregate near the Minneriya reservoir. This is believed to be the highest number of elephants in one place, which is why it is a sight that is not to be missed. The Gathering is also known as the sixth greatest wildlife spectacle in the world and takes place between July and October. Also deer, toque monkeys, and even the occasional leopard, are part of the sightings at Minneriya National Park.
Duration: 4 hours
Accommodation included: No accommodation included on this day
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in Negombo or ColomboAirports
- Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Departure Time :7:00 AM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.