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Two Days Tour to Anuradhapura and Sigiriya

This two days tour covers all historical places of Anuradhapura, the former and first ancient capital of Sri Lanka. This includes Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the world’s oldest living tree and sacred to Buddhism, Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, Tissa wewa and more. Discover the Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla, a UNESCO world heritage site comprising of a temple complex hidden within a cavern of the rock. Explore Sigiriya, its natural beauty and glory by visiting the towering Sigiriya Rock Fortress that has brought international fame being Sri Lanka’s national pride and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Witness the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest tree in the world.
• Pass through the caves which have their own significance and names hidden in sanctuaries within the complex.
• Witness beautiful frescoes that were painted during the 5th century

per adult from

$374

AUD

Duration

2 days

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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
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Entry/Admission - Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
    • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Cave Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
    What's excluded :
    • WiFi on board
    • Restroom on board

  • Day 1: Colombo - Anuradhapura

    Stop At: Abayagiriya Stupa, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
    Abhayagiri is the largest monastery complex in the Anuradhapura kingdom for it covers an area of 200 hectares. In the 1st century BC, a Sinhalese King by the name of Vattagamini Abhaya had been forced to flee and abandon his capital during a Tamil Chola invasion. While he was hiding, he heard the sarcastic ramble of a Hindu priest named Giri. “The great black lion is fleeing!”14 years later, the king came back with a robust army and trampled the occupation. In celebration, he built a monastery, and named it after himself (Abhaya) and the priest who had aroused his rage (Giri). This monastery was given to a Buddhist monk Thera Mahatissa as a gesture of appreciation for all the support he had lent to the king during his time of adversity and who had assisted him in the rebuilding of his army. The main stupa, Abhayagiri Stupa was constructed over a footprint of Lord Buddha. A part of the Sri Maha Bodhi tree is there. The stupa is 370 feet tall when originally built and it was the second tallest stupa in the island. During its zenith, the monastery was home to one of the greatest libraries in the world.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
    After bringing Buddhism to Sri Lanka by Mahinda in 250 BC, Emperor Ashoka in India sent his daughter Sanghamitta to the island with a sapling of the Sacred Bodhi obtained from the main stem of the bodhi tree in India under which Buddha obtained enlightenment. King Devanampiya Tissa received this branch and planted it ceremoniously at the present site which is in Maha Megha Uyana – Mahamewna Park or Royal Park. Within a short period of time since the bringing of the sapling to Sri Lanka, the original Bodhi tree in India was destroyed by Queen Thishyarakkha, a queen of Emperor Ashoka who was observing a different faith. The saplings sprouted from its roots were destroyed twice due to hostilities and natural disasters. It is a fourth generation Bodhi tree that dwells in India presently. But, this southern branch of the original Bodhi tree living in Anuradhapura, under which Gautama Buddha was seated with his back against it, is the only sacred relic in the whole world comparable to the living Buddha, which has been sanctified by the touch of the Lord Buddha and was subjected to the homage of the esteemed one himself.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
    As the oldest stupa in Sri Lanka, Ruwanwelisaya is considered an icon of architectural glory in ancient Sri Lanka. Also known as the Great Stupa, Ruwanwelisaya was built by the victorious King Dutugemunu in 140 BC. It was his ambitious project and this stupa bears witness for its unparalleled service to revive Buddhism in the country. The compound of the stupa is characterised by a parade of elephants carved around the base of the stupa. This site was designed with the teachings of the Buddha in mind. Its dome signifies the vastness of the doctrine, the four facets above represent the Four Noble Truths, the concentric rings indicate the Noble Eightfold Middle Path, and the large crystal at the pinnacle represents the ultimate Buddhist goal of enlightenment. It is located within a short distance from the Jaya Maha Bodhi Tree in Anuradhapura. Buddhists all over the world worship this sacred stupa since it enshrines many of Buddha’s relics. Standing tall at 388 feet with a diameter of 90 metres at the base and a circumference of 950 feet, Ruwanwelisaya is revered to be one of the world’s tallest monuments. This stupa is one of the 8 places of reverence situated in Anuradhapura which are places believed to have been visited by Buddha during his three visits to Sri Lanka. As a place of worship, shoes have to be removed to enter the area.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Jethawanaramaya Stupa, Watawandana Road B341, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
    Built in the 3rd century, the magnificent Jetavaranama stupa was the largest brick structure in the world and the third largest structure of any type. Consisting of over 90 million bricks, this enormous bulbous stupa can get one be reflective and connect to its past with emotions of calm and serenity. Therefore it is well worth the visit for the scale of its structure shows the feat and determination at the time. It is around 400ft in height and 113m in diameter. Elaborate shrines mark each of the 4 cardinal points. The non-plastered and gigantic stupa was the centrepiece of the great Jetavaranama monastery founded by King Mahasena. It is said that this monument was built upon the enclosure where Mahinda, son of Indian Emperor Ashoka who brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka, was cremated. Around it stand the ruins of a monastery that had housed 3000 monks. This area was once part of an ancient pleasure park called Nandana uyana, said to be the site of the first sermons on Buddhism preached by Mahinda in the 3rd century.
    Duration: 20 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight stay in Anuradhapura

    Day 2: Anuradhapura - Dambulla - Sigiriya

    Stop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Jaffna Hwy, Habarana 50150 Sri Lanka
    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Golden Cave Temple complex is the largest and well preserved of its kind in Sri Lanka and is situated within a huge cavern in the rock that is 160 metres high over the surrounding plains. For many centuries, Dambulla Cave Temple has been a pilgrim site for Buddhists and monks till today. The temple comprises of five caves that are extraordinary and covers a wide area of the complex. These temple caves and monastery were constructed in the 1st century BC by King Vatagamini Abhaya or Valagamba in gratitude for the monks’ efforts and help in during his exile and the reforming of his army to return to reclaim his throne at Anuradhapura. There are 80 caves at the site but the main ones are located in 5 sanctuaries. It is believed that before the arrival of Buddha, the caves had been occupied by pre-historic locals who were believed to be the monks who used to meditate in these caves. These were determined during excavations and many human remains were found. All the caves have their own significance and have their own names as of, Deva Raja Viharaya (Cave No.1), Maha Raja Viharaya (Cave No.2), Maha Aluth Viharaya (Cave No.3) and Paschima Viharaya (Cave No.4) and Cave No.5 has no historical value since it was done in the second decade of this century.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
    No doubt one of the most extraordinary historical and archaeological sites of Sri Lanka and the world, Sigiriya Rock fortress is a must see. The rock was formed from magma of a bygone volcano and sits 180 metres above ground level. Originally used as a monastery by Buddhist monks, the Sigiriya rock became a fortress , when King Kasyapa I fearing revenge by his brother, Mogallana, the rightful heir, decided to build his royal palace here so that no one could reach him. He transformed this rock to appear like a gigantic captivating white cloud; styling the fortress entrance gatehouse –Lion Gate on the mid-level terrace in the form of a lion, where the feet and paws are visible today; giving his hideaway its name Sigiriya since the Sinhala word Sihagiri means Lion Rock. From this point, you can finally ascend to the summit that houses the gleaming white palace of incomparable beauty. The rock itself is visibly spectacular with its flat summit and steep sides, looming majestically amidst the jungles around it. The palace built during the 5th century, is an engineering brilliance of the era. The excellent creativity used in the designs and construction is beyond astonishing. Apart from the fortress complex having remnants of a ruined palace and an extensive network of fortifications, there are Royal Gardens with ponds and fountains. Upon ascension of the Lion Gate and Staircase to the summit, you will come across the Mirror Wall and the famous exquisite multicolored rock paintings depicting divine and angelic goddesses – Frescoes which have brought universal renown to Sigiriya.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: No accommodation included
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any hotel in Colombo or NegomboAirports
    • 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
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 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.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

4

Organised by Wander-Lush Travels

Activity ID: V-211823P51

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