Pilgrimage Tour 01

08DAYS 07NIGHTS

Day 01

AIRPORT/NEGOMBO (Approx. 25 minutes drive – about 15 KM )

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of MAC Travels and transferred to the hotel in Negombo. Check-in and relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Negombo Paradise beach 


Day 02

NEGOMBO/ANURADAPURAYA (Approx. 04 ½ hours drive – about 170 KM )

After Breakfast proceed to visit Anuradhapuraya ruins.

Anuradapuraya

The city of Anuradhapura is situated 220 kilometers away from Colombo in the North Central province of Sri Lanka. Founded in the 05th century BC, Anuradhapura is revered as the ‘first kingdom’ of ancient Sri Lanka. Considered the cradle of the glorious Sinhalese Buddhist Civilization, this monastic city boasts the tallest ‘dagoba’ of the country and many ancient remains such as palaces, temples, monasteries, ceremonial baths and irrigational network as well as amazing wildlife and its humble farming community. Anuradhapura is home to the ‘Eight Great Places of Veneration’ (including Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya,

Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba). Declared as a World Heritage City by UNESCO, this city is located within the ‘Cultural Triangle’ of the island. This city is a ‘must visit’ for anyone interested in Sri Lankan heritage and history as it gives great insight into an ancient and glorious civilization of yester year.

Overnight stay at Anuradapuraya Heritage hotel 


Day 03

ANUADAPURAYA/MIHINTALE/HABARANA (Approx. 03½ hours drive – about 85 KM )

After Breakfast proceed to visit Mihintalaya.

Mihintale

‘Mihintale’ is a mountain peak situated 12 km away from the famous City of Anuradhapura. According to legend, Mihintale is revered as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The path to Mihintale rock is through wide stone steps and the area is surrounded by dense jungle. There is abundance of ancient stone architecture surrounding the many stupas, monastic complexes and other sacred shrines. The sacred precinct features the unforgettable sequence of beautiful shrines, stupas and caves strung out across wooded hills. Some of these include ‘Kantaka Cetiya’, ‘Ambasthala Dagoba (Mango Tree Stupa)’, ‘Mihindu Guha (Mahinda’s Bed)’, ‘Vejja Sala (Hospital)’, and ‘Kaludiya Pokuna (Pond of Black Water)’.

Overnight stay at Habarana sorrowwa resort 


Day 04

HABARANA/POLONNARUWA (Approx. 01 hour drive – about 50 KM – O/W) 

After Breakfast proceed to Polonnaruwa to visit the medieval capital city.
Polonnaruwa
To the east of the Cultural Triangle, following the Anuradhapura era is the second ancient capital of Sri Lanka, ‘Polonnaruwa.’ This ancient city is adorned with the remnants of the glorious kingdom of the Great King Parakramabahu I. The ruins stand on the east shore of a large artificial lake, the ‘Topa Wewa’ , or ‘Parakrama Samudra’ (the Sea of Parakrama), created by King Parakramabahu I, who was quoted as saying that "not even a drop of water from the rain must flow into the ocean without being made useful to mankind". Another draw for tourists is the city's population of ‘toque macaques’. The monkeys have been living in the ruins since human occupation and continued to thrive here long after it was void of humans. Polannaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Overnight stay at Habarana sorowwa resort

 

 


Day 05

HABARANA/DAMBULLA/KANDY (Approx. 03½ hours drive – about 100 KM )

After Breakfast leave for Kandy en route visiting Dambulla cave temple. Later reach to Kandy and rest at the hotel.

Dambulla

Dambulla is located in the centre of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka and is a town built around a vast isolated rock mass and is considered a World Heritage City by UNESCO.The “Rajamaha Temple of Rangiri Dambulla” (also known as the Golden Rock Temple or Dambulla Cave Temple) is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world. It is said  that the caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba in his 14-year-long exile from the Anuradhapura Kingdom. The cave complex is a conglomeration of five caves holding magnificent statues, elegant scriptures and consists of 153 Buddha idols, 3 statues of Sri Lankan monarchs and 4 idols of other deities. ‘Namal Uayana,’ Sri Lankan’s largest ironwood forest and rose quartz mountain are other attractions in Dambulla. The climate of this site is moderate and can be visited at any time of the year.

Kandy (Kingdom of Kandy)

The Kingdom of Kandy was an independent monarchy of the island of Sri Lanka, located in the central and eastern part of the island. It was founded in late 15th century and endured until the early 19th century. Presently, it is the second largest city in the country after Colombo.

 It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka.

Overnight stay at Kandy swiss residence 


Day 06

KANDY/COLOMBO (Approx. 03½ hours drive – about 120 KM )

After Breakfast proceed to visit Kandy Tooth Temple. Later drive to Colombo en route visiting Kelaniya Buddhist temple.

Kandy (Kingdom of Kandy)

The Kingdom of Kandy was an independent monarchy of the island of Sri Lanka, located in the central and eastern part of the island. It was founded in late 15th century and endured until the early 19th century. Presently, it is the second largest city in the country after Colombo.

 It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The “Sri Dalada Maligawa” or “The Temple of The Tooth” is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest attractions situated in this city. The Sacred Tooth Relic (Dālada) of the Buddha is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. The ‘Esala Perahera’ in Kandy is celebrated to honor the Sacred Tooth Relic and its four ‘guardian’ Gods. This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the streets of the Kandy city and is conducted with exceptional panache. The Kandy Esala Perahera lasts for ten days while various festivities can be witnessed right throughout this season. The Sinhalese term ‘perahera’ means a parade of musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats and various other performers accompanied by a large number of caparisoned Tuskers and Elephants parading the streets in celebration of a religious event.

Overnight stay at Colombo Mirage hotel

 

Day 07

COLOMBO/KALUTHARA/ALUTHGAMA (Approx. 03 hours drive – about 65 KM )-O/W

 After Breakfast proceed to Kaluthara to visit the famous Kaluthara Buddhist temple. Later drive to Aluthgama to visit Kande Vihare Buddhist temple as well.  Reach back to Colombo during evening hours.

Overnight stay at Colombo Mirage hotel

 

Day 08

COLOMBO/AIRPORT  (Approx. 45 minutes drive – about 37 KM )

After Breakfast transfer to the airport for departure. (You have to be at the Airport 03 hrs before the flight time)


Polonnaruwa

The second most ancient kingdom of historic Sri Lanka, is a World Heritage Site. The city also boasts of one of the best planned archeological relic sites in the country.

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Anuradhapura

The Capital of the North Central Province, Anuradapura is part of the island’s famed cultural triangle where one can see historic ruins that make it one of Sri Lanka’s eight World Heritage Sites. 

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Negombo

The fishing town of Negumbo on the western coast of Sri Lanka is a city under modernization, but has still retained some of its quaint roots. Its proximity to the country’s international airport is also a huge plus.  

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