3 Days Ancient Capital Cities Tour from Colombo

Get experienced unbelievable memories in this tour
- Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious center.
- Visit The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders
- Climbing a rock - if you’re in good shape and don’t stop to look at things, it’ll take you less than 30 minutes to climb all the way to the top of the rock.

Witness Pidurangala Rock is adjacent to Sigiriya Rock and is the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock as it is only slightly lower.
- Visit The beautiful Royal Rock Temple complex sits about 160m above the road in the southern part of Dambulla. Buddha images were first created here over 2000 years ago.

From the caves there are superb views over the surrounding countryside; Sigiriya is clearly visible some 20km distant.

per adult from

$376

NZD

Duration

3 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 2x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Transport by air-conditioned (Bus/ Van/ Car)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • English Speaking Driver Cum Guide
    • Bottle Water
    • Complimentary WiFi Excess During the Travel (Subjected To Availability)
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • All Entrance fees
    • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa
    • Entry/Admission - Thuparama
    • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
    • Entry/Admission - Mihintale
    • Entry/Admission - Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
    • Entry/Admission - Ruwanwelisaya
    • Entry/Admission - Jethawanaramaya Stupa
    • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - Pidurangala Rock
    • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Day 1: COLOMBO – POLONNARUWA

    Stop At: Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
    Poḷonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Thuparama, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
    Thuparamaya is an ancient Buddhist temple in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Located in the sacred area of Mahamewna park, the Thuparamaya Stupa is the earliest Dagoba to be constructed in the island, dating back to the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
    The Gal Vihara, also known as Gal Viharaya and originally as the Uttararama, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. It was fashioned in the 12th century by Parakramabahu
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Colombo, Colombo, Western Province
    Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on old east-west exchange courses, administered progressively by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That legacy is reflected in its engineering, blending pilgrim structures in with elevated structures and shopping centers. The monumental Colombo National Museum, committed to Sri Lankan history, outskirts rambling Viharamahadevi Park and its mammoth Buddha.


    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Stay at 3 star Hotel

    Day 2: POLONNARUWA – ANURADHAPURA - SIGIRIYA

    Stop At: Mihintale, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
    Mihintale 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
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
     Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka is the oldest living tree in documented history of the world. It is a sapling from the historical Bodhi tree under which Buddha enlightened. It was planted in 288 BCF and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. It was brought from Buddhagaya India by the Ven. Sanghamitta Therini, a sister of Arhant Mahinda – who introduced the Teachings of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. 
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
    As the oldest stupa in Sri Lanka, Ruwanwelisaya is considered to be an icon of architectural glory in ancient Sri Lanka. Ruwanwelisaya, rising with its glory in the city of Anuradhapura, tops the list among Buddhists’ sacred places. Ruwenwelisaya bears witness for his incomparable service to revive Buddhism in the country. It is located just a short walk away from Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura. The stupa is one of the eight places of veneration situated in Anuradhapura which are places believed to have been visited by Buddha during his three visits to Sri Lanka.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Jethawanaramaya Stupa, Watawandana Road B341, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
    Jethawana Stupa is the largest stupa in the Sri Lanka. It was originally 400 feet (122 meters) in height and was the third tallest building in the world at that time. Even today as a brick monument, Jethawanaramaya still remains the tallest of its kind in the world.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Tissa Wewa, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka
    Tissa Wewa is an ancient irrigation tank was built by King Devanampiya Tissa (250-210 BC). Only Panda Wewa and Abhaya Wewa are considered to be older than Tissa Wewa. The embankment of Tissa Wewa is 11,000 feet long (Two miles) and 25 feet high. The width of the top of the reservoir was found to be 12 feet to 18 feet. The base of the embankment is 160 feet. Tissa Wewa has an area of approximately 550 acres.


    Stop At: Anuradhapura, Anuradhapura, North Central Province
    Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and strict capital that thrived for a long time, was relinquished after an intrusion in 993. Shrouded away in thick wilderness for a long time, the wonderful site, with its royal residences, cloisters, and landmarks, is currently open by and by.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight Stay at 3 star Hotel

    Day 3: SIGIRIYA – PIDURANGALA - DAMBULLA – COLOMBO

    Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
    Sigiriya is the most exquisite example of ancient Sri Lankan art, architecture and landscaping. Built over 1,600 years ago, the now sinister-looking 600 ft high black rock once appeared like a massive dazzling white cloud floating above the surrounding forests. Its sides were painted with beautiful frescoes of semi-naked nymphs. A large gatehouse in the form of a lion guarded the entrance to the innermost sanctum of the city – the Sky Palace on top of the rock. Sigiriya burst briefly into pre-eminence and was then abandoned and lay hidden in the forests for nearly 1,500 years. The climb to the top is strenuous but it is worth it. Definitely a must visit site!
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Pidurangala Rock, Pidurangala,Sigiriya, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka
    Pidurangala Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Pidurangala village of Matale District, Sri Lanka. The temple was constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya
    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Jaffna Hwy, Habarana 50150 Sri Lanka
    Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dambulla, Dambulla, Central Province
    Dambulla's celebrated stone cavern sanctuary is a notorious Sri Lankan picture – you'll be acquainted with its marvelous Buddha-filled inside some time before you show up around. In spite of its somewhat business air, this remaining parts a significant blessed spot and ought not to be missed.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    5:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour.
    • All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to remove footwear and hats. Also shoulders and knees should be covered
    • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • 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
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Apple vacations pvt Ltd

Activity ID: V-68395P140

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