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Sri Lanka Express Buddhist Pilgrimage - 5 Days

Sri Lanka Express Buddhist Pilgrimage

Sri Lanka · Private Tour · 5 Days
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Follow the footsteps of the Buddha in Sri Lanka visiting its most sacred sites in this 5 days pilgrimage express tour, and get closer to the history of Buddhism in this rich and devout country. 

Pay your respects in the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Gangaramaya temples in Colombo, meditate under the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura, planted from a branch of the very same tree under which the Buddha attained enlightment, wander around the remains of the World Heritage city of Polonnaruwa, explore the exquisite Buddhist frescoes and sculptures of the Cave Temple of Dambulla, lose your breath at the ancient remains of Mihintale, and soak in the mysticism of the temple of the holy tooth relics in Kandy.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo
Day 2 - Colombo → Anuradhapura → Mihintale → Habarana
Day 3 - Habarana → Polonnaruwa → Dambulla → Kandy
Day 4 - Kandy → Colombo
Day 5 - Colombo

What is included

  • Meet and assist on arrival and departure
  • Private air conditioning car with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 4 nights accommodation at 3* hotels with breakfast

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Entrance fees for visiting sites (Approx. $ 113)
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Tips
  • Porterage at the airport and at all hotels
  • Christmas and New year supplement at hotels
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Colombo

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted by our airport representative, who will direct you to your very own chauffeur that will transfer you to Colombo, the commercial capital of the country. 

Visit to Kelanaiya Rajamaha viharaya

Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Mirage Hotel

Standard Colombo

day
2
Colombo → Anuradhapura → Mihintale → Habarana

After breakfast set off to Anuradhapura, visit the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura founded in the 4th century B.C., a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region. 

You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest stupas of Sri Lanka and the ruins of ancient royal palaces. Another amazing site is the Sri Maha Bodhi or the sacred Bo tree which is over 2,200 years old, grown from a branch of the very tree under which The Buddha attained enlightenment – the oldest historically documented tree in the world. 

Afterwards, leave for Mihintale. Visit the ancient remains of Mihintale, a sacred place which is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 meters wide leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside. 

After sightseeing leave for Habarana, a small village with excellent hotel accommodation, a central location for all the ancient city sites. Check in at your hotel on arrival and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Colombo → Anuradhapura205 km 3h 45min
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Anuradhapura → Mihintale14 km 15min
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Mihintale → Habarana69 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Kassapa Lions Rock

Standard Habarana

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3
Habarana → Polonnaruwa → Dambulla → Kandy

After breakfast, continue to one of the ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century. A well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation. 

The Gal Vihara which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art. 

There after head for Dambulla and explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. 

The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha. 

Continue on to Kandy. En route you will visit a spice garden in Matale. You will check in at your hotel on arrival and once you are rested, continue on to your tour of Kandy! 

In the evening enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display. 

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Habarana → Polonnaruwa45 km 1h
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Polonnaruwa → Dambulla67 km 1h 15min
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Dambulla → Kandy72 km 1h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Thilanka Hotel

Deluxe Kandy

day
4
Kandy → Colombo

In the morning you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, on completion continue to Colombo

Evening visit to Ganagaramaya temple

Overnight at the hotel. 

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Kandy → Colombo116 km 2h 30min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Mirage Hotel

Standard Colombo

day
5
Colombo

Now that you are at the end of your journey with us, after breakfast your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight. 

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Colombo
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Mirage Hotel

Standard
Habarana
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Kassapa Lions Rock

Standard
Kandy
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Thilanka Hotel

Deluxe

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing
3 pax
Triple Sharing
4 pax
Double Sharing
1 Dec 2015 - 30 Apr 2017$443$362$359

Photos

Dambulla Cave Temple
Anuradhapura
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura
Buddha Statue, Mihintale
Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo
Vatadage Round House, Polonnaruwa
Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
Offering Oil Lamps

Map

What travelers say

  • Mrs. Kristina E. & Family
    Jun 2015

    Thank you so much for everything you have done for us, giving us the opportunity to experience Sri Lanka, the extraordinary hospitality and wonderful hotels.

  • Susan B. from Australia
    Apr 2015

    The service you have provided has been first class. The driver has been wonderful and I always felt well cared for, (travelling on my own). The tour program was excellent. I have been most impressed with your services. With thanks + gratitude.

  • Monica R. from Brazil
    May 2015

    Very comfortable Car. Driver amazingly safe and excellent customer service. Our guide Shantha is very knowledgeable of Sri Lanka culture and about the country geography. Gave us lot of amazing information and drove us around beautiful places. His English is perfect and very helpful. Very Very Happy 100%.

    Our guide made a very important and special difference on our journey. Will definitely recommend him and your company to our friends in future. Thank you very much.

  • Mr. Sean C. from Qatar
    May 2015

    Our Chauffeur provided excellent service. Safe driving, knowledgeable, punctual, good humour, polite. Would advise friends to use.

  • Rachael T. from UK
    Apr 2015

    Pradeep was an excellent host and chauffer. Very easy going and great sense of humour! Fantastic guy, extremely knowledgeable wherever he went – a fantastic guide!

    We have had a fabulous holiday. I think Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with a lot to offer its visitors.

    Pradeep has been fantastic and went the extra mile to make our holiday so enjoyable!

  • Chris Y. from Dubai
    Jul 2015

    Rathna was very friendly, a good safe driver and we enjoyed spending two weeks with him.

  • Andreanne D. from Canada
    Jun 2015

    Very comfortable vehicle. Very good driver, and very pleasant. We would ask for him again if we return.

    We had several guides at several locations. All were courteous, knowledgeable and their English was good (except the safari guide/ driver).

    We were very pleased with our experience. Our tour was packed with interesting things to see. Very pleased with the restaurants, etc our driver took us to. Impressed with the quality of accommodations for the price of our tour. A very good value, especially since some dinners were included as well.

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