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Discover Buddhism in Sri Lanka - 10 Days

Discover Buddhism in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka · Private Tour · 10 Days
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Discover Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Practice meditation under Sri Maha Bodhi Tree, visit the prominent sites of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, attend Buddhist Sermon and much more.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo
Day 2 - Colombo
Day 3 - Colombo → Anuradhapura
Day 4 - Anuradhapura → Mihintale → Aukana → Habarana
Day 5 - Sigiriya → Jathika Namal Uyana
Day 6 - Polonnaruwa → Hiriwaduna
Day 7 - Habarana → Dambulla → Matale → Kandy
Day 8 - Kandy
Day 9 - Kandy → Nuwara Eliya → Negombo
Day 10 - Negombo → Colombo

What is included

  • Private air conditioning car with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • 9 nights accommodation at 4* and 5* hotels with daily breakfasts
  • Bullock cart ride in Hiriwadunna village
  • Porterage at the airport and at all hotels
  • Meditation at mentioned places or similar places

What is NOT included

  • International flight
  • Entrance fees at all visiting sites (~ USD 168)
  • Christmas and new year supplements at hotels
  • Luches and Dinners
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day
1
Colombo

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be assisted by our airport representative and transfer to the hotel.

Late afternoon, drive through the commercial and city center known as the Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Visit Pettah market and the National Museum.

Afterwards leave for Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, a buddhist temple located 7 miles from Colombo. Buddhists believe the temple to have been hallowed during the third and final visit of the Buddha eight years after gaining enlightenment.

Offer flowers and water to Lord Buddha.

Overnight at the hotel.


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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The Kingsbury Hotel

Superior Room Colombo

day
2
Colombo

After breakfast, leave for Gangarama temple. This Buddhist temple is situated not far from the placid waters of Beira Lake. Listen to a sermon by a Buddhist priest on Buddhism.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Later on introduction to Meditation.

In the evening, leave for Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya ancient buddhist temple and offer flowers. Practice meditation close to the sacred Bo tree, one of the thirty-two saplings that sprang from the sacred Bo tree at Anuradhapura, planted in the 3rd century B.C.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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The Kingsbury Hotel

Superior Room Colombo

day
3
Colombo → Anuradhapura

After breakfast set off to Anuradhapura, and check in to your hotel on arrival.

After a short rest, visit the sacred ancient city of Anuradhapura (UNESCO World Heritage Site). It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization.

You will visit the tallest Stupas of Sri Lanka, the ruins of ancient royal palaces and the Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred Bo tree which is over 2200 years old grown from a branch of the very tree under which The Buddha attained enlightenment – the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

Evening practice meditation under the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi Tree.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Colombo → Anuradhapura208 km 3h
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Forest Rock Garden Resort Hotel

Deluxe Room Anuradhapura

day
4
Anuradhapura → Mihintale → Aukana → Habarana

After breakfast, leave for Mihintale. Visit the ancient remains of Mihintale, a sacred place which is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

Afterwards leave to Aukana to see the statue of the Aukana Buddha. This is undoubtedly the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the island.

After sightseeing leave for Habarana. Check in on arrival and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Q
Anuradhapura → Mihintale8 km 20min
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Mihintale → Aukana61 km 1h 30min
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Aukana → Habarana38 km 40min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chaaya Village Hotel

Superior Room Habarana

day
5
Sigiriya → Jathika Namal Uyana

After breakfast, begin the morning by climbing the 200 meters high rock fortress of Sigiriya (UNESCO World Heritage Site). See the famous frescoes of the Heavenly maidens of Sigiriya and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Late afternoon, leave for Jathika Namal Uyana is the largest Na-forest and pink quartz mountain in Asia. According to archeological researcher’s findings, the pink quartz in this historical place has a history of more than 550 millions of years.

Practice meditation session and return to the hotel.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Habarana → Sigiriya12 km 17min
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Sigiriya → Jathika Namal Uyana30 km 30min
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Jathika Namal Uyana → Habarana35 km 35min
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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chaaya Village Hotel

Superior Room Habarana

day
6
Polonnaruwa → Hiriwaduna

After breakfast, continue to Polonnaruwa (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which was the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century. A well planned medieval city defended by enclosing 5 km long walls, graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes.

The Gal Vihara which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall.

Visit Hiriwadunna, a small farming village where you will experience the simple lifestyle of Sri Lanka native culture. A bullock cart ride will take you through the village. Then stop for lunch and be treated to delicious local cuisine served on lotus leaves by a village family. Enjoy your local adventure with a catamaran ride on the lake.

Evening visit Pidurangala Rajamaha Vihara, a buddhist monastery from the King Kasyapa time (477 - 495 AC). Practice meditation session in a quite area in the temple premises. Overnight at the hotel.

Q
Habarana → Polonnaruwa46 km 45min
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Polonnaruwa → Hiriwaduna48 km 50min
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Hiriwaduna → Pidurangala10 km 15min
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Pidurangala → Habarana11 km 15min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Chaaya Village Hotel

Superior Room Habarana

day
7
Habarana → Dambulla → Matale → Kandy

After breakfast, visit Dambulla and explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site). A vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.

Continue on to Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site). 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, you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha. Enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. Later visit the Asgiriya Temple.

Overnight at the hotel.

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Habarana → Dambulla25 km 30min
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Dambulla → Matale39 km 50min
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Matale → Kandy52 km 1h 10min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Cinnamon Citadel Hotel

Superior Room Kandy

day
8
Kandy

After an early breakfast, visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic offer flower and witness Dalada Ceremony. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the Sacred Relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers, called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.

Proceed to the alms giving hall to witness and partake in an arms giving ceremony. Offer gifts to the priests. Return to the hotel.

Afterwards meditation at Udawatte kele, German Buddhist Meditation Center of former German Bhikkhu Rev. Gnanaponika and the Buddhist Publication Society to get some books on Buddhism and Meditation.

Visit the Nilambe Meditation Center to get practical knowledge of methods of Meditation.

Overnight at the hotel.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Cinnamon Citadel Hotel

Superior Room Kandy

day
9
Kandy → Nuwara Eliya → Negombo

After breakfast, visit Embekke Temple, Lankatilake Temple and Gadaladeniya Temple.

On completion leave for Nuwara Eliya, a beautiful town set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level.

En route visit to tea factory and tea plantation. On completion leave for Negombo.

Check in at the hotel on arrival. Overnight at the hotel.

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Kandy → Nuwara Eliya76 km 1h 20min
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Nuwara Eliya → Negombo163 km 2h 50min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Goldi Sands Hotel

Standard Room Negombo

day
10
Negombo → Colombo

After breakfast, transfer to the Colombo international airport for your departure flight.

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Negombo → Colombo Airport7 km 10min
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

Colombo
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The Kingsbury Hotel

Superior Room
Anuradhapura
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Forest Rock Garden Resort Hotel

Deluxe Room
Habarana
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Chaaya Village Hotel

Superior Room
Kandy
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Cinnamon Citadel Hotel

Superior Room
Negombo
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Goldi Sands Hotel

Standard Room

Price for comfort experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
3-6 pax
Double Sharing Basis
3-6 pax
Triple Sharing Basis
1 Jul 2015 - 31 Oct 2015$1236$1182$1078
1 Nov 2015 - 19 Dec 2015$1326$1271$1167
20 Dec 2015 - 10 Jan 2016$1465$1408$1304
11 Jan 2016 - 30 Apr 2016$1340$1285$1181

Photos

Gangarama Temple
Sigiriya
Temple of Tooth Relic
Dambulla Cave Temple
Jetavaranama Stupa, Anuradhapura
Moonstone, Anuradhapura
Mihintale
Awukana
Gal Vihara
Temple of Tooth Relic
Sigiriya
Tea Plantation
Tea Plantation
Tropical Fruits
Offering to Buddha
Negombo

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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