• 6 Nights’ accommodation in 4* or 5* Hotels.
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
• Transfers in a luxury air condition vehicle accompanied by a professional Chinese speaking
Transportation, entrance & other Charges for optional visits & activities.
All government taxes and fees
Entrance tickets to all mentioned locations and attractions
Tips for Hotel & Guide / Driver
Flights to and from Colombo
Sri Lanka visa fees
All personal expenses such as laundry, drinks not mentioned on itinerary, faxes, telephone calls,
Mini bar expenses, etc.
A Samu Travel & Tours tour guide will await your arrival at the Colombo International
Airport assuming the arrival is in the afternoon. Thereafter proceed to kandy. Check into
THE HOTEL in Kandy. Evening at leisure. OVERNIGHT STAY IN KANDY
Breakfast at the hotel and visit the ‘Dalada Maligawa’ Temple of the Buddha’s Tooth
Relic to attend the special pooja when the door to the sanctuary holding the casket is
opened for pilgrims to offer flowers amidst clouds of incense and the beating of drums.
Thereafter visit Kandy to discover the Royal City of Kandy. Kandy is Sri Lanka’s last
royal kingdom and is a World Heritage site. The tour will take you to the Botanical
Gardens, Market Place and gem & jewelry shops. Later, discover the Kandy Evening In
the late evening be escorted to a performance of the energetic traditional Kandyan
Cultural Dance show, accompanied by tumultuous drumming and climaxes with the
amazing fire-walking show. Later proceed to a relaxing inland hotel in Kandy.
OVERNIGHT STAY IN KANDY.
After breakfast leave for Dambulla en-route visiting Aluvihare Temple in Matale. The significance of
this temple is that the Mahavansa (Buddhist chronicle of the island) was inscribed here in Pali. The
original manuscript, inscribed on palm leaves prepared by 500 monks, was destroyed in the mid-
19th century, and replacements are still being inscribed today. In the afternoon, depart for the visit of
the caves temples of Dambulla. The caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba (also
called Vattagamini Abhaya) in his 14 yearlong exile from the Anuradapura kingdom.Buddhist monks
meditating in the caves of Dambulla at that time provided the exiled king protection from his
enemies. When King Valagamba returned to the throne at Anuradapura kingdom in the 1st century
BC, he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla as a gratitude to the monks in Dambulla.
Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric burial site near Dambulla, where prehistoric (2700 years old) human
skeletons were found according to scientific analysis gives evidence on civilizations in this area long
before arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the
surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This
paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There is a total of 153 Buddha statues,
3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of god and goddess. The latter 4 include two statues of
Hindu gods, Vishnu and Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 m2. Depictions in the walls of
the caves include Buddha’s temptation by demon Mara and Buddha’s first sermon. OVERNIGHT
STAY IN DAMBULLA
After breakfast, depart for Sigiriya. The ancient city of Sigiriya was designated a cultural World
Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the
world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon
and Ancient Pyramids. Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates
the way in which visitors used to begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and
throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic
paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The geography of the area is flat except for the massive
rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft up from the green scrub jungle).
The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly 8 acres in size), that was used in
its entirety to build King Kasyapa’s fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive
ruins. Afterward proceed to Polonnaruwa to discover the Polonnaruwa Ancient City. Polonnaruwa
ancient city remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing
testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. The ancient city of
Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Return to the hotel late in the
evening. OVERNIGHT STAY IN DAMBULLA.
After Breakfast Proceed Anuradhapura to visit the Sri Maha Bodhi tree. The Bo tree was planted as
a cutting from the tree in Bodhgaya, in India under which Buddha found Enlightenment, brought by
Emperor Asoka’s daughter, the Princess Sanghamitta, at some point after 236 BC. Guardians have
kept uninterrupted watch over the tree ever since, making it the oldest historically authenticated tree
in the world. There are other Bo trees around the Sri Maha Bodhi which are bedecked with colourful
prayer flags. After the offering of flowers, a one-hour sermon will be arranged at the Temple. After
leave for Mihintale. This place is revered as the place where Mahinda converted King Devanampiya
Tissa to Buddism in 243BC, thereby enabling Buddhism to spread to the whole island. The legend
tells how King Tissa was chasing a stag during a hunting expedition. The stag reached Mihintale and
fled up the hillside followed by the King until reached a place surrounded by hills, where the animal
disappeared and the frustrated King was astonished to find a gentle person who spoke to him the
Buddha’s teachings. It was Mahinda, Asoka’s son, who was able to convert the King with 40,000
followers. An important religious site and a pleasant place to stroll around. Evening at leisure to walk
around the ancient Dagobas and even to meditate. The Services of a Buddhist Priest for Dharma
Sermon. OVERNIGHT STAY IN ANURADHAPURA.
After breakfast proceed to Colombo. On the way visit Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihare, the most visited
Temple after the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. The main significance of this Temple is the
legendary visit of the Buddha to this site. The Mahavansa (chronicle) recorded that the original
Stupa enshrined a gem-studded throne on which Buddha sat when he visited Sri Lanka. The present
Temple, which dates to the 19th century, is set amongst attractive frangipani trees and has an
impressive bell-tower. There is a famous image of the reclining Buddha. Each member will offer a
tray of flowers at this temple, light oil lamps and incense. The Resident monk will chant ‘Seth Pirith’
(blessings) and tie a ‘pirith nula’ around the wrist. (A thread blessed by the monks). Enjoy the
evening at leisure. Optional tour can be arranged to visit the Gangarama Temple or a leisurely
shopping tour of Colombo. OVERNIGHT STAY IN COLOMBO.
After a late breakfast, checkout of the hotel and transfer to Colombo International airport. Your
journey with Samu Tour & Travels ends here. Have a safe journey back home and we look forward
to seeing you again soon. Note: Hotel stipulates checkout is before 12:00hrs noon time. Late
Checkout between 12:00-18:00 requires half of the room rate. Any checkout after 18:00 will cost one
extra night room rate
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