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Samu Travel, Ella, Sri Lanka Travel Agents in Sri Lanka

Buddhist Tour

PRICE INCLUDES

• 6 Nights’ accommodation in 4* or 5* Hotels.

• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

• Transfers in a luxury air condition vehicle accompanied by a professional Chinese speaking

chauffer guide.

PRICE EXCLUDES

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

Travel insurance

All personal expenses such as laundry, drinks not mentioned on itinerary, faxes, telephone calls,

Mini bar expenses, etc.

Day 01

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

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Day 02

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.

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Day 03

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


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Day 04

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.


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Day 05

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.

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Day 06

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.

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DAY 07

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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