Ancient Capitals

4 Days

Trip Facts

  • Hotel Accomodation in Ancient cities
  • 12
  • Vegeterian, Non Vegeterian
  • English and local language
  • 5 star executive suite
  • Suitable throughout the year

Welcome to Ancient cities !

Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.

Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.

Sigiriya, Sigiriya was built by the fifth-century king Kashyapa I, who ruled the native Sinhalese dynasty, the Moriya. The imposing fortress was the capital of the Sinhalese kingdom until Kashyapa was defeated in A.D. 495. (Watch: An ancient palatial fortress overlooks this barren desert in Israel.

Dambulla, Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings.

Matelle, It is located at the heart of the Central Highlands, of the island and lies in a broad, green fertile valley at an elevation of 364 m (1,194 ft) above sea level. Surrounding the city are the Knuckles Mountain Range, the foothills were called Wiltshire by the British. They have also called this place as Matelle.

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Kandy, This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815.

Overview

Ancient means belonging to the distant past, especially to the period in history before the end of the Roman Empire. They believed ancient Greece and Rome were vital sources of learning. Salisbury Plain was known anciently as Ellendune. Ancient means very old, or having existed for a long time.

Most Riveting Ancient Cities in Sri Lanka
Anuradhapura Ancient City. …
Sigiriya Ancient City. …
Kandy Ancient City. …
Yapahuwa Ancient City. …
Polonnaruwa Ancient City. …
Dambulla Ancient City. …
Buduruwagala Ancient City.
Mattale Ancient City…

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Itinerary

Meet on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport and will transfer to Anuradhapura Hotel. In the afternoon, leave for Anuradhapura City Tour; the first capital of Sri Lanka. Here you will see the remains of the Brazen Palace (which was once nine storey high) and the Sri Maha Bodhi; a Bo Tree over 2,000 years old, grown from the branch of the very tree beneath which the Buddha attained enlightenment. Return for dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

After breakfast, visit the ruins of the Ruwanweliseya Dagaba. See the 2nd Century BC shrine containing the Buddha’s collarbone relic, the Abhayagiriya temple and the Jetawanaramaya Dagobas. Next, visit the Kuttam Pokuna or twin ponds and the Samadhi Buddha a statue of the Buddha in a meditative pose, which is being acknowledged worldwide as a masterpiece. After that proceed to Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th and 12th centuries. Visit the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Lankatilleke Vihare (3rd Century AD), the Thuparama Dagoba and the Gal Vihare, three splendid statues of the Buddha in upright, sedan and recumbent postures, all carved out of a large rock. Other interesting sights are the Lotus Bath, Tivanke Image House with the best-known Buddhist frescoes of Sri Lanka, and man- made ParakaramaSamudra’ built by ParakaramaBahu the Great. Check in at a hotel in Sigiriya

Enjoy breakfast before proceeding to Sigiriya and climb the Rock Fortress built by King Kasyapa (473-491 AD) – the patricide God King. Having climbed the rock you will encounter the remains of the Palace and its environs. See the famous frescoes. Enroute to Kandy, explore the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple followed by a stop at the Spice Garden in Matale. In Kandy, tour the Temple of the Tooth Relic and watch a cultural dance performance.

Following breakfast, embark on a Kandy City Tour including the Upper Lake Drive. Proceed to Colombo and enroute, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. Then stop by the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela, which is a home to elephants that were found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. Watch them take their daily bath at a nearby river. Return to Colombo or transfer to the airport for your departure.

Cost

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long we walk in day?

On average, you walk about 5or 6 hours .

How is the daily Climate during this trip?

1.Anuradhapura has a tropical savanna climate .

2.Polonnaruwa Climate Summary

The district’s yearly temperature is 31.0ºC (87.8ºF) and it is 3.54% higher than Sri Lanka’s averages. Polonnaruwa typically receives about 142.18 millimeters (5.6 inches) of precipitation and has 177.64 rainy days (48.67% of the time) annually.

3.Sigiriya, The hottest month of the year in Sigiriya is April, with an average high of 93°F and low of 74°F. The cool season lasts for 2.5 months, from November 10 to January 26, with an average daily high temperature below 85°F. The coldest month of the year in Sigiriya is December, with an average low of 70°F and high of 83°F.

4.Dambulla has a tropical climate abundant with rainfall, which is heavy from April through January and the temperature is more or less consistent between 30°C-34°C at a maximum and 15°C-17°C on the lower side, for the most part of the year. Dambulla’s characterized mostly by two seasons: summer and monsoons.

5. Matelle, Temperatures will vary between 20 and 35°C.

6. Kandy, the summers are short, hot, and overcast; the winters are short, comfortable, wet, and mostly cloudy; and it is oppressive year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 64°F to 89°F and is rarely below 59°F or above 95°F.

Can we get suitable food and other facilities in tour?

yes you can Good food can be provided for you to get suitable food and there are good hotels as well as suitable places to provide your other facilities.

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