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Cultural Tour: Sri Lanka Kandy Perahera Tour (Esala Perahera

Price
₹31500 per person
Duration 6 days tour
Destinations Pinnawala, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Matale ... show more
DepartureColombo
InclusionAccommodation Meals Sightseeing 
Day wise Itinerary
Day 1 : Pinnawala, Dambulla, Sigiriya
Airport - Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the Morning - Proceed to Sigiriya - Visit the Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla - Night Stay at Sigiriya. Pinnawala elephant orphanage: The foster – home of elephants (around 70) of different age and size feed, bathe, play together. These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness. Now they even breed in captivity. Dambulla Golden Cave Temple: Rajamaha Temple of Rangiri Dambulla (Also known as the Golden Rock Temple or Dambulla Cave Temple) is located north of Kandy and considered by most to be the centre point of Sri Lanka. Dambulla is a town built around a vast isolated rock mass and a World Heritage City, declared by UNESCO. The name Dambulla derives from Damba – Rock and Ulla – fountain. One sees the incessant drip of water from the fountain within the main image house. The cave complex at Dambulla is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world. It was here that King Vattagamini Abhaya (Valagamba) took refuge in the 1st century BCE. He later turned the caves into a rock temple. Later kings made further improvements, including King Nissanka Malla who had the temple interior gilded, earning it the name of Ran Giri – Golden Rock. Dambulla Viharaya contains an abundance of valuable material from the very earliest times till the late eighteenth century, and shows the evolution of the Singhalese Buddhist art. Such vast material in one place, combined with a long history, is a rare find anywhere. The temples contain 153 Buddha images, 3 images of kings and 4 images of gods and goddesses. There are also 4 main monasteries and it was within this complex that the monks began the militant nationalist movement against the British in 1848.
Day 2 : Sigiriya, Matale, Kandy
Climb the Sigiriya Rock in the Morning - Proceed to Kandy - Visit Spice Gardens in Matale - Night stay at Kandy. Sigiriya: Is home to the “5th century Fortress in the Sky” which is the fantastic single wonder of the Island .It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defense the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 600ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways, the only known ancient work of Sinhalese secular painting which has survived in the form of Frescos of life-sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color. Cobra cave: This is called Cobra Hooded Cave as it has its shape. The tradition states that Sita was held in captivity here. There are many pre-historic drawings on its ceiling. There is a distinct link between Sita and the cave and it the following is inscribed, ‘Parumaka naguliya lene’. It would have been inscribed after Rawana’s period but positively it has a connection to Sita’s stay in this cave, as the word ‘naguliya’ refers to Sita.
Day 3 : Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Temple of the Tooth Relic, Kandy Perahera, Kandy
Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden in the Morning - Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy (World Heritage Site) - Kandy City Tour - Visit Kandy Perahera (Special Celebration happens only in Month of August) - Night stay at Kandy. Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden: Peradeniya is the Royal Botanical Gardens which was the pleasure garden of the last King of Kandy. The Peradeniya Garden is easily one of the best of its kind in the world. The many beautiful avenues will lead one to sections which provide a burst of tropical colour. The great lawns & variety of huge trees in tropical climate surrounded by the islands' longest river Mahaweli, will surprise your Sri Lanka tour at the Peradeniya Royal Botanical garden. The best known attraction of the Gardens is the famous Orchid House, which house for more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids from the rare indigenous Foxtail and Vesak orchids, to many natural and hybrid species which have made this one of the best known orchid centers of the world.A spice garden gives you a firsthand introduction to the trees, plants and creepers that produce the special spices of Sri Lanka. The Herbarium grows many of the plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic treatments. Hindu Devales at Kandy's Buddhist Tooth Relic Temple: Kandy's Tooth Relic Temple is the most significant Buddhist holy place in Sri Lanka, venerated by Buddhists from Southeast Asia as well. There are four shrines for gods connected to the Buddha's Tooth Temple. These Devales, playing an important role in the processions of the Buddha's Tooth Relic, are mainly Sinhalese places of worship, whereas Tamil Hindu temples are called Kovils. But the Devales are closely connected to Hinduism in many ways. The above mentioned world-famous procession called Kandy Perahera, originates in the Ratha Yatras held for the Hindu deities. The priests of the Kataragama Devale in the city centre are not Sinhalese Kapuralas, but Tamil Brahmins. Kandy Perahera: One of the biggest Buddhist celebrations of the year, the annual Kandy Perahera (Esala Perahera) is a religious ceremony during which devotees pray for sufficient rains to bless the country and crop cultivation. One of Buddhism’s most sacred relics, the Sacred Tooth is taken from the Temple the Tooth and paraded through the streets as part of the Kandy Perahera. Following this, more festive events take centre stage and visitors can expect to see a lively cast of dancers, jugglers and fire-breathers milling amongst the crowds. Held in July or August according to the dates of the full moon, Esala Perahera has become a symbol of Sri Lanka. It is very grand with months of elaborate preparation, elegant costumes, and well-choreographed demonstrations of talent from various artistes and of course the sage procession of well-trained elephants. There are fire-dances, whip-dancers, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. The elephants are usually adorned with lavish garments and beautiful lights. The Kandy Perahera festival ends with a traditional ‘diya-kepeema’ ritual. The significance of this great event is to invoke blessings of the deities to ensure the farmers rain to cultivate their crops. This ritual is performed by carrying the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha through the city streets which is done with great ceremony. The tooth relic was brought to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the year 310 AD and the first Esala Perahera (Kandy Perahera) was performed in Anuradhapura, the first capital where the sacred relic was housed.
Day 4 : Tea Plantation & Tea Factory, Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Waterfalls at Ramboda, Gregory Lake, Nuwaraeliya
Proceed to Nuwaraeliya in the Morning - On the way visit Tea Plantation & Tea Factory - Visit Hanuman Temple in Ramboda - See Waterfalls at Ramboda - Visit Gregory’s Lake - Nuwaraeliya Sightseeing and City Tour - Night Stay at Nuwaraeliya. Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple: In the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita, the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka built the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple which is visited by thousands of devotees every year. Gregory Lake: Gregory Lake was built under the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya and all the vistors used to come here and spent some time by the lake and relax. This is used as a place for water sports.

Day 5 : Gayatri Pitam Kovil, Seetha Amman Kovil, Colombo
Visit Gayatri Pitam Kovil - Visit Seetha Amman Kovil - Proceed to Colombo - Colombo City Tour - Go Shopping in Colombo - Night Stay at Colombo. Gayatri Pitam in Nuwara Eliya: Gayathri Pitam, also spelt Gayaththri Peedam, inside Nuwara Eliya town is the first and foremost temple built for Gayathri Amman in Sri Lanka, Gayatri being an aspect of Saraswati and the Universal Mother. The temple was founded by the Gayathri Siddhar Swami Murusegu. The Shiva Lingam for this Tamil temple was brought from the Holy River Narmada. Gayathri Pitam is said to be the place from where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and worship and in turn was granted super natural powers by the mighty god. Sita Amman Kovil at Ashoka Vatika in Sita Eliya: The Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village Sita Eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita spent most of the time during her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana's magnificent palace she was transferred to Ashoka Vatika or Ashoka Vana where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana's wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time, identifying himself with the finger ring of Rama. Sita is said to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hamunan.
Day 6 : Bolgoda River, Moratuwa, Anjaneyar Temple, Airport
Boat Ride at Bolgoda River (Beautiful Islands with Wildlife and Nature) in Moratuwa - Visit Anjaneyar Temple - Proceed to Airport. Anjaneyar Temple: This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. It’s the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear.
Inclusions
Breakfast + Dinner
» Accommodation
» Pick-up
» Drop
» Sightseeing
» Breakfast & Dinner
» City Tours
Accommodation
PlaceStar
Sigiriya5 ★
Kandy5 ★
Kandy5 ★
Nuwaraeliya5 ★
Colombo5 ★
Price Breakup
Components price per pax on twin sharing (₹) price per 2 pax on twin sharing (₹)
Hotel 29000 58000
Transport 2000 4000
Activities 500 1000
Total Cost(incl. tax) 31500* 63000*
* transport cost may vary depending upon the no. of persons.
* Mentioned prices may vary depending upon date of travel, hotel availability, surge pricing and seasonal rush.

* Payment Terms and Methods
» Terms : 20% Advance Payment.

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Reviews
Pravin Pisolkar
from PUNE, Oman
4 ★
Mr.Fazmin is very prompt in e-communication, be it email, whatsapp, imo or even telephone calls. He patiently organized and customized our tour many times over till we finalized it to our satisfact...
Hayashi
1 ★
Guide is not good. He said that a rich friend invited to lunch, but he was the person who has money problems and requested the excessive price.
Ritesh
from Mumbai, India
5 ★
Excellent, fazmin is a great guy, he was more like a friend rather than a tour person, all in all a great experience with tour Ceylon
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