Footsteps of Lord Buddha

Explore the hidden treasures of Ceylon following the footsteps of Lord Buddha, stopping by each magnificent masterpiece of Buddhist Culture in Sri Lanka. Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka in third century BC where Emperor of India, King Ashoka sent his son Mahinda to establish Buddhism in Sri Lanka which at that time King Devanampiya Tissa accepted and adhered to. Ever since the footsteps of Lord Buddha inspired the kings of Sri Lanka to establish and spread the light and words of Lord Buddha as a way of life.

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Tour Details

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Day - 01
Airport > Kotugoda

  • Drive : About 20 minutes
  • Hotel : The Wallawwa, Kotugoda
  • Highlights :
    Wallawwa Bedrooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. We will page you by your name.
Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to Kotugoda, check in at the hotel, overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day - 02
Kotugoda > Ritigala > Anuradhapura

  • Drive : About 5 hours
  • Hotel : Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura
  • Highlights :
    Ulagalla Chalet with Pool, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, proceed to Anuradhapura, en-route stop at Ritigala Monastery; a strict nature reserve, which is a pre-historic Buddhist monastery that has many tales of the ancient civilization that once lived at the site. The ruins are still to be seen and this would be an exclusive experience for any guest interested in pre-historic masterpiece.
Continue the journey towards Anuradhapura, check in at the hotel, and relax the evening at leisure. Overnight stay will be at the hotel close to Anuradhapura.

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Day - 03
Anuradhapura > Wilpattu > Anuradhapura

  • Drive : About 2 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura
  • Highlights :
    Ulagalla Chalet with Pool, Bed and Breakfast Basis

Early morning with packed breakfast at the hotel proceed to Wilpattu National Park for a game ride at the park. Enjoy the morning game drive from 6:00am to 9:00am. The special feature in this Park is the large number of Villus (lakes) where you can watch wild life and many species of birds. Leopards were the most famous animals in this Park and Wild Elephant herds. You also have the option of extending your trip for a whole day safari at the park (optional).
In the evening enjoy a relaxed swim at the hotel pool, spend the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel close to Anuradhapura.

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Day - 04
Anuradhapura > Dambulla

  • Drive : About 1 hours
  • Hotel : Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla
  • Highlights :
    Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a city tour in the sacred city of Anuradhapura; – a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north central part of the Island was the first capital (5th century BC – 9th century AD), the center of the island’s Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. The oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) – The Sri Maha Bodhi, brought as a sampling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the island’s oldest Buddhist shrines – some dating back to the 3rd century BC, impressive white ‘dagobas’ (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura.
Continue the journey to Dambulla. Check in at the hotel in Dambulla, overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day - 05
Dambulla > Kandy

  • Drive : About 2 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy
  • Highlights :
    Bungalow Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel enjoy a quick visit to the Dambulla Rock Cave temples; that consists of five different caves dedicated for many Gods and Goddesses. The cave is said to be one of the only remaining cave temples in the Island and has identical painting on the cave walls and ceiling that are identical to the Ajanta Caves of India.
Continue the journey to Kandy; you have the option to enjoy a quick visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Kandy, believed to be the house of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The Tooth Relic was found and the temple was built by King Wimaladharmasuriya the first and ever since the pre-historic pageant of “Esala Perahera” takes place every year in July/August for ten days. You also have the option of enjoying a cultural dance show in the evening.
Spend the evening at leisure, overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day - 06
Kandy > Mahiyanganaya > Kandy

  • Drive : About 5 hours
  • Hotel : Mountbatten Bungalow, Kandy
  • Highlights :
    Bungalow Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After a mouthwatering breakfast at the hotel (would suggest Sri Lankan breakfast) proceed to Dambana, learn and experience the way of life of “Veddha” the aboriginal tribe of ancient Ceylon!!! You will get to sit and talk to the Chief Veddha how ancient Ceylon has evolved over time and how commercialization has threatened the continuation of the “Veddha”, visit the museum, experience and enjoy some of the daily activities of “Veddhas”.
In the evening relax by the hotel, spend the evening at leisure, alternatively you have the option to enjoy a relaxed walk in the vibrant markets of Kandy, stop at a Batik or Antiques shop. Gem shops are famous in Kandy selling the best of Sri Lankan gems, spices, cuisine stops are some of the best in Kandy region. Overnight stay will be in Kandy.

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Day - 07
Kandy > Nuwara Eliya (Kandapola)

  • Drive : About 2 ½ hours
  • Hotel : Scottish Planter Glendevon Bungalow
  • Highlights :
    Standard Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel you have the option to catch the first class or the observation carriage train tickets to leave to Nuwara Eliya (needs to be pre-booked to secure seats). Re-live the moments in the truly magical and misty mountains with tea carpeted valleys and breathe taking waterfalls that adds color to your journey. Your chauffer guide will pick you from the station in Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya station) and drive you the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Enjoy the cold climate of Nuwara Eliya; relax the afternoon at leisure, overnight stay at the hotel.

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Day - 08
Kandy > Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak)

  • Drive : About 3 hours
  • Hotel : Slightly Chilled, Adam’s Peak
  • Highlights :
    Standard Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel visit Kandy town and enjoy a visit to a Batik factory and shop for antiques and jeweler where Kandy is an icon for. Relax the morning at the hotel and check out at the hotel by 12:00 hours and begin the journey to Adam’s Peak. The destination can be reached via Ginigathhena or via Nuwara Eliya to open the frame work to explore more of Sri Lanka especially with a stop at one of the tea factories for a freshly brewed cup of tea of your choice.
Late arrival at Adam’s peak is suggested where you can refresh at the hotel and after a locally produced dinner, commence the hike to Adam’s Peak. Its best visited during the festival period from November full moon Poya to April full moon Poya day where devotees hike Adam’s peak with hope and prayers to Lord Buddha.
Overnight reach the summit to join in morning Pooja and experience the breathtaking view of the sun rise.

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Day - 09
Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) > Kalutara

  • Drive : About 5 hours
  • Hotel : Avani Kalutara, Kalutara
  • Highlights :
    Superior Courtyard Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel proceed towards the western part of the island.
Later visit the Gangatilaka Vihara at Kalutara can be seen from miles away. This Huge new dagoba, just south of the Kalu Ganga Bridge, marks the site of an ancient Buddhist temple. The outer dome is hollow and a small dagoba is found inside with a beautifully painted interior.
Check in at the hotel, relax the evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kalutara.

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Day - 10
Kalutara > Colombo

  • Drive : About 2 hours
  • Hotel : Ramada Colombo, Colombo
  • Highlights :
    Deluxe Rooms, Bed and Breakfast Basis

After breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Kelaniya Temple complex, The Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is one of the most sacred worshipping places of the Buddhists of Sri Lanka since it is a site made hallowed by the visit of Lord Buddha. In the past Kelaniya itself was a large city. The spot on which this vihara stands derived its sanctity in the Buddhist era 2531, with the third visit of the Buddha to this country. He hallowed this ground by His visit accompanied by 500 Arahants. The fact that the Buddha visited the spot on a Wesak day on the invitation of King Maniakkhika is given in the historic epics of Sri Lanka.
The next stop will be at Gangarama Temple complex and Seema Malaka Temple surrounded by the Baira lake. Join the evening Pooja at Gangarama Temple complex. Check in to hotel.

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Day - 11
Colombo > Airport

  • Drive : About 1 hour
  • Highlights :
    Departure

As all good things come to an end depart to the Bandaranayke International Airport for your flight home after few shopping stops in Colombo. Departure.

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