A journey to the sacred sites of Buddhism, Sri Lanka Buddhist Pilgrimage offers an experience of a lifetime.
Being a religious country, Sri Lanka offers quite a bit many religious places, which pulls tourists from all over the world. Buddhism may be the mostly followed religion in Sri Lanka, so the majority of the pilgrim attractions in Sri Lanka are related to Buddhism.
The main attractions include Temple of Tooth that houses the Sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha ,Sri Pada Peak (Adam’s Peak), Dambulla golden temple and Anuradhapura. These religious places would be the perfect spots to get some solace and courage and also to face the challenges of life.
The Temple from the Tooth Relic houses the sacred Tooth Relic of “Lord Buddha” and it is one of the most significant building in Kandy. The temple is really a place of regard for the Buddhists worldwide. The temple is called ‘Dalada Maligawa’ among locals.
Adam’s Peak is among the ancient and sacred pilgrim destinations of Sri Lanka. It’s considered sacred by Muslims, Christians and Buddhists too. The peak is 2,243 meters high.
- Golden Temple, Dambulla is really a sacred pilgrimage site, a cave monastery with five sanctuaries. It’s one of the largest and best-preserved cave temples in Sri Lanka. The temple complex has ancient Buddhist mural paintings of 15th and 16th century and 157 wonderful statues.
- Anuradhapura: Buddhism found Sri Lanka some 236 years after the death of Buddha and also at that point of time, Anuradhapura was the main city of the country. The ruler during this time period was Devanam Piya Tissa, a contemporary of the great India king Ashoka who spread Buddhism to a lot of countries. With the introduction of Buddhism, the town grew in importance and also the great building era began. Today saw the construction of a number of huge monastery complexes plus some of the tallest buildings from the ancient world.
Clubbing together numerous holy sites associated with Buddhism and visits to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the tour itinerary is planned for any non-exhausting and rather rejuvenating journey towards the shrines of almighty. Pilgrims in search of enlightenment, tranquility and solace would rather set on this journey and therefore are their requirements are sufficed to the best. The tour goes to the finest, most renowned holy sites associated with the religion and thus is an extremely fascinating experience.
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to Colombo: Reach the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and then proceed towards your hotel within the city. O/N in the hotel.
Day 2: Colombo- Anuradhapura & Mihintale- Cultural Triangle: Visit Anuradhapura and explore Maha Bodhi Tree and Brazen Palace. Evening visit Mihintale. O/N remain in Cultural Triangle area.
Day 3: Cultural Triangle- Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya- Cultural Triangle: Morning visit Polonnaruwa to determine ruins of Royal Palace, Gal Viharaya. At Habarana make an optional safari with an elephant into the jungle. Next go to Sigiriya to see the rock fortress. O/N remain in Cultural Triangle area.
Day 4: Dambulla – Matale – Kandy: Visit Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. Leave for Kandy & on the way at Matale visit a Hindu temple, a batik factory along with a spice garden. In Kandy, go to the temple of the tooth relic, accompanied by a show of cultural dance performances.
Day 5: Kandy- Pinnawela -Kandy: Tour Kandy and go to the lake, upper lake, Kandy Market, the university area & botanical gardens in Peradeniya. Go to the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. Evening visit Embekka & Gadaladeniya ancient Buddhist temples.
Day 6: Kandy- Nuwara Eliya: Morning proceed for Nuwara Eliya. Explore famous tea plantations & waterfalls nearby.
Day 7: Nuawra Eliya- Kelaniya Temple & Ganagarama Temple – Colombo: Leave for Colombo. En-route go to the Buddhist temple at Kelaniya, Gangarama Temple, a Hindu Temple, Pettah, Fort, Museum, Galle Face Green, Independence Square, etc.
Day 8: Colombo- Departure: Transfer to airport for onward flight.