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$57 Day Trips & Excursions

Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa, Panduwasnuwara: Private Ancient Cities

You will be starting your tour at 6:00am when you get picked up from your hotel in Colombo. You will be taking 2 hours to travel to your first destination, Dambadeniya. It is recommended that you bring a packed breakfast with you to eat on the way. The kingdom of Dambadeniya was at its peak during the mid-thirteenth century, especially during the reign of King Parakramabahu II. He was a peaceful king who brought Sinhalese literature to new heights with his epic poetic masterpieces ‘Kavisilumina’ and ‘Visuddi Marga Sannasa’. You will get to see the recently excavated remains of the old Temple of the Tooth, where the Tooth Relic was housed previously, and the ruins of the royal palace complex with its gardens, walls and moats. You will leave for Yapahuwa at 9:00am. You will get there by 10:30am. Yapahuwa was the capital of Sri Lanka right after Dambadeniya, when the Dravidians invaded. The fortress was built on a giant rock in the style of the Sigiriya rock fortress. However the architecture of this fortress is completely different from Sigiriya with wide staircases, beautiful stone sculptures and highly detailed carvings on pillars. The fortress was later used as a monastery by Buddhist monks. On your visit you will be able to climb to the fortress and view the ruins of the stupa on the summit of the rock. The stupa has some notable statues and imagery from the Kandyan era that you can peruse. You will be spending a couple of hours at Yapahuwa. After this you can spend some time having lunch at one of the good restaurants in the area, according to your choice and affordability. The drive to your final destination, Panduwasnuwara, will take up to an hour and a half. The ancient city was one of the first kingdoms of Sri Lanka, having been the capital during the 5th century BC. The site was used much later in the 12th century as well, resulting in a mix of ruins from various periods. The ruins are spread over an area of almost 12 hectares. Some of the most notable sights are the recently restored monument that was the two storied former Temple of the Tooth, ruins of the royal palace and the artificial reservoir Panda Wewa that is considered one of the earliest irrigation systems ever made by man. You will also be visiting the museum of Panduwasnuwara, which has many archeological finds from excavations in the area. You will be spending an hour and a half in Panduwasnuwara. You will be leaving at 5:00pm and returning to your hotel. You will get back at 7:30pm, completing your tour.

$55 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip to Twin Kingdoms from Kandy

You will be starting the tour from your hotel at 6:00am. You will be travelling for 2.5 hours to get to Panduwasnuwara. If you bring a packed breakfast, you can use the time to have it since you won’t be stopping for a break before lunch. You will get to Panduwasnuwara at 8:30am. The kingdom of Panduwasnuwara flourished between 504 BC and 474 BC. Believed to be established by the King Panduvasudev, the city was abandoned till the 12th century, when it became known as Parakamapura. The ruins that stand today are mainly from that era. Some of the notable sights you will get to see are the ruins of the magnificent royal palace, the remains of the 297 feet wide tower with its extremely thick walls which have many legends surrounding them, the recently restored former temple of the tooth relic and Panda Wewa which is believed to be one of the very first irrigation systems built in the world. You will travel to Yapahuwa at 10:00am and get there by 11:30 am. You will spend two hours viewing the 13th century rock fortress of Yapahuwa. The fortress played the part of being the last stand of King Bhuvenakabahu, when the Dravidians invaded from India. He attempted to save the Holy Tooth Relic of Buddha there, but the move failed to protect it as it was stolen by the Pandyans immediately following his death. The tooth relic was recovered the year after, but was placed in Polonnaruwa instead. The fortress as you see it now is a beautiful work of art with neatly carved grand staircases, interesting sculptures and pillars. After the fall of the kingdom the fortress was used as a monastery by Buddhist monks. The remains of the stupa that they used can still be seen on the summit of the rock. The stupa contains paintings and Buddha statues from the Kandyan era. At 1:30pm you will finish your visit of the fortress and go for lunch. You can spend approximately an hour and a half enjoying your meal before you return back to Kandy. You will visit the Elephant Rock, ‘Ethagala’, en route. The rock which has a rough shape of an elephant, has some fantastic views from the top, as well as a newly created giant Buddha statue. You will get back to your hotel in Kandy by 6:30pm, completing your tour.

$60 Day Trips & Excursions

Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa, and Panduwasnuwara Private Day Tour

Your tour starts at 6:30am when you are picked up from your hotel in Negombo by your private guide. With a 2-hour drive to your first destination, Dambadeniya, it's recommended that you bring a packed breakfast to eat on the way. The kingdom of Dambadeniya was at its peak during the mid-13th century, especially during the reign of King Parakramabahu II, a peaceful ruler who brought Sinhalese literature to new heights with his epic poetic masterpieces ‘Kavisilumina’ and ‘Visuddi Marga Sannasa.’ At the royal palace complex, see the recently excavated remains of the old Temple of the Tooth, where the Tooth Relic was previously housed, and the ruins of the gardens, walls, and moats. Leave for Yapahuwa Rock Fortress at 9am, arriving by 10:30am. Yapahuwa was the capital of Sri Lanka right after Dambadeniya, when the Dravidians invaded. The fortress was built on a giant rock in the style of the Sigiriya rock fortress. However, the architecture of this fortress is completely different from Sigiriya, with wide staircases, beautiful stone sculptures, and highly detailed carvings on pillars. The fortress was later used as a monastery by Buddhist monks. During your visit, you can climb to the fortress and look at the ruins of the stupa on the summit of the rock. The stupa features notable statues and imagery from the Kandyan era. After spending a couple of hours at Yapahuwa, enjoy lunch at one of the restaurants in the area, according to your choice and budget. The drive to your final destination, Panduwasnuwara Kingdom, takes up to an hour and a half. The ancient city was one of the first kingdoms of Sri Lanka, having been the capital during the 5th century BC. The site was used in the 12th century, as well, resulting in a mix of ruins from various periods, spread over an area of almost 30 acres (12 hectares). Some of the most notable sights are the recently restored monument that was the 2-story former Temple of the Tooth, ruins of the royal palace, and the artificial reservoir Panda Wewa, considered one of the earliest irrigation systems ever made by man. You will also visit the museum of Panduwasnuwara, which features many archaeological finds from excavations in the area. Spend an hour and a half in Panduwasnuwara. You will leave at 5pm to return to your hotel. You will get back at 7:30pm, completing your tour.

$389.15 Private & Custom Tours

2 Day Private Tour to Wilpattu and Anuradhapura from Colombo

Day 01 - Colombo > Panduwasnuwara > Wilpattu > Anuradhapura Start your journey at 0700 hrs from your hotel in Colombo. You will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Willapttu, en route make a pause at Panduwasnuwara and visit the Ancient Kingdom. (Travel Time – 2 to 2 ½ hrs) Explore the ancient kingdom of Panduwasnuwara, which was briefly the capital during the 12th century. Wander amongst the ruins of the city with its pagodas, image houses, meeting halls and the citadel. Visit the now restored former temple of the tooth relic, which lies just outside the citadel's walls. View the palace and listen to the many legends that surround it. Thereafter continue to Wilpattu and go on a lovely jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park. (Travel Time – 2 to 2 ½ hrs) Feel the call of the wild with the Wilpattu National Park Safari. Get a chance to catch sight of the elusive Sri Lankan Leopard and famous Sri Lankan Elephant. See hundreds of other wildlife such as deer, buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, and rare birds. Get the photographs of a lifetime as you become one with nature. On completion of the safari, proceed to Anuradhapura, check in to the hotel and relax. (Travel Time – 40 to 50 mins)Day 02 - Anuradhapura > Colombo After a relaxed morning and breakfast at the hotel check out and visit the Sacred City of Anuradhapura. Walk through the ancient ruined city of Anuradhapura, which was the capital for over a millennium until the 10th century AD. View the pagodas, monastic buildings and ponds that are scattered all over the vast area. Visit important landmarks such as Jetavanarama, which was one of the tallest buildings in the ancient world, the Sri Maha Bodhi and the ruins of the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. Gain more knowledge about Sri Lanka's history as you walk in the footsteps of Kings. On completion start your journey back to your hotel in Colombo. (Travel Time - 4 to 4 ½ hrs) ~ End of Tour ~

$1930.94 Cultural & Theme Tours

Uncharted Ceylon - Private 7 Days Tour

Day 1 - Airport > Negombo Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Here, you will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the airport, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Negombo and check in to the hotel.  Day 2 - Negombo > Panduwasnuwara > Yapahuwa > Sigiriya After breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Panduwasnuwara and explore the ruins of the late kingdom.  Thereafter proceed to Yapahuwa and visit Rock Fortress. On completion proceed to Sigiriya and check in to the hotel and relax. Day 3 - Sigiriya > Dambulla > Kandy After breakfast at the hotel check out and visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple. Thereafter Proceed to Kandy and check in to the hotel and relax.  Later in the evening visit Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic. On completion return to the hotel and relax. Day 4 - Kandy > Mahiyanaganaya > Kandy On this day do a day tour to Mahiyanganaya. View the beautiful white stupa with its history of over two millennia. Thereafter visit Dambana Vedda Village to see the indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka.  On completion return to your hotel in Kandy and relax. Day 5 - Kandy > Kandy   After a relaxed morning and breakfast at the hotel proceed to Digana and visit a local village and go on a walk in the village and experience authentic Sri Lankan Village Life, after the lovely authentic experience will be treated to a delicious and authentic Sri Lankan village lunch. Thereafter return to the hotel and relax, later in the evening proceed to watch the Kandyan Cultural Show with its colourful traditional dances and delightful music.  On completion return to the hotel. Day 6 - Kandy > Kithulgala > Colombo Start the day early on this day, check out from the hotel and proceed to Kithulgala to go on a hiking tour to visit Belilena Cave Archeological Reserve and go on whitewater rafting in Kelani River. On completion proceed to Colombo, check in to the hotel and relax.Day 7 - Colombo > Airport After breakfast at the hotel check out and go on City and Shopping tour in the commercial city of Sri Lanka, Colombo.On completion proceed to the airport for your departure after spending a memorable time on this island.

$392.60 Private & Custom Tours

2 Day Private Tour to Wilpattu and Anuradhapura from Negombo

Day 01 - Negombo > Panduwasnuwara > Wilpattu > Anuradhapura Start your journey at 0700 hrs from your hotel in Colombo. You will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Willapttu, en route make a pause at Panduwasnuwara and visit the Ancient Kingdom. (Travel Time – 2 to 2 ½ hrs) Explore the ancient kingdom of Panduwasnuwara, which was briefly the capital during the 12th century. Wander amongst the ruins of the city with its pagodas, image houses, meeting halls and the citadel. Visit the now restored former temple of the tooth relic, which lies just outside the citadel's walls. View the palace and listen to the many legends that surround it. Thereafter continue to Wilpattu and go on a lovely jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park. (Travel Time – 2 to 2 ½ hrs) Feel the call of the wild with the Wilpattu National Park Safari. Get a chance to catch sight of the elusive Sri Lankan Leopard and famous Sri Lankan Elephant. See hundreds of other wildlife such as deer, buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, and rare birds. Get the photographs of a lifetime as you become one with nature. On completion of the safari, proceed to Anuradhapura, check in to the hotel and relax. (Travel Time – 40 to 50 mins)Day 02 - Anuradhapura > Negombo After a relaxed morning and breakfast at the hotel check out and visit the Sacred City of Anuradhapura. Walk through the ancient ruined city of Anuradhapura, which was the capital for over a millennium until the 10th century AD. View the pagodas, monastic buildings and ponds that are scattered all over the vast area. Visit important landmarks such as Jetavanarama, which was one of the tallest buildings in the ancient world, the Sri Maha Bodhi and the ruins of the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. Gain more knowledge about Sri Lanka's history as you walk in the footsteps of Kings. On completion start your journey back to your hotel in Negombo. (Travel Time - 4 to 4 ½ hrs) ~ End of Tour ~

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