The Cradle of Ancient Sri Lankan Civilization
Getting to Anuradhapura
Best Time to Visit
Things to Do in Anuradhapura
Sri Maha Bodhiya
The oldest living tree in the world, which is said to have grown from a cutting of the original Bodhi Tree in India under which the Buddha attained enlightenment.
A magnificent stupa that stands 338 feet tall and is adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures.
A rock temple that features ancient carvings of elephants, horses, and humans, as well as a beautiful pond with lotus flowers.
The largest stupa in the world, which was built in the 3rd century and took over 15 years to complete.
A monastery that was once home to over 5,000 monks and is now a sprawling complex of ruins, including a giant statue of the Buddha.
8 DAYS CULTURAL SOJOURN
Embark on a fascinating 8 day adventure that takes you through the cultural heartland of Sri Lanka. Explore ancient cities like Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, marvel at the rock fortress of Sigiriya, and wander through the sacred grounds of Kandy. Immerse yourself in the unique cultural traditions and witness captivating dance performances. This package promises an unforgettable exploration of Sri Lanka’s heritage.
Negombo, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Sigiriya, Kandy
Culture and Heritage
10 DAYS HERITAGE ODYSSEY
Dive deeper into the cultural treasures of Sri Lanka with our 10 day heritage odyssey. Visit the awe-inspiring Dambulla Cave Temple, experience the architectural marvels of the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, and uncover the hidden gems of the Sacred City of Anuradhapura and Ancient City of Polonnaruwa. Embark in a journey seeking the proud colours of Sri Lankan Culture and Heritage. This comprehensive package ensures an immersive journey through Sri Lanka’s cultural wonders.
Negombo, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, Colombo
Culture and Heritage
12 DAYS ULTIMATE CULTURAL VOYAGE
For the ultimate cultural immersion, embark on our 12 day grand cultural voyage. Discover the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya. Marvel at the architectural splendor of the Rock Temple in Dambulla and explore the magnificent ruins of the Sacred City of Kandy. Delight in a scenic train ride through the misty hills of Nuwara Eliya, known as “Little England,” Embark on a safari adventure in Yala National Park, where wildlife encounters await, uncover the hidden gems of the Galle Fort and indulge in a beachside retreat in the picturesque town of Bentota. This package promises an all-encompassing exploration of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage.
Negombo, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella, Yala, Bentota
Culture and Wildlife
Folklores Associated with the Sites
Anuradhapura is steeped in folklore and legends that have been passed down through generations. For example, the Sri Maha Bodhiya is said to have been brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta, the daughter of Emperor Ashoka of India, who was also a Buddhist nun. It is believed that the tree has protective powers and that the sap is a cure for many ailments.
- Wear comfortable shoes and clothes, as you will be walking around a lot and may need to remove your shoes when entering temples
- Bring sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water to stay hydrated in the hot weather.
- Respect the cultural and religious significance of the sites and dress modestly.
- Hire a guide or join a tour to learn more about the history and folklore of Anuradhapura.