Southern Culture Tour – 7 Days

Start / End : Colombo | Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights

Southern Culture Tour – 7 Days

Focused on the hill country and the South of the island, the Southern Culture Tour will introduce you to the wonders of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilization that’s off the beaten path. Sri Lanka is a land highly influenced by the Buddhist philosophy, and this is plainly seen in the examples of art and architecture of a bygone era. You will appreciate the high standard of engineering and craftsmanship that has enabled these creations to withstand the ravages of time, and stay intact to this day.

Tour Summary

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Start / End: Colombo

Available : All year round

Highlights

  • Visit Buduruwagala-Dambegoda-Maligawila
  • Visit Nuwara Eliya – Bandarawela
  • Visit Kataragama-Tissa
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Day 01 Airport – Colombo – Kandy

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Leave for Kandy visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en-route. This orphanage for baby elephants was established to feed, nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. The feeding and bathing times are the highlight of the day. Proceed to Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is situated in a valley 1600 feet above sea level, and is one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka. The temple of the tooth, one of the most venerated Buddhist temples in the world is located here.

Overnight will be at a hotel in Kandy.

 

Day 02 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Bandarawela – Ella

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Leave for Nuwara Eliya the ruggedly picturesque location almost 6200 feet in elevation with its soft cool climate. Visit a tea plantation and factory. Proceed to Bandarawela, and visit the Dowa Rock Temple which houses murals and inscriptions dating back to the 1st century B.C. An unfinished, colossal, rock-cut standing Buddha carved on a cliff-face is one of its main attractions. Proceed to Ella in the afternoon. A small town with some views where you seem to be standing at the edge of the world, and everything around you seems to disappear at your feet.

Overnight will be at Ella

 

Day 03 Ella – Buduruwagala – Maligawila – Kataragama

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Today you will be visiting the hardly visited remote southern ruins of Buduruwagala, Dambegoda & Maligawila. Buduruwagala consists of a group of Seven (7) colossal standing rock-cut Mahayana Buddhist figures. Carved in high relief, on a cliff-face, in thick jungle, the figures show traces of their original plaster and paint and are dated between 8th to 10th century A.D. The colossal standing Buddha at Maligawila near Okkampitiya towers 34ft. and is l0ft. in width. Dating from around the 7th century A.D., the Maligawila image, carved from crystalline limestone, is part of an ancient complex of terraces, gateways and a pillared council chamber, surrounded by jungle. In close proximity at Dambegoda is another striking colossus, 25 ft. in height, of Avalokiteswara, a future Buddha.

Overnight  Kataragama/ Tissa

 

Day 04 Kataragama – Tissa

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Kataragama, situated in the Deep South, is a great national pilgrim shrine, dedicated to God Skanda, venerated by Buddhists and Hindus and also visited by pilgrims of other faiths. The beginnings of Kataragama are shrouded in legend and go back into pre-history. You will be taken on an excursion to Tissa in the afternoon, where you can visit the Tissa Dagaba, Statue of Queen Vihara Maha Devi, Sandagiri Vihara & Yatala Vihara.

Overnight will be at a hotel in Kataragama

 

Day 05 Kataragama – Galle

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Proceed to Galle after a leisurely breakfast. Visit Waurukannala Vihara at Dickwella a small town before Matara. Proceed to Weligama where you can visit Kustarajagala. The large rock-carved figure of Kustaraja, is described as a king who was mysteriously cured of leprosy, or as Avalokiteswara, a disciple of Lord Buddha. Visit the Weherahena Temple in Matara, before checking-in to your hotel.

Overnight at Galle

 

Day 06 Galle – Bentota

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Have a leisurely breakfast and drive along the coast to reach Bentota. You can relax in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere gazing at the Indian Ocean.

Overnight at a hotel in Bentota

 

 

Day 07 Transfer to airport

Transfer to airport to board departure flight or you could be dropped in a hotel in Colombo

  • Accommodation sharing twin on Bed and Breakfast Basis while on tour at mentioned hotels or similar.
  • Air-conditioned private transport
  • English speaking chauffeur-guide
  • Government tax and service charge
  • International airfare
  • Lunch, Dinner & Beverages.
  • Expenses of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry etc,.)
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Departure airport tax
  • Compulsory Cricket/Peak and any Seasonal supplements at selected hotels.( To be notified by the time of the booking)
  • Entrance fees, Jeep hire costs, Trekker chargers etc at sites and locations as per itinerary.

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