Esala Perahera Special 2018

The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants.

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The Esala Perahera in Kandy is one of the oldest and grandest of all Buddhist festivals in Sri Lanka, featuring dancers, jugglers, musicians, fire-breathers, and lavishly decorated elephants.

Arrival at the Colombo Airport on flight ... Assistance on arrival by a representative. Welcome with flower garlands. On Arrival proceed to see the fishing village in Negombo. Transfer to Sigiriya. Arrival and check-in at the Hotel. Dinner & overnight stay.

After breakfast, proceed to visit the Sigiriya Lion Rock. In the center of the cultural triangle lies the Sigiriya rock fortress; another remarkable feat of engineering and a fascinating example of artistic craftsmanship. Hewn out of the living rock, the Sigiriya fortress was the stronghold of King Kashyapa, a formidable royal palace and city. Sigiriya, or the ‘Lion Rock” is most famous for its frescoes; a series of “heavenly maidens” painted on the rock surface itself. From halfway up the rock you can witness the elaborately landscaped water gardens containing the royal baths and fountains; some of which still work today during the rainy seasons. Sigiriya is a still standing monument to Kashyapa, and the vision of a truly egotistical monarch. Afterwards, proceed to Polonnaruwa & visit the medieval capital. Polonnaruwa was established as the capital city after the fall of Anuradhapura and is known as the mediaeval capital of Sri Lanka. Pollonaruwa contains the ruins of some of the masterpieces of Buddhist sculpture and remarkable feats of engineering that were well ahead of their time. Most outstanding amongst these is the Gal Vihara temple with its famous rock carvings of the Buddha and Parakrama Samudra, a vast man made reservoir covering an area of over 23 kilometers. Return to hotel. Dinner & overnight stay.

After breakfast, proceed to Pidurangala to climb the rock and visit the temple. After visit, proceed to visit the Ritigala reserve. Ritigala Mountain is situated southeast of Anuradhapura and holds some of the most distinctive ruins to be found on the island. Various legends abound as to the source of the name for the mountain, the most accepted one being that the site was once home to the Yaksha tribe, one of the indigenous tribes of ancient Ceylon. Here lie the ruins of an ancient Buddhist monastery and cave complex. Some of the most noteworthy sights are; the intricately designed path leading to the monastery, a hospital with stone beds and oil baths and double platforms, two raised platforms connected by a stone bridge, used for meditation.Return to hotel for dinner & overnight stay

After breakfast, check out from hotel & proceed to visit the Dambulla Rock Cave Temple. The Dambulla cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla was founded in the 1st century by King Valagamba. Ancient sculptures and paintings of the Buddha and various Hindu deities and are located in five central caves. The original sculptures and paintings have gained additions throughout the centuries and stand monument to evolving artistic styles of the ancient Ceylonese. Afterwards, transfer to Kandy. Arrive & check in at hotel. City tour of Kandy & early visit to the Kandy Temple of the tooth. Sri Lanka's second city is Kandy, a beautiful historical city in the citadel of the country. It is not only known for it's great kings who ruled the city for almost 225 years independently until the British took over in 1815, but it is also the place where the Sacred Tooth of Lord Buddha is laid in a magnificent temple. The incomparable Perahera celebration, a procession of more than 100 elephants, is held every August here.Afterwards in the evening, proceed to attend the Esala Perahera (Ranndholi Perahera) with booked seats. Late night, return to hotel for dinner & overnight stay.

After breakfast, proceed to Pinnawela to visit the elephant orphanage. The Orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants abandoned by their mothers, displaced from their natural environment by development projects. Most of the orphans cannot be introduced back into the wild, as other elephant family groups will not accept them. They enjoy a good life with their human parents, and many find good foster homes in zoos around the world. It is more interesting to visit an Orphanage at feeding or bathing time. Return towards Kandy & visit the Geragama Tea Factory. Afterwards return to hotel for dinner & overnight stay.