12 Hours Culture tour itinerary for Colombo & Anuradhapura: Prepare For A Peek Into An Ancient Civilization
Marvel at the patchwork of breath-taking architectural phenomena with its milky white dagabas gleaming in the sun, crumbling parapets and ruins around every corner of this ancient city of Sri Lanka. Warm air and dusty paths mingling with the hushed aura of an ancient civilization beckons you towards a kingdom lost in the ages.
Colombo - anuradhapura
Get picked up from your hotel in Colombo, and travel to the sacred city of Anuradhapura.
Head to your first itinerary stop for the day at the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka is the oldest living tree in the documented history of the world. It is a sapling from the historical Bodhi tree under which Buddha enlightened. It was planted in 288 BCF and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with known planting date. It was brought from Buddhagaya India by the Ven. Sanghamitta Therini, a sister of Arhant Mahinda – who introduced the Teachings of the Buddha to Sri Lanka. The area around the Sri Maha Bodhi, the Brazen Palace and Ruwanweliseya Dagoba were once probably part of the Great Temple. The Sacred Bodhi tree is the oldest, historically authenticated tree in the world. It has been tended by a continuous succession of guardians for over 2000 years, even during the periods of Indian occupation. About 2,600 years ago, Lord Gautama Buddha sat with his back against an Esathu tree on the banks of the Niranjana River in Bodhgaya, India.
Head to Ruwanweliseya. Ruwanweliseya is the foremost of the supremely glorious ancient living monuments of Sinhalese Buddhist Heritage at the city of Anuradhapura (a UNESCO World Heritage Site-Culture) built by King Dutugamunu (161-137 BC), the Hero of the Nation, who hailed from Ruhuna, which was destined to give birth to most of the glorious heroes of the island nation of Sri Lanka from the ancient era to the modern-day. Ruwanweliseya Stupa (Ruwanveli Seya Stupa) also called Maha Stupa (Sinhala: the great dagoba) or Ratnapali Stupa or Swarnamali stupa has been the most adored, most venerated among the great ancient stupas (dagobas) of Sri Lanka.
Proceed to Jethawanawarama and Abayagiri Stupas. Jethawanaramaya Stupa is one of the tallest stupas of Sri Lanka. The stupa was constructed by the King Mahasen, between the years 273 – 301. The Jethawanaramaya Stupa holds the relic of the Lord Buddha’s sash or the waist tie. The Stupa is also considered to be one of the prominent destinations listed under the sixteen places, that a devoted Buddhist should visit at least once in their lifetime.
Stop for lunch before proceeding to visit the next highlights in this sacred city.
Visit the Brazen Palace, Isurumuniya Temple, Kuttam Pokuna and much more after lunch.
Get dropped back to your hotel in Colombo.
All entrance fees
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Anuradhapura Day Tour from Colombo: Full day tour in Anuradhapura shows you a patchwork of breath-taking architectural phenomena with its milky white dagabas gleaming in the sun, crumbling parapets and ruins around every corner. Warm air and dusty paths mingling with the hushed aura of an ancient civilization beckons you towards a kingdom lost in the ages. Prepare for a peek into stunning vistas at the Brazen Palace and the perfectly designed stupas at Ruwanwelisaya and Jetawana.
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