Day tour to Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Ancient city

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Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is an expansive royal compound that serves as a striking example of ancient urban planning. Elegant gardens, protective moats, graceful water fixtures, pathways, and unique frescoes are just some features of the property. Buddhist monks originally lived and worshiped in the Sigiriya caves as early as fifth century B.C. Construction of...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is an expansive royal compound that serves as a striking example of ancient urban planning. Elegant gardens, protective moats, graceful water fixtures, pathways, and unique frescoes are just some features of the property. Buddhist monks originally lived and worshiped in the Sigiriya caves as early as fifth century B.C. Construction of the gardens and palace came much later during the rule of King Kassapa I, King of Ceylon (477 – 495 A.D.).

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka

Only few kilometers from Polonnaruwa you can find another remains of Polonnaruwa town - a World Heritage Site: Gal Viharaya. One of the most striking of the many stone statues is a 14 meter Buddha statue, carved out of living rock. To one side of this reclining Buddha stands a 7 meter Buddha, in a rare pose with crossed arms. Another smaller statue of Buddha sits in deep meditation, while a fourth figure is set into a cave cut in the rock wall. The statues are carved of a long granite wall which forms the backdrop. Along the rock there are four images carved out of the rock. The southernmost depicts the Buddha seated in lotus pose with his palms resting on his lap. The face of the Buddha reflects all the tranquility of a person deep in meditation, and around the head of curls is a halo of light sparkling with the radiance of inner wisdom. Popularly known as Gal - Vihara, the site has been identified as the Uttararama built by King Parakramabahu the Great 1153 - 1186 a.d. The Buddha images here are widely known because of their exquisite workmanship.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha or during the reign of Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa to hold the alms bowl used by the Buddha. Both these venerated relics would have given the structure a great significance and importance at the time. Located within the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, it is the best preserved example of a vatadage in the country, and has been described as the "ultimate development" of this type of architecture. Abandoned for several centuries, excavation work at the Polonnaruwa Vatadage began in 1903.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lankathilaka Image House, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa Lankathilaka Image House is a monolithic Buddha image house built by king Parakramabahu (1153-1186) lying on the South of Kiri Vehera. The building is complete made out of bricks and the outer walls are covered with elaborate designs and carvings. The Buddha statue is also completely made out of clay bricks and it has been 41 feet in height. Specially made flat bricks have been used to build this statue and today the portion above the shoulder is destroyed. At the entrance to the Lankathilaka building is two massive pillars made from bricks. The tallest one is 58 feet in height. It is thought that these pillars would have been at least twice as tall this before destruction . According to chronicles this building has had five stories.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sathmahal Prasada, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

This pyramid-shaped, seven storied building called Sathmahal Prasadaya is thought to be an unusually shaped stupa built during the Polonnaruwa Period (11th -13th century). There are 4 known square shaped stupa’s in Sri Lanka. The most popular is the Sathmahal Prasadaya. The rest of the 3 stupas can be found in the ancient Anuradhapura kingdom . It is said that similar Stupa’s to Sathmahal Prasadaya can be seen in Cambodia and in Siam. It is thought this has been built for the Cambodian soldiers who were working under the king as place of worship. The building has four entrances from four sides. Also there is stair case to reach the upper levels. The person who built it, the original name of it or the purpose is still a mystery.

Duration: 30 minutes

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Important Details

Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water - 1 liter per person
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
  • Lunch
  • Entry/Admission - Lankathilaka Image House
  • Entry/Admission - Sathmahal Prasada
Not Included
  • WiFi on board
  • Restroom on board
  • Gratuities
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all travelers from any hotel in Negombo

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka


7:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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