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Sri Lanka – 2016

Among the world’s first great Buddhist kingdoms, the island of Sri Lanka offers the traveler wonders far exceeding its small size. Our journey will take us to six World Heritage sites as well as tea plantations, colonial hill stations and monasteries resplendent with fabulous art, giving us an understanding of Sri Lankan culture and history.

February 8 – 24, 2016 (17 Days)

$5,750 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1310

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Attend the annual Navam Perahera Festival – featuring decorated elephants and performers
  • Climb Kasyapa’s citadel and enjoy the magnificent views and water garden terraces.

  • Share the roads with elephants as we travel along Sri Lanka’s highways.
  • Witness a colorful and unique evening puja ceremony at Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth.
  • Enjoy ample leisure time for your own exploring.

ITINERARY

Monday, February 8:
Departures from our home cities.

Tuesday, February 9: COLOMBO
We arrive into Colombo. Our tour begins with dinner in our hotel.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Colombo
Meals: Dinner

Wednesday, February 10: COLOMBO
After an opening lecture we begin touring at the Gotami temple, which houses beautiful wall paintings. We continue to the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, where, according to legend, the Buddha converted the inhabitants of Lanka to Buddhism.
Hotel: Hilton Hotel, Colombo
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Thursday, February 11: MIHINTALE
We travel North to Anuradhapura. This afternoon we visit the mountain and pilgrimage site of Mihintale, site of the island’s first Buddhist sermon and first conversion of a long line of kings.
Hotel: Palm Garden Villa, Anuradhapura
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Friday, Feb 12: ANURADHAPURA
We spend a full day at the ancient city of Anuradhapura; royal capital from the late 5th century BCE until 993 CE. Here, we will be awed by the huge dimensions of the dagobas (hemispherical mounds) and charmed by the unique architecture of the monasteries and temples.
Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Saturday, Feb 13: HABARANA
We travel to King Kasyapa’s retreat. The citadel took seven years to build and its spectacular gardens, pools and pavilions, are designed to blend with the natural landscape. After visiting the Sigiriya Museum, we will have earned an afternoon at leisure. This evening we gather for a BBQ dinner and traditional devil dance performance at a local residence.
Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Sunday, Feb 14: POLONNARUWA
We will spend the full day at the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa – a magnificent site with acres of unique architectural elements, delicately engraved columns and wonderful friezes. The new site museum will end this fabulous day.
Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Monday, February 15: DAMBULLA
This morning we visit the huge Avukana Buddha and the massive 4th-century CE reservoir at Kala Wewa. We then continue to the great rock temple of Dambulla. The afternoon will be at leisure.
Hotel: Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Tuesday, February 16: ALUVIHARE
En route to Kandy we stop to visit Aluvihare. After viewing the cave temple, we have arranged an enlightening discussion about Sri Lankan Buddhism with the chief monk. This evening we will
visit the Temple of the Tooth at the time of the puja, or prayer offerings.
Hotel: Chaaya Citadel Kandy
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Wednesday, February 17: KANDY
Today we begin at three temples of the Kandyan era: Gadaladeniya Viharaya, with its strong southern Indian influences, Lankatilaka Viharaya, and Kataragama Devale, famed for its carved wooden pillars. We continue to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, before returning to Kandy to visit a batik workshop.
Hotel: Chaaya Citadel, Kandy
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Thursday, Feb 18: NUWARA ELIYA
Before leaving Kandy we visit the lovely Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Our drive to Nuwara Eliya is along the edge of a lush highland landscape carpeted with green tea bushes. We stop to sample the famed Ceylon teas and learn the secrets of tea making. Tonight we stay in a former British mountain resort, at the very colonial Grand Hotel.
Hotel: Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Friday, February 19: MULKIRIGALA
En route to Galle we will stop at Mulkirigala Temples, nestled amid a tranquil forest of lush coconut trees. Here we explore seven cave temples decorated with beautiful Buddhist paintings, situated in five terraced areas. We then continue to Galle to the Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel, our home for the next three nights.
Hotel: Lighthouse Hotel, Galle
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Saturday, February 20: GALLE
Our touring today begins with a visit to the Martin Wikramasinghe Folk Museum for an excellent overview of traditional life in Sri Lanka. We continue to the historical center of Galle, including its ramparts and fort, the National Marine Museum and the Marine Archaeological Project.
Hotel: Lighthouse Hotel, Galle
Meals: Breakfast & lunch

Sunday, February 21: WELIGAMA
This morning we visit the fishing village of Weligama to see a megalith carved with a figure identified as Kushta Raja, the “leper king,” and the Purvarama monastery, whose image house is considered to be one of the jewels of Buddhist painting. The remainder of the day will be at leisure before a private performance of the Kolam Dance and our gala farewell dinner.
Hotel: Lighthouse Hotel, Galle
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Monday, Feb 22: AMBALANGODA
We return to Colombo stopping en route at Ambalangoda, known for its wooden mask craftsmen. This evening we will attend the annual Navam Perahera Festival at Gangaramaya temple. The very colorful parade features fabulously decorated elephants, dancers and musicians.
Hotel: Hilton, Colombo
Meals: Breakfast & dinner

Tuesday, February 23: COLOMBO
Today we will visit the small collection of archaeological and ethnographical material in the National Museum leaving the afternoon at leisure to explore the city.
Hotel: Hilton, Colombo
Meals: Breakfast

Wednesday, February 24: COLOMBO
Depart for home.


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Prof B.D. Nandadeva is a Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. He has an interesting multidisciplinary training which combines art history, conservation science and cultural heritage management.

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Prof B.D. Nandadeva is a Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka. He has an interesting multidisciplinary training which combines art history, conservation science and cultural heritage management.

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2016

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