Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Packages with Lanka Safe Tours
Sri Lanka is a rich cultural nation with over 2,500 years of written history. Those who love to go through Sri Lankan history and cultural heritage will find the Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Packages more suitable for them. There is no doubt that every Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Package includes at least one historical site. Most of the cultural tours mainly focus on the “cultural triangle” of the country. The triangle connects the three major historical cities of Kandy, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa.
Sri Lanka is a multi-religious nation in South Asia. Buddhism, Hindunism, Islam, and Catholicism are the main religions of the country. On numerous occasions, religions have had a significant impact on Sri Lankan culture. There are some famous and colorful cultural festivals in Sri Lanka.
Before we discuss more about Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Packages, let us give you a brief introduction to Sri Lankan history also.
History of Sri Lanka
The written history of Sri Lanka spans over 2500 years. The written history starts with when King Vijaya came to Sri Lanka from India in the 6th century BC. Later, King Pandukabaya established the Anuradhapura Kingdom. He made the tank of ‘Abaya Wewa’. The Buddhist civilization started in the Anuradhapura Kingdom after the Mihindu Thero came from India. That incident happened in the King Devanampiyathissa era of the 3rd century BC. King Dutugemunu and King Walagamba were the greatest kings of the Anuradhapura Kingdom. At that time, the Anuradhapura Kingdom became very developed. The ancient ruins of Anuradhapura certainly demonstrate this today.
In the sixth century A.D., King Kashyapa established his kingdom on Sigiriya Rock. The main reason for that was the foreign attacks on the Anuradhapura Kingdom. The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a great example of the art, architecture, and technology of the ancient Sri Lankan people.
After heavy foreign attacks on the Anuradhapura Kingdom, the capital was shifted to Polonnaruwa. King Vijayabahu and King Parakramabahu were the two greatest kings of the Polonnaruwa Kingdom. Another heavy attack from south India ended the Polonnaruwa Kingdom in south-west Sri Lanka in the 13th century.
The kingdoms were shifted to Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa, Kurunegala, Gampola, and Kotte within 300 years. The Portuguese came to Sri Lanka in the 16th century. The last Sri Lankan Kingdom of Kandy also started in the 16th century. The Portuguese controlled all the coastal areas of the island until the Dutch captured it in the 17th century. Later, the British captured Sri Lanka in 1796. After that, they also captured the last Sinhalese kingdom of Kandy in 1815. They ruled the whole of Sri Lanka until the country received independence in 1948.
Cutural Traingle of Sri Lanka
The Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle connects the three main ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy. Dambulla, Sigiriya, Mihintale, and Ritigala are the other main cities near the cultural triangle. There are many ancient ruins, sculptures, stupas, old temples, monasteries, relics, and tanks that can be found here. Anuradhapura ancient city, Polonnaruwa ancient city, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple, Temple of the Tooth Relic, and Nalanda Gedige are some of the most visited cultural sites in Sri Lanka.
Apart from the cultural triangle, the ancient ruins can be found in Galle, Jaffna, Medirigiriya, and Yapahuwa. There are six major UNESCO cultural sites in Sri Lanka.
- Anuradhapura Ancient City
- Polonnaruwa Ancient City
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Dambulla Cave Temple
- Temple of the Tooth Relic and Kandy City
- Galle Fort
Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Packages by Lanka Safe Tours
Lanka Safe Tours is a leading tour agency in Sri Lanka. We offer two main Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Packages for tourists:
- 5 Day Cultural Tour
- Twelve-Day Cultural Tour
Here are the itineraries for the above two packages:
5 Day Cultural Tour Package
Day 1: Our team will welcome you to the Katunayaka airport. Then you will check into a hotel in Sigiriya. Your first visiting location is Dambulla Cave Temple. It is a historical location in Sri Lanka with over 2000 years of history. You can see many Buddha stratus and paintings there. There are five major caves.
Day 2: Leaving Sigiriya, you will travel to Anuradhapura and Mihintale. It is a great opportunity to visit Atamasthana in Anuradhapura city. Mihintale is a large rock that was historically an important place in Sri Lankan Buddhism. The day will end when you travel back to Sigiriya.
Day 3: You will go to Polonnaruwa. It was the second kingdom in Sri Lanka. There you can see many ancient ruins and tanks. The day will also end when you travel back to Sigiriya.
Day 4: Today you will travel to Kandy via Matale. Early in the day, you will climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Nalanda Gedige is another historical location that you will visit during your Kandy tour.
Day 5: This is the day you will visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. After that, you will again visit many temples around Kandy. The first place to visit is Embekka Devalaya. This is your last day and we will drop you off at the Katunayaka Airport or Colombo.
Places to Visit:
Dambulla Cave Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Anuradhapura Old City, Mihintale, Polonnaruwa, Pidurangala Rock, Nalanda Gedige Temple, Aluvihare Rock Temple, Embekka Devalaya, Gadaladeniya Temple, Lanka Thilke Temple, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
12 Days Cultural Tour Package
Day 1: Our representative will greet you at Katunayaka Airport. Then you will check into a hotel in Colombo. Your overnight stay and dinner will be there.
Day 2: The day commences with a visit to Kelani Temple. It is the place where Lord Buddha came to Sri Lanka. After that, you will visit Gangagrama Temple and then Galle Fort.
Day 3: Apart from the cultural mindset, you will go on a wildlife safari on this day. You will visit Yala National Park in south-eastern Sri Lanka. This is a superb place to see leopards, elephants, birds and many wild animals. Safari to Yala is a nice experience to take anyone.
Day 4: In the morning of this day, you will visit Ella City. During this tour, you will be lucky to visit Ravana Ella Waterfall.
Day 5: On this day you will visit Nuwara Eliya. The place is called the “Little England of Sri Lanka” due to its cold and pleasant climate. Your first visiting location is Seetha Amman Temple.
Day 6: The day will commence with a visit to Nuwara Eliya post office. Thereafter, you will tour Kandy. The route from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy is very scenic due to the green tea plantations. As well, you will be lucky to visit Ramboda Falls during this tour.
Day 7: On that day, you will visit many well-known temples around Kandy, including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Day 8, you will travel to Sigiriya via Matale. You will be lucky to visit two significant temples during this tour.
Day 9: It’s the day you will visit Polonnaruwa and get back to Sigiriya again.
Day 10: In the morning you will climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Then you will be taken to Anuradhapura. The dinner and overnight stay will be in a hotel in Anuradhapura.
Day 11: On this day, you will visit Atamsthana and other interesting places in Anuradhapura.
Day 12: This is your departure date. You will visit Anuradhapura and Katunayaka Airport to end your 12-day tour.
Places to visit:
Kelaniya Temple, Gangarama Temple, Galle Fort, Yala National Park, Ravana Falls, Nine Arch Bridge, Little Adam’s Peak, Seetha Amman Temple, Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya, Ramboda Falls, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Gadaladeniya Temple, Lanka Thilake Temple, Aluvihare Rock Temple, Nalanda Gedige Temple, Dambulla Cave Temple, Pidurangala Rock, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Anradhapura Old City, Mihintale.
Book your Sri Lanka Cultural Tour Packages with Lanka Safe Tours.
Lanka Safe Tours is a leading tour agency in Sri Lanka. We have an experienced team and they are waiting to give 100% satisfactory service to our customers. If you are a person with cultural enthusiasm who loves to explore Sri Lankan culture, then we request that you plan your cultural tour with us. You can pick one of the packages according to your requirements.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.