Tour to the first kingdom of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura which is famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. The city houses the oldest historically documented tree on earth, grown from a branch of the very tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment 2500 years ago. It was also the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The relic chambers like Ruwanveliseya, Abhayagiriya and Jetavanaramaya, stand as the largest manmade brick structures in the world.
You will be picked up by an air conditioned car and driven to Anuradhapura
Visit Aukana, the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka. The statue is carved in the round connected to the back to the rock boulder. It is said that the degree of alignment of the statue is such that raindrop on the nose would drop straight down to small depression carved between the toes.
Arrive at Anuradhapura and proceed with sightseeing in the first kingdom of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura was also the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The relic chambers like Ruwanveliseya, Abhayagiriya and Jetavanaramaya, stand as the largest manmade brick structures in the world.
Enjoy your lunch at Heritage Hotel
Visit the Mihintale Buddhist monastery. In the 3rd century BC, area of Mihintale was a thick jungle inhabited by wild animals and was a hunting ground reserved for the royals. This is the place where Mahinda Maha Thero, the son of the Indian Emperor Asoka, met king Devamnampiyatissa in 250 BC which resulted in inauguration of Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
You will be taken back to your hotel. Arrive at your hotel approximately at 19:30