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3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

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icon13 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Rewind to ancient and medieval Sri Lanka on this full-day private trip to three of its early capitals from Colombo. With a personal guide to show you around, visit the crumbled palace and Buddha tooth temple of 13th-century Dambadeniya and the rock fortress of Yapahuwa. After lunch (own expense), tour medieval Panduwasnuwara, seeing its museum, palace, temple, and reservoir — considered one of the world’s first irrigation systems. Includes private transport and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private full-day ancient kingdoms tour from Colombo
  • See the relics of three early capitals in Sri Lanka’s lush northwest
  • Explore 13th-century Dambadeniya, including its palace complex and Temple of the Tooth
  • Personalized attention from a private guide, private air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pickup and drop off from Colombo.
Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
Service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
Water bottle (per-person).
Entrance tickets to visiting sites.
Food and drinks.
Gratuities (optional).

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your Hotel in Colombo

Departure Time

6:00 AM
Leave your Colombo hotel early for the drive by private vehicle to Dambadeniya. If you wish, bring a packed breakfast for your journey.

On arrival, enter Dambadeniya to explore what was the epicenter of a 13th-century kingdom ruled by Parakramabahu II. View the ruined palace and Temple of the Buddha Tooth, hearing how Parakramabahu presided over a flowering of poetry with his Kavisilumina and Visuddi Marga Sannasa masterpieces.

Next, make the journey to Yapahuwa: a crumbled rock fortress of staircases and carvings that was the capital after Dambadeniya. Head inside and climb to the remnants to admire the main staircase with its stone lions and the hilltop Buddha stupa, famous for its with statues and Kandyan-era imagery.

After lunch at a local restaurant of your choice, continue to Panduwasnuwara, the island’s capital during the 5th century BC and inhabited again from around the 12th century.

Enter the site to explore the museum and sprawling ruins, seeing the excavated treasures, palace, restored 2-story temple that housed Buddha’s tooth, and Panda Wewa irrigation reservoir — thought to be the world’s first.

Your tour finishes with a hotel drop-off in Colombo.

Note: admission to attractions and meals are at your expense.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dambadeniya Ancient Kingdom Museum
The kingdom of Dambadeniya was at its peak during the mid-thirteenth century, especially during the reign of King Parakramabahu II. He was a peaceful king who brought Sinhalese literature to new heights with his epic poetic masterpieces ‘Kavisilumina’ and ‘Visuddi Marga Sannasa’. You will get to see the recently excavated remains of the old Temple of the Tooth, where the Tooth Relic was housed previously, and the ruins of the royal palace complex with its gardens, walls and moats.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
A royal residence in 13th century Yapahuwa was able to preserve some interesting remains. While many traces of other ancient defenses are still seen, an ornamental stairway remains as the main piece. The ruined walls of Yapahuwa form a rough semicircle. The ends join the foot of the high steepsided rocky granite outcrop. The outer fortification, an earthen rampart which extends to about a mile is about 20 feet in height. Over the rampart are the ruins of a brick wall that was erected to protect the interiors. Around the rampart was a moat. Access to the fortress was by means of the three gates that were connected to three causeways. Within this rampart was an inner fortification: a stone wall, 12 feet in height and about 500 yards long with a moat outside it and with two gates. The homes of the ordinary people would have been between the outer and inner walls while the king’s palace, administrative buildings and of course the Temple of the Tooth was within the inner wall.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Panduwasnuwara Kingdom
Yapahuwa was the capital of Sri Lanka right after Dambadeniya, when the Dravidians invaded. The fortress was built on a giant rock in the style of the Sigiriya rock fortress. However, the architecture of this fortress is completely different from Sigiriya with wide staircases, beautiful stone sculptures and highly detailed carvings on pillars. On your visit you will be able to climb to the fortress and view the ruins of the stupa on the summit of the rock. The stupa has some notable statues and imagery from the Kandyan era that you can peruse.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes and hats recommended
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Lakpura LLC

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 3 Ancient Kingdoms from Colombo?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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If you are visiting Sigiriya Rock...
David
, Jul 2017
If you are visiting Sigiriya Rock Fortress, there's no reason to spend money on this tour UNLESS you study archaeology. Be prepared to climb very steep steps. The Buddha temple in the cave is unusual and beautiful.
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