Yapahuwa Sasseruwa and Avukana From Sigiriya, Dambulla or Habarana
This memorable tour takes you to see some of the historic highlights of Sri Lanka. See the ancient rock fortress from the kingdom of Yapahuwa. View the remote but beautiful ruins of Sasseruwa with its giant unfinished standing buddha statue. Visit the famous perfectly sculpted Aukana Buddha Statue. Get to know more about historical Sri Lanka with this tour.Itinerary
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Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Yapahuwa Sri Lanka
You will be picked up from your hotel in Sigiriya at 7:00 am. You can bring a packed breakfast to eat along the way; as it will take up till 9:00 am to reach your first destination, Yapahuwa.
The giant rock of Yapahuwa has a history dating back to the 13th century; when King Buvenekabahu (1273-1284 AD) made it the seat of his capital. He noted its defensive abilities and created a stone fortress on the rock; which withstands the sands of time to this day. You will be able to explore the ancient stone ruins and the place where the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha was ensconced during the Yapahuwa era. You will be leaving for Sasseruwa at 11:00 am.
Duration: 2 hoursStop At:
Reswehera (Sesseruwa) Rajamaha Viharaya | රැස්වෙහෙර (සැස්සේරුව) රජ මහා විහාරය, XCV8+JX5, Alutwewa, Sri Lanka
At 12:00 pm you will get to Sasseruwa, where the Ras Vehera Statue is. This lesser known statue is almost as tall as the Aukana Buddha at 36 m tall, though it remains incomplete. However, the style of the statue is completely different from the Aukana Buddha. Little is known about who created it and why it was abandoned halfway; though archaeologists have confirmed that it is at least seven centuries old. You will be able to see remains of the image house that the statue originally stood within, and view the ruins of the monastic complex and cave temples around the statue. You will finish your tour of the statue by 12:45 pm and will be retiring for lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. After an enjoyable meal you will restart your tour at approximately 3:00 pm.
Duration: 1 hourStop At:
Awukana, Avukana, Sri Lanka
You will get to your final destination, the Aukana Buddha Statue, by 3:40 pm. This statue gets its fame from the perfection used during sculpting it from the rock. The Aukana Buddha statue is the largest standing Buddha statue in Sri Lanka at 46m of height; and is believed to be from the 6th century AD, while there are some who say it may also be from the 13th century AD. While you’re there, you will be able to visit the Aukana Greta Royal Temple and view the ancient rock inscriptions on its premises. At 4:30 pm you will be completing your tour of the Aukana Buddha Statue and will be returning to your hotel.
The entire tour will end once you get dropped off back in Sigiriya by 6:00 pm.
Duration: 30 minutes
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"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"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"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"
"Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers"
"COVID-19 vaccination required for guides"
Duration: 11 Hours
Traveler pickup is offered
Your Hotel in Sigiriya, Dambulla or Habarana
Cancellations and refunds:
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.