Kandy, Sri Lanka

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clock-o12 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Overview

Visit the ruins of two medieval Sri Lankan capitals on this private 12.5-hour Panduwasnuwara and Yapahuwa tour from Kandy. Delve into 12th-century Panduwasnuwara to see its crumbled palace, tower, and one-time sacred Buddha tooth temple, and climb to Yapahuwa, a 13th-century rock fortress with a near-intact staircase. Learn about both kingdoms' history and legends, and finish with a lunch stop and visit to Elephant Rock. Private driver-guide and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private day trip to Panduwasnuwara and Yapahuwa from Kandy
  • Explore the relics of two of Sri Lanka’s early capitals in one day
  • Visit 12th-century Panduwasnuwara to see its ruined palace, tower, and sacred Buddha tooth temple
  • View the Panda Wewa irrigation reservoir, thought be one of the world’s first
  • See the 13th-century Yapahuwa fortress and staircase, where King Bhuvenakabahu protected the holy Buddha tooth
  • Stop for lunch and visit Elephant Rock (Ethagala)
  • Private driver-guide, private air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
Depart your Kandy hotel by air-conditioned vehicle with your driver-guide, and make the roughly 2.5-hour journey to Panduwasnuwara. Bring a packed breakfast if you wish as there is no food stop before lunch.

On arrival at the archaeological site, enjoy a guided walk around the ruins. View the crumbled buildings and learn how Panduwasnuwara flourished during the 6th century BC before lying deserted until the 1300s. Most ruins date to this latter period, when the capital was known as Parakamapura, and include a royal palace, tower, sacred Buddha tooth temple, and the Panda Wewa irrigation system, believed to be one of the world’s first.

Next, make the 1.5-hour drive to Yapahuwa rock fortress, where King Bhuvenakabahu stood out against Dravidian invaders. Learn about Bhuvenakabahu’s bid to protect the holy Buddha tooth here and see the well-preserved fortress staircase, complete with stone lions and doorway, and a hilltop stupa above.

After lunch, drive back to Kandy, stopping to visit Elephant Rock (Ethagala) on route. This elephant-shaped rock is topped by a giant Buddha statue and offers awe-inspiring views from the top.

Your tour then concludes with a hotel drop-off.
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