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DAY 1 BIA – YAPAHUWA -AVUKANA – ISURUMUNIYA-ANURADHAPURA (APPROX 215 KM)

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Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by Representative and transfer from Airport to Yapahuwa.
After exploring the Yapahuwa Rock proceed to Avukana and Isurumuniya.
Continue towards Anuradhapura and Check in at the hotel. Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

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Meet and assist on arrival at Airport by Representative

Transfer from Airport to Anuradhapura.

O n the way visit Yapahuwa.

King Buwanekabahu (younger son of king Panditha Parakramabahu) chooses Yapahuwa as the capital due to security issues because his brother Vijayabahu was dethroned and there was a threat from Chandrabanu from Java too.

He conveyed tooth relic from Dambadeniya to Yapahuwa. He built Yapahuwa fortress on a rock which is very similar to Sigiriya.

T ransfer to Avukana.

Avukana is the site of an impressive 43-ft/13-m statue of Lord Buddha, which dates from the 5th century AD. Aukana is generally seen in conjunction with Anuradhapura . Seven mi/11 km west is a slightly smaller statue of Buddha, chiseled at the same time as the statute at Aukana, but not as delicately crafted

Continue to Anuradhapura.

V isit Isurumuniya

Isurumuniya is most famous for the stone carving of a couple located there. This carved stone was found in the royal pleasure garden and brought here. There are many interpretations for this carving.

The most popular is that this carving shows the prince Saliya (the son of the great king Dutugamunu) and his mistress Asokamala. Asokamala was of a lover cast called “Chandala” and the prince Saliya gave up the right to be the king by marrying this girl of a lower cast.

Another belief is that this couple represent the god Siva and goddess Parvathi of Hindu belief.

The vihara also has another stone slab which depicts a court scene which is thought to be the court of king Dutugemunu. Both these stone slabs are thought to be originated in the 8th century

Check in at a hotel in Anuradhapura. Dinner & overnight at Anuradhapura.

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