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Kelaniya Temple Visit

Access from: Colombo


Key info

  • Tour ID: 51894
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Gentle

Top highlights

  • Kelaniya temple,
  • The reclining Gautama Buddha

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 51894
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Pick up point: Port
  • Activity level: Gentle

Top highlights

  • Kelaniya temple,
  • The reclining Gautama Buddha

Itinerary

When does my tour start?

Tour time will be set to fit in with your arrival time.


When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

The tour is 3 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.
All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

Your will be met at the port by our representative who will direct you to your vehicle ready for your trip to Kelaniya temple.

Your guided tour will begin from Colombo Port, where you will be taken to Kelaniya Temple this will take approximately 45 minutes, take a look around the culture behind this beautiful temple, take advantage and learn the fascinating history of Kelaniya which goes back to the Pre-Christian times. This city was connected with Ramayana, which is an ancient Inidan epic poem, learn the story behind this, where Kelaniya's Prince Vibhisana was befriended by Lord Rama of India in his battle against King Ravana of Lanka. The history goes back nearly 2,566 years, so you will be fully educated on this tour.  

The Mahawansa records that the original Dagoba at Kelaniya enshrined a gem studded throne on which the Buddha sat and preached. The temple is also famous for its image of the reclining Gautama Buddha and paintings by the native artist Solias Mendis which represent important events in the life of the Buddha, in the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Kelaniya remains to be the most important in all historical periods, especially in the fifteenth century under the reign of Parakramabuha the 4th, which is 1351A.D. 

After that it remained an important religous centre through the centuries, the temple was destoryed by Marauding Dravidian, the invaders from South India, this was then restored by the Sinhalese Kings, after spending 2 hours in the temple you will make your way back to the port to join your ship in plenty of time.

 

Basic Itinerary:

  • Depart from the Port
  • Drive to Kelaniya 
  • Free time for some lunch (at your own expense)
  • Arrive in Kelaniya Temple (spend approximatley 2 hours here)
  • Leave Kelaniya and return to the Port 

 

  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 51894
    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Pick up point: Port
    • Activity level: Gentle

    Top highlights

    • Kelaniya temple,
    • The reclining Gautama Buddha

    Itinerary

    When does my tour start?

    Tour time will be set to fit in with your arrival time.


    When do I return to port after my tour/excursion?

    The tour is 3 hours in length so you will be returned in plenty of time for your cruise ship departure.
    All tour times are based on Shore time (i.e. local time, - not ship time)

    Your will be met at the port by our representative who will direct you to your vehicle ready for your trip to Kelaniya temple.

    Your guided tour will begin from Colombo Port, where you will be taken to Kelaniya Temple this will take approximately 45 minutes, take a look around the culture behind this beautiful temple, take advantage and learn the fascinating history of Kelaniya which goes back to the Pre-Christian times. This city was connected with Ramayana, which is an ancient Inidan epic poem, learn the story behind this, where Kelaniya's Prince Vibhisana was befriended by Lord Rama of India in his battle against King Ravana of Lanka. The history goes back nearly 2,566 years, so you will be fully educated on this tour.  

    The Mahawansa records that the original Dagoba at Kelaniya enshrined a gem studded throne on which the Buddha sat and preached. The temple is also famous for its image of the reclining Gautama Buddha and paintings by the native artist Solias Mendis which represent important events in the life of the Buddha, in the history of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Kelaniya remains to be the most important in all historical periods, especially in the fifteenth century under the reign of Parakramabuha the 4th, which is 1351A.D. 

    After that it remained an important religous centre through the centuries, the temple was destoryed by Marauding Dravidian, the invaders from South India, this was then restored by the Sinhalese Kings, after spending 2 hours in the temple you will make your way back to the port to join your ship in plenty of time.

     

    Basic Itinerary:

    • Depart from the Port
    • Drive to Kelaniya 
    • Free time for some lunch (at your own expense)
    • Arrive in Kelaniya Temple (spend approximatley 2 hours here)
    • Leave Kelaniya and return to the Port 

     

  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • Transportation
    • English Speaking Guide
    • Entrance to kelaniya Temple
    Activity Level Scale: 2
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2 km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    Included:
    English Speaking Guide
    Transportation
    Entrance to kelaniya Temple
    Not Included:
    Lunch
    Tips

    Joining instructions

    Meet your Cruising Excursions Representative who will be holding a small sign board of "CRUISING EXCURSIONS" near the Ganagway. Please do not move out of the meeting area after the Ganagway. DO NOT take the shuttle bus and go out of the port premises. If you cannot find him, please call +94773844023 or +44 1543 547 110.
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