Spectacular Kandy Perehara

A spectacle of sound, color, lights and history (and elephants – they’re just everywhere, aren’t they!).

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Spectacular Kandy Perehara

Few other cultural events match the pomp and pageantry of the “Perahara” – a Sinhalese term to describe a parade that features drummers, traditional dancers, fire-dancers, caparisoned elephants, monks and immense fanfare. They are also festivals of colour, light and sound, one of the pillars of Sri Lankan culture and a cornerstone of worship.

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Navam Perahara

The Navam Perahara is arguably one of the most lavish, religious festivals in the city of Colombo. It is hosted and run by the Gangaramaya Temple, near the banks of the picturesque Beira Lake in the heart of Colombo. The event takes place to coincide with the full moon night in February. The Navam Perahera Festival is said to have taken place as far back as 1979 and countless tourists line the streets on which the procession takes place to take in this spectacle of sound, light, tradition and reverence.

 

How much?
  • $135.00 per person for two
  • $90.00 for groups of four to six
What you get?
  • Guide
  • Round Trip Transport  (Colombo Return)
  • Morning Round (08:00 am)
  • Duration 8 – 10  Hours
  • Refreshments
  • Morning Tour of Colombo
  • Break for Lunch
  • Perahera in the evening and Return
  • Optional 1 nights stay over at additional cost
Our ‘two cents’!
  • Recommended to book well in advance, as this event is one of the most prominent cultural events in the tourist calendar. (Month of February)

 

Esala Perahara

Sri Lanka has several peraharas that vary in scale, but the most eminents is the Esala Perahara that takes place in Kandy, between July and August every year. The festival pays homage to the sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, which is enshrined in the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.

Kandy comes to a standstill during this Perahara due to the sheer scale of the event, and the streets are lined with eager spectators. For locals, it is a significant religious event. For foreigners, it is probably one of the most unique experiences in any foreign country that they can be a part of.

 

How much?
  • $107.00 per person for two
  • $105.00 per person for groups of four to six
What you get?
  • Guide
  • Round Trip Transport (Kandy Return)
  • Morning Round (05:00 am)
  • Duration 3 Hours
  • Refreshments
  • Morning Tour of Botanical Garden
  • Break for Lunch
  • Perahera in the evening and return next morning
  • Book 1 nights stay in Kandy
Our ‘two cents’!
  • Recommended to book well in advance, as this event is the most eminent cultural event in the tourist calendar.

 

distance to hotels
120 KM from Galle to Colombo
230 KM from Galle to Kandy

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