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Sri Lanka Ashoka Vatika tour

 Tour Highlights
  • Muneswaram hindu temple
  • Manavari temple
  • Pinnawala elephant orphanage
  • Sri baktha hanuman temple, Ramboda
  • Gayathri peedam, Nuwara Eliya.
  • Seetha amman temple, Seetha Eliya.
  • Divurumpola
  • Ravana falls & Ravana cave
  • Panchamuga anjaneyar temple
  • Colombo City tour and shopping

 

Inclusions
  •  Accommodation on Bed and Breakfast or Half board or full board  basis at the Selected hotels.
  •  Transportation by a/c vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Value added tax
  • Assistance at the airport

 

Does not include
  • Camera/video permits
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Entrance fees to places of interest
  • Any compulsory room supplement during the tour.
  • Tips & Portage
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Day 01: Airport – Muneeshwaram – Pinnwala – Kandy

On your arrival you will be met by our travels representative and transferred to Kandy. En route visit Muneeshwaram Temple, Chilaw. (Approximately 90 minutes Drive)

Muneswaram Temple, Chilaw is a well-known Hindu temple. Legend has it that after his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana”s vimana (carriages). He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. A feeling of guilt engulfed him and as he was passing Munneswaram he felt that the vimana is vibrating and realized that the bramhaasthi dosham is not following at this particulat point. He stopped the vimana and asked God Shiva for remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams there and pray to get rid of the dosham. Since then many Hindu devotees flock to the Temple.

Thereafter, proceed to Mannavari Temple. (Approximately 20 Minutes Drive)

Manaweri Temple Located here is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.

Thereafter proceed to Kandy, en route visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. (Approximately 5 ½ Hrs Drive)

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (Optional)

App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo – Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, and baby elephants born as a result of captive breeding, numbered around 25 or more. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river nearby.

Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the selected hotel in Kandy.

 

Day 02: Kandy – Ramboda – Nuwara Eliya        

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, en route visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda.

Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda – (Approximately 1 ½ Hrs Drive)
On the hills of Ramboda, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. This is the place where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. On every full moon day special pooja’s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.

Thereafter, proceed to Mani Kattuther at Labukalle Estate.

Check in at the hotel. Evening visit the Gayathri Pedam in Nuwara Eliya.

Gayathri Pedam is believed to be the place from where King Ravana ‘s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva.

Return to hotel. Overnight stay at the selected hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

 

Day 03: Nuwara Eliya – Hakgala – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast commencing sightseeing in Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwara Eliya, the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of mountains, valleys, waterfalls and tea plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for birding as you get to see some rare birds in this Park.

Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

On completion visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana of the well-known epic Ramayanaya. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids.

This is the exotic pleasure garden where king Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marry him. It was here where the heart-warming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama’s honour if he did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him.

Return to the hotel. Overnight stay at the selected hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 04: Nuwara Eliya – Bandarawela  

After breakfast proceed to Bandarawela, en route visit Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya.

Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya. – (Approximately 20 Minutes Drive)
The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now, a temple has been erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Lakshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this river -some small and some large

Thereafter, proceed to Divurumpola situated in Nuwara Eliya Welimada road.

Divurmpola (Approximately 1 Hrs Drive)
Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire. She came unscathed which proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.

Check in at the hotel. (Approximately 1 & ½ Hrs Drive). Overnight stay at the selected hotel in Banderawela.

 

Day 05: Bandarawela – Rathnapura – Colombo
After breakfast at Bandarawela hotel proceed to Colombo via Ratnapura and Sitawaka, Aviswsawella. (Approx. 197 km & 7 hrs drive)

Visit a gem mine at Ratnapura.

Ratnapura is the fabled city of gems. Its name remains unchanged over the years and means “city of gems”. In Ratnapura prospecting and mining goes on every day. Visit a gem mine and a museum and strike a bargain at one of the shops.

Sitawaka, situated near Avissawella on a tributary of the Kelani Ganga (river). Not surprisingly it derives its name from Sita, who was supposed to have been imprisoned by Ravana in a grove in this neighborhood.

Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the selected hotel in, Colombo.

Day 06: Colombo City tour –   Airport

After breakfast proceed to Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple.

Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple, a temple dedicated to Anjaneyar in Sri Lanka.
This is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneyar.

Thereafter, commence a tour of Colombo, which includes time to do the shopping.

Colombo, a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.

Thereafter, transfer to the airport for the departure flight. (Approximately 1 Hr Drive).

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