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Sri Lanka Ramayana tour

Follow the sites related to many important events in the epic Ramayana from the place of Seetha devi’s captivity to the place where Lord Rama slew Ravana, the king of Lankapura.

Tour Highlights
  • Negombo Fishing Village
  • Muneeshwaram Hindu Temple
  • Manaweri Temple
  • Pinnwala Elephant orphanage
  • Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda
  • Gayathri Pedam in Nuwara Eliya.
  • Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya.
  • Divurmpola
  • Ravana Falls & Ravana Cave
  • Kataragama Temple
  • Ussanggoda
  • Rumasela
  • Seenigama Temple
  • Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple
  • Colombo City tour and Shopping

 

Inclusions
  • Accommodation on Bed and breakfast or Half board or Full board basis.
  • Transportation by a/c vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur guide.
  • Accommodation on Selected Hotel Categories
  • 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 – Negombo

Arrival in Sri Lankan. You will be met by our travel representative and transferred to Negombo. (Approximately 20 minutes)

Negombo, a famous fishing village North of Colombo, with a Dutch built Canal running through. The canal itself is a hive of activity with fishermen traveling up and down in their gaily-painted boats. On the shores of the canal you will find many homes and many species of birds including the spectacular Kingfisher.

Catamaran trips in the sea and boat trips in the canal can be organized. From November to April, diving facilities are available in this quaint village. The streets on either side of the hotels are dotted with souvenir shops, popular restaurants etc.

Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at the Selected Hotel in Negombo.

 

Day 02: Negombo – Munneeshwaram – Kandy

After breakfast proceed to 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, 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 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.

Overnight stay at the Selected Hotel in Kandy

Day 03: Kandy – 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 these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja”s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.

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 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 there is a temple 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. However, she came unscathed and 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 Banderwela.

 

Day 05: Bandarawela – Ravana Ella – Kataragama

After breakfast proceed to Ella to see Ravana Ella & Ravana Cave. (Approximately 40 Minutes Drive)

Ravana Ella Falls, a breathtaking waterfall, 1080 feet high (cascades into several falls) close to the road from Ella to Wellawaya about 6 Km south from Ella. The stream, a tributary of Kirindi Oya plunges with a foaming spray over a series of ledges into the valley close to a bend in the road. The waters rise from Wewatenna highland above the rocks. In general the rocky underground of the waterfalls in Sri Lanka consists of hard gneiss or granite, but here the material is khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes decay faster. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana of Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls.

Ravana Cave, these tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. These served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. These tunnels networked all the important cities, airport and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations.

Thereafter, proceed to Kataragama. (Approximately 3 ½ Hrs Drive).

Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at the Selected hotel in Kataragama.

 

 

Day 06: Kataragama – Ussangoda – Roomssala – Seenigama – Colombo

After breakfast visit to Kataragama Temple to worship.

Kataragama, is a shrine in the Deep South of the country, dedicated to God Skanda (Murugan) the God of Love and War. It is believed that this Devala was started in the 2nd century B.C. by King Dutugemunu (167 –137 B.C.).

Today Kataragama is a place of worship for Buddhists, Hindus and some Muslims. This is a very popular place of pilgrimage for south Indian Hindus. Legend has it that God Kataragama came from India, married a jungle girl from Sri Lanka and lived here. When his Indian wife came in search of him he refused to go back and all of them lived here happily thereafter. There are separate shrines for the two wives, Tevani Amman Kovil for the Indian wife and Valli Amman Kovil for the Sri Lankan wife. During the month of July a 10-day festival is held here with the Perahera (procession), fire walking, hanging on hooks and other acts of penance being performed by the devotees. The best time to be in the Devala is at the time of the Pooja (offerings) to see the rituals and the Virgin Dancing girls offering light and dancing in the Devala.

Thereafter, precede Ussanggoda. (Approximately 2 Hrs Drive)

Ussanggoda, according to Ramayana, after meeting Sitadevi, Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. During the events that unfolded Lord Hanuman’s tail was set on fire by the rakshasa’s, and Lord Hanuman in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravana’s empire. Ussanggoda is on the torched areas, which is said to have been an airport used by King Ravana.

There after proceed to Colombo, en route visit Rumasela, Galle. (Approximately 3 ½ Hrs Drive)

Rumasela, at various times during the war, both Lords Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows, and had fallen unconscious. At these times, Lord Hanuman had been instructed to fetch the lifesaving herbs from the jungles of Himalaya to bring them back to life. Mighty Hanuman had gone to the Himalayan hills and lifted the whole hill and brought it back, as he was unable to identify the lifesaving herbs by himself. Parts of the hill is said to have fallen in five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolukanda near Heripitiya, Ritigala near Habarana, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.

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

Seenigama Temple, Hikkaduwa, the southern most part of Sri Lanka is called Dondra and further up towards the west you arrive at Seenigama Hikkaduwa. This is said to be the place from where Sugreeva, king of the Vanara’s (monkeys) started his onslaught on King Ravana’s forces.

Thereafter proceed to Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple. (Approximately 4 Hrs Drive)

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.

Overnight stay at the selected Hotel in Colombo.

 

 

Day 07: Colombo City tour – Airport

After breakfast commence a tour of Colombo, which includes time to indulge in 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 Hrs Drive)

 

 

 

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