Ramayana Tours, Sri Lanka
Tour Code: AAD-SRT06
Destinations: Chilaw, Kandy, Trincomalee, Nuwara Eliya, Katargama, Divurmpola,
Ussangoda, Rumassala, Galle, Colombo
Duration: 5 Nights /
6 Days Private Tour
Day 01: Colombo - Chilaw - Kandy
Arrival, meet and greet at the airport and drive to Chilaw.
Visit Munneswaran Temple
and Manvari Temple.
Later Drive to Kandy. Arrive and Check in to the hotel in
Kandy. Afternoon Proceed for Kandy City Tour visiting
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
and Hanuman Temple.
Evening, witness a Cultural Show. Stay Overnight stay in
Munneswaran Temple: The Munneshwaram Kovil close to
Chilaw is one of the 5 major Shiva temples of Sri Lanka and
Ra-meshwaram islands, called Ishvarams. According to a Tamil
legend, the temple is situated at a place where king Rama
prayed to Shiva after committing the worst crime according
to Hindu Dharma, namely Brahmahasti, the killing of a
priest, because Ravana who had to be killed by Rama in order
to liberate Sita, was of Brahmin caste. Rama stopped the
Vimana vehicle at Munneshvaram because of his impression the
Doshana sin was not following him at this place. So he
ascended from the vimana and prayed to God Shiva asking for
a remedy. Shiva advised Rama to install four lingams at
Manavari, Trinco, Mannar and Rameshwaram for this purpose.
Manavari Temple: Manavari, about 6 kms north of
Chilaw, is the first place where Lord Rama installed a
Lingam, as a remedy to Lord Shiva after committing
Brahmincide by killing the king Ravana who was a Brahmin.
This Shiva Lingam in Manavari is called Ramalingam because
it was made by Lord Rama. There are only two Lingams in the
world named after Lord Rama, the other one being that of
Rameshvaram in India.
Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth
Relic: A Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri
Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which
houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient
times, the relic has played an important role in local
politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic
holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last
capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world
heritage site partly due to the temple.
Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple: It is believed that Lord
Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi from these hills of
Ramboda. Note: Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built a
temple with Lord Hanuman as the presiding deity on this
hill. On every full moon day special poojas are conducted
and witnessed by thousands of devotees. The status of Lord
Hanuman here is carved out of granite and is 16 feet in
Day 02: Kandy - Trincomalee
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure and drive to Trincomalee.
Arrive and Check in to Hotel as per the Standard Check in
time. Later proceed to visit Thiru
Koneswaram Temple, Shankari devi Temple and
Kannia Hot Water Springs.
Return and Stay Overnight in Hotel.
Koneswaram Temple: Surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery
on all sides, the colourful Koneswaram temple sits high
above the bay, a classical-medieval complex in the Eastern
Province city of Trincomalee. The site is a religious
pilgrim centre, and is one of the five “Pancha Ishwarams”
(abodes of Shiva) that were built in coastal regions of Sri
Lanka to honor the supreme god of Hinduism.
Kanniya Hot Wells: There are seven hot wells at
Kanniya situated in a 10 square meter area and the
temperature of each well varies slightly. Each well is
surrounded by a 6 ft brick wall probably of Dutch origin.
Similar to many other places of historical interest, the
Kanniya Hot Springs also have their legends that go back to
Shankari Devi Temple: Shankari Devi temple in
Tricomalee, Srilanka is a prominent temple for Hindus. But,
it is most rarely visited and it is very least popular in
all AstavaDasha Shakti peethas. Temple has believed that
Satee's Groin fell here. The temple of Shankari Devi was
exactly on the peak of a hill that was ruined by foreign
invaders. However, it is believed that the idol of the
goddess has been preserved in the present temple which is by
the side of the place where the idol originally used to be.
Day 3: Trincomalee - Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out Hotel and drive to Nuwara
Eliya. Arrive into Nuwara Eliya. Check in Hotel. Afternoon
proceed to visit Seetha Amman Temple and Hakgala Botanical
garden also non as Ashok Vatika. Stay Overnight at hotel.
Seetha Amman Temple: 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,
Luxshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is
interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hamunams
are found by this river -some small and some large
Hakgala Botanical garden also non as Ashok Vatika:
Hakgala Botanical Garden is one of the four botanical
gardens in Sri Lanka. The other three are Peradeniya
Botanical Garden, Henarathgoda Botanical Garden and
Mirijjawila Botanical Garden. It is the second largest
garden in Sri Lanka.The garden is contiguous to Hakgala
Strict Nature Reserve.Hakgala Botanical Garden is situated
on the Nuwara Eliya-Badulla main road, 16 km from Nuwara
Eliya. The garden has a cool temperate climate because of
altitude is 5,400 feet above the sea level. The mean annual
temperature ranges between 16 °C to 30 °C during course of a
year.From December to February it has a cold climate, while
the warm climate persists from April to August.
In the folklores, it says Sri Lankan demon King Ravana after
abducting Sita, kept her hidden in this area and area was
offered to Sita as a pleasure garden, the place finds
mention in the Ramayana as Ashok Vatika.The area was named
as "Sita Eliya" and "Sita Amman Temple" was built on the
Nuwara Eliya - Ravana Falls –
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out Hotel and drive to
Katargama En route visit Divurmpola
situated in Nuwara Eliya Welimada road and
Ravana Ella Waterfalls &
Ravana Caves at Ella.
Later, drive to Katargama. Check in Hotel. Evening Proceed
to Visit Kathargama Temple.
Return and Stay overnight at Hotel.
Divurumpola: Divurumpola is said to be the location
where Sita underwent the famous fire ordeal Agni Pariksha,
in order to prove her chastity. From the flames arose the
fire god Agni who was invoked by Sita. He lifted her from
the flames unharmed and presented her to Lord Rama who
explained this test was only necessary to prove the truth of
her purity and innocence to everybody. Divurumpola is said
to have been the location of this episode, because the
Sinhalese name means a ‘marketplace of oath’. Today the
temple is respected as a suitable place for oaths that can
be helpful settling disputes between parties.
Ravana Watefalls: It currently ranks as one of the
widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures
approximately 25 m (82 ft) in high and cascade from an
oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet
season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an
areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case
in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces
The falls have been named after the legendary character
Ravana, which is connected to the famous Indian epic, the
Ramayana. According to legend, it is said that Ravana (who
was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped
princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this
waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the
time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the
midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen
bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from
Katargama Temple: This is the temple of Lord
Karthikeya Subramaniam at Kataragama. Lord Karthikeya was
requested to go to the battlefield by Lord Indra on the last
day of war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the
wrath of Brahmasthra aimed by King Ravana which otherwise
would have weakened Lord Rama. The benefit was one of the
most powerful weapon brahma asthra aimed at Lord Rama for
the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord
DAY 05: Kataragama - Ussangoda -
Galle - Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out Hotel and Drive to Colombo
Via Rumassala & Galle.
Arrive into Colombo Proceed to Visit
Colombo City Tour / Visit Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple /
Kelaniya Temple. Stay Overnight at Hotel
Ussangoda: According to Ramayana, after meeting
Seetha Devi Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the
mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. In the event
that unfolded Lord Hanuman's tail was set on fire by the
Rakshasas, who in turn went on to torch some parts of King
Ravana's empire. Ussangoda is one of the torched areas,
which is said to have been an airport used by King Ravana.
Rumassala: 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 life saving 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
life saving 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.
Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple: This kovil is the first
Anjaneyar temple in Sri Lanka and the only one on the island
dedicated to Lord Hanuman in his Panchamuga form, this means
with five faces. And it is said to be the only temple in the
world to have a chariot for Anjaneyar. Its chariot festival
is held annually end of December or begin of January, it is
one of the most popular processions in Sri Lanka's capital
Colombo. Visitors are advised to wash hands and feet before
entering temple and not to cross hands inside the temple.
Kelaniya Temple: After King Ravana’s death,
Vibeeshana was coroneted as King of Lanka by Lakshmana at
Kelaniya. There are murals enshrined outside the Buddhist
temple depicting the crowning of Vibeeshana. The Kelani
River is mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana and Vibeeshana
palace was said to be on the banks of this river. The reason
Lakshmana crowned Vibeeshana, was Kelaniya because Rama had
to return to India as he had to continue his self-exile of
14 years to honour the commitment to his father, King
Dasarath of Ajodhya.
DAY 06: Colombo - Departure
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out Hotel and drive to Ariport
enroute Pinnawala Elephant
Pinnawala: See baby jumbos wondering around their
cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by their human
foster fathers at Pinnawala, about 90Km from Colombo towards
Kandy is the home to some 100 or more elephant orphans. A
place you will really enjoy and never forget. Most orphans
are accustomed to their curious human visitors are harmless.
The Orphanage is open from 8.30am to 5.45pm and visitors can
interact a little with the elephants during the regulated
bathing and feeding times. The baby elephants gulp down
several huge bottles of milk, fed to them by their mahouts,
and then it’s off to the river for a bath. The inherent
gentleness of the animals is most obvious during this time.
Most of the elephants eventually become ‘working’ elephants,
and some older females occasionally add a baby to the herd.