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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 Kandy.

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 height.

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 Ravana's time.

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 site.

Day 04: Nuwara Eliya - Ravana Falls - Kataragama

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 dramatically.

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 this waterfall.

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 Karthikeya.

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 Orphanage.

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.

 

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Package Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation on bed & breakfast basis at above mentioned or similar hotels commencing with breakfast on day 02 and ending with breakfast on day 06.

  • Transportation by air conditioned vehicle throughout itinerary.

  • Entrance fee to all sights as listed in the itinerary

  • Cultural Show in Kandy

  • All applicable taxes in Sri Lanka.

Package Cost Excludes:

  • International Air Tickets

  • GST

  • Early check in & Late Check out from hotel

  • Lunch and Dinner / other meals wherever not specified

  • Peak Season Surcharges if any applicable

  • Usage of Transportation beyond the schedules / Sightseeing provided

  • Personal purchases and drinks except those included in the meals

  • Tips for guides and drivers

  • Change in the Order of Itinerary / amendments as per Personal Interests / Convenience.

  • Incidental Expenses due to Natural Calamities / Weather disruptions / Fight Cancellations / Flight delays/ War/ Strike / Fire / Acts of government / Riot, etc.

  • Expenses of personal nature such as room service, bar, laundry, porterages, tipping, etc.
     

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