Ramayana is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Mahābhārata. Along with the Mahābhārata, it forms the Hindu Itihasa. The epic, traditionally ascribed to the Hindu Valmiki, narrates the life of Rama, the legendary prince of the Kosala Kingdom.
ItineraryDay 1: AIRPORT-NEGOMBOPass By: Negombo Beach, Negombo, Western ProvinceArrival in Sri Lanka. 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. 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. Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Catamaran Beach/similarDay 2: NEGOMBO -CHILAW -PINNAWELA-KANDYPass By: Kandy City Center, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast Negombo City tour. Proceed to 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”svimana (carriages). He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthidosham 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 bramhaasthidosham 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 RamalingaShivan.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.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Swiss Residence/similarDay 3: KANDY -RAMBODA -NUWARA ELIYAPass By: Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast proceed to NuwaraEliya,En route visit the 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 GayathriPedam in NuwaraEliya.GayathriPedam, 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.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Ovenight at Qantara Hotel/similar Day 4: NUWARA ELIYA & AROUND Pass By: Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceAfter breakfast proceed to Bandarawela, en route visit 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 AshokaVatika. 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 NuwaraEliyaWelimada 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.Proceed back to NuwaraEliya. (Approximately 2Hrs Drive). Dinner.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Qanrata Hotel/similar Day 5: NUWARA ELIYA -ELLA -COLOMBOPass By: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvinceAfter 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 KirindiOya 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 Colombo. (Approximately 5 ½ Hrs. Drive). Check in at the hotel. Dinner.Overnight stay at Anarva / Similar Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Sapphire Hotel/similarDay 6: COLOMBO -AIRPORTPass By: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvinceAfter 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.Proceed to PanchamugaAnjaneyar Temple. (Approximately ½ Hrs Drive)PanchamugaAnjaneyar Temple, a temple dedicated to Anjaneyar in Sri Lanka.This is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneyar. Thereafter, transfer to the airport for the departure flight. (Approximately 1 Hrs. Drive)Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: No accomodation