Welcome to Ritigala

Ritigala was probably a place of refuge (as long ago as the 4th century BC) and also has mythological status. It’s claimed to be the spot from which Hanuman (the monkey god) leapt to India to tell Rama that he had discovered where Sita was being held by the king of Lanka.

Monks found Ritigala’s caves ideal for an ascetic existence, and more than 70 have been discovered. Royals proved generous patrons, especially King Sena I, who in the 9th century made an endowment of a monastery to the pamsukulika (rag robes) monks.

Ritigala was abandoned following the Chola invasions in the 10th and 11th centuries, after which it lay deserted and largely forgotten until it was rediscovered and excavated by British surveyors in the late 19th century.

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$360 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Tour of The Last Battle of Ravana

DAY 01You will be picked up from your hotel in selected cities or from Airport and driven to Sigiriya.Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya on Bed and Breakfast basis.DAY 02After breakfast, you will be driven to visit Dunivila, the place from where Lord Rama fired the deadly Brahmasthram weapon at King Ravana.Thereafter, you will visit Laggala, watchtower for King Ravana's army. Geographically, this is the highest part of the northern region of Ravana’s city.On completion of these visits, you will be taken to visit Ritigala. This mountain of mystery is said to have most rare medicinal herbs and plants from the Himalayas on its summit.Overnight stay at a hotel in Sigiriya on Bed & Breakfast basis.DAY 03After breakfast, you will visit Sigiriya rock fortress. Historians believe Sigiriya to have a connection with Ramayana. It is believed that the plateau top was the site of Ravana’s majestic palace, made of solid Gold and crafted by kubera, the Gold of wealth, around 50 centuries ago.On completion of this visit, you will be driven to Trincomalee. There visit Koneswaram Temple, one of the Pancha Ishwarams dedicated to Shiva. It was built by Rishi Agastya on the instructions of Lord Shiva who was impressed by the devotion of King Ravana.Thereon, visit Shankari Temple, one of the 18 Devi Temples (Ashta Dasha Shakti Peethas). The original Shankari Devi temple said to be built by Ravana, but its whole cliff was destroyed by Portuguese cannon balls.Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee on Bed & Breakfast basis.DAY 04After breakfast, you will be taken to visit Manavari Temple, 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.Thereafter, you will visit Munishwaram Temple. An important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka, which has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana.Overnight stay at a hotel in Waikkal on Bed & Breakfast basis.DAY 05Transfer you to drop off location.

$1380 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Real Spirit of Sri Lanka

Day 1Meet & greet at the Bandaranayake International airport & proceed to hotel at Negombo.10km –(0.5h).If time permits Negombo city tour. Visit Fishing Village. Dutch Cannel.Overnight stay at Negombo. Day 2 After having breakfast depart Wilpaththuwa National Park(3- 4h). Do the game drive at Wilpaththuwa National Park.(2- 6pm). Overnight Camp stay at Wilpaththuwa National Park Day 3 Breakfast at Wiipathtuwa National Park  . 7:30 am Drive to Ritigala.(2h).Climb Ritigala Mountain(1.5h) After that visit Pottery House, Black Smith House(1h) Depart to Habarana. Village tour with activities.Lunch at a Local House. Practice Traditional Dancing lesson at a Traditional Dancing Teachers 'home.(1.5h) Overnight stay at Habarana Day 4 After Breakfast Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climb Pidurangala Rock.(2h) Ayurveda Treatments(1.5H) (Optional) Cooking demonstration at a Local house with lunch. Over Night Stay at HabaranaDay 5 Early morning depart   Mahiyangana.(3h) Meet Ancient Dambana Vedda Community.(1.5h) Visit Historical Soraboraa Lake. Depart to  Kandy via very much scenic 18 bends Road (3h) Overnight stay at KandyDay 6 Earl morning Visit the Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic on the ceremony time . Visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden(Optional) Depart to Kithulgala. Do white water rafting at Kithulgala. After that proceed to Nallathannaiya, Overnight stay at Nallathanniya.Day 7 Early morning 2 am climb Adams Peak.(2 am-8 am) After breakfast proceed to Hatton. Take the Train from Hatton to Nuwaraeliya Visit tea plantations, waterfalls (Ramboda etc) and a tea factory to see tea manufacturing process. Nuwaraeliya City Tour. Visit Gregory lake and victoria park in Nuwaraeliya. Overnight stay at NuwaraeliyaDay 8After breakfast depart Ella to see the most beautiful sceneries.See 9 Arch Bridge,  Trek Little Adams Peak & Rawana water falls.Overnight stay at EllaDay 9 After breakfast Depart to Mirissa for Beach Stay.  Whale/ Dolphin watching & Boat Tour. Overnight stay at Mirissa Day 10 Beach Stay & water sports (Optional) Galle City tour and visit Historical Galle Fort. Watch stilt fishing which is unique to Sri Lanka.  Overnight stay at Mirissa Day 11 After breakfast depart to Colombo for City Tour with shopping experience.Next depart to the airport.

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