RAMAYANA LEGEND (5N/6D)

The great Hindu epic Ramayana, tells of the conquest of Sri Lanka in 3000 BC by the Hindu god "Rama" who fought with the demon king "Ravana" in Sri Lanka.

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Tour Itinerary

DAY – 01 [AIRPORT /CHILAW /NEGOMBO – APPROX 02 ½ HOURS DRIVE]
 

Arrival to Sri Lanka You will be met by BOC Travel Representative on Arrival at the Airport and procced to Chilaw, Muneeshwaram Temple for religious observances.
[APPROX – 90 MINUTES DRIVE]

Munneswaram Temple – It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when Lord Rama visited this place. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of King Ravana’s Vimanas. He felt he was being followed by a Bramhaasthi Dosham (a malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin.

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Next, proceed to Mannavari Temple [APPROX 20 MINUTES DRIVE]

Manavari Temple – When the Vimana was passing over Munneswaram, he felt the Vimana vibrating, and realized the Brahmaasti Dosham was not following him at this particular point. He stopped the Vimana at this juncture and asked god Lord Shiva for advice. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying at four lingams located at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham. The first lingam was installed at Manavari about 5km from here, near the banks of the Deduru Oya

Travel back to Negombo hotel and check-in

Dinner & overnight stay at – Negombo

   
DAY – 02 [NEGOMBO /DAMBULLA – APPROX 05 HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast leave for Dambulla. En route visit Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded the orphanage has grown to be a big family today. A unique experience never to be missed. The ideal time to watch them [09.15Am – 10.15 Am /01.15.Pm – 02.015 Pm]

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Afterward proceed to Dambulla, Via Wariyapola in Kurunegala Passing Dolukanda. [APPROX 02 ½ HOURS DRIVE]

Dolukanda – At different points of time during the war both Lord Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows, fell unconscious and to bring them back to life Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch the lifesaving herbs from Himalaya. Hanuman went to the hill, lifted the whole hill and brought it, as he was not able to identify the lifesaving herbs alone. Parts from the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolu Kanda in Hiripitiya, Ritigala on the Habarana Anuradhapura road and Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north

Next, Witness Dambulla cave Temple (In Decent Attire)

Dambulla Cave Temple also known as a Golden Temple of Dambulla and it is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of Gods and Goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters (23,000 sq. Ft.). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara and Buddha's first sermon.

Dinner & overnight stay at – Dambulla

   
DAY – 03 [DAMBULLA /KANDY – APPROX 02 HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast proceed to Kandy. En route climb up the Sigiriya Rock.

Sigiriya – Is an ancient rock fortress refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 Ft.) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure “Sīhāgiri”, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.

 

The Relationship between Lankapura Ramayana and Sigiriya
In the rock garden area of Sigiriya there is a Cobra Hooded Cave. It is a rock-shelter surmounted by a boulder in the form of a cobra hood. It is believed as one of many hideouts of Sita on Lankan soil after captivity by Ravana. An inscription mentioning a Naguliya Lena is said to be a proof for it as Naguliya is identified with Sita as allegedly both names can have the same meaning "born from a furrow", because "Naguliya" could be derived from the words for snakes and for plough. In the Ramayana Trail legend, even the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya itself is sometimes claimed to have been a palace of Ravana.

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Next, commence Kandy City Tour, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and Gem Museum.

Kandy – the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere

Check in at Hotel for refreshment. Evening Witness a Kandyan Dance Performance in Sri Lanka

Proceed to Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and join with the pooja ceremony. (In Decent Attire)

Dinner & overnight stay at – Kandy

   
DAY – 04 [KANDY /NUWARA ELIYA – APPROX 02 ½ HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. En-route visit Ramboda Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Water Falls, Tea Factory and Tea Estate.

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple – The Sri Lankan branch of the Chinmaya mission, committed to promoting the Ramayana philosophy as well as Ramayana Trail pilgrimages, has built a temple with Hanuman as a presiding deity in Ramboda between Kandy and Nuwara-eliya main road. There is a 5 meters tall granite statue of Rama's devote supporter Hanuman. He is believed to have started his search for Sita in the Baroda hills. Hanuman traditionally was not as popular among Sri Lankan Tamil devotees as he indeed in India, because he devastated parts of the island with his burning tail. But in recent times Hindu missionaries and local Tamil spiritual leaders began building shrines for worshipping Hanuman in Sri Lanka, too. The Tamil word for Ramboda, Rampadai, means "Rama's force", this is why Ramboda is believed to be the area where Rama collected his troops.

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Next visit Gayathri Pedam – Nuwara Eliya, including Nuwara Eliya City Tour including Gregory Lake, Victoria Park and Hakgala Botanical Garden, Divurumpola Temple, Waterfalls.

Gayathri Pitam – also spelled as Gayaththri Peedam, is within the Nuwara-eliya town, the first and most significant temple built for Gayathri Amman in Sri Lanka. Gayathri being an aspect of Saraswati and the Universal Mother. The temple was founded by the Gayathri Siddhar Swami Murusegu. The Shiva Lingam for this Tamil temple was brought from the Holy River Narmada. Gayathri Pitam is said to be the place from where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and worship and in turn was granted super natural powers by the mighty god.

Check in at Hotel and rest of the day at leisure

Dinner & overnight stay at – Nuwara Eliya

   
dfg DAY – 05 [NUWARA ELIYA /COLOMBO – APPROX 05 HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast proceed to Colombo. En route visit Seetha Amman Temple – Seetha Eliya

Seetha Amman Temple – Seetha Eliya – [APPROX – 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, 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

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Check in at the Hotel for refreshment.

Evening proceeds to Kelaniya to visit the Temple in veneration of Vibhishana – Kalaniya is the place where King Veebeshana ruled after being crowned by Lakshmana. As Lord Rama was in exile for 14 years, could not take part in any coronation ceremony, deputed his younger brother prince Lakshmana to crown Veebeshana. Today in the very place a Buddhist shrine and a temple for King Vebeshana exist. There are murals enshrined outside the Buddhist Temple depicting the crowning of King Veebeshana. Today temple for king Veebeshana is found throughout Lanka and he is still considered as one of the 4 guardian deities of Sri Lanka. A painting of King Veebeshana adorns the walls of the new parliament. It is a fact that there is no temple for King Ravana where as many exist for King Veebeshana. This goes on to prove that his stand towards dharma and justice made him a god is Sri Lanka.

Finally visit the Panchamuga Anjaneyr Temple – the Only Temple in the world to have a Chariot for Anjaneyer (Hanuman)

Next, commence Colombo City Tour & Shopping

Dinner at the Local Restaurant

Overnight stay at – Colombo

   
dfg DAY – 06 [COLOMBO /AIRPORT – APPROX 35 MINUTES DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast your chauffeur guide will comfortably take you back to the International Airport for a safe Return Journey.

   
 
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Package includes
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Accommodation at the Star Class Hotels with Breakfast & Dinner
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  • All Transport in an A/C Vehicle with the Service of an professional English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
a All local taxes
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  • Meals – Lunch at the Local Restaurant
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  • Entrance Fees
  • - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • - Dambulla Cave Temple
  • - Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic
  • - Cultural Dance Show
  • - Hakgala Botanical Garden
  • - Divurumpola Temple
  • - Victoria Park
package excludes
a Camera & video permits
a Any expenses of a personal nature
a Optional Excursions – (Available to be chosen but not obligatory)
a Tips
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Visa – Online visa authorization to be obtained

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USD.25.00 per Person Will be charge – (SAARC) Countries
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  • USD.40.00 per Person Will be charge – All Other Countries