RAMAYANA LEGEND (7N/8D)

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.

Ramayana

Tour Itinerary

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

Arrival to Sri Lanka You will be met by local B.O.C Travel Representative on Arrival at the Airport. Thereafter Proceed to Chilaw, Muneeshwaram Temple for religious observances.
[APPROX – 90 MINUTES DRIVE]

 Muneswaram Temple – After his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana’s vimana (carriages).He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. Legend has it that when he came to this place he felt bramhaasthi dosham was not following him and 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 [APPROX – 20 MINUTES DRIVE]

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Manaweri Temple – Is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.

Dinner at the Local Restaurant

Overnight stay at – Negombo

   
DAY – 02 [NEGOMBO /KANDY – APPROX 02 ½ HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast leave for Kandy. En route visit Pinnawala 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

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

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 – 03 [KANDY /MAHIYANGANA /KANDY – APPROX 02 HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast Day excursion to major Ramayana sites Dunuwila & Laggala, Yahanagala, Weragantota, Sitakotuwa, Gurulupota Lankapura 
 
Dunuvila & Laggala
Dunuvila (the site where Ravana died) and Laggala (where Ravana prayed to Lord Shankara). The cartels behind the Dunuvila Lake are called Laggala. Laggala is derived from the Sinhala term Ilakka Gala, which when translated into English gives us the meaning “Target Rock”. Laggala served as an entry point to King Ravana’s army and it was from this rock the first Glimpse of Lord Rama’s army was sighted. This hill is geographically the highest part of the northern region and on a clear day Thiru Koneshwaran and Talai Mannar can been seen. King Ravana is believed to have meditated on this rock and prayed at Thiru Koneshwaran to Lord Shiva. It is here that King Ravana was killed by Lord Rama’s Brahmaastharam. The top of Laggala is flat and believed to have been hit by the Brahmaastharam.

Yahangla
Yahangala means bedrock. The Ramayana Trail legend interprets this name in the following way: King Ravana's dead body was kept upon this rock for his fellow countrymen to allow them to pay their last respects to their departed highly respected king. There is another local legend giving an alternative version of the meaning of Yahangala stating that Ravana did not really die but only became unconscious. His body remains hidden in the rock

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Weragantota
Weragantota was the capital city of King Ravana and means “a place of flying chariot (aircraft) landing” in Sinhala language. It is believed to be the first place where Sita was brought into Sri Lanka in King Ravana’s Vimana. These jungles are the place where the city of Lankapura once stood. The city had a beautiful palace for Queen Mandodari surrounded by waterfalls, streams and varieties of flora and fauna.

Sita Kotuwa
Sita was kept at Queen Mandodari‘s Palace and later moved first to Sita Kotuwa (translated “Sita’s Fort”) and finally to Ashoka Vatika. The ruins found here are the remnants of later civilizations.

Gurulupotha Lankapura
Here was a flying chariot (aircraft) repair center known as Gurulupotha. In Valmiki’s depiction King Ravana’s Vimana resembled a huge peacock. The Vimana in Sinhala language means Dhandu Monara which is known as “flying peacock”; hence the name Gurulupotha, which means “parts of birds”.

Return back to Hotel in Kandy

Dinner & overnight stay at – Kandy

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

After Breakfast commence City Tour of Kandy 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

Thereafter 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 /ELLA /KATARAGAMA – APPROX 04 HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast visit most important Ramayana legend sites called Sita Amman Temple & Ashoka vanam, Haggala Botanical Garden, Divurumpola Temple, Ravana caves & Waterfalls.

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Sita Amman Temple  located halfway between the highland village of Sita-eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita lived most of the time of her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana's magnificent palace, she was transferred to Ashok Vatika or Ashokavanam where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana's wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time, identifying himself with the ring (finger) of Rama. Sita is said to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hanuman

Hakgala Botanical Gardens  Was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids. This is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marries him. It was here where the heartwarming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama’s honor if she did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him.

Divurumpola Temple  Still revered by thousands, this holy haven was the place where Sita performed her Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama. Continuing the practice for thousands of years, villagers still pledge their fidelity or take oaths there and even in certain courts, this agreement was binding. This place has been respected and worshipped by people down the ages.

Ravana waterfalls & caves  Ella is a small mountain village near Bandarawela and boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where local legend claims Ravana was hiding Sita. First there is the Ravana Ella Cave, located at the massive Ella Falls; a breathtaking 1080 feet high waterfall that cascades into several falls. The rocky undergoes of the waterfall is Khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes faster decay as hard gneiss or granite. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfall. A nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters is where Sita is said to have bathed Ravana.

Istreepura caves – The Sinhalese word Ishtripura or Shtripura means "area of women". It is said that Ravana shifted Sita to this cave as a precautionary measure after Lord Hanuman's advent on Lanka. Legend has it that Sitadevi took a bath in the nearby steam and afterwards dried her hair sitting on a rock and put clips to her hair, hence this rock is known as Konda Kattu Gala, Konda means hair, and Kattu are clips.

There after proceed to Kataragama. Evening attend the ‘Pooja ceremony at Sri Subramaniam Temple, (Kataragama or Murugan).

Dinner & overnight stay at – Kataragama

   
dfg DAY – 06 [KATARAGAMA /COLOMBO – APPROX 04 HOURS DRIVE]
 

After Breakfast proceed to Colombo En route visit ussangoda, Rumassala sanjeewanee drops, 

Ussangoda  is a strange coastal area because of its lack of trees. Its serpentine rock contains toxic heavy metals. Only specific smaller plants were able to adapt to this soil. But according to the Ramayana legends there are two more explanation for the baldness of Ussangoda. After meeting Sitadevi Lord Hanuman provoked the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. It resulted in Lord Hanuman's tail being set on fire by Rakshasas. Hanuman in turn went on to torch parts of King Ravana's empire with his burning tail. Ussangoda is said to be one of these burnt areas. Besides the Ramyana Trail legend has it that earlier on the Ussangoda plateau was used an airport by King Ravana for his Dandumonara peachock chariot, before Hanuman devastated the landing site

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

Rumassala – Is a massive hill oddly out of place in the landscape just outside the Galle harbour. Legend details that during the Rama – Rawana war Rama's brother Luxhmana, was injured and Hanuman was sent to Himalayas to fetch medicinal herbs. Hanuman forgot the name of the herb but he brought a chunk of the peak containing many herbs. However the mountain fragment slipped and broke into five pieces of which one fell to Rumassala. It should be noted that the renowned scientist Sir Arthur C. Clerk has a bungalow in the precincts of Rumassala, as it is said to be the place that has the highest specific gravity globally

Dinner at the Local Restaurant

Overnight stay at – Colombo

   
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DAY – 07 [COLOMBO]
 

After Breakfast proceeds to Kelaniya to visit the Temple.

Kelaniya 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.

Lunch at the Local Restaurant

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

Check in at the Hotel. Evening commence Colombo City Tour & Shopping

Dinner at the Local Restaurant

Overnight stay at – Colombo

   
dfg DAY – 08 [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 – 07 Lunches & 03 Dinners  at the Local Restaurant
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  • Entrance Fees
  • - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • - 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