Ramayana Tour

5 Days

6th of Nov. (Day One)

On arrival at the Colombo International Airport and proceed to Munneshwaram kovil approximately 5 km away from Chilow.

Munneswaram

The Munneswaram temple, dedicated to Lord Ishwara, is reminiscent of other celebrated and renowned temples like Koneswaram and Thiruketheeswaram, in which, three Sivalingams are enshrined. Munneswaram has preserved its sylvan charm and enchantment, with the scenic surroundings _ with vast acres of paddy and hemmed in by tanks, which irrigate all farming and cultivation there.

Looking back to the festival legend of this glorious Hindu shrine, Munneswaram is regarded as one of the oldest Hindu temples in the island. And it has a strange origin; and according to legend, Rama, after slaying Ravana, was returning to India with Sita in his "Air chariot,'' when, impulsively, a desperate feeling of guilt gripped him. And, passing Munneswaram, he espied a spire of a temple, and decided to alight and worship there. While praying, Lord Siva and his consort Parvathy appeared before him; and a feeling compassion for the penitent Rama, ordered him to enshrine three Siva lingams, one in each of the most sacred places: Munneswaram, Koneswaram and Thiruketheeswaram. Lord Siva, according to legend, had pointed to a place north of the Mayavan Aru (Mee Oya), and told him to enshrine the relic. And Rama built the temple at the exact spot, which is now known as Munneswaram. The festival, too, is obscured in antiquity, and according to legend, one full-moon night, in the month of Nikini, a sage who was meditating under a banyan tree looked up and saw the goddess Amman, the mother of Skanda, who granted him his wishes.

He asked her to bless all the pilgrims assembled there for worship, and ever afterwards, that August night, a great festival was held in memory of the meeting of Agastiar, the sage and Amman, and is continued to the present day.

The old royal city of Kandy, situated at 500m, is beautifully nestled between green hills. At its very center lies a small artificial lake and the palace of the last Singhalese king which has become a temple and the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, where the tooth relic of Lord Buddha is highly venerated. In the evening short city-tour of Kandy with visit to a lapidary. During the city tour you will pay a visit to the temple of the holy tooth. After the temple visit you have the opportunity to attend a dance performance, where you will see the famous Kandyan dances, as well as up-country and devil dances.

Overnight stay at Topaz or Suisse hotel Kandy.

7th of Nov. (Day 2) KANDY/ Nuwera Eliya.

After breakfast proceed to Chilaw to the Muneeshwaram Temple. (Approximately 90 Minutes Drive) 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 a remedy.

DAY 3 - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast visit the royal botanical gardens at Peradeniya, which was established in 1821 and now covers 140 acres, snuggled in a loop in the Mahaweli river, the largest river in Sri Lanka. It's primary purpose was the testing and acclimatizing of plans for commercial use in Sri Lanka. Today the garden has one of the largest collections of flora from subtropical climates around the world.

Late morning proceed to Nuwara Eliya the Hill country and the Tea Estates. En route if time permits visit The Chariot Path, The jungle on the Kandy- Gampola road. The barren land here is believed to be the route along which Ravana took Seetha Devi from his capitol city of Lanka puthra Asoka Vatika to show her the beauty of the kingdom which was a paradise on earth. Present days also no vegetation grows on this passage except grass. Top of Ramboda hills, Tea Factory to see the processing of Sri Lanka’s best high grown tea and you can taste a delicious cup of pure Sri Lanka Tea. Passing Ramboda Falls reach Nuwara Eliya. Sightseeing of the Little England. At Nuwara Eliya you can still see English Mansions in the same architectural design. Short City tour of Nuwara Eliya which is 1800 meters above sea level resemble to little England. Evening visit Hakgala Botanical Gardens, charming land scoped with a wonderful Rose garden and Fernery and the Hindu Shrine at Sita Eliya.

Seta Eliya –

A temple for Lord Rama, Seta Devi, Luxshmana and Hanuman built on the sides of the stream where Seta Devi bathed.

Overnight stay at Bandarawela hotel or Country Comfort hotel in Ella.

8th of Nov (Day 3) Bandarawela/ Ella.

After breakfast Proceed to Tissamaharama, Enroute visiting the Rawana Ella waterfalls.

Rawana Falls is located on the Ella – Kithalella road below the famous Rawana cave where Sita was in captivity. It can be viewed by taking a walk along the railway track. The other route is along a farm road; over a small rock bridge you can have a close look at one of the most ignored waterfalls in the country that speaks of pre history. There are many legends linking Rawana and Sita and the falls. Below the fall nearby a pool bored out of the rock by the gushing.

Evening visit Katharagama. Although, strictly speaking, the word Kataragama refers to the place-name of a certain area in southern Sri Lanka, yet the mere sound upon anyone's ear reminds one of Kataragama Deviyo who presides there. Even among learned scholars, it is a matter of controversy whether the place was named after the god or whether the god came to be called by the name of the domain where he holds sway. In any case, since ancient times an inseparable connection between the god and his domain has existed.

DAY 5 - Bandarawela - Kataragama

Ravana Ella Falls is a breathtaking waterfall, 1080 feet high (cascades into several falls). The stream, a tributary of Kirindi Oya 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.

Overnight stay at hotel in Priyankara hotel or Elephant reach Tissamaharama.

9th of Nov (Day 4) Unawatuna/ Galle.

After breakfast proceed to Colombo. As soon as we start our journey after few kilometers drive stop at Ussangoda between Ambalantota and Tangalle.

According to ramayanaya after meeting Seta Devi lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of king Rawana and his army of Rahsahsas. In the event that unfoled Lord Hanumans tail was set on fire by the Rakshers 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 Rawana.

En-route visitingUnawatuna. Unawatuna is now firmly established as Sri Lanka’s most popular resorts for independent travelers and with good reasons. Unawatuna remains the most appealing beach on the island for many visitors, preserving a distinctive, low-key and slightly ramshackle charm for the time being, at least. You can at least stay up eating and drinking on the beach until fairly late at night, a rare pleasure in early to bed Sri Lanka.

Rumassala-

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.

En-route visit the Fort in Galle. Galle – Perched on the cost close to the island’s southern most point, the venerable Fort of Galle has grown from ancient origins in to Sri Lanka’s fourth largest city. At the heart of modern Galle-but strangely detached from it- lies the old Dutch quarter known as the Fort. Sri Lanka’s best preserved colonial townscape, the Fort is enclosed within a chain of huge bastions which now guard the area from modernisation as effectively as they protected Dutch trading interest from marauding adventures.

After Galle proceed to Colombo. Apart from excellent shopping, Colombo offers visits to one of the world’s leading tea auctions, and 18 hole golf course, seasonal Buddhist and Hindu pageants, international cricket tournaments, plush casinos, enjoyable evening entertainments.

Overnight stay at Grand Oriental hotel in Colombo.

10th of Nov.

After breakfast city tour of Colombo.

Colombo, Sri Lanka’s chief city and sea-port and until recently its capital, is a blend of old and new, east & west. A modern city which has many reminders of its European Colonial past. Bustling buzzers, Buddhist & Hindu temples and Muslim mosques contrast with high rises, smart modern shopping moles and multinational chain hotels.

After city tour proceed to the airport in time for departure.