Ø Tamil/English Speaking Guide
Day 01 : Kandy
AIRPORT – CHILAW – Kandy
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. Meet, Greet and respectively transfer from Airport to Chilaw.
Legend: Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Lord Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.
Legend: Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’s Vimanas. He felt he was being followed by Bramahathi Dosham as he killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stopped the Vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the “Bramahathi Dosham” was not following him. He descended from the Vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install and pray four lingams in Manavari, Thirukoneshwaram, Thiruketheeswaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the Dosham.
Transfer from Chilaw to Kandy.
Later visit Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy and enjoy Kandyan Dance Performance in the evening. Dinner & overnight stay at Kandy
Day 02 : Nuwara Eliya
KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Kandy >Ramboda Hanuman temple> Nuwara Eliya.
In the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita, the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka built the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.
Nuwara Eliya meaning “the city of dawn” is the town at the highest elevation (about above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous “Ceylon Tea” is brewed.
Later visit Hanuman Temple
Overnight stay at Nuwara eliya.
Day 03 : Nuwara Eliya
This is the place where Seetha Devi underwent “Agni Pariksha” (test). It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area. Divurumpola means place of oath in Sinhala. The legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties.
Today after breakfast visit Sitha Amman temple, Divurumpola and Ashok watika.
Sita Amman Temple:
The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on one side of the temple. The temple today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures; all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita.
Ashok Vatika (Asoka Vanam):
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.
Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwaraeliya.
Day 04 : Ella-Katharagama
NUWARA ELIYA – KATARAGAMA
After breakfast, travel to Kataragama and visit Kataragama temple. Overnight stay in Kataragama. En-route visit Ravana waterfall in Ella. Overnight stay in Kataragama.
It is said that Ravana had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall.
Kataragamam temple in Kataragama, Sri Lanka, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple complex dedicated to Skanda Kumara-Murukan also known as Kataragama deviyo.
Day 05 : Colombo
ELLA/YALA – COLOMBO
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Kataragama to Colombo. Later visit the first Panchamuga Anjaneyar temple in Sri Lanka and Kelaniya temple.
This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. Its the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear.
After King Ravana’s death, Vibeeshana was coroneted as King of Lanka by Lakshmana at Kelaniya. There are murals enshrined outside the Buddhist temple depicting the crowning of Vibeeshana. The Kelani River is mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana and Vibeeshana palace was said to be on the banks of this river. Overnight stay at Colombo.
Day 06 : Colombo
After breakfast you can spend the rest of the day enjoying some sightseeing in Colombo along with some shopping before transferring to the hotel to catch the flight to onward destinations.