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Ramayana Tour of Sri Lanka

Munneshwaram Temple, Manavari, Ritigala, Laggala, Dunuvila, Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda, Mani Kattuther Rock Labookelle Estate, The Ashok Vatika, Gayathri Peedam, Divurumpola, Ravana Falls & Caves, Kataragama Temple, Usangoda, Rumassala, Kelaniya, First Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka.

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Your Itinerary – 7 Days/6 Nights

DAY 01

Arrival in Colombo international airport and on arrival meets and greets by Travelwind Holidays representative. You will transfer to Negombo. Afternoon city tour of Negombo and visit to Hindu kovil in Negmbo and enjoy the beach of Negombo Overnight stay in Negombo

Accommodation: Negombo – Paradise Beach / Jetwing Sea (Half Board Basis)

Breakfast at the hotel and leave for kandy. Enroute visit Muneeshwaram Temple, Chilaw. Munneswaram Temple: This Temple in Chilaw is 50 miles north of Colombo. One of the most holiest Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka, coming down from the period before Ravana. Even King Ravana used to pay homage to this temple. The annual festival is held in July/August, where fire walking can also be witnessed. Thereafter proceed to Mannavari Temple. (Approximately 20 Minutes Drive) Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.

Thereafter proceed to Kandy, En route visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. You will have the opportunity to see the Elephant bathing at Pinnawela Elephant orphanage After completion drive to Kandy.

Check in at the hotel.

Accommodation: Kandy – Earl’s Regent / Amaya Hills (Half Board Basis)

After breakfast commence the sightseeing tour of Kandy, including visit of Temple of the tooth relic and do a city tour of Kandy. There after proceed to Nuwara Eliya,En route visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda

Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda: On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. There after proceed to Mani Kattuther at Labukalle Estate. Afternoon commence a city tour of Nuwara Eliya Check in at the hotel and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya

Accommodation: Nuwara Eliya – Cocoon Hills / Jetwing St. Andrews (Half Board Basis)

After breakfast visit the Gayathri Kovil in Nuwara Eliya.

Gayathri Pedam : It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana”s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva.

Next commencing a sight seeing in Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.

On completion visit the Hakgala gardens. The Hakgala Botanical Garden was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana of the well-known epic Ramayanaya. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids, his is the exotic pleasure garden where king Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marry him. It was here where the heart-warming 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 honour if he 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.

Return to the hotel.

Accommodation: Nuwara Eliya – Cocoon Hills / Jetwing St. Andrews (Half Board Basis)

After breakfast proceed to Bandarawela,En route visit Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya.

Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya. – (Approximately 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. Thereafter proceed to Divurumpola situated in Nuwara Eliya Welimada road.

Divurmpola (Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire. However she came unscathed and proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.

Accommodation: Bandarawela – Orient Hotel / Bandarawela Hotel (Half Board Basis)

After breakfast proceed to Colombo via Ratnapura and Sitawaka, Aviswsawella. Visit Gem city of Ratnapura There after drive to Colombo and en route visit Sitawaka, situated near Avissawella on a tributary of the Kelani Ganga (river). Not surprisingly it derives its name from Sita, who is supposed to have been imprisoned by Ravana in a grove in this neighborhood. Check in at the hotel and overnight stay in Colombo.

Accommodation: Colombo – Pearl Grand Hotel / Lazaniya Hotel (Half Board Basis)

After breakfast proceed to Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple Dehiwela and Dehiwela Thirumal Kovil. Thereafter commence a tour of Colombo, which includes time to do the shopping.

Colombo – is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, which is only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour during the British period and became the capital in 1815 after Kandy was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period and the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas.

Thereafter transfer to the airport for the departure flight. (Approximately 1.5 Hrs Drive)