On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, you will be met by our local representative in Sri Lanka for a brief meet and greet. You will then proceed to Kandy. En-route, we will visit Munneswaram Temple and Manawari Temple.
Munneswaram Temple is one of the holiest sites in Sri Lanka. It is a complex of five temples, the largest being dedicated to Lord Shiva, and others devoted to Lord Ganesha, Guardian Ayyanayake, Goddess Kali and Lord Buddha.
According to Ramayana – since Ravana was a brahmin, his killing cursed Lord Rama with Brahmasti. While travelling back to Ayodhya in Ravana’s Vimana, Lord Rama felt that Brahmahasthi Dosham did not follow him at Munneswaram. At this spot, he preyed to Lord Shiva to seek a remedy for the dosham, who advised him to install four lingams at Munneswaram, Trincomalee, Mannar and Manavari.
Manavari Temple is the first Lingama out of five that were installed by Lord Rama on advice of Lord Shiva to remove Brahmahasthi Dosham. It is the only Lingama, apart from Rameshwaram, that is named after Lord Rama – Ramalinga Shivan. Since Lord Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who installed the Lingama devoted to Lord Shiva, it is
considered one of themost sacred places in Hindu religion.
After completing the tour of both the temples, we will continue our journey to Kandy.
Enroute, we shall visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which is a nursery commissioned by the Sri Lankan Government to take care of orphaned baby elephants. At the Orphanage, you can take part in feeding the elephants or simply watch them go for a bath in the river.
Upon reaching, we will check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore Kandy on your own.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast, we will proceed for a city tour of Kandy. Once the capital of the last independent kingdom of Sri Lanka, Kandy is today the second largest city in the Country. The charming city is centred around the scenic Kandy lake and is surrounded by mountains covered by tea plantations and forests.
At Kandy, we will visit the popular Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic in the evening. The temple is not a part of the Ramayana. Located in the Royal Palace, the temple houses the sacred relic – a tooth of Gautum Buddha which was retrieved undamaged from his pyre by his disciple Khema. During the prayers, the golden casket in which the tooth is kept is revealed for the devotees to see and flowers are offered.
Next, we shall visit a Gem Museum in Kandy. Sri Lanka has a long history of gem mining and trading. The country is famous for producing high-quality gems, including sapphires, rubies, and various varieties of garnets. A gem museum provides an opportunity to learn
about the geological formations that give rise to gemstones, the mining processes, and the craftsmanship involved in turning raw gems into jewellery.
Next, we visit The Kandy Lake Club has been hosting the Cultural Dance show in Kandy for last 35 years. The wonderful show features all cultural dancing styles prevalent in Sri Lanka under one roof and is therefore a marvellous way to learn about Sri Lankan culture. The graceful movement of dancers and their vibrant costumes make this show a must watch. Look out for the fire walking performance which is a dance form inspired by Sita Devi’s Agni Pariksha.
Overnight Stay at Hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast, we will visit few important sites that have been featured in Ramayana on our way to Nuwara Eliya.
Our first stop is Bhakta Hanuman temple in Rambodha Village. When Lord Hanuman first set his foot in (Sri) Lanka, he searched for Goddess Sita in hills of Ramboda. A grand
temple has now been built in this place with a magnificent 16 feet idol of Lord Hanuman. The black granite idol is dressed in beautiful silk clothing and decorated with flowers. The temple is surrounded by scenic beauty and offers mesmerising views.
After giving prayers at the Hanuman Temple, we will continue our journey to the gorgeous Ramboda falls. These are one of the highest water falls in Sri Lanka. We will stop by the falls for a short time to soak in the beauty of the falls and the surrounding regions.
Finally, we will proceed to the beautiful tea garden county of Nuwara Eliya . We will visit the tea processing factory of one such tea plantation. During the visit weshall learn everything about tea production, from plucking of leaves to packaging for a fun informative session. Afterwards, proceed to the hotel for check-in. Rest of the evening is free for you to explore Nuwara Eliya at your own leisure.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed for the Ramayana sights tour of Nuwara Eliya.
We shall begin the tour with a visit to is the Sita Amma Temple. This is the only temple in the world dedicated to Sita Amma. It is the exact site where Goddess Sita was kept captive by Ravana. The temple has also been consecrated by Lord Hanuman whose giant footprints can be found at the site.
After the temple tour, we will visit Hakgala Botanical Garden. The garden has been built at the site of the ancient Ashok Vatika where Goddess Sita lived while she was a hostage. The gardens here are extremely beautiful featuring some exotic plant and animal species.
Next, we shall visit Divurumpola. This is the site of Goddess Sita’s Agni Pariksha. When Lord Ram doubted Sita for not being chaste while being a prisoner of Ravana, Goddess Sita asked Lakshman to light a fire to prove otherwise by passing the Agni Pariksha at this spot.
Lastly, we will visit Gayathri Peedam. The temple is believed to be the place where the Lord Shiva appeared before Prince Meghanath, son of Ravana, after he performed intense tapasya and granted him supernatural powers. The Shiva Lingams here have been brought from the holy Narmada river in India.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Colombo. Enroute we will visit Kelaniya Temple.
Kelaniya temple is a temple built at the place where Vibheeshan was crowned king after Ravana’s death. There are murals depicting the coronation ceremony. The temple is located by the Kelani river, which finds mention in Valmiki’s Ramayana. This is the last holy site associated with Ramayana that we will visit on the tour.
After visit to the temple, we will transfer to the international airport to board the flight back to India.
Arrive home with pleasant memories of your Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka organised by State Express Global Voyages, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime.