SRI LANKA RAMAYANA TOUR - 7 DAY

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The Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic, composed some time in the 5th century BCE, about the exile and then return of Rama, prince of Ayodhya. It was composed in Sanskrit by the sage Valmiki, who taught it to Rama's sons, the twins Lava and Kush. At about 24000 verses, it is a rather long poem and, by tradition, is known as the Adi Kavya (Adi = original, first; kavya = poem). While the basic story is about palace politics and battles with demon tribes, the narrative is interspersed with philosophy, ethics, and notes on duty. While in that other Indian epic, the Mahabharata, the characters are presented with all their human follies and failings, the Ramayana leans more towards an ideal state of things: Rama is the ideal son and king, Sita the ideal wife, Hanuman the ideal devotee, Lakshman and Bharat the ideal brothers, and even Ravana, the demon villain, is not entirely despicable.

 

This trip commemorates the epic as one travels from one place to another, eager to experience the path taken by Rama.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • The myth of the Ramayana is unveiled by the guide as you travel from one temple to the next amidst scenic countryside of Sri Lanka.

 

  • Be mesmerized by the fire walker performance as well as the cultural programs!

 

  • Remain calm at the Buddhist monasteries   

 

  • Shop for the lucky blue sapphire at the Colombo markets. It’s a rare gem not to be missed out on!

Day by Day plan

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  • Day 1: Arrive in Chilaw

    Arrival in Sri Lanka

     

    Our representative will pick you up from the airport on arrival and transfer to the Chilaw.

     

    After refreshing at the hotel, visit the Munneswaram Temple.

     

    Munneswaram - Munneswaram Temple

     

    50 miles north of Colombo lies a temple that has history and mythology in its carvings and priests claim that Ravana used to pay homage to Shiva at this very temple.

     

    Visit during July/ August for the stunning fire walking competitions and events.

     

    Next stop will be the Manavari Temple.

     

    Here the myth’s focus shifts to Lord Rama as it is said that the Lingam here was installed by Rama himself and he prayed here.

     

    Over Night Stay at Chilaw. 

     

  • Day 2: Chillaw-Trincomalee

    After breakfast leave for Trincomalee

     

    Trincomalee:

     

    Trincomalee is one of the sunniest and safest natural harbors to laze around on the beach, go snorkeling with expert guides of watching whales!

     

    Nilaveli is the best beach in Trincomalee starting at Uppuveli. Pigeon Island is a great place for Diving, Snorkeling and sea bathing.

     

    There are 7 Hot Springs at Kanniyai just 5 miles away on the Anuradhapura road. These will rejuvenate you and make you feel relaxed and better.

     

    Thiriyai Vata-da-be located to the North of Trincomalee is one of the best examples of architecture and heritage monument in Sri Lanka.

     

    Koneshwaram Temple: Destroyed once by the Portuguese, this temple had traditionally carved columns which were rescued by divers after the Portuguese threw them into the sea. Three statues rescued along with them are kept in the temple now.

     

    Overnight stay in Trincomalee. 

     

  • Day 3: Trincomalee-Sigiriya-Kandy

    After breakfast leave for Sigiriya, visit Sigiriya Rock

     

    Sigiriya - Lion Rock

     

    It is the 5th-century fortress that aims to the sky with a UNESCO marking. The lion rock is placed at the top of the 600 ft. boulder on the top part of the fort. It has secular paintings from the Sinhala era which are a sight not to be missed in the form of frescoes. The water tanks and the royal palaces are architectural marvels along with the guard houses and the stables at the back.

     

    Next stop is Kandy.

     

    KANDY – This world heritage site was the hill capital of the Sinhalese Kings until it was wrenched away from them in 1815 because of an agreement with the British.

     

    It is the sacred home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and thus very close to the hearts of the several Buddhists all over the world. Kandy - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Dalada Maligawa)

     

    When King Wimaladharmasuriya I (1592-1604 A.D.) became King in Kandy, he searched for the Tooth Relic and the bowl Relic of the Buddha and found that it was kept at the Delgomuwa Buddhist Temple at Kuruwita, for more than 44 years, hidden in a grinding stone. The King had gone there personally and brought the Sacred Tooth Relic to Kandy in a procession accompanied by the King. The first Temple of the Tooth Relic was constructed by Wimaladharmasooriya I to house it next to the Royal Palace. The Portuguese burned down the 2-floored building and King Wimaladharma Suriya II (1687-1707) erected a 3-storied building to house the Sacred Tooth Relic. It was burnt down once again and a new 2-storied building was constructed by King Narendra Singh (1707-1739 A.D.) and what we see today may be the building constructed by him. The last King of Kandy Sri Vickrama Rajasinghe added the Pattirippuwa or the Octagon and it was not a part of the Temple, but a resting place for the King.

     

    Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used as the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri Samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse which has now been converted into the Buddhist haven for culture, music, dance and art.

     

    You will be shown a cultural dance and music programme at this centre.

     

    Dinner and overnight stay will be at Kandy.

     

  • Day 4: Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

    By Road in 3 hours.

     

    After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya

     

    En Route Visit Ramboda Fall and Hanuman Temple

     

    Ramboda - Ramboda Falls

     

    A gigantic waterfall leads to the basin which has huge holy significance.

     

    Traveler should descend to the "Ramboda basin", where the famous "Ramboda Inn" situated from where one can see the whole fall in all its sublime glory.

     

    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. On every full moon day special pooja”s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.

     

    Nuwara Eliya

     

    After breakfast leave for 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.

     

    Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.

     

    Nuwara Eliya - Sita Amman Kovil

     

    According to the Indian Epic Ramayanaya and the legends, the area where Sita, Queen of King Rama of Ayodhya in India, who was abducted by Ravana the King of Sri Lanka, was kept in hiding and the area she roamed is in the hill country of Sri Lanka.

     

    In Nuwara Eliya is the "Sita Amman Kovil" - a quaint little Kovil, with the statues of Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana and Sugriva.

     

    This is supposed to be the only Kovil in the entire World dedicated to Sita. The stream by the side of the Temple is a famous spot where she went for bathing.

     

    Out of the 13 Palaces of Ravana, two caves in the Strict Nature Reserve of Hakgala, starting from Temple land and the cave at Ella close to the waterfall "Ravana-Ella" (1080ft. high) where Ravana went for bathing, are supposed to be three Palaces Sita was kept in hiding.

     

    The Hakgala Gardens may be the "Ashok Vanaya" of Ramayana where Rhododendrons identified as Ashok Flowers in the epic, are found in bloom throughout the year.

     

    Dinner & Over Night Stay in Nuwara Eliya.

     

    Evening Visit Gayathreepitam.

     

    Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya. 

     

  • Day 5: Nuwara Eliya-Ella- Nuwara Eliya

    1.5 hours, one way

     

    Breakfast at the Hotel.

     

    Nuwara Eliya - Sita Amman Kovil

     

    According to the Indian Epic Ramayanaya and the legends, the area where Sita, Queen of King Rama of Ayodhya in India, who was abducted by Ravana the King of Sri Lanka, was kept in hiding and the area she roamed is in the hill country of Sri Lanka.

     

    In Nuwara Eliya is the "Sita Amman Kovil" - a quaint little Kovil, with the statues of Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana and Sugriva.

     

    This is supposed to be the only Kovil in the entire World dedicated to Sita. The stream by the side of the Temple is a famous spot where she went for bathing.

     

    Out of the 13 Palaces of Ravana, two caves in the Strict Nature Reserve of Hakgala, starting from Temple land and the cave at Ella close to the waterfall "Ravana-Ella" (1080ft. high) where Ravana went for bathing, are supposed to be three Palaces Sita was kept in hiding.

     

    The Hakgala Gardens may be the "Ashok Vanaya" of Ramayana where Rhododendrons identified as Ashok Flowers in the epic, are found in bloom throughout the year.

     

    Then Proceed to Visit Diyurumpola

     

    Dinner & Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya. 

     

  • Day 6: Nuwara Eliya-Colombo

    After breakfast, you will be taken to visit the Kelaniya Temple in Colombo.

     

    Kelaniya - Kelaniya Raja Maha Temple

     

    This Dagoba is one of the earliest in the world supposedly visited by the Buddha 2500 years ago. According to the Mahavamsa, the “paddy-heap” shaped dagoba at Kelaniya marks the spot where the Buddha, on the request of Naga king Maniakkika, sat on a ”gem-studded throne” to preach the Dharma to his subjects and convert them. It is recorded that King Yatala Tissa of the 3rd Century B.C. had constructed the Temple and the Dagoba may date to an earlier period.

    An annual Perahera called “Duruthu Perahera” is held each year during the month of January for 3 days.

     

    Evening Colombo City Tour

     

    Colombo

     

    Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, 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 took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after the Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British.

     

    The remains of the buildings during the period of 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.

     

    Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kayman’s Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort.

     

    Colombo - Shopping

     

    There are many places to find bargains in Colombo! Modern shopping malls and speciality stores carry high-quality goods at very affordable prices. If you are looking for an even greater bargain, without the surroundings, try your bargaining with the many street vendors and outdoor markets (such as in the Pettah area and across from the Fort Railway Station). Products that are worth buying in Sri Lanka include world famous Ceylon tea, clothing (many designer clothes are manufactured in Sri Lanka and you can buy them here for a fraction of the cost elsewhere) and jewellery (including the Sri Lankan blue sapphire). Quality is generally assured at the higher end stores, if purchasing at other locations, use your judgment when buying expensive items. Designer clothing stores such as ODEL & Kelly Felder are some shops that may merit a visit.

     

    Dinner at outside restaurant & Over Night Stay in Colombo. 

     

     

  • Day 7: Colombo Airport

    After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport for your departure flight back home.

     

    Tour ends

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