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The story of Ramayana is one of the most worshipped scriptures in Hindu mythology; there are various sites in India and Sri Lanka that confirm the legend to be true. People follow the trails of Ramayana by following the narrative; in fact, the Ramayana Tour in Sri Lanka is an experience to follow the footsteps of Lord Rama.
The 10-day tour Sri Lanka following the tracks of Ramayana is a perfect blend of pilgrimage and holiday adventure.
So keeping the sacred scripture in mind, we have curated the perfect itinerary that will help you cover the trails of the legend in 10 days.
Arrival at Colombo airport / Drive to Chilaw
By Road in 1.5 hours.
Munneswaram Temple is one of the five ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the sanctum sanctorum deity of Shiva is installed in the form of a lingam.
The temple complex is a collection of five temples including a Buddhist temple.
Later in the day visit the Manawari Temple, where Lord Rama installed a Shiva Lingam due to which the lingam was named after him.
Dinner and overnight will be at Chilaw.
Chilaw to Trincomalee
By Road 4-5 hours.
Surrounded by wildlife, hilltops, rock formations, and white sand beaches, Trincomalee is a little town on the east coast of Sri Lanka.
Koneswaram temple will be the first stop at Trincomalee.
The temple is the most sacred out of Pancha Ishwarams of Sri Lanka and was built during the reign of early Cholas and the Five Dravidians.
The Koneshwara temple was destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16 century A.D when they threw all the columns down to the sea.
Three bronze statues were somehow recovered from the columns of the sea and are now kept in the modern temple.
Trincomalee to Sigiriya
Drive To Sigiriya and visit the rock fortress
Rock Fortress - Also known as the lion rock, the fortress has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The fortress complex was once a palace which now has become remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by fountains, ponds, gardens, etc. Naguliya cave is believed to be the place where Ravana kept Seeta Devi captive in Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay will be at Sigiriya
Sigiriya to Kandy via Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temples - The Caves dates back to 1st century BC when they were used as a refuge by an ancient king, who after regaining his throne, carved magnificent images on the walls.
The site is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
The next stop would be Matale, which is famous spice gardens and tea plantations. Taste the delicious cuisine of spices made here.
Kandy - The last stronghold city of the Sinhala Kings, after falling into the British, this UNESCO world heritage site retains its grandeur that time has not been affected, surrounded by hills and a large slope of Sri Lanka's longest river, the Mahaweli.
The next place to visit is the Temple of Tooth Relic.
The temple of the Tooth relic is one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka; the place was constructed in 16 century AD. Preserving the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha, local tradition has that whoever houses and protects the divine relic automatically is given the power to rule the country.
Overnight stay will be at Kandy
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
By Road (3 hours)
En route to Ramboda Falls and Hanuman Temple.
Ramboda is a scenic village in the central province whose name is associated with Rama’s army, as this was the place where the two armies faced each other for the first time.
At a height of 358ft, the Ramboda falls is the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
The next stop will be the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Ramboda.
With the tallest Hanuman statue in Sri Lanka, the temple was built in 1999 by Chinmaya hills. It is believed that Hanuman searched the place for locating Seeta Devi.
On the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Hanuman, celebrations start 10 days before and end in impressive chariots and parades
Sita Amman Temple
This temple is dedicated to Sita Devi, Lord Rama, Lakshmana, and Hanuman. It is believed to be the site of Ashok Vatika, where Sita was held captive by Ravana.
Later during the day, visit the Hakgala Botanical Gardens.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya to Ella
Today you will be visiting the Ravana Falls and Ravana Caves.
The Ravana cave is small, measuring about 50ft wide, 150ft long, and 60 feet high. It is believed that the cave was used by Ravana to hide Sita Devi. The tunnels in the cave are proof to be architectural brilliance as they served a quick means of transport through the hills and also had a secret passage.
The next stop is at the Ravana Falls, the widest waterfall in the country, if you like some splash time then this is the place for you! The falls are part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary and measure approximately 25m (82ft) in height and the cascade from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop.
Later in the afternoon enjoy a city tour visiting Muthiyangana Temple, Adisham Bungalow, and Dowa Rock Temple.
Visiting these sacred and enchanting places will not only enhance the spiritual experience but will also evoke a feeling of awe and wonder about the coexistence of diverse cultures for thousands of years.
Ella to Galle
By Road in 4 hours (200 km)
There are many places in the city where you can indulge yourself. The Gale fort, which is one of the best-preserved fortifications in Asia is one of them.
In the afternoon, visit the Rumassala Rock, which is believed to be one of five Sri Lankan spots to originate from parts of Mount Dronagiri. The pieces of the mountain fell when Hanuman carried the whole mountain to use the Sanjiwani herb to rescue suffering Lakshmana, who required the medical plant after suffering severe injuries.
Overnight stay will be at Galle.
Galle to Colombo
The first stop of the day will be the Seenigama Temple, which is dedicated to the local god Devol Deviyo. It is believed that Sugriva, King of Vanaras (Apes), and their monkey army launched their invasion on the King Ravana demon army.
The next stop will be the Kelaniya Temple, one of the most sacred sites in the country, it is located on the banks of the Kelani River. The temple tangles its history to Lord Buddha, as it is believed that Buddha along with 500 arhats visited Kelaniya on the Vesek day of the Buddhist era of 2531 and expounding of the Dhamma, the Buddhist doctrine to the inhabitants of the island.
Colombo may not be a notable place in the Ramayana scripture, but it emerges as a must-see destination.
On your last day, you can take a stroll of the city or visit some amazing places like the Gangaramaya Temple, Independence Memorial Hall, and then Viharamahadevi Park.
This will be an ideal conclusion to the perfect tour, we wish you a safe journey ahead.