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Duration: 10 days
Location: Anuradhapura, North Central, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Matale, Kandy, Nuwaraeliya, Ella, Yala, Katharagama, Galle, Bentota, Colombo
Price: From $890 pp*

Day 1
Airport-Chilaw-Anuradapura

Arrival at Colombo International Airport. Welcome and assistance on arrival by staff members of Lanka Tour Managers. Start the tour from this stage or transfer to hotel in Negombo and spent the night.

Visit Munneswaram Rama temple

It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when lord Rama visited the place.

Visit Manavari temple

Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed the Siva lingam after the end of the war with King Ravana. To date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.

Start drive towards Anuradapura.

Legend holds that Anuradhapura had been the capital of demon king Ravana of Hindu epic Ramayana. Before the epic battle, the town was burnt down by Rama’s legendary devotee Hanuman.

First Capital of Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century BC. Declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest historically documented tree in the world, the Brazen Palace , Dagobas.

Ritigala which is located in Anuradhapura District is associated with Ramayana epic. The mountain fragment slipped and fell while Hanuman was over Lanka on his way back, and it broke into pieces. These landed in different locations, one of which was Ritigala. This mountain of mystery is said to have most rare medicinal herbs and plants from Himalayas on its summit.

Spend the night at Anuradapura

Day 2
(Anuradapura-Trincomalee)

After breakfast start drive to Trincomalee.

Visit Ramayana places in Trincomalee

Visit hot springs located in Kanniya

Kanniya Hot water spring has the history from the King Ravana era. It says that King Ravana stuck the earth with his sward in several spots and several fountains were started on those places. Visit the famous Koneswaran Kovil , Trincomalee
The Koneswaram Kovil is found on Swami Rock, just above Fort Frederick. The unbelievably intricate designs of Hindu temples, with their ornately carved statues,  is an incredible sight and this one is no exception. It’s very colourful and you can walk around the grounds. The temple is built on top of the cliff, tottering right on the edge of the Indian Ocean, and there are fantastic views of the narrow strip of land that is Trincomalee town.

Next to Koneswaram Temple is Lovers Leap. The name kind of gives it away but it is indeed a favourite suicide spot, with a sheer drop to the ocean crashing against the rocks below.

Another interesting Hindu temple is Pillaiyar Kovil on Dockyard Road, very close to Koneswaram temple.

Spend the night in Trincomalee

Day 3
(Trincomalee –Dambulla-Sigiriya)

Start drive to Dambulla

Visit Sigiriya lion rock fortress.

Chitrakoota, the palace of Rawana became the abode of Yaksha noble called Chithraraja, a relative of Vibishana.

Chithraraja palace had been a Yaksha Temple and later King Dhatusena’s son Kasyapa [459-447 AD] arranged a coup against the father and chose Chitrakoota Temple for his palace fortress as he had a belief that his mother was a descendent of Yaksha line. King Kasyapa is the only King who had renovated Chitrakoota [Sigiriya] and maintained it. According to the Ramayana this giant fortress had been the Chitrakoota Palace of King Kuvera about 50 centuries ago.

Spend the night at Sigiriya Hotel

Day 4
(Sigiriya-Rattota-Kandy)

After breakfast start drive to Kandy

On the way

Visit, Rama Temple – Rattota

There are a few Rama temples in Sri Lanka, this is one of them.

This is the only Rama temple in this area. This is a privately managed temple. This is one of the most scenic routes to travel from Matale to visit Laggala (on the northern side of Knuckles).

Visit Laggala,
served as a sentry point to the King Ravana’s Army, and it was from this rock the first glimpses of Lord Rama’s army was sighted. King Ravana is said to have meditated on this rock and prayed to Lord Shiva at Thiru Koneshwaran from this point.

You will reach Kandy in late afternoon.

Visit The Kandyan Art Association & Cultural. Recommended time to visit around 3.00pm to witness the cultural shows which includes Kandyan dancing performances at 5.30pm. If you manage to reach Kandy town in the early in afternoon this is the first place to visit.

Check in to Kandy hotel (The Peak Resident Hotel or Queens Hotel), stay overnight.

Day 5
(Kandy sight-seeing)

After breakfast visit The Temple of the tooth

The most popular tourist attraction and the most sacred place in the world for Buddhists). It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988.

Then explore Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, the most tourist attracted town. Kandy was the last kingdom if ancient kings of the island before it fell to the hands of British in 1815.

Now it is the second-largest city of the island and the capital of Central Province of modern Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea, one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka.

The town is built around a splendid lake. It is a mirror image of the harmony and multiplicity of the people and culture of Sri Lanka.

You have numerous tourist attractions to choose from. And all are located around the Kandy town. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798.

Visit the arts and crafts centre,

Visit Gem museum and a lapidary,

Spend the night at same hotel in Kandy

Day 6

(Kandy- Ramboda-Nuwaraeliya-Ella)

After breakfast start drive to Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya is decidedly English in some way (houses, gardens and places names) and was actually planned to be an English village by a pioneering Englishman, Sir Samuel Baker in the mid-19th Century.

Travellers from the UK will be particularly attracted by the architecture which is decidedly Victorian. Even modern buildings are built in the same fashion to preserve unique atmosphere of Nuwaraeliya.

Nuwara Eliya was home away from home for the British colonialist in the 19th century.

Nuwara Eliya offers many activities for tourists including visits to tea plantations, golfing, horse riding, boating, hiking and of course exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens, waterfalls and plateaus.

Due to the high altitude, Nuwara Eliya has a much cooler climate than the lowlands of Sri Lanka, with a mean annual temperature of 16 °C. But the temperature changes and sometimes it can be as low as 3°C. In the winter months it is quite cold at night, and there can even be frost. although it rapidly warms up as the tropical sun climbs higher during the day.

On the way `

Visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda word is made of RamPadai means Rama’s Force. The Ramboda area is believed to be an area where Rama’s forces were gathered against Ravana. The hills of Ramboda is also believed where Hanuman was searching for Sita. The Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built an Anjaneyar temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman temple and the image of lord Hanuman here is 16 Feet tall. Pussellawa is the Home of 18 feet statue of Anjaneear The famous temple situated on a hill overlooking the Kotmale reservoir area .

Gayathri peedam is believed to be the place from where King Ravana’s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and pooja’s and in turn was granted super natural powers by Lord Shiva. This is the first and the foremost temple built for Gayathri Amman in Sri Lanka, and the Shiva Lingam found in this temple was brought from the holy river Narmada.

Have lunch and sight seeing in Nuwaraeliya.

Visit Hakgala botanical garden, This 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.

Visit Sita Amman Temple at Sita Eliya. The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sita during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is a temple for Lord Rama, Sita, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on a side of the temple

Visit Ravana falls, One of the most scenic water falls in Sri Lanka

It is featured in the Rawana mythology, where Sita is said to have bathed from this waterfall while she was in captivity.

Spend the night at Ella

Day 7  
(Ella-Kataragama- Thissamaharamaya)

After breakfast start drive to Kataragama

Kataragama is the religious town visited by most number of pilgrims who own to various religions in the country .Kataragama consist number of temples of Buddhist and Hindu.

There is the temple of the Lord Karthikeya Subramanian at Kataragama. Lord Karthikeya was requested to go to the battle field by Lord Indra on the last day of the war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the wrath of Brahmaastharam shot by King Ravana which otherwise would have weakened Lord Rama. Brahmaastharam aimed at Lord Rama for the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya.

Kataragama is the location where Rama met Sita after her release from captivity. It is from Kataragama that Rama, Sita & Lakshman returned to India in a Chariot lent to them by Indra

Spend the night at Thissamaramaya

Optional

Visit Yala National park , the biggest wild life park in the country. Enjoy a four wheel drive jeep ride in(about 3-4 hours) the wild life park.

visit Ussanggoda. According to the Ramayana, after meeting Sita Devi, Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army. During the events that unfolded Lord Hanuman’s tail was set on fire. Lord Hanuman in turn went on to set fire to some parts of King Ravana’s kingdom. Ussanggoda is one the torched areas, which is said to have been an airport used by King Ravana

Day 8

(Thissamaramaya-Galle-Hikkaduwa)

After breakfast start heading to  Bentota/Colombo

On the way visit,

Optional whale watching trip in Kirinda

Rumassala forest

During the war, both Lord Rama and Lukshmana were hit by powerful arrows, fell unconscious and bring them back to life Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch the life saving herbs from Himalaya. Lord Hanuman went to Himalayas, lifted the whole hill and brought it. As he was not able to identify the life saving herbs alone. It is believed that part of the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumassala in Galle.

Visit Galle fort

Galle is a coastel town, where the Dutch presence is still graced by the beautiful fort on the headland. The architecture will surprise you with hundreds of these old colonial houses and churches that remind you of those strange old cities in Europe.

The Galle fort, dating from the seventeenth century, is now a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Galle is also a cultural city, where cafes and flower shops.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is a beach, located on your way to Hikkaduwa. Described as most wonderful beach location by the nature, Unawatuna is one of the best Scuba diving Locations in Sri Lanka. You can enjoy the beach, Scuba Diving, Surfing and Sea Food in Sri Lankan Style.

Start heading to Hikkaduwa
(optional)Hikkaduwa-Glass bottom boat ride .Hikkaduwa Coral Sanctuary, established in 1988, ensures the underwater world is accessible to all whether.

Spend the night in Bentota

 

Day 9

(Hikkaduwa – Bentota)

Spend the day at leisure in the beach

Hikkaduwa is a popular city amongst tourists eager to enjoy the beautiful beaches that Sri Lanka has to offer. This tourist town is well-experienced with what tourists want, so you can arrange almost anything from swimming, diving and fishing to water-sports like water skiing, wind-surfing, jet-skiing and tubing.

With so many hotels/restaurants within walking distance of each other, you never have to eat at the same place twice. A short walk along the beach will take you through at least 5 restaurants, and the seafood is fresh and delicious Sri Lanka cuisine at every one of them. The night life is also quite lively during tourist season, and you will be able to meet many people from all over the world and swap stories of your travels.

Send the night at the same hotel

Day 10
(Bentota – Colombo)

After breakfast start heading to Colombo

On the way visit Turtle hatchery -Kosgoda

Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka

Visit Anjaneyar Temple in Kalubowila
Hanuman’s mother is Anjan. Hanuman is known as Anjan + Aiyar = Anjaneyar in South India

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 Anjaneyar. The chariot festival is held annually end Dec/ beginning of January.

The temple is open daily from 5;00 am.
Morning Pooja is held at 8;00 am.
Noon Pooja at 12:00 noon and closed at 1:00 p.m.

Visit Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is a Buddhist temple. Lord Buddha had visited three times to this very ancient temple and has very important connection with Ramayana,

After King Ravana’s death, Vibheesana, the Ravana’s brother was crowned as King of Lanka by Lakshmana at Kelaniya. There are murals enshrined outside the Buddhist temple depicting the crowning of Vibheesana. The Kelani River is mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana and Vibheesana palace was said to be on the banks of this river. The reason Lakshmana crowned Vibheesana, was  because Rama had to return to India as he had to continue his self-exile of 14 years to honour the commitment to his father, King Dasarath of Ajodhya.Vibheesana helped Rama to beat Ravana in the final war.

Colombo sight-seeing and shopping.

Transfer to Airport to meet the flight departure time.
End of the programme.

Package Price starting from US $ 890 per person

Note:This price is for minimum 6 pax. Please make an inquiry for the groups less than 6 people .For small groups, the above tour can be customized as per individual requirements & budget. This price is valid only up to end of November .

For the prices above, you will get every thing listed below

  • Both airport transfers and transportation in an air conditioned car / van  with an English speaking driver from arrival to departure.
  • All vehicle expenses including petrol, tolls, road tall taxes, parking fees and driver’s accommodation and meals.
  • Guide fees – where necessary
  • Accommodation in standard hotel ( 2 star ) , air conditioned double room with attached toilets
  • All breakfasts except arrival day

 

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