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The greatest Indian epic Ramayana episodes are spread all over the subcontinents, particularly in India and Sri Lanka. It describes Sri Lanka in the Yuddha Kanda, many places associated with Ramayana can be seen in Sri Lanka and most of them are now religious sites that attract a lot of local and foreign tourists. This itinerary covers most of the places described in the Ramayana, and our guides who are specialized for this trip will bring all those interesting storylines to mesmerize your point of view of this historical text in the relevance of these places subtly pointing out the patches of the story running along with the ancient text.
Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be greeted with “Ayubowan” and assisted by our Airport representative, address any last-minute questions you have about the itinerary and introduce you to your guide, who will be your travel companion. Transfer to Negombo for the Overnight stay.
After Breakfast transfer to Anuradhapura, en-route visit Manavari and Munneshwaram historical Ramayana Temples.
Manavari temple is one of the most important Hindu temples in Sri Lanka connected to Ramayanaya story and located in Chilaw, Puttalam district. It is believed that Manavari is the first place where lord Rama instated Shiva lingam right after the war was ended with king Rawana. Also, there are only two lingams named after lord Rama, one is at Ramalingam in Manavari temple in Sri Lanka and other one is in Rameshwaram in India
After breakfast visit Anuradhapura UNESCO world heritage sites including Sri Maha Bodiya and Ruwanwelisaya. Then transfer to Trincomalee, en-route visit Kanniya Hot water springs.
Anuradhapura was the first established kingdom of Sri Lanka founded by King Pandukabhaya in 377 BC and considered as one of the most sacred hotspots of the Buddhist culture. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is said to be the southern branch from the historical Sri Maha Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya in India. It was brought to Sri Lanka in 3rd century BC by the daughter of empire Asoka in India and planted by king Devanampiyatissa.
Kanniya Hot water springs is a famous tourist hotspot in Trincomalee among the local and the foreign tourists. There are seven wells in square shape 3-4 feet deep and one can clearly see the bottom of each well. The average temperature is 42 Celsius.
After breakfast visit Thirukoneshwaram temple in Trincomalee and then transfer to Sigiriya. En-route visit Polonnaruwa UNESCO world heritage site.
Thirukoneshwaram also known as Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple is one of the five important Pancha Ishwara Hindu kovils in Sri Lanka located in Trincomalee top on the Swami Rock. The Other Iswara Temples are Naguleswaram Temple Jaffna, Tondeswaram Temple Matara, Munneswaram Temple Chilaw and Ketheeswaram Temple Mannar Sri Lanka. According to the epic Ramayanaya the Thirukoneshwaram temple was built by lord Rama as the second lingam of Sri Lanka to get rid of the Brahmahasthi Dosham which was caused by malediction of killing king Ravana.
Early morning visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress and then come back to hotel have breakfast and transfer to Kandy en-route optional visit to Alu Vihare and spice garden in Matale. Evening visit Kandy temple and cultural dance show.
Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress built during 473 – 495 CE in the reign of King Kashyapa for his new capital. The name of the Sigiri or Sinhagiri derived from its structure of Lions rock and decorated the walls with beautiful frescos. The place, once was the capital of Sri Lankan and a royal palace abandoned after the death of King Kashyapa and became a Buddhist monastery until 14th century. It was declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1982 and is a well-preserved example for the ancient urban planning.
After breakfast transfer to Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda. En-route visit Ramboda Falls and Baktha Hanuman Temple. Evening visit the Seetha Amman Temple.
Seetha Amman Temple located in Nuwara Eliya is approx. 10 mins drive from the city, close to Ashok Vatika currently known as Haggala botanical gardens. It is believed that Seetha Devi who was abducted by Rawana was kept here. The soil of this area is black in color and according to the Ramayan this black soil is a result of Hamuman burning the vicinity out of rage before his return to India.
After breakfast transfer to Colombo via Kitulgala. Evening visit Kelaniya Temple and take a Colombo sightseeing tour.
Kelaniya Temple is another of the important attractions of the Ramayana Yatra located closer to Colombo approx. 30 mins drive. In Ramayanaya it states that, younger brother of the Rawana, Vibhishana was crowned as the King of Lanka by Lakshmana after the death of king Rawana. Kelaniya thus became the kingdom of King Vibishana. Vibhishana was considered to be a fair and just king as he supported Rama in his battle to defeat Ravana.
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