- Visit the Munneshwaram and Manaveri temples
- Visit Sanjeewanee drops in Sri Lanka. (Ritigala/Rumassala)
- Visit the Thirukoneshwaram and Shankari Devi temples
- Visit the Bhaktha Hanuman/Seetha Amman temples
- Witness the Ashoka Vatika and Hakgala Botanical garden
Sri Lanka is believed to be ‘Ravan’s Lanka’ from the epic tale of Ramayan! The island country is home to several spiritual sites and religious landmarks that have their origins in this legendary Hindu tale.
Sri Lanka has several Ramayan sites from the place of Sita’s captivity to the battlefields of war where Lord Ram fought Ravana. This tour will be the perfect blend of a vacation and a pilgrimage, all in one. Real Lanka Holidays knows how important these sites are for Hindu devotees and can arrange the tour timings during prayer time. Vegetarian food menu can also be arranged on the way.
This epic trail of Ramayana gives the devotees the opportunity to pay their respect and explore where events of Ramayana took place in Sri Lanka such as Ashok Vatika where Sita was kept captive or Manaveri where Lord Ram installed a Shiv’s Lingam after he won his war with Ravan, to seek Lord Shiv’s blessings.
- Day 1 - TRANSFER TO DAMBULLA - ENROUTE VISIT MUNNESWARAM & MANAVARI TEMPLES IN CHILAW - TRANSFER TO DAMBULLA/HABARANA
● Ayubowan !! Welcome to Sri Lanka. You will be met by representatives of Real Lanka at the airport and transferred to Dambulla/Habarana.
● En route visit Munneshwaram and Manaveri temples and then transfers to Dambulla/Habarana hotel and check-in.
● Later in evening explore the Sigiriya/Cobra Hooded Cave.
● Dinner and overnight stay in Dambulla/Habarana hotel.
Munneshwaram Temple: Munneshwaram means the first temple for Lord Shiva (Munnu + Eswaram). Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of Ravana’s vimanas. He felt he was being followed by Bramhaasthi dosham (A malevolent black shadow) as he had killed Ravana who was a Brahmin. When the vimana was passing over Munneshwaram he felt the vimana vibrating and in Munneshwaram realised the Brahmaasthi Dosham was not following him at this particular point. He stops the Vimana at this juncture and asks Lord Shiva for a remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Rama and advised installing and praying for four Lingams at Manaveri, Thiru Koneswaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham.
Manaveri Temple: Manaveri is the first lingam installed and prayed by Lord Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.
Sigiriya/Cobra Hooded Cave: It is a natural geological formation, part of the famed Sigiriya rock. According to the records in the Palm Leaf Book, Ravana Watha, Sigiriya was built under the directions that were given by King Visthavasa, father of King Ravana. According to Ravana Watha, the blue hued lady in the frescoes represents the Yakka tribe and the other ladies represent the Naga, Deva and Gandabhbha tribes. It is said that Sita was held captive in Cobra Hood Cave by King Ravana. There are many pre-historic drawings on its ceiling. There is a distinct link between Sita and the cave having following inscription, ‘Parumaka naguliya lene’. It would have been inscribed after Ravana’s period but positively it has a connection to Sita’s stay in this cave, as the word ‘naguliya’ refers to Sita.
- Day 2 - TRANSFER TO TRINCOMALEE - ENROUTE VISIT THE RITIGALA MOUNTAIN, THIRUKONESWARAM TEMPLE AND OVERNIGHT STAY IN TRINCOMALEE HOTEL
● After the breakfast check-out from the hotel in Dambulla/Habarana. Transfer to Ritigala Sanjeewanee mountain and explore the site and also the Buddhist monastery .
● En route to Trincomalee visit the Kanniya hot springs and have a bath from the wells and will have lunch in nearby restaurant.
● Visit the Thirukoneswaram temple/Shankari Devi temple in Trincomalee.
● Dinner and overnight stay In Trincomalee hotel.
Ritigala Sanjeewanee Mountain: It is believe that mountain is a piece of the Himalayas that was dropped here by accident by Lord Hanuman. According to Hindu epic Ramayanaya, King Ravana abducted Sita and kept her imprisoned here. The armies of Lord Rama came to this island to wage war against King Ravana. Prince Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s brother was severely injured in battle and so Hanuman brought back a piece of the Himalayas in order to treat his wounds using the medicinal herbs found on the Himalayas.
Kanniya hot water springs: One legend about Kanniya’s origin is that this is the place where King Ravana carried out the last rites for his mother. When he was unable to find water to duly perform the rites, his anger pierced his Trishula into the ground seven times. Water started gushing out immediately. The very hot water cooled down to the present degree when Ravana’s anger calmed down. The temperature of the water in each well is different then another.
Thirukoneshwaram Temple: Thiru Koneswaram was built by Rishi Agastya on the instructions of Lord Shiva who was impressed by the devotion of King Ravana. This place is unique in this respect because the Lord built a temple for his devotee as a reward for his devotion. Lord Rama is believed to have offered his prayers here in order to get rid of the malediction of killing Ravana who was a Brahmin, meaning Brahmahasthi Dosham.
Shankari Shakthi Peetam Temple: Adjacent to Koneswaram temple there is another small shrine; with some significance for Hindu pilgrims. The original Shankari Devi temple, said to be built by Ravana, was the first in the list of Ashta Dasha (18) Shakti Pitas written down by Adi Shankara. But the whole cliff was destroyed by Portuguese cannon balls, only a pillar for commemoration is placed on that spot now. And it is believed that the original idol of the Goddess has been preserved, replaced and being venerated now in this nearby new Shankari Devi temple
- Day 3 - TRANSFER TO KANDY - ENROUTE VISIT DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE - EXPLORE KANDY - OVERNIGHT STAY IN KANDY
● After the breakfast proceed to Kandy en route visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.
● Visit Spice Garden, take lunch and proceed to Kandy.
● Kandy city tour and later witness the Sri lankan culture dance in Kandy.
● Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy Hotel.
Dambulla Cave/Golden Temple: Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple is a living Buddhist site that is focused on a series of five cave shrines. There is a large rock that thousands of years ago was carved out by hand to create a large type of “cave”. Within this cave, there are five separate rooms, each with its own temple which you get to explore while visiting. Inside the caves, the ceilings had been painted with intricate images of the Lord Buddha and Bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses following the contours of the rock.
Kandy: The cultural capital of Sri Lanka, a world heritage site sits pretty in a valley surrounded by rings of mountains. Right in the heart of the city center of Kandy is the man-made lake called Kiri Muhuda (Sinhala: the sea of milk), the one and only decorative lake in Sri Lanka. Kandy is most famous for the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa). This beautiful city is gifted with scores of attractions that include Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy Lake, Bahirawakanda temple for spiritual seekers, Udawattekele Sanctuary, Ceylon Tea Museum – a paradise for tea lovers, Wales Park – for a peaceful walk and many more.
- Day 4 - KANDY TO NUWARA ELIYA - VISIT SRI BHAKTA HANUMAN TEMPLE, TEA PLANTATION, TEA FACTORY, RAMABODA WATERFALL, NUWARA ELIYA CITY TOUR - OVERNIGHT NUWARA ELIYA
● After the breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya and optionally we can visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden.
● Visit the Sri Bhaktha Hanuman temple, its surrounded waterfalls (Ramboda water, Puna Ella waterfall, Duvili Ella waterfall and Gerandi Ella waterfall.
● Tea Plantation and tea tasting tour during tea factory visit.
● Later in the evening Nuwara Eliya city tour and dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya
Sri Bhaktha Hanuman temple: It was believed that Sri Hanumanji set his feet in these holy hills when he was in search of Sita. This grand temple is now a great monument where the 16 ft idol of Lord Hanuman is the moola murti.
Tea plantation in Sri lanka: With contribution of billion dollars per year to Sri Lankan economy, Ceylon tea industry employs 1.5 million Sri Lankans directly and/or indirectly. Tea was introduced in Sri Lanka in 1867 by a young Scotsman James Taylor. Ceylon tea holds great reputation of being the best tea in the world and holds 4th place as the largest tea producer to the world. You can taste the original Ceylon fresh tea and opportunity to see the tea process at work; how the green tea leaves end up in drinkable tea through various steps of withering (drying), rolling, fermentation, oxidizing, drying again, followed by sorting and bulk packing.
Nuwara Eliya: Nicknamed as “Little England” it is one of coldest city in the country. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence including red telephone boxes and well-tendered hedgerows. The town’s high altitude affords visitors breath-taking vistas over the valleys, grasslands and mountains. Many tourists come through the town on their way to hike up incredible peaks such as Adam’s Peak. You will also see lush vegetation and impressive waterfalls. Nuwara Eliya is also one of the biggest tea plantations areas on the island.
- Day 5 - TRANSFER TO KATARAGAMA (KATHIRGAMAM) - VISIT SITA AMMAN TEMPLE (ASHOKA VATIKA) - DIVRUMPOLA TEMPLE - TRANSFER TO KATARAGAMA VIA RAVANA WATERFALLS
● Breakfast and in the morning hours visit the Gayathri Peedam & Seetha Amman Temple (Ashoka Vatika).
● Optionally we can visit Hakgala Botanical Garden and lunch at the restaurant nearby.
● Visit Aghnipariksha temple and proceed to Kathirkamam via Ravana Waterfalls and optional we can visit Ravana tunnels.
● Later in the evening visit Kathirkamam temple in Kataragama dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kataragama.
Gayathree Peedam: Gayathri peedam is believed to be the place where King Ravana’s son Meghanath regain favor of Lord Shiva with penance and pooja’s and in turn was granted super natural powers by Lord Shiva.
Seetha Amman Temple: The site which is believed to have sheltered Sita during her abduction. Today many Hindu devotees flock to the temple throughout the year and worship with fervour and zeal. A century ago, three idols were found onsite which gave rise to the speculation that the temple would have been in existence since ancient times. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman, 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.
Hakgala Botanical Garden: Hakgala Botanical Garden were established back in the year 1861. It was created with the intention of cultivating Cinchona as an experiment. After tea was introduced to the island, garden was used for the cultivation of tea. In the year 1884, it was transformed into a flourishing garden.
Agni Pariksha / Divurampola Temple: Divurumpola means a ‘place of oath’. This is the place where Sita underwent the “Agni” test. She came unscathed and proved her innocence and purity. Sita approached the blazing fire. Joining her palms in salutation, she said, “if I am pure, o fire, protect me.” With these words she jumped into the flames. Then arose from out of the flames, Lord Agni, the fire-god, whom she had invoked. He lifted Sita from the flames unharmed, and presented her to Rama. “Don’t I know that she is spotless and pure at heart? Cried Rama, standing up to receive her. It’s for the sake of the world that I made her go through this ordeal of fire, so that the truth may be known to all.”
The spot was initially fenced and walled to protect it from surrounding wilderness. Then a sapling of the Anuradhapura bodhi tree (one of the 30 original saplings) was planted as a mark of respect of the place. A small Stupa was built subsequently under the Bodhi tree. The temple depicts paintings of the Ramayana epic.
Kataragama Temple: This is the temple of Lord Karthikeya at Kataragama. Lord Karthikeya was requested to go to the battlefield by Lord Indra on the last day of war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the wrath of Brahmastra aimed by King Ravana which otherwise would have weakened Lord Rama. The benefit was one of the most powerful weapon brahma asthra aimed at Lord Rama for the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya.
- Day 6 - PROCEED TO COLOMBO - VISIT USSANGODA, GALLE FORT, RUMASSALA SANJEEVANI MOUNTAIN - TRANSFER TO COLOMBO
● After the breakfast visit the Ussangoda Ramayana site and then proceed to Galle fort.
● Galle Fort walking tour and visit the Rumassala Ramayana site and Japanese Peace Pagoda nearby.
● Proceed to Colombo and Colombo City tour. Optionally we can visit Lord Anjenayar Temple.
● Dinner at outside restaurant and overnight stay in Colombo hotel.
Ussangoda: According to Ramayana, after meeting Sitadevi Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. In the events that unfolded, Lord Hanuman’s tail was set on fire by the rakshasa’s, who in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravana’s empire. Ussangoda is one of the torched areas, which is said to have been a airport used by king Ravana.
Rumassala Sanjeewani Mountain: At different points of time during the war both Lord Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows, fell unconscious and to bring them back to life Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch the lifesaving herbs from Himalaya. Hanuman went to the hill, lifted the whole hill and brought it, as he was not able to identify the lifesaving herbs alone. Parts from the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolu Kanda in Hiripitiya, Ritigala on the Habarana Anuradhapura road, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.
Galle Old Dutch Fort: Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site which countless tourists and locals visit throughout the year. The fort is also known as Dutch Fort and Ramparts of Galle. The Portuguese built the majestic fort back in the year 1588 when they were ruling the territory. After the Dutch took over the reins from the Portuguese, the fort was extensively fortified. The fort which has braved the winds of time for over 400 years continues to amaze visitors with it spectacular appearance.
Lord Anjenayar Temple: This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. It’s the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear. The chariot festival is held annually end December/ beginning of January. Hanuman’s mother is Anjan. Hanuman is known as Anjan + Aiyar = Anjaneyar in South India (Hamuman in North India).
Colombo: Commercial capital and largest city in the island, the name Colombo introduced by the Portuguese in 1505 is believed to be derived from the classical Sinhala name “Kolon Thota” meaning Port on the river Kelani. Things to do in Colombo take a city tour, visit Gangaramaya temple, admire the Red Mosque, take in the genuine vibe of Pettah Market Colombo, relax at Mount Lavinia beach, take a walk on Galle Face Green, walk around Viharamahadevi Park, be mesmerized by the colorful Sri Kailawasanathan temple, visit the Independence Memorial Hall, Colombo National Museum or go up the Lotus Tower.
- Day 7 - PROCEED TO AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE - EN ROUTE VISIT THE VIBEESHANA TEMPLE
● After the breakfast proceed to airport (1 hour drive without stop)
● En-route visit to Kelaniya Buddhist Temple (Vibeeshana Shrine).
● Proceed to departure terminal and end of the tour. Have a nice flight!
Kelaniya Buddhist Temple / Vibeeshana Shrine in Kelaniya: After King Ravana’s death, Vibeeshana was coronated as King of Lanka by Lakshmana at Kelaniya. There are murals enshrined outside the Buddhist temple depicting the crowning of Vibeeshana. The Kelani River is mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana and Vibeeshana palace was said to be on the banks of this river. King Vibeeshana was considered a fair king, as he supported Rama against his own brother’s injustice. Many devotees that visit king Vibeeshana’s shrine pray to him asking his intervention to a fair recourse to their problems. A painting of King Vibeeshana adorns the new Parliament of Sri Lanka. In fact there are no temples dedicated for Ravana, but many exist for Vibeeshana; this goes to prove that his stand towards dharma & justice made people to revere him as a god in Sri Lanka.
- 06 nights’ accommodation at the hotels with breakfast and dinners and the last night dinner outside restaurant in Colombo.
- Arrival and the departure assistance at the airport and transportation by A/C vehicle on private basis with passenger insurance.
- Service of the English/Hindi/Tamil speaking chauffeur guide.
- Vegetarian and Jain Meal Plans
- Free wi-fi, water bottles, sim card
- 'Ramayana in Sri Lanka' book for each family.
- All government taxes are included for above all.
- Air fares and visa charges.
- Sightseeing entrance charges (unless specified).
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any expenses on private basis.