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Ramayana Trail 07 Days / 06 Nights
fr £ 699 pp
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Get acquainted with the spiritual and religious wonders of Sri Lanka through this amazing tour, the Ramayana Trail of Sri Lanka. This 7 Days/6 Nights tour will take you through sites, which played pivotal parts in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. Visit Hindu and Buddhist temples, relax in the serene environs of ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya and enjoy the world’s best tea at tea plantations. This tour will give you a religious insight and refresh your soul.
Tour At a Glance
- Explore Muneeshwaram and Manavari temples, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva, at Chilaw
- Visit the Kandy Lake and the various Buddhist sites, including Temple of the Tooth, of Kandy
- Learn about the tea making process at the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya
- Visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple and the locally important Kataragama Temple
- Enlighten yourself about the life of Sitadevi (Lord Rama’s wife) at Seetha Amman Temple and Divurumpola, where is underwent a test to prove her chastity
- Tour code: STSL08
- Accommodation Grade
- Private Tour
Day 1Arrive at Sri Lanka
Today, you will arrive
at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. Our representative will meet you at the airport and introduce you to your English speaking chauffeur guide. The representative will assist in transferring you from the airport to your hotel in Colombo. The journey from the airport to Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo will take around 40 minutes in a car.
Upon reaching Colombo, check-in to your hotel.
Have an overnight stay at the hotel. Read More
Day 2Negombo - Chilaw - Kandy
Today, you will travel
from the beach town of Negombo to the historical town of Chilaw to the picturesque city of Kandy.
Post breakfast at the hotel, you will start your journey from Negombo to reach Chilaw - a trip which will take around 1 hour.
After reaching Chilaw, visit the Muneeshwaram Temple in the Puttalam District. There are lots of legends surrounding the creation of this ancient Hindu temple complex, which is a collection of five temples including a Buddhist temple. The central temple is dedicated to Hindu God, Lord Shiva. Legend has it that Lord Rama, the Hindu God and King of Ayodhya, prayed to God Shiva at this location after his victorious battle with demon-King Ravana. After blessing him, Lord Shiva asks Lord Rama to erect and pray to four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, and Thiru Ketheshwaram in Sri Lanka and at Rameshwaram in India.
Later, visit the Manavari Temple on the Chilaw-Puttalam road, around 10 km away from Chilaw. Manavari temple is a highly regarded Hindu temple, considered to be the first lingam set up and prayed to by Lord Rama. The lingam in this temple is also known as Ramalinga Shivan. The only other lingam named after Lord Rama is Rameshwaram in India.
After visiting the temples, proceed with your journey from Chilaw towards Kandy.
The Sri Lankan city of Kandy is a designated World Heritage Site, which was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings before it was brought under British rule in 1815. The surrounding mountains, lush tea plantations and thick rainforest lend it a picture-perfect natural beauty. The highlights of a visit to the city are the famous Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake) and several revered Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine.
At Kandy, check-in to your hotel. Spend the night at the hotel. Read More
Day 3Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Today, you will travel
from Kandy to the scenic city of Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast at the hotel, start your journey from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.
During this journey, you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, which produces among the best tea in the world. This visit will enlighten you about the tea-making process before you get a chance to sip a hot cup of pure Ceylon tea at the factory.
Today’s journey will take you to the revered Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple. This temple, which has Lord Hanuman as the main deity, was built by Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka. The temple is home to a 16-feet-high image of Lord Hanuman. These hills of Ramboda are believed to be the very place where Lord Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. Even today, special pooja (religious rituals to worship a deity) is held here on every full moon day in the presence of thousands of devotees.
Get transferred from tea plantation to Nuwara Eliya.
As part of the journey, visit Gayathri Peedam, considered to be the location where demon-King Ravana’s son Meghanath pleased Lord Shiva with his penance and pooja. Pleased by Meghnath’s dedication, Lord Shiva granted him supernatural powers. Gayathri Peedam is the country’s first temple set up for Gayathri Amman. It is believed that the temple’s Shiva Lingam was brought from the holy river Narmada.
Proceed with your journey and visit the Seetha Amman Temple in Seetha Eliya. Ancient Hindu legends propagate that the stream flowing from the hill fulfilled the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. It is believed that she used to bathe in this stream. Today, there stands a temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana and Hanuman besides this stream. It is believed that Lord Hanuman’s foot prints, of various sizes, are located besides this river.
End the day’s journey with a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya. Also known as ‘Little England’, this destination is located within Sri Lanka’s hill country and is popular with tourists for its refreshingly cool climate and amazing sightseeing opportunities. This destination houses an 18-hole golf course, which is touted to be one of the best across South Asia. Nuwara Eliya’s tea industry plays an important role worldwide as the produce from this region alone accounts for a considerable portion of tea exports.
Check-in to your hotel and spend the night at the hotel. Read More
Day 4Nuwara Eliya - Kataragama - Tissamaharama
Today, you will go
on a journey from Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama, which will take around 4 hours and 30 minutes. There is a short stopover at Kataragama as part of today’s journey.
Begin you journey after a delicious breakfast at your hotel.
Enjoy a short stopover at Divurumpola, which is located around 20 km away from Seetha Eliya on Nuwara Eliya Welimada road. Divurumpola means ‘a place of oath’ in local language Sinhala. According to the legend, following Sitadevi’s freedom from demon-king Ravana, she underwent an ‘Agni Parikhsa’ or a ‘test of fire’ to prove her chastity by offering herself to fire at this place. She was able to prove her holiness as she came out unscathed from fire. This temple, which is known for the oath taken by Sitadevi, is so highly regarded that even the legal system allow and accept swearing done here while settling disputes between parties!
Proceed with your journey and head towards the Kataragama Temple, which is located in the famous pilgrimage town of Kataragama. This town is regarded holy by Buddhists, Hindus and Sri Lankan Veddah people. Visit the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya shrine, which is dedicated to Hindu God Skanda-Murugan. The local name for the Hindu God Skanda-Murugan is Kataragama deviyo. According to folklore, a hero named Kataragama lived and fought many battles with evil forces on this holy land. According to a Hindu legend, the God of War Skanda received a house of leaves and a beautiful wife on his visit to Sri Lanka and this romantic union is commemorated every year with vibrant celebrations. Kataragama is considered to be an important religious site for Sri Lankans irrespective of race, caste or creed.
Continue your journey and proceed from Kataragama towards Tissamaharama, which will take around 20 minutes.
Check-in to your hotel. Read More
Day 5Tissamaharama - Galle - Kalutara
Today, you will go
on a trip from Tissamaharama to Galle, which will take around 3 hours. After exploring the attractions at Galle, you will go on a 1 hour journey to Kalutara.
Post breakfast at your hotel, start your 3 hour journey from Tissamaharama to Galle.
During the journey, visit the mystical hillock of Rumassala. The war between Lord Rama and demon-King Ravana was intense. During the war, both Lord Rama and Lakshmana were fatally wounded and fell unconscious. Lord Hanuman was asked to fetch some life saving herbs from Himalaya to save their lives. However, upon reaching the mountain Lord Hanuman was not able to identify the herbs and instead lifted the whole hill and brought it to the battlefield.
After exploring Rumassala, go on a city-wide tour of the grand, historical city of Galle. The historical city of Galle is located in the south-western region of Sri Lanka. The city boasts of many well preserved sites of its colonial era. Today, it is a designated World Heritage Site containing historical mansions, the Dutch Museum and the Dutch Church.
Continue towards your last destination for the day – Kalutara.
At Kalutara, check-in to your hotel. Read More
Day 6Bentota - Colombo
Today, you will go
on 2 hour journey from Bentota to Colombo. Post breakfast at your hotel, start your day’s journey from Bentota to Colombo.
Have a short stopover at Panchamukg Anjeneyer Temple. This temple is dedicated to Anjaneyar and is considered to be the world’s only temple with a chariot for Anjaneyar.
After reaching Colombo, check-in to your hotel. Read More
Day 7Depart Sri Lanka - UK
Today, your amazing journey across this scintillating country comes to an end. You will reach the airport to depart Sri Lanka for your onward journey to UK with sweet memories. Read More
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- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Room with attached private facilities.
- Bed and Breakfast at all places.
- Services of a English speaking Chauffeur Guide.
- Activities/ Experiences/ Entrance Tickets include Kandy Temple,Tea Factory Visit, Colombo Museum,Gangarama Temple, All Ramayana Trail Sites mentioned above, Galle Fort Museum.
- 02 x Train tickets from Peradniya to Nanu Oya.
- Welcome drink & cold towel during check-in to the Hotel.
- 01 Bottle of Water & 01 Bottle of Soft Drinks during Dinner.
- Kids below 6 years FOC.
- Water on Board the Vehicle during the tour.
- Souvenir from Spice Garden in Matale.
- Herbal Massage at Spice Garden in Matale.
- Visit to Tea Factory & Puer cup of tea.
- In-vehicle Wifi.
- All applicable taxes and service charges.
What's not Included?
- International flights.
- Video Camera and Still Camera permits at the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy.
- Meals not specified above.
- Entrance fees to sites not specified above.
- Cost of beverage throughout the tour.
- Expenses of a personal nature.
- Any items not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.