Year Around
Dates
9 Days 8 Nights
Duration
Hindu, Ramayana
Religious
Car/Van/Coach
Transportation

Tour code: DLT-HIN-NO-HIL-SO-9
Tour route: Airport – Chilaw – Trincomalee – Sigiriya – Kandy – Nuwra Eliya – Ella – Katharagama – Bentota – Colombo – Airport
Duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
Transportation: Private A/C Car or Van or Coach with English speaking chauffeur guide
Meal: Only Breakfast

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Platinum Package: Accommodation above 4 Starts on TripAdvisor


TOUR DESCRIPTION
Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic poem which narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. Along with the Mahabharata, it forms the Sanskrit Itihasa.
The epic, traditionally ascribed to the Hindu sage Valmiki, narrates the life of Rama, the legendary prince of the Kosala Kingdom. It follows his fourteen-year exile to the forest from the kingdom, by his father King Dasharatha, on request of his second wife Kaikeyi. His travels across forests in India with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana, the kidnapping of his wife by Ravana, the demon king of Sri Lanka, resulting in a war with him, and Rama’s eventual return to Ayodhya to be crowned king.
The Ramayana is one of the largest ancient epics in world literature. It consists of nearly 24,000 verses, divided into seven books and about 500 chapters. In Hindu tradition, it is considered to be the adi-kavya (first poem). It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king. Ramayana was an important influence on later Sanskrit poetry and Hindu life and culture.
During recent years more and more Hindus from India and Southeast Asia have been eager to visit Sri Lanka not only for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, but in order to honour and absorb the spirituality of those famous Ramayana sections telling about Sita’s unwavering fidelity in captivity and Hanuman’s search and Rama’s fight for her liberation. All of them are located in Lanka. Adoration of Ramayana stories motivates more and more Hindus from India and Southeast Asia to enjoy a combination of holiday and pilgrimage on our island in the heart of the Indian Ocean.
There are more than 50 major and minor sites (temples, caves, gardens, mountains and heritage sites) connected with the Ramayana, spread across Sri Lanka. Most of these are easily accessible. But there are a few that are incredibly hard to locate even with maps and detailed directions.

Any part of this itinerary can be tailor-made to fit your needs, e.g. tour length, activities, destinations.

Please note depending on Arrive and Departure time, first day and last day activities could change.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONBandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or Any Requested Locations.
DEPARTURE TIMEOn Arrive at CMB
RETURN TIMEApproximately 2 hours or more before departure time.
WEARComfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket, and sunscreen.
WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE INCLUDED
Price includes double sharing accommodation.
Including pick up and drop off at the air port Or any requested location.
Transfer in an A/C car with an English speaking chauffeur guide.
Tours include all locations mentioned on itinerary.
Warm welcome by Dream Lanka Tours representative at the airport.
Only Breakfast.
Instant group discount during booking.
WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDED
International flights and Domestic flights.
travel insurance.
On arrival visa fee.
Guide gratuity
Personal expenses, tips or gratuity.
Early check-in & late check-out chargers.
Entrance fees, sightseeing places or type of other fees.
Anything not specifically mentioned in ‘What your Tour Price includes’ box.
1

Day 1

Arrival (CMB) – Chilaw

Welcome to Sri Lanka, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”! On arrival at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, meet your private chauffeur-guide and be driven to Chilaw (approx. 1.5 hrs drive). Travel to visit Munishwaram Temple & Manavari Temple in Chilaw.

Munishwaram Temple (Chilaw):
It is believed that Munishwaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munishwaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran).

Manavari Temple (Chilaw):
is the first lingam installed and prayed by Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in world named after Lord Rama.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
2

Day 2

Chilaw – Trincomalee – Sigiriya

After breakfast travel to Trincomalee to visit Koneshwaram temple and Shankari Devi temple in Trincomalee. Overnight in Sigiriya.

Koneswaram temple (Trincomalee):
Koneswaram temple of Trincomalee (also historically known as the Thirukonamamalai Konesar Kovil, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Thiru-Konamamalai Maccakeswaram Kovil) is an Hindu temple in Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka venerated by Saivites throughout the continent. It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee, a classical period harbour port town.

Shankari Temple (Trincomalee):
The famed SHANKARI Temple, in Sri Lanka, is one of the 18 Devi Temples (Ashta Dasha Shakti Peethas). Many have heard the Ashtadasha Shakti Peetha Shloka starting with LANKAAYAAM SHAANKARI DEVI.composed by Sri Adi Shankara which means Shankari in Lanka. This Shloka enumerates the list of places of Devi temples which are considered to be part of the 18 Devi Peethas.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast
3

Day 3

Sigiriya – Kandy

After breakfast leave to Kandy. In Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth. View a cultural dance in evening. Overnight at Kandy.
In the afternoon visit to the TEMPLE OF THE SACRED TOOTH RELIC. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists. The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times and it’s believed that whoever holds the relic, holds the governance of the country. One of the reasons which caused the ancient kings to protect it with greatest effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach. The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast
4

Day 4

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast you will be leaving to Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea factory en-route to see how the world’s favorite drink is prepared and visit Hanuman temple.  Nuwara Eliya resembles an old English town, complete with a lake, race track, well- kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican Church and an 18 hole golf course. Dinner and overnight at Nuwara Eliya.

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple (Ramboda):
In the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita, the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka built the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Nuwara Eliya is a Colonial township known as the ‘Little England “ for its breezy atmosphere to the outside world and the Islanders. Nuwara-Eliya is a mountainous town situated above 7000 Ft. above Sea level at the central province in the island built around a chilly lake surrounded by lush Tea gardens, abundant vegetable cultivation, stunning water-falls and Virgin woodland.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast
5

Day 5

Nuwara Eliya – Ella

Visit Sitha Amman temple, Divurumpola and Hakgala garden. Dinner & overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Sita Amman Temple (Seetha Eliya):
The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on one side of the temple. The temple today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures; all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens:
This is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marries him. It was here where the heartwarming 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 honor if she 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.

Divurumpola Temple (Welimada):
This is the place where Seetha Devi underwent “Agni Pariksha” (test). It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area. Divurumpola means place of oath in Sinhala. The legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast
6

Day 6

Ella – Kataragama

After breakfast, travel to Kataragama and visit Kataragama temple. Overnight stay in Kataragama. En-route visit Rawana waterfall in Ella. Overnight stay in Ella.

Ravana Waterfall:
It is said that Ravana had kidnapped princess Sita, and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall.

Kataragamam temple:
Kataragamam temple in Kataragama, Sri Lanka, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple complex dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragama deviyo.

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Meal: Breakfast
7

Day 7

Kataragama – Ussangoda – Bentota

After breakfast, travel to Bentota. En-route visit Ussangoda. Overnight stay in Bentota.

Ussangoda:
After meeting Seetha Devi Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. In the event that unfolded Lord Hanuman’s tail was set on fire by the Rakshasas, 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 an airport used by King Ravana.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast
8

Day 8

Bentota – Colombo – Negambo

After breakfast visit the first Anjaneyar temple in Sri Lanka and Kelaniya temple and Leave to a hotel in Negambo for overnight stay.

Anjaneyar Temple (Colombo):
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 Ajanyear.

Kelaniya Temple (Colombo):
After King Ravana’s death, Vibeeshana was coroneted 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.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast
9

Day 9

Negambo – Airport (CMB)

Depend on departure schedule you will take early breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Airport (CMB) or if you have late departure we can arrange sightseeing activities.

Meal: Breakfast

Have a nice and safe flight home

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