Hindu, Ramayana
Religious
Year Around
Dates
7 Days 6 Nights
Duration
Car/Van/Coach
Transportation

Tour code: DLT-HIN-HIL-10

Tour route: Airport – Chilaw/Puttlam – Trincomalee – Sigiriya – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella – Kataramaga – Bentota – Colombo – Airport (CMB)

Transportation: Private A/C Car or Van or Coach with English speaking chauffeur guide

Duration: 10 Days 9 Nights

Meal: Only Breakfast

Budget Package: Accommodation below 2 Stars on TripAdvisor

Basic Package: Accommodation above 2 Starts on TripAdvisor

Deluxe Package: Accommodation above 3 Starts on TripAdvisor

Luxury Package: Accommodation above 4 Starts on TripAdvisor

TOUR DESCRIPTION
Ramayana is an ancient Indian epic adi-kavya (first poem) which narrates the struggle of the divine prince Rama to rescue his wife Sita from the demon king Ravana. 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.
All taxes and toll included into the package price.
5% to 10% instant group discount.
WHAT YOUR TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDED
International flights and Domestic flights.
travel insurance.
On arrival visa fee.
Guide gratuity
Personal expenses, tips or grautituty.
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.
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Day 1

Airport (CMB) – Chilaw/Puttlam

Welcome to Sri Lanka, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”! On arrival at Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, meet your private Dream Lanka Tours chauffeur-guide and be driven to Kandy (Approx 2 1/2 Hour Drive).
Sri Munneshwaram Kovil close to Chilaw (Approx 90 Minutes Drive). This temple is one of the 5 major Shiva temples of Sri Lanka and Rameshwaram islands, called Ishwarams. According to a Tamil legend, the temple is situated at a place where king Rama prayed to Shiva after committing the worst crime according to Hindu Dharma, namely Brahmahasti, the killing of a priest, as Ravana who had to be killed by Rama in order to liberate Sita, was of Brahmin caste. Rama stopped the Vimana vehicle at Munneshwaram because of his impression the Doshana sin was not following him at this place. So he ascended from the vimana and prayed to God Shiva asking for a remedy. Shiva advised Rama to install four lingams at Manavari, Trinco, Mannar, and Rameshwaram for this purpose.
Thereafter Manavari Temple (Approx 20 Minutes Drive), this temple 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 the world named after Lord Rama. (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

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Day 2

Chilaw/Puttlam – Trincomalee – Sigiriya

After early breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Trincomalee (Approx 3 1/2 Hours Drive). Koneswaram temple of Trincomalee or Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple – The Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina – Then Kailasam is a classical-medieval Hindu temple complex in Trincomalee, a Hindu religious pilgrimage center in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Built significantly during the reign of the early Cholas and the Five Dravidians of the Early Pandyan Kingdom atop Konesar Malai, a promontory overlooking Trincomalee District, Gokarna bay and the Indian Ocean, its Pallava, Chola, Pandyan, and Jaffna design reflect a continual Tamil Saivite influence in the Vannimai region from the classical period.
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 its whole cliff was destroyed by Portuguese cannonballs. 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 and replaced, being venerated now in this nearby new Shankari Devi temple. Rest of the evening is at your leisure in Sigiriya (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 3

Sigiriya – Matale – Seetha Kotuwa – Kandy

After early breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Kandy via Seetha Kotuwa and Matale (Approximately 5 1/2 Hrs Drive). Seetha Kotuwa is the place where the city of Lankapura once stood. The city had a beautiful palace for queen Mandothari surrounded by waterfalls, streams, and varieties of flora and fauna. Seetha Devi was kept in this palace until she was moved to Ashoka Vatika. Seetha Kotuwa means Seetha’s fort and got its name because of Seetha Devi’s stay here.
Thereafter visit Sri Muthumariamman temple in Matale and the Nalanda Gedige, with the ancient Pallava style of architecture. Rest of the evening is at your leisure in Kandy (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 4

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

After early breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Nuwara Eliya (Approximately 3 Hrs Drive), this city fondly called Little England in Sri Lanka. Full of rustic colonial beauty and grace, this hilly refuge is one of the dreamiest settings on the island. En route witness the picturesque mountain ranges and breathtaking waterfalls. You have a choice to visit a working tea factory where the slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world’s finest Orange Pekoe tea.
Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda (Approximately 1 1/2 Hrs Drive) On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja”s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.
Afterward, check into the hotel in Nuwara Eliya (Approximately 1 1/4 Hrs Drive) and spend some time at leisure. In the evening visit the Gayathri Pe(e)dam in Nuwara Eliya. It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana”s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn, was granted supernatural powers by Lord Shiva Rest of the evening is at your leisure in Nuwara Eliya (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 5

Nuwara Eliya – Ella

After early breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Ella (Approx 1 1/2 Hrs Drive), first stop Seetha Amman Temple -Seetha Eliya. (Approx 20 Minutes Drive) The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. There is a temple erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that footprints akin to Lord Hamunams are found by this river -some small and some large footprints.
Thereafter Hakgala Botanical Gardens was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana. This is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita. 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. Part of this majestic garden still exists.
Next stop will be Divurumpola situated in Nuwara Eliya Welimada road. Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove her chastity by offering herself to the fire. However, she came unscathed and proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.
Next Ravana Ella Falls is a breathtaking waterfall, 1080 feet high (cascades into several falls). In Sri Lanka generally, rocky underground of the waterfalls, hard gneiss or granite, but here the material is khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes decay faster. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana of Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls.
The Ravana Cave tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. These tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. These tunnels networked to all the important cities, airport and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations. Rest of the evening is at your leisure in Ella (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 6

Ella – Kataragama/Tissamaharama

After early breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Kataragama/Tissamaharama. Kataragama shrine, dedicated to God Skanda (Murugan) the God of Love and War. It is believed that this Devala was started in the 2nd Century B.C. by King Dutugemunu (167 –137 B.C.).
This is a very popular place of pilgrimage for south Indian Hindus as it is said that God Kataragama came from India, married a Jungle Girl from Sri Lanka and lived here. When his Indian wife came in search of him he refused to go back. The legend has it that all of them lived here happily thereafter. There are separate shrines for the two wives, Tevani Amman Kovil for the Indian wife and Valli Amman Kovil for the Sri Lankan wife. During the month of July, a 10-day festival is held here with the Perahera (procession), Firewalking, hanging on hooks and other acts of penance being performed by the devotees. The best time to be in the Devala is at the time of the Pooja (Offerings) to see the rituals and the Virgin Dancing girls offering light and dancing in the Devala (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 7

Kataragama/Tissamaharam – Ussanggoda – Bentota

After early breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Bentota. En route visit Ussanggoda, Rumasela in Galle, and Seenigama Temple in Hikkaduwa.
According to Ramayana, after meeting Sitadevi, Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. During the events that unfolded Lord Hanuman’s tail was set on fire by the Rakshasa’s, and Lord Hanuman in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravana’s empire. Ussanggoda is on the torched areas, Besides the Ramayana Trail legend has it that earlier on the Ussangoda plateau was used as an airport by King Ravana for his Dandumonara peacock chariot, before Hanuman devastated the landing site (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 8

Bentoa – Gale – Bentota

After early breakfast at the hotel proceed to Gale and Seenigama Temple. At various times during the war, both Lords Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows and had fallen unconscious. At these times, Lord Hanuman had been instructed to fetch the lifesaving herbs from the jungles of Himalaya to bring them back to life. Mighty Hanuman had gone to the Himalayan hills and lifted the whole hill and brought it back, as he was unable to identify the lifesaving herbs by himself. Parts of the hill is said to0 have fallen in five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolukanda near Heripitiya, Ritigala near Habarana, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.
Afterward, visit the Seenigama Temple in Hikkaduwa. Seenigala, a small village near Hikkaduwa is associated with the Ramayana trail legend; that Seenigama was the landing place where Sugriva, the Varanas King, and their monkey army, launched an attack on King Ravana and his army of Rakshas.
Rest of the evening is at your leisure in Bentota or you also can enjoy a boat ride along River Madu that takes you on a scenic tour around beautiful islets, forested with lush mangroves. Visit the Turtle Hatchery – a prime turtle nesting site which was opened by the Wildlife Protection Society in 1981. You will get to see many newborn turtle hatchlings that are fed well and when 2-4 days old, are released into the sea (If any entrance fees to sites or any other fees not included in the package).

Accommodation: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 9

Bentota – Colombo

After the Breakfast at hotel and Leave for Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Anjaneyar Temple 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 and visit the popular Captain’s Garden Temple, the Murugan Temple at Ginthupitiya devoted to God Skanda, the Kathiresan Kovil at Bambalapitiya.
Kelaniya Temple 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: Base on your package selection

Meal: Breakfast

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Day 10

Negombo/Chilaw – Airport (CMB)

After breakfast (depend on your departure time) you will be transferred to Airport(CMB) on time for your flight back, bringing to an end to an unforgettable Ramayana tour in Sri Lanka.
Depending on the departure time we can arrange a city tour in Negombo.

Meal: Breakfast, depend on your departure time

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