Year Around
Dates
6 Days 5 Nights
Duration
Hindu, Ramayana
Religious
Car/Van/Coach
Transportation

Tour code: DLT-HIN-HIL-SO-6

Tour route: Airport – Kataragama – Nuwra Eliya – Kandy – Sigiriya – Negombo – Airport

Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights

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

Meal: Only Breakfast


Basic Package: Accommodation below 2 Stars on TripAdvisor

Silver Package: Accommodation above 2 Starts on TripAdvisor

Gold Package: Accommodation above 3 Starts on TripAdvisor

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) – Kataragama

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 Kataragama(approx. 5.5 hrs drive). En-route visit Ussangoda. Visit Kataragama temple in evening. Dinner & overnight in Kataragama.

Ussangoda:
According to Ramayana, 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.

Kataragama temple:
This is the temple of Lord Karthikeya Subramaniam 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 Brahmasthra aimed by King Ravana which other wise 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.
Accommodation: Select your Room Type
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Day 2

Kataragama – Nuwra Eliya

After early breakfast leave Kataragama and travel to Nuwaraeliya. Visit Ella, Seetha Amman kovil, Haggala botanical garden and Divurumpola. Dinner & overnight 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.

Ella:
Ella is a small mountain village near Bandarawela and boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where local legend claims Ravana was hiding Sita. First there is the Ravana Ella Cave, located at the massive Ella Falls; a breathtaking 1080 feet high waterfall that cascades into several falls. The rocky undergoes of the waterfall is Khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes faster decay as hard gneiss or granite. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfall. A nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters is where Sita is said to have bathed Ravana.

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
3

Day 3

Nuwara Eliya – Kandy

After breakfast travel to Kandy. En-route visit tea plantations, tea factories, ramboda waterfall and Sri Bhakta hanuman temple. In Kandy, visit temple of tooth relic. Dinner & overnight stay in Kandy.

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.

Temple of the tooth relic (Kandy):
This temple, the most important one for The Sri Lankan Buddhists was built in the 16th Century A.D. solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic. Observe the magnificent Architecture of that period and experience the tranquility of the atmosphere.

Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast
4

Day 4

Kandy – Sigiriya

After breakfast travel to Sigiriya. En-route visit a spice garden. Climb the Sigiriya fortress and Ritigala. Then visit Cobra cave. Dinner & overnight stay in Sigiriya.

Sigiriya:
Sigiriya, also known as Lion Rock, is an ancient capital of Sri Lanka and arguably one of the most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites that one should not miss during your Sri Lanka Tour. Often considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World by locals, this ancient fortress has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Besides its world famous rock fortress, Sigiriya is also the place that is related to Ramayana tales. According to the legend, Naguliya Cave in Sigiriya is believed to be one of the places where Ravana kept Seetha Devi captive in Sri Lanka.

Cobra cave (Sigiriya):
This is called Cobra Hooded Cave as it has its shape. The tradition states that Sita was held in captivity here. There are many pre-historic drawings on its ceiling. There is a distinct link between Sita and the cave and it the following is inscribed, ‘Parumaka naguliya lene’. It would have been inscribed after Rawana’s period but positively it has a connection to Sita’s stay in this cave, as the word ‘naguliya’ refers to Sita

Ritigala:
Ritigala has 70 caves that have been used as dwellings by the earliest inhabitants of Sri Lanka and subsequently as monasteries. Ritigala in the Anuradhapura District is associated with the episode in the Ramayana where Hanuman is sent to the Himalayas to fetch medicinal herb to treat the injured Luxhmana. However, the mountain fragment slipped and fell while Hanuman was over Lanka, and it broke into pieces.
Accommodation: Select your Room Type
Meal: Breakfast

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Day 5

Sigiriya – Chilaw – Negombo

After breakfast we leave for the Munishwaram Temple & Manavari Temple in Chilaw. Dinner and overnight in Negombo.

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
Meal: Breakfast

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Day 6

Negombo – 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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