The Ramayana is an ancient epic story which follows Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. This is also one of the oldest legendries in the world history. You will visit most of the Ramayana sites during this tour that gives you a very good picture about this ancient epic story.
Pick up from your hotel in Colombo, Mount Lvinia, Negombo or from BIA Airport and driven to Galle. Overnight stay at a 3* Hotel in Galle. Your Stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to visit Rumassala. The legendary chronicle ‘Ramayana’ proclaims that ‘Rumassala’ is a chunk of Himalayan Mountains in India that was brought by Hanuman to find medicine for Lakshman when he was injured in the battle with Ravana. Rumassala hill gives you a beautiful view of the southern coast of Galle. The Rumassala forest is a home to mammals, birds, insects and reptiles. On completion, you will be taken to Ussangoda. Ussangoda differ from other destinations of Sri Lanka because of the exclusive soil structure and flora. There are several beliefs regarding the unique reddish color of the soil. The soil structure has some residuals like a meteoroid hit and is complemented with high concentration of minerals and metals. Due to the Martian look of the ground, it seems like we are on a Mars planet! According to the Ramayana Legend, Ussangoda is the place where King Rawana’s airport was constructed and his big peacock shaped air craft landed. In the evening, you will visit Kataragama Hindu Temple. This temple is dedicated to God Kataragama usually is called Murugan or Kartikeya by Tamils & Kandasamy or God Skandha by Hindus. This multi religious complex has an Islamic Mosque and a Buddhist temple within its Devala premises. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the Sinhala Buddhists, Hindu Sri Lankan Tamils, Sri Lankan Moors and the Vedda people. God Kataragama furthermore has a link to the Ramayana legend. Lord Indra has been given orders to God Skandha to join the battle at the last day of the war to protect Lord Rama from the powerful wrath of king Ravana. Overnight stay at a 3* Hotel in Kataragama. Your Stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya. En route visit Ravana waterfall and Cave. Rawana Waterfall is a legendary waterfall that goes back to the era of Ramayana. This beautiful waterfall is located just near the Ella – Yala road. Measuring 25 m in height, this cascading waterfall is glorious to watch during the rainy season. It is told that King Ravana, kidnapped princess Sita and kept her hidden in a cave located behind the waterfall. Rawana Cave is believed to be one of several places where Rawana hid lovely Indian Princess Seeta after abducting her. Recently a 20,000-year-old skull was discovered in the cave. Measuring about 50ft wide, 150ft long and 60ft high, this cave will not impress a tourist who does not believe Ramayana. Thereafter, you will visit Seetha Amman Temple. Sri Seetha Amman temple is a unique temple situated in Nuwara Eliya. This is believed to be the place where Seeta lived most of the time of her captivity according to the historical Legend of Ramayana. It is also unique in a way that it is one of the very few temples dedicated to Seeta. The place also has footmarks of the monkey god Hanuman. Overnight stay at a 3* Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Your Stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
After breakfast, you will visit Gayathri Peedam. The first and most important temple built for Gayathri Amman (Gayatri being an aspect of Saraswati and the Universal Mother) in Sri Lanka. Gayathri Peedam is said to be the place from where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and worship, before he was granted supernatural powers by the mighty god. On completion of this visit, you will be taken to visit Diurumpola Temple. This place is said to have been the location where Seetha Devi underwent "Agni Pariksha" (test), to prove her chastity. The Sinhalese name “Divurumpola” means ‘the place of oath’. Today the legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties. Proceed to Seetha Eliya and visit Ashok Vatika. Ashok Vatika is a garden, located in Seeta Eliya. According to the historical Legend of Ramayana, Seeta was kept in this garden as she refused to stay in Ravana's magnificent palace. Some of the findings here include a rock on which Seeta used to sit and meditate. In the evening, you will be able to enjoy a short city tour of Nuwara Eliya. Overnight stay at a 3* Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Your Stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to visit Mani Kattuther which is a small and flat rock boulder at the tea plantations of Labookellie estate. It is believed that Lord Hanuman rested on this hilltop on his way back to Lord Rama with the happy news of finding his missed consort Sitha. Today you can see an open temple with statues of Lord Rama, Seeta Devi, Lakshmana and Hanuman. Thereafter, you will visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory before heading to visit Bhakta Hanuman Temple. A temple that has been built as a presiding deity with five meters tall granite statue of Rama's devoted supporter, Hanuman. Hanuman is believed to have started his searching for Seeta in the Baroda hills. The Tamil word for Ramboda - Rampadai means "Rama's force". That’s why Ramboda is believed as the area where Rama collected his troops. On completion of this visit, you will be driven to Kandy. In the evening you will enjoy a short city tour of Kandy including a visit to Kandy Temple. Overnight stay at a 3* Hotel in Kandy. Your Stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Sigiriya. En route visit a Spice Garden in Matale and Wood Carving factory in Naula. In the afternoon, you will visit Sigiriya Rock fortress. Historians believe Sigiriya to have a connection with Ramayana. It is believed that the plateau top was the site of Ravana’s majestic palace, made of solid Gold and crafted by kubera, the Gold of wealth, around 50 centuries ago. If you can closely look, you will see number of caves at the bottom of this rock plateau. Historians believe that Sita had been prisoned in one of these caves. Overnight stay at a 3* Hotel in Sigiriya. Your Stay is on Bed & Breakfast Basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to visit Dunivila. This is said to have been the place from where Lord Rama fired the deadly Brahmasthram weapon at King Ravana. The reason for this identification is "Dunu" which means arrow and "Vila" which means Lake. So, it is explained that this place got its name because Lord Rama fired his arrow from this lake. Thereafter, you will visit Laggala. Laggala is derived from the Sinhala term “Elakke Gala”, which means Target Rock. Laggala served as a watchtower for King Ravana's army. Geographically, this is the highest part of the northern region of Rāvana’s city. The top of Laggala is flat as that is believed to have resulted from being hit by the Brahmasthram weapon after Lord Rama had fired it from Dunuvila for killing Ravana on this rock. On completion of these visits, you will be taken to visit Ritigala. This mountain of mystery is said to have most rare medicinal herbs and plants from the Himalayas on its summit. Legends say that it is a part of Mount Dronagiri. When Lakshman was severely injured by Indrajit during the battle on Lanka, Hanuman was sent to fetch the life-restoring Sanjivani plant from the Himalayas. But when Hanuman realized that he was unable to find this herb in time, he lifted the whole Dronagiri and flew with it to Lanka, but on the way, he lost some parts of it. Ritigala being one of them. Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Sigiriya. Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Trincomalee. On arrival, you will visit Koneswaram Temple which is located on a rock promontory of Trincomalee. This is one of the Pancha Ishwarams dedicated to Shiva. It 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 to get rid of the malediction of killing Ravana. After this visit, you will be able to visit Shankari Temple is one of the 18 Devi Temples (Ashta Dasha Shakti Peethas). This Shankari Devi temple was reconstructed in a new place. The original Shankari Devi temple said to be built by Ravana, but its whole cliff was destroyed by Portuguese cannon balls. Only a pillar for commemoration is placed on that location now. It is believed that the original idol of the Goddess has been preserved and replaced nearby new Shankari Devi temple. Spend the rest of the day at leisure on the beach. Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Trincomalee. Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast basis.
After breakfast, you will be taken to visit Manavari Temple. Manavari, about 6 km north of Chilaw, is the first place where Lord Rama installed a Lingam, as a remedy to Lord Shiva after committing Brahmincide by killing the King Ravana who was a Brahmin. This Shiva Lingam in Manavari is called Ramalingam because it was made by Lord Rama. There are only two Lingams in the world named after Lord Rama, the other is in Rameswaram in India. Thereafter, you will visit Munishwaram Temple. An important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka, which has been in existence at least since 1000 CE, although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana. The temple is one of the ancient Pancha Ishwarams dedicated to Shiva in the region. Munishwaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). It is believed that the Shiva Lingam was already here when Lord Rama visited this place. Overnight stay at 3* hotel in Waikkal. Your stay is on Bed & Breakfast basis.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Airport for the departure or dropped off in Colombo.