Ramayana Tour -6 days ( 5 nights)

$948.00

USD 460 per person

Attractions

  • Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple Ramboda
  • Mani Kattuther Rock Labookelle Estate
  • Ishtripura – Konda Kattu Gala
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Divurumpola Welimada
  • Seetha Amman temple
  • Ravana Cave
  • Rawana Falls (Bambaragama Ella)
  • Kataragamam temple
  • Ussangoda National Park
  • Sri Vishnu Maha Dewalaya
  • Coconut Hills Mirissa
  • Galle Fort
  • Rumassala Mountain Galle
  • Colombo
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Description

During this 6-day Ramayana Tour, you will be covering some important destinations and Ramayana sights in Sri Lanka. Kandy city is an interesting starting option as you will be exploring hill country and then continuing your tour towards the southern part of the island. Your own private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will be at your service and to guide you throughout the tour. “5 nights’ stay in exclusive star-class hotels will keep you comfortable.”

“Ayubowan” Warmly Welcome to Sri Lanka, the pearl of Indian Ocean! On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be greeted and assist by a representative of Globeenjoy Tours (your Chauffer guide) and driven you to the hotel in Kandy. It’s one of the tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. Check-in to the hotel up-on arrival, relax and freshen up your selves to start exploring.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Ramayana sites en-route.

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Ella. It is a famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka and very famous for Ramayanaya Sites.

Breakfast at the hotel, today you will be driven to Southern part of the country which is famous for its wild life national park and the southern beaches. Visit Ravana Ella and Ravana falls before you start the journey to Tissamaharama.

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Bentota via Mirissa and Galle. Visits famous tourist sites Ramayanaya sights en-route.

Today is your last day of your tour. Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Airport via a city tour in Colombo and visit Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, another famous Ramayanaya site which is close to Colombo.

Radisson Hotel Kandy

Radisson Hotel Kandy welcomes you to the heart of Kandy. It convenient location is ideal for business and leisure with plenty of attractions nearby. Relax in one of their 122 stylish rooms, each equipped with thoughtful and modern amenities to ensure your stay is a comfortable one. all rooms are equipped with modern and thoughtful amenities such as free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea making facilities, and a minibar to enjoy at your leisure.

Heaven Seven Hotel Nuwara Eliya.

Standing on the balcony of the Heaven Seven, the gentle breeze flowing past you, will make your soul feel loved and joyous. With 10 deluxe & Family heavenly spaces in Nuwara Eliya, at Heaven Seven ensure that you spend your well-deserved holiday in a calm and cool style. The rooms are prepared with the perfect combination of fresh feel and colonial touch without discarding any modern comfort. The scenery is overwhelming to your left you’ll be delighted with the wonderfully gay ambience that is forever projecting from the Nuwara Eliya town.

Oak Ray Ella Gap

Oak Ray Ella Gap a popular Ella hotel welcomes guests with luxury rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant / bar. The property also provides free Wi-Fi. The property is located at the Ella city center and is in close proximity to the scenic Ravana Waterfalls, Nine Arches Bridge Little Adam’s Peak and the famous Ella Rock. Rooms are tastefully furnished with air conditioners, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, tea / coffee making facility, safety deposit box and a minifridge. All bathrooms are with free toiletries and hot/cold water. At Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel, the hotel offers free parking. Guests can choose from both buffet and a la carte at their in-house restaurant. A variety of cocktails, wines and beers can be enjoyed at the bar. Cookery classes / demonstrations can be arranged for guests as well.

Oak Ray Wild Yala

A premier among Yala hotels, Oak Ray Wild Yala is situated at Tissamaharama, in close proximity to the Yala wildlife sanctuary. The hotel consists of 44 Superior Deluxe Rooms with modern amenities. The elegant restaurant and bar offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape garden. The pool secluded amongst the landscape garden is a vantage point to soak in spectacular views of the sunset.

EKHO Surf Hotel Bentota

At EKHO Surf, you are assured of a tropical Sri Lankan beach experience. Located on a kilometer stretch of soft sand, renowned as ‘the longest stretch of beach’ on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, edged by the Indian Ocean. EKHO Surf brings together golden sunsets, soft sand and a sprawling lawn with well-appointed rooms and the freshest of seafood, encouraging a truly authentic tropical escape. The stylishly designed 26 deluxe rooms, 71 superior rooms and the serve up views of what is known to be the longest stretch of beach on the southwest coast, immerse one to a sublime state of serenity and tropical bliss.

Kandy City

Visit Rama Viharaya Kandy in the evening.

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple Ramboda

Located on a summit of the picturesque mountain in Ramboda, It is about 30 kms from Nuwara Eliya and the temple is dedicated to the God Hanuman and this is one of important sites of the Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka. An 18ft statue of Lord Hanuman towers at the entrance which is the tallest Hanuman statue in Sri Lanka. This temple was constructed in 1999 and it is believed that Hanuman was searching for Sita Devi and still there are some Ramayana facts available in this area e.g. a village called “Ravana Goda” close to this Bhakta Hanuman Temple. The Tamil word for Ramboda, Rampadai, means “Rama’s force”, this is why Ramboda is believed to be the area where Rama collected his troops. Also, it is believed this was the place where Lord Hanuman took rest while on his way to search Sita.

Mani Kattuther Rock Labookelle Estate

This is a rock in the Labookelle estate. Lord Hanuman met Sitadevi and on his way to announce this happy information to Lord Rama, rested on this hill top. The hilltop where Lord Hanuman is believed to have rested after meeting Sitadevi is known as Mani Kattuther. Today an open temple with statues of Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Lakshmana and Lord hanuman stands on top of it. Locals visit the temple often.

Ishtripura – Konda Kattu Gala

is another ingenious network of paths which are interconnected with all major areas of king Ravana’s city. Istripura means “Area of Women” in Sinhala. This refers to the retinue of ladies Ravana made available to look after Sita. Konda Kattu Gala refers to the many intruding tunnels and caves in this area. This seems to be a part of a great ingenious network of paths, which is interconnected to all the major areas of King Ravana’s city. Sita devi took bath in this very stream and had dried her hair sitting on a rock and put clips to her hair, hence this rock is known as Konda Kattu Gala. This is situated in the Welimada Area.

Nuwara Eliya

“Little England” they call it. It is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”. With a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, and this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, well-tended hedgerows and pretty gardens. Indeed, Nuwara Eliya was once was the favored cool-climate escape for the hard-working and hard-drinking English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry.

Divurumpola Welimada

Divurumpola near Welimada in Sri Lanka’s central highlands has a Buddhist temple with a stupa, which has become a major Hindu pilgrimage site in recent years, as Divurumpola is said to be the location where Sita, consort of Rama, underwent the famous fire ordeal which is known as Agni Pariksha. The Sinhalese name “Divurumpola” means “marketplace of oath”. This is the only reason why it has been identified as the site of the Agni Pariksha. The temple has long been respected as a suitable place for oaths that shall be helpful settling disputes between parties. In recent years, it has been developed into a memorial of the famous Ramayana episode by adding Hindu Ramayana paintings to the Buddhist temple, which now attracts Ramayana Trail pilgrims from India. Besides to Ashoka Vatika in Sita Eliya, where Sita had spent most of her time on the island and was found by Hanuman, the place of the Agni Pariksha in Divurumpola can be regarded as the second most important Ramayana Yatra site in Sri Lanka.

Seetha Amman temple

The Seetha Amman Temple in Seetha Eliya, has been constructed in what is believed to be the last location Sita was held captive by Ravana. It is possibly the only temple in the world to be dedicated to Sita, and is extremely popular amongst the Hindu community, as well as tourists. Although built in the early 2000s, the location of the temple appears to have been a sacred site for much longer, as supported by the discovery of three idols that have been worshipped for centuries. The idols were discovered in a nearby stream, with one purported to be of Sita herself. The stream itself is believed to have been where Sita bathed herself. Legend states that the location of the temple is where the monkey god Hanuman attempted to rescue Sita from the clutches of Ravana, although Sita refused and asked for her husband to rescue her instead. Deep impressions on a nearby rock are believed by some to be imprints left by Hanuman, and others to be imprints left behind by Ravana’s royal elephant.

Ravana Cave

The Ravana Cave is located about 2 km from the Ella town and 11 km (7 mi) away from Bandarawela. It is quite a small cave, measuring about 50ft wide, 150ft long and 60ft high. History says that the cave is used by King Rawana to hide the Princess Sita. The cave lies 1,370 m (4,490 ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka with a historical value. Like the Sthripura Cave in Welimada, legend has it that it was used by King Rawana to hide the Princess Sita. It is also thought to be connected to the cave at the Dowa rock temple in Bandarawela (part of King Walagamba’s famous ‘tunnel network’). Archaeological findings include a human skull dating back to 20,000 BC. These tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. The tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. They networked all the important cities, airports and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations. Existing tunnel mouths are also situated at Ishtripura in Welimada, Senapitiya in Halagala, Ramboda, Labookelle, Wariyapola in Matale, and Seetha Kotuwa in Hasalaka and in many more places.

Rawana Falls (Bambaragama Ella)

There are two waterfalls in the Ella area. The most popular being the waterfall at the Bandarawela – Wellawaya Road. Which is known as “Bambaragama Ella”. This is popularly known by the name of Ravana Ella by the tourists as well as the villagers around. There is another water fall called “Upper Ravana Falls” which is not visible to the main road and generally considers as the real Ravana Falls. Unfortunately, travelers do not visit this place due to security reasons.

Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Alla රාවණා ඇල්ල in Sinhala) is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.

Kataragamam temple

It’s a temple complex dedicated to Buddhist guardian deity Kataragama deviyo and Hindu War God Murugan. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Vedda people. Up until the 1940s a majority of the pilgrims were Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka and South India who undertook an arduous padayatra or “pilgrimage on foot”. Since then most pilgrims tend to be Sinhala Buddhists and the cult of Kataragama deviyo has become the most popular amongst the Sinhalese people. A number of legends and myths are associated with the deity and the location, differing by religion, ethnic affiliation and time. These legends are changing with the deity’s burgeoning popularity with Buddhists, as the Buddhist ritual specialists and clergy try to accommodate the deity within Buddhist ideals of nontheism.

Ussangoda National Park

Ussangoda National Park is a Sri Lankan national park and designated archaeological site, situated on the Colombo – Kataragama road. It is located in the southern sea turtle breeding zones, Ussangoda is a patch of high ground by the sea and spreads over a significant area. Unlike the rest of the land surrounding, it is only covered with grass and a few pockets of pigmy forests. Ussangoda is known for its unusual placement by soil structure, flora, and location. There are many folk stories related to this site which include different takes about the land. General belief is that it is a part of a meteor or a proximity to a meteor hit. The main rationale for this belief is the soils brick-like hard quality with a reddish color which is unique to this patch of land. Some rocks and soil layers contain what some speculate to be remnants of an extreme heat (that can be caused by an event such as a meteor hit). It is also suspected that the soil has a high concentration of minerals/metals giving its unique colour. In several places, especially by the sea facing areas rocks and soil can be observed clearly having multiple layers usually with distinct colorizations.

There are several legends related to the area. The site is considered a sacred/forbidden ground for general affairs in local lore. One popular belief is that Ussangoda is a ground of the local demi-god “Mangara”. Other beliefs range from religiously rooted backgrounds to the unwritten/alternate history related to Ravana. According to Hindu puranas, Ussangoda was one of the landing strips of Ravana’s Pushpaka vimana.

Sri Vishnu Maha Dewalaya

The little town of Devinuwara or the “City of Gods” is located at the most southern edge of the country, about 6.5kms south-east of Matara. Devinuwara is also known as Dondra in English. At the height of its splendor, in the 13th-15th centuries, Devinuwara has been a busy seaport and a most renowned place of pilgrimage and worship. It had been a landmark with its magnificent temple with a roof of gilded copper flashing far into the sea, and undoubtedly must have been an aid to those who sailed the vast Indian Ocean. According to legend Devinuwara was a flourishing city in the time is King Rawana and is connected to the Indian Epic of Ramayana. The 15th century “Paravi Sandeshaya”, a poetical work describes the deity at Devinuwara as a destroyer of Asura. Thus, it can believe that this same deity is also “Rama” of the Ramayana. Mahavansa, the great chronicle of Sri Lanka, tells how the “Upulvan Deiyo” thus Vishnu was selected as the guardian to protect the land of Sri Lanka and Buddhism within it at the time of Buddha’s passing away.

Coconut Hills Mirissa

Coconut Tree Hill is presumably the most well-known place in Mirissa. You can watch the infinite sea and Mirissa bay area from the top of this amazing place. It takes you 10-15 min walk up the street from Mirissa Beach. This place has become so popular that a lot of people wish to make a popular frame of the headland leaving the sea with coconut trees.

Galle Fort

In the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The fort has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria IV, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.

Rumassala Mountain Galle

The epic Ramayanaya has it that, at the bidding of King Rama to find certain herbs endemic to Himalayas for treating his abducted wife Seetha’s wound, his obedient servant Hanuman who unable to locate the required herbs in his mortal haste, had carried from India to Sri Lanka a part of the gigantic Himalayas mountain where the said herbs grew right on his shoulder, and that he’d accidentally dropped a part of it near Galle on the Southern coast, which is known to us today as the Roomassala mountain. The mythology and exaggeration apart, it’s a proven fact that the Roomassala sanctuary abounds with a wide variety of herbs of enormous medicinal value, some of which can be found nowhere else in the country. While the sea meeting the wilderness is not exactly an uncommon phenomenon in Sri Lanka, the rare combination of sea, mountain and forest that make for the much-touted Buena Vista is unique to Roomassla and is a major element of the charm the much-storied mountain by the sea holds.

Turtle Hatchery

The “Sea Turtle Hatchery” is a non – profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation. These turtle hatchery farms are placed in the southern part of Sri Lanka. From the past, due to the cruel activities of humans, there is a danger that turtles are facing extinction for the sake of our future generation. Staff patrols the beach all night looking for mother sea turtles that come out of the ocean to lay their eggs. Protect the mother turtle during the nesting process and when she is finished laying the eggs and safely back in the ocean.

Relax at the beach and enjoy the sunset.

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (which is the official capital of Sri Lanka) suburb or the parliament capital of Sri Lanka. “Kolamba” (Anglicised “Colombo”) is a Sinhalese word; meaning port, ferry, harbor or haven. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and shops. Surprises abound: with a little exploration you’ll find great local food, characterful shops and tiny, convivial cafes. Meanwhile, a building boom like no other is transforming the city’s skyline.

Kelaniya Buddhist Temple – Ramayanaya

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. The reason Lakshmana crowned Vibeeshana, was Kelaniya because Rama had to return to India as he had to continue his self-exile of 14 years to honor the commitment to his father, King Dasarath of Ajodhya. Vibeeshana is considered one of the four guardian deities of Sri Lanka, and temples for Vibeeshana are found throughout Sri Lanka. In fact, there are no temples dedicated for Ravana, but many exist for Vibeeshana; this goes to prove that his stand towards dharma & justice made people to revere him as a god in Sri Lanka. Kelaniya temple. King Vibeeshana was considered a fair king, as he supported Rama against his own brother’s injustice. Many devotees that visit king Vibeeshana’s shrine pray to him asking his intervention to a fair recourse to their problems.

Overview

During this 6-day Ramayana Tour, you will be covering some important destinations and Ramayana sights in Sri Lanka. Kandy city is an interesting starting option as you will be exploring hill country and then continuing your tour towards the southern part of the island. Your own private vehicle with an English-speaking chauffeur guide will be at your service and to guide you throughout the tour. “5 nights’ stay in exclusive star-class hotels will keep you comfortable.”

Itinerary

“Ayubowan” Warmly Welcome to Sri Lanka, the pearl of Indian Ocean! On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be greeted and assist by a representative of Globeenjoy Tours (your Chauffer guide) and driven you to the hotel in Kandy. It’s one of the tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. Check-in to the hotel up-on arrival, relax and freshen up your selves to start exploring.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Ramayana sites en-route.

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Ella. It is a famous tourist destination in Sri Lanka and very famous for Ramayanaya Sites.

Breakfast at the hotel, today you will be driven to Southern part of the country which is famous for its wild life national park and the southern beaches. Visit Ravana Ella and Ravana falls before you start the journey to Tissamaharama.

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to Bentota via Mirissa and Galle. Visits famous tourist sites Ramayanaya sights en-route.

Today is your last day of your tour. Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Airport via a city tour in Colombo and visit Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, another famous Ramayanaya site which is close to Colombo.

Accommodation

Radisson Hotel Kandy

Radisson Hotel Kandy welcomes you to the heart of Kandy. It convenient location is ideal for business and leisure with plenty of attractions nearby. Relax in one of their 122 stylish rooms, each equipped with thoughtful and modern amenities to ensure your stay is a comfortable one. all rooms are equipped with modern and thoughtful amenities such as free Wi-Fi, coffee and tea making facilities, and a minibar to enjoy at your leisure.

Heaven Seven Hotel Nuwara Eliya.

Standing on the balcony of the Heaven Seven, the gentle breeze flowing past you, will make your soul feel loved and joyous. With 10 deluxe & Family heavenly spaces in Nuwara Eliya, at Heaven Seven ensure that you spend your well-deserved holiday in a calm and cool style. The rooms are prepared with the perfect combination of fresh feel and colonial touch without discarding any modern comfort. The scenery is overwhelming to your left you’ll be delighted with the wonderfully gay ambience that is forever projecting from the Nuwara Eliya town.

Oak Ray Ella Gap

Oak Ray Ella Gap a popular Ella hotel welcomes guests with luxury rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant / bar. The property also provides free Wi-Fi. The property is located at the Ella city center and is in close proximity to the scenic Ravana Waterfalls, Nine Arches Bridge Little Adam’s Peak and the famous Ella Rock. Rooms are tastefully furnished with air conditioners, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, tea / coffee making facility, safety deposit box and a minifridge. All bathrooms are with free toiletries and hot/cold water. At Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel, the hotel offers free parking. Guests can choose from both buffet and a la carte at their in-house restaurant. A variety of cocktails, wines and beers can be enjoyed at the bar. Cookery classes / demonstrations can be arranged for guests as well.

Oak Ray Wild Yala

A premier among Yala hotels, Oak Ray Wild Yala is situated at Tissamaharama, in close proximity to the Yala wildlife sanctuary. The hotel consists of 44 Superior Deluxe Rooms with modern amenities. The elegant restaurant and bar offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape garden. The pool secluded amongst the landscape garden is a vantage point to soak in spectacular views of the sunset.

EKHO Surf Hotel Bentota

At EKHO Surf, you are assured of a tropical Sri Lankan beach experience. Located on a kilometer stretch of soft sand, renowned as ‘the longest stretch of beach’ on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka, edged by the Indian Ocean. EKHO Surf brings together golden sunsets, soft sand and a sprawling lawn with well-appointed rooms and the freshest of seafood, encouraging a truly authentic tropical escape. The stylishly designed 26 deluxe rooms, 71 superior rooms and the serve up views of what is known to be the longest stretch of beach on the southwest coast, immerse one to a sublime state of serenity and tropical bliss.

Activities

Kandy City

Visit Rama Viharaya Kandy in the evening.

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple Ramboda

Located on a summit of the picturesque mountain in Ramboda, It is about 30 kms from Nuwara Eliya and the temple is dedicated to the God Hanuman and this is one of important sites of the Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka. An 18ft statue of Lord Hanuman towers at the entrance which is the tallest Hanuman statue in Sri Lanka. This temple was constructed in 1999 and it is believed that Hanuman was searching for Sita Devi and still there are some Ramayana facts available in this area e.g. a village called “Ravana Goda” close to this Bhakta Hanuman Temple. The Tamil word for Ramboda, Rampadai, means “Rama’s force”, this is why Ramboda is believed to be the area where Rama collected his troops. Also, it is believed this was the place where Lord Hanuman took rest while on his way to search Sita.

Mani Kattuther Rock Labookelle Estate

This is a rock in the Labookelle estate. Lord Hanuman met Sitadevi and on his way to announce this happy information to Lord Rama, rested on this hill top. The hilltop where Lord Hanuman is believed to have rested after meeting Sitadevi is known as Mani Kattuther. Today an open temple with statues of Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Lakshmana and Lord hanuman stands on top of it. Locals visit the temple often.

Ishtripura – Konda Kattu Gala

is another ingenious network of paths which are interconnected with all major areas of king Ravana’s city. Istripura means “Area of Women” in Sinhala. This refers to the retinue of ladies Ravana made available to look after Sita. Konda Kattu Gala refers to the many intruding tunnels and caves in this area. This seems to be a part of a great ingenious network of paths, which is interconnected to all the major areas of King Ravana’s city. Sita devi took bath in this very stream and had dried her hair sitting on a rock and put clips to her hair, hence this rock is known as Konda Kattu Gala. This is situated in the Welimada Area.

Nuwara Eliya

“Little England” they call it. It is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means “city on the plain (table land)” or “city of light”. With a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. The city is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, and this genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows, Tudor-style hotels, well-tended hedgerows and pretty gardens. Indeed, Nuwara Eliya was once was the favored cool-climate escape for the hard-working and hard-drinking English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry.

Divurumpola Welimada

Divurumpola near Welimada in Sri Lanka’s central highlands has a Buddhist temple with a stupa, which has become a major Hindu pilgrimage site in recent years, as Divurumpola is said to be the location where Sita, consort of Rama, underwent the famous fire ordeal which is known as Agni Pariksha. The Sinhalese name “Divurumpola” means “marketplace of oath”. This is the only reason why it has been identified as the site of the Agni Pariksha. The temple has long been respected as a suitable place for oaths that shall be helpful settling disputes between parties. In recent years, it has been developed into a memorial of the famous Ramayana episode by adding Hindu Ramayana paintings to the Buddhist temple, which now attracts Ramayana Trail pilgrims from India. Besides to Ashoka Vatika in Sita Eliya, where Sita had spent most of her time on the island and was found by Hanuman, the place of the Agni Pariksha in Divurumpola can be regarded as the second most important Ramayana Yatra site in Sri Lanka.

Seetha Amman temple

The Seetha Amman Temple in Seetha Eliya, has been constructed in what is believed to be the last location Sita was held captive by Ravana. It is possibly the only temple in the world to be dedicated to Sita, and is extremely popular amongst the Hindu community, as well as tourists. Although built in the early 2000s, the location of the temple appears to have been a sacred site for much longer, as supported by the discovery of three idols that have been worshipped for centuries. The idols were discovered in a nearby stream, with one purported to be of Sita herself. The stream itself is believed to have been where Sita bathed herself. Legend states that the location of the temple is where the monkey god Hanuman attempted to rescue Sita from the clutches of Ravana, although Sita refused and asked for her husband to rescue her instead. Deep impressions on a nearby rock are believed by some to be imprints left by Hanuman, and others to be imprints left behind by Ravana’s royal elephant.

Ravana Cave

The Ravana Cave is located about 2 km from the Ella town and 11 km (7 mi) away from Bandarawela. It is quite a small cave, measuring about 50ft wide, 150ft long and 60ft high. History says that the cave is used by King Rawana to hide the Princess Sita. The cave lies 1,370 m (4,490 ft) above sea level on the foundation of a cliff, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka with a historical value. Like the Sthripura Cave in Welimada, legend has it that it was used by King Rawana to hide the Princess Sita. It is also thought to be connected to the cave at the Dowa rock temple in Bandarawela (part of King Walagamba’s famous ‘tunnel network’). Archaeological findings include a human skull dating back to 20,000 BC. These tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. The tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. They networked all the important cities, airports and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations. Existing tunnel mouths are also situated at Ishtripura in Welimada, Senapitiya in Halagala, Ramboda, Labookelle, Wariyapola in Matale, and Seetha Kotuwa in Hasalaka and in many more places.

Rawana Falls (Bambaragama Ella)

There are two waterfalls in the Ella area. The most popular being the waterfall at the Bandarawela – Wellawaya Road. Which is known as “Bambaragama Ella”. This is popularly known by the name of Ravana Ella by the tourists as well as the villagers around. There is another water fall called “Upper Ravana Falls” which is not visible to the main road and generally considers as the real Ravana Falls. Unfortunately, travelers do not visit this place due to security reasons.

Ravana Falls (popularly known as Ravana Alla රාවණා ඇල්ල in Sinhala) is a popular sightseeing attraction in Sri Lanka. It currently ranks as one of the widest falls in the country. This waterfall measures approximately 25 m (82 ft) in height and cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop. During the local wet season, the waterfall turns into what is said to resemble an areca flower with withering petals. But this is not the case in the dry season, where the flow of water reduces dramatically. The falls form part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, and is located 6 km (3.7 mi) away from the local railway station at Ella.

Kataragamam temple

It’s a temple complex dedicated to Buddhist guardian deity Kataragama deviyo and Hindu War God Murugan. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the Vedda people. Up until the 1940s a majority of the pilgrims were Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka and South India who undertook an arduous padayatra or “pilgrimage on foot”. Since then most pilgrims tend to be Sinhala Buddhists and the cult of Kataragama deviyo has become the most popular amongst the Sinhalese people. A number of legends and myths are associated with the deity and the location, differing by religion, ethnic affiliation and time. These legends are changing with the deity’s burgeoning popularity with Buddhists, as the Buddhist ritual specialists and clergy try to accommodate the deity within Buddhist ideals of nontheism.

Ussangoda National Park

Ussangoda National Park is a Sri Lankan national park and designated archaeological site, situated on the Colombo – Kataragama road. It is located in the southern sea turtle breeding zones, Ussangoda is a patch of high ground by the sea and spreads over a significant area. Unlike the rest of the land surrounding, it is only covered with grass and a few pockets of pigmy forests. Ussangoda is known for its unusual placement by soil structure, flora, and location. There are many folk stories related to this site which include different takes about the land. General belief is that it is a part of a meteor or a proximity to a meteor hit. The main rationale for this belief is the soils brick-like hard quality with a reddish color which is unique to this patch of land. Some rocks and soil layers contain what some speculate to be remnants of an extreme heat (that can be caused by an event such as a meteor hit). It is also suspected that the soil has a high concentration of minerals/metals giving its unique colour. In several places, especially by the sea facing areas rocks and soil can be observed clearly having multiple layers usually with distinct colorizations.

There are several legends related to the area. The site is considered a sacred/forbidden ground for general affairs in local lore. One popular belief is that Ussangoda is a ground of the local demi-god “Mangara”. Other beliefs range from religiously rooted backgrounds to the unwritten/alternate history related to Ravana. According to Hindu puranas, Ussangoda was one of the landing strips of Ravana’s Pushpaka vimana.

Sri Vishnu Maha Dewalaya

The little town of Devinuwara or the “City of Gods” is located at the most southern edge of the country, about 6.5kms south-east of Matara. Devinuwara is also known as Dondra in English. At the height of its splendor, in the 13th-15th centuries, Devinuwara has been a busy seaport and a most renowned place of pilgrimage and worship. It had been a landmark with its magnificent temple with a roof of gilded copper flashing far into the sea, and undoubtedly must have been an aid to those who sailed the vast Indian Ocean. According to legend Devinuwara was a flourishing city in the time is King Rawana and is connected to the Indian Epic of Ramayana. The 15th century “Paravi Sandeshaya”, a poetical work describes the deity at Devinuwara as a destroyer of Asura. Thus, it can believe that this same deity is also “Rama” of the Ramayana. Mahavansa, the great chronicle of Sri Lanka, tells how the “Upulvan Deiyo” thus Vishnu was selected as the guardian to protect the land of Sri Lanka and Buddhism within it at the time of Buddha’s passing away.

Coconut Hills Mirissa

Coconut Tree Hill is presumably the most well-known place in Mirissa. You can watch the infinite sea and Mirissa bay area from the top of this amazing place. It takes you 10-15 min walk up the street from Mirissa Beach. This place has become so popular that a lot of people wish to make a popular frame of the headland leaving the sea with coconut trees.

Galle Fort

In the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. The fort has a colorful history, and today has a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population. The heritage value of the fort has been recognized by the UNESCO and the site has been inscribed as a cultural heritage UNESCO World Heritage Site under criteria IV, for its unique exposition of “an urban ensemble which illustrates the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The Sri Lankan government and many Dutch people who still own some of the properties inside the fort are looking at making this one of the modern wonders of the world.

Rumassala Mountain Galle

The epic Ramayanaya has it that, at the bidding of King Rama to find certain herbs endemic to Himalayas for treating his abducted wife Seetha’s wound, his obedient servant Hanuman who unable to locate the required herbs in his mortal haste, had carried from India to Sri Lanka a part of the gigantic Himalayas mountain where the said herbs grew right on his shoulder, and that he’d accidentally dropped a part of it near Galle on the Southern coast, which is known to us today as the Roomassala mountain. The mythology and exaggeration apart, it’s a proven fact that the Roomassala sanctuary abounds with a wide variety of herbs of enormous medicinal value, some of which can be found nowhere else in the country. While the sea meeting the wilderness is not exactly an uncommon phenomenon in Sri Lanka, the rare combination of sea, mountain and forest that make for the much-touted Buena Vista is unique to Roomassla and is a major element of the charm the much-storied mountain by the sea holds.

Turtle Hatchery

The “Sea Turtle Hatchery” is a non – profitable organization which is maintained for the survival of Sea Turtles for the next generation. These turtle hatchery farms are placed in the southern part of Sri Lanka. From the past, due to the cruel activities of humans, there is a danger that turtles are facing extinction for the sake of our future generation. Staff patrols the beach all night looking for mother sea turtles that come out of the ocean to lay their eggs. Protect the mother turtle during the nesting process and when she is finished laying the eggs and safely back in the ocean.

Relax at the beach and enjoy the sunset.

Colombo

Colombo is the commercial capital and the largest city of Sri Lanka. It is located on the west coast of the island and adjacent to Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (which is the official capital of Sri Lanka) suburb or the parliament capital of Sri Lanka. “Kolamba” (Anglicised “Colombo”) is a Sinhalese word; meaning port, ferry, harbor or haven. Colombo’s cosmopolitan side supports ever-more stylish eateries, galleries and shops. Surprises abound: with a little exploration you’ll find great local food, characterful shops and tiny, convivial cafes. Meanwhile, a building boom like no other is transforming the city’s skyline.

Kelaniya Buddhist Temple – Ramayanaya

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. The reason Lakshmana crowned Vibeeshana, was Kelaniya because Rama had to return to India as he had to continue his self-exile of 14 years to honor the commitment to his father, King Dasarath of Ajodhya. Vibeeshana is considered one of the four guardian deities of Sri Lanka, and temples for Vibeeshana are found throughout Sri Lanka. In fact, there are no temples dedicated for Ravana, but many exist for Vibeeshana; this goes to prove that his stand towards dharma & justice made people to revere him as a god in Sri Lanka. Kelaniya temple. King Vibeeshana was considered a fair king, as he supported Rama against his own brother’s injustice. Many devotees that visit king Vibeeshana’s shrine pray to him asking his intervention to a fair recourse to their problems.

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PRICE STARTING FROM USD 460 PER PERSON

Tour Package Includes

  • Private air-conditioned car with an English-speaking chauffer guide for tour and transfers including arrival and departure.
  • Accommodation; double room shearing on HB Basis at all hotels (Dinner & Breakfast)
  • Excursions to above mention Ramayanaya sights (Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple Ramboda, Mani Kattuther Rock Labookelle Estate, Seetha Amman temple, Divurumpola Welimada, Ishtripura – Konda Kattu Gala, Ravana Cave, Rawana Falls, Katharagama Temple, Ussangoda, Rumassala & Vishnu Devala, Dondra)
  • Optional visits to turtle hatchery and other possible excursions which is not mention in the itinerary (Entrance fees to be direct pay by the clients)
  • City tours in Colombo, Kandy, Ella and Galle (according to COVID 19 health protocol guidelines)
  • Two water bottles per person per day during the tour (FOC).
  • Insurance coverage for each passenger during the tour.

 

Special Notes: We strictly request you to follow COVID-19 health protocol guidelines in the leaflets given to you by our national guide. It’s a must that you should follow these guidelines during the tour which is given by the Sri Lanka health ministry along with the Tourist board to make sure that you are safe and secure from COVID 19.

Tour Package Excludes

  • Personal Expenses such as telephone calls, laundry, drinks, etc.
  • Tips and Porterage.
  • Camera Permits for filming.
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the ‘inclusions’

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