Sri Lanka is home to more than 50 Ramayana sites from the place of Sita’s captivity to the battlefields of war where Lord Rama defeated Ravana, the ten-headed demon-king.
Sri Lankans still remember the connection of Lanka to the great epic. An oath taken at the spot where Sita undertook ‘Agni Pariksha’ is still considered valid in village courts or grama sabhas. The colour of the ancient battlefield is said to be red in colour till today and is still surrounded by lighter colored earth. It is said the the patch of the soil is still dark in colour where Hanuman torched the area while he came looking for Sita. Exotic alpine Himalayan species are found suddenly amidst tropical Sri Lankan vegetation, the legacy of Hanuman’s heroic voyage carrying a mountain with life-restoring herbs. The names of places are still unchanged and are still well connected with the epic.
This trail makes you live the moments of the bygone era.
- Munneshwaram Kovil and Manavari
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Trincomalee Nilaveli
- Thiru Koneshwaram Temple
- Kinniya Hot Water Spring
- Nuwara Eliya
- Bakta Hanuman Temple
After arrival at Colombo International Airport, you will be welcomed by your chauffeur guide and be driven to your accommodation in Chilaw
After breakfast, you will proceed to visit Munneshwaram Kovil. There is a beautiful lore about Munneswaram that pre-dates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Then proceed to visit Manavari Kovil, situated 6 km north of Chillaw. Manavari is a temple where Lord Rama installed his first lingam as Lord Shiva advised. This was done as a remedy for committing Brahmincide by killing King Ravana. Lord Rama was advised to build 5 lingams in Sri Lanka by Lord Shiva.
Thereafter proceed to Mannar. In the afternoon, visit Thiruketheeswaram temple, which is located around 10 kilometers from Mannar town along the Mannar Highway. Dinner and overnight accommodation at Mannar.
You will have your breakfast and relax for a while. You will then proceed to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of Sri Lanka’s fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the afternoon, you will enjoy an exclusive private jeep safari at Minneriya National Park or Kaudulla National Park.
After breakfast, you will proceed towards Talaimannar, the geographically closest point to India and the other end of Rama Setu (Adam’s Bridge or Rama’s Bridge). Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura and upon reaching, check-in to your accommodation in Anuradhapura.
After your breakfast, you will proceed to visit Isurumuniya Temple. The Isurumuniya Viharaya, a rock temple in the southern outskirts of Anuradhapura, probably was a place of worship already before the advent of Buddhism on the island. Then you will proceed to Trincomalee.
After breakfast, you will visit Thiru Koneshwaram Temple, a lovely temple located on a rock promontory of Trincomalee, was built by Rishi Agastya on the instructions of Lord Shiva who was impressed by the devotion of King Ravana. Adjacent to this temple, there is another shrine significant for Hindu pilgrims, Shankaridevi Temple.
Thereafter, proceed to visit Kinniya Hot Water Spring. The legendary hot springs believed to have been built by the ancient Sri Lankan king Ravana, in order to complete the last rites of his deceased mother. Return to your accommodation by evening.
Proceed to Sigiriya after breakfast. Check-in at your accommodation and relax.
In the afternoon, you will visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cobra Hood Cave. 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. Back to your accommodation by evening.
Post breakfast, you will proceed to Nuwara Eliya. En route, you will visit Bakta Hanuman Temple. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya, visit to a Tea Plantation and factory before checking-in to your accommodation.
You will proceed to Kataragama after breakfast. Visit Sita Amman Temple en route. You will also visit Divurumpola Temple, where Sita underwent the ‘Agni Pariksha’. Also visit Ravana Waterfall.
Upon arrival at Kataragama, check in to the accommodation.
In the evening, visit Kataragama Temple.
After breakfast, you will proceed to Colombo. En route visit Ussangoda, one of the torched areas by Lord Hanuman.
Thereafter, you will visit Rumassala, a massive hill oddly out of place in the landscape just outside the Galle harbour. Legend details that during the Rama – Rawana war Rama’s brother Lakshman, was injured and Hanuman was sent to Himalayas to fetch medicinal herbs. Hanuman brought a chunk of the peak containing many herbs and a mountain fragment slipped and broke into five pieces of which one fell to Rumassala. It is said to be the place that has the highest specific gravity, globally.
Check in to your accommodation at Colombo. In the afternoon, proceed for a city tour in Colombo and shop till you drop.
After breakfast, you will leisurely proceed to airport to connect to the departure flight.