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The Ramayana Trail 

Daywise Ramayana Trail Itinerary

 Day  01 : Airport - Katunayake 

Welcome to Sri Lanka at 22:20 hrs. Meet and greet at the airport by our representative. Thereafter, travel to Negombo. Arrive at hotel and check in for overnight stay is in Negombo.

Day – 02 Katunayake - Kandy 

Breakfast is at hotel and leave for Kandy.
En-route visit Munneshwaram temple.
Legend– Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’s Vimanas. He felt he was being followed by Bramahathi Dosham as he killed King Ravan who was a Brahmin. He stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the “Bramahathi Dosham”was not following him. He descended from the Vimana and asked god Shiva for a remedy and was asked to install and pray four lingams in Manvari, Thirukoneshvaram, Thiruketheeshwaram, and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the Dosham.
Thereafter, continue to Kandy (Munneshweram to Kandy approx. 3 ½ hours)…  Arrive and check in at hotel in Kandy.
Evening: Witness a cultural show and visit the Temple of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
Kandy, locally referred to as Maha Nuwara (meaning The Great City), is the Hill Capital and one of the most scenic cities in the country. It is also home to one of the most revered places of Buddhist worship in Sri Lanka. The sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is housed in the temple, known as the Dalada Maligawa.  Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day – 03 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya 

Breakfast at hotel and visit the city of Kandy and travel to Nuwara Eliya.
Sri Lanka's second city is Kandy, a beautiful historical city in the citadel of the country. It is not only
known for its great kings who ruled the city for almost 225 years independently until the British took over in 1815, but it is also the place where the Sacred Tooth of the Buddha is laid in a magnificent temple. The incomparable Perahera celebration, a procession of more than 100 elephants, is held during the month of August every year. The City of Kandy was known in the early days as "Senkadagalapura”, is a World Heritage Site. Kandy lies in a triangular valley surrounded by mountains and tea plantations, resembling a sheet of green velvet covering the hills. A modern commercialized location serving as the hub of the central province remains the Cultural Capital of Sri Lanka with a rich heritage of living monuments. At the centre of the city lie an artificial lake and the temple of the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha, which is the holiest shrine in the country. The ‘Upper Lake Drive’ will give a panoramic view of the City of Kandy. In this city, it is also a good shopping location to see and purchase Gem and Jewellery, Handicrafts, Silks and other items. A complete introduction to all Sri Lanka Gems is made when one visits a Gem and Jewellery emporium. En-route visit Hanuman Temple in Ramboda (from Kandy to Ramboda 2 hour drive). Visit tea estate and Tea factory. Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea. Since the introduction of tea  to Sri Lanka in mid 19the century Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of the tea industry. For many miles prior to reaching Nuwara Eliya from either direction you will find acres and acres of tea plantations, in fact nothing but tea estates. There are many factories open for visitors which also have tea sales outlets. Then leave to Nuwara-Eliya (from Ramboda to Nuwara Eliya – approx. 1 hour drive).
Legend - The Ramboda area is believed to be an area where Rama’s forces were gathered against Ravana. RamPadai means Rama’s Force. The hills of Ramboda is also believed where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. The Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built an Anjaneyar temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman temple and the image of lord Hanuman here is 16 Feet tall.
Check-in at hotel for overnight stay in Nuwara-Eliya.

Day – 04 Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing 

Breakfast at hotel.Visit Ashok Vatika and Devroumpola.   Legend – Sita Amman - The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashok Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. About a century ago, three idols were discovered in the stream, one of which was that of Sita. It is believed that the idols have been worshipped at this spot for centuries. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman's are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size. Legend – Divurumola, This is the place where Seetha Devi underwent Agni Pariksha (Test). It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area. Dirumpola means “place of oath in Singhala. The legal system permits and accepts the searing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties. Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day - 05 : Nuwara Eliya - Awissawella - Beruwela  

Breakfast is at hotel.  Proceed to Beruwela via Awissawella and Horana en route visiting a spice garden. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka's celebrated exports. Spices are grown mostly in home gardens (as a home industry) and used to flavor food as well as for medicine and cosmetics. Visit a spice garden and sample scents and flavors such as cinnamon, ginger, pepper, vanilla, cardamom etc. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Bajan ceremony organised in a separate hall with sound equipment. Dinner and overnight stay is at the hotel.

Day – 06 Beruwela - Galle - Beruwela 

After breakfast, proceed to Galle and visit Seenigama Temple and visit Sanjeewani Drop in Galle. Legend - Sanjeevani Drop - At different point of time during the war both Lord Rama and Laxmashana were hit by powerful arrows, fell unconscious and to bring them back to life Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch the lifesaving herbs from Himalaya. Hanuman went to the hill, lifted the whole hill and brought it, as he was not able to remember and identify the lifesaving herbs alone. Parts from the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka and one of them are Rumassala in Galle. Late afternoon, return to the hotel in Beruwela for overnight stay.

Day – 07 Beruwela - Colombo - Katunayake 

After breakfast leave for Colombo en-route visit Anjiniyar Temple.  Legend- This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. It’s the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear. The chariot festival is held annually end Dec/ beginning of January.  Hanuman’s mother is Anjan. Hanuman is known as Anjan + Aiyar = Anjaneyar in South India (Hamuman in North India). Leave for Kelaniya Temple (from Colombo to Kelaniya temple - approx. 1 hour). Legend – 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. The reason Lakshmana crowned Vibeeshana, was because Rama had to return to India as he had to continue his self-exile of 14 years to honour the commitment to his father, King Dasarath of Ajodhya. There exists as Buddhist temple and shrine for King Vibeeshana. Vibeeshana is considered one of the four guardian deities of Sri Lanka, and temples for Vibeeshana are found throughout Sri Lanka. A painting of Kind Vibeeshana adorns the new Parliament of 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. Time permitting, visit the Colombo city with some last minute shopping… COLOMBO is Sri Lanka's Commercial Capital. Colombo is a bustling, vibrant cosmopolitan city located on the west coast of the island. It was made the capital city when Ceylon was ceded to the British Empire in 1815 and remained so until 1978, when the administrative functions were moved to Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte. Among its many attractions are The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre, in contrast to its modern architecture, the old Parliament Building stands majestically in all its grandeur, along with many grand old colonial buildings, leftovers from the days of the British, Portuguese and Dutch Empires. The City’s promenade, the Galle Face Green is a mile-long stretch along the coast where the sapphire waters shimmer in the dazzling sun. Famous for its nightlife, one can wine, dine and dance till the wee hours of the morning. Colombo is also home to a number of star class hotels, entertainment venues and corporate offices. Shopping could be done at Odel and House of Fashion.    Continue to Negombo and check-at the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 08 : Katunayake - Airport

After breakfast,  Leave for the airport and connect the departure flight.
Flight back home with wonderful memories


 

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