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This tour package covering most of the Ramayana Heritage site in Sri Lanka.8 world heritage sites including cultural and natural sites.The life of Ravana, one of the most powerful beings ever to roam the universe, if Hindu legends are to be believed, had unfolded in the small island Sri Lanka, where he ruled with mighty power over gods, humans and demons.some believe Ramayana to be a semi-fiction woven around a real King who ruled over Sri Lanka from 2554 to 2517 BC.Around 60 of RAMAYANA sites & Traditional Hindu worship places in Sri Lanka.
|Day||Route||Best Places||Over Night||Accomodation|
|1||Airport – Negombo||Negombo Night Bazzar,City Tour,Negombo Beach||Negombo|
|2||Negombo – Chilaw – Anuradhapura||Munneshwaram Templ,Manavari Temple,Udappu,Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanweliseya||Anuradhapura|
|3||Anuradhapura – Mannarama – Jaffna||Ketheeshwaram Kovil,Thalladi sanjeewanee mountain Mannar,Nallur Kandaswamy Temple Jaffna,Naguleshvaram Temple, Nilawari,Selva Sannidhi,||Jaffna|
|4||Jaffna – Nagadeepa – Jaffna||Nainativu, Kachchativu,Sanjeevani drops and Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, Kandarodai, Velannai Island,Naninativu Island,Nagapushani Amman Kovil, Delft Island,Jaffna City Tour||Jaffna|
|5||Jaffna – Nagadeepa – Jaffna||Nainativu, Kandarodai, Velannai Island,Naguleshvaram Kovil ,Naninativu Island,Nagapushani Amman Kovil,Nagadipa temple, Delft Island,Jaffna City Tour||Jaffna|
|6||Jaffna -Mulaittivu – Trinco||Kannagi Amman Kovil in Vattapalai,Koneswaram Hindu Kovil,Thiru Koneshvaram,Sri Shankari Devi Shakthi Pitam, Vilundri,Kanniyai and Kanniya Hot Water Wells,Marble Beach.||Nilaveli|
|7||Trinco – Batticaloa – Polonnaruwa – Habarana||Fort Fredrick,Robert Knox’s Tamarind Tree, Verugal-Pada Yatra,Sitthandi – Pada Yatra, Amarnthakali,Mandur – Pada Yatra, Kokkattichcholai,Pasikuda Beach,A15,The Lady Manning Bridge,Polonnaruwa City Tour,Parakkrama Samuddraya,||Habarana|
|8||Habarana – Ritigala – Dambulla – Habarana||Ritigala Strict National reserve,
Pink Quartz Range,Aukana,Dambulla Golden Cave Temple & Rock Temple, Ride On Elephant
|9||Habarana – Sigiriya – Kandy||Sigiriya,Sigiriya Museum, Pidurangala,Matale Spice Gardern,Nalanda Gedige,Temple of The Tooth,Kandy Dance||Kandy|
|10||Kandy – Rattota – Sita Kotuwa – Kandy||Muthumariamman Kovil Matale,Riverston and Knuckles Mountain Range,Rattota,Lakgala and Yahangala,Sita Kotuwa, Gurulupotha,Weragantota,Dunuvila,Kandy City Tour||Kandy|
|11||Kandy – Nuwara Eliya||Tea Plantation, Labookelle Tea Centre, Ramboda Ella,Hanuman temple,Gayatri Pitam,Pussellawa,Queen Victoria Park,Geogry Lake.||Nuwara Eliya|
|12||Nuwara Eliya- Horton Plains-Nuwara Eliya||Hakgala,Pathala Lok,Sita Amman Temple and Ashoka Vatica, Sita Eliya,Divurumpola,Vidurupola,Gavagala,Kondagala, Ravana Goda, Ishtripura Caves,Welimada,Ravana Cave Ella, Yudaganawa,||Nuwara Eliya|
|13||Nuwara Eliya – Kataragama||Divurumpola,Vidurupola,Gavagala,Kondagala, Ravana Goda, Ishtripura Caves,Welimada,Ravana Cave Ella, Yudaganawa,||Kataragama|
|14||Kataragama – Kosgoda.||Sella Kataragama,Kirinda,Ussangoda,Rumassala sanjeewanee drops,Galle Fort,Seenigama temple,sunami Memorial & amp; Mesuem,Moonstone Mine, Mask Museum,Kosgoda Sea Turtle Hatchery.||Kosgoda|
|15||Kosgoda – Colombo||Madu Ganga Boat Trip/Bentota river safari, Kande Viharaya,Sri Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya Kaluwamodera,Sitawaka,
Kelaniya,Panchamuga Anjaneyar,Colombo City Tour,Gangarama Temple, Apegama,Diyatha Uyana,Galle Face Green,
|16||Colombo- Airport.||RELAX & SHOPPING…GOODBYE TO SRI LANKA……..|
Arrival at Colombo Airport.Our representative meet at airport and transfer to one of the leading hotel in Negombo.Negombo is Sandy long Beach.After short break You will start the tour. Negombo City tour, Boat trip through the Dutch cannel and visit Dutch Fort and Negombo beach.Negombo is the fifth largest city in the country. This was under Portuguese, Dutch and British influence.Over Night at Negombo.
Munneshwaram Kovil and Manavari Temple.After the breakfast will travel to Munneswaram Kovil.The Munneswaram temple, dedicated to Lord Ishwara.This is one of the three celebrated ancient Isvarams of Lord Siva – the other two being Thirukethiswaram near Mannar and Konneswaram in Trincomalee.This Kovil is situated about half a mile east of Chilaw.The annual Munneswaram festival is an important part of the Temple calendar.It lasts for 27 days usually in the months of August and September.Another special feature of Munneswaram is the celebration of the nine-day festival of navarathri in honour of the three major sakthis or consorts of Brahma, Vishnu and Siva – three days to each consort. Parvati or Uma is the consort of Siva, Lakshmi is Vishnu’s consort and Sarasvati is Brahma’s – bestowers of fruitfulness, wealth and wisdom respectively.According to a Tamil legend, the temple is situated at a place where king Rama prayed to Shiva after committing the worst crime according to Hindu Dharma, namely Brahmahasti, the killing of a priest, as Ravana who had to be killed by Rama in order to liberate Sita, was of Brahmin caste. Rama stopped the Vimana vehicle at Munneshwaram because of his impression the Doshana sin was not following him at this place. So he ascended from the vimana and prayed to God Shiva asking for a remedy. Shiva advised Rama to install four lingams at Manavari, Trinco, Mannar and Rameshwaram for this purpose.Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed to the Siva lingam after the end of the war with King Ravana. To date this lingam is called as Ramalinga. This Lingam was made by Rama and therefore it is called Ramalingam.Then traval to Anuradhapara and visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanweliseya and many more Buddhist ancient places. Over night stay at Anuradhapura.
Thiru Ketheeshwaram Kovil and Thalladi, Sanjeevani drops. Third day Tour start Kalpitiya –Anuradhapura.Thiru Ketheshwaram is the third Lingam in Lanka, which was installed and prayed by Lord Rama to get rid of the Brahmasthi dosham.Ranmasu Uyana and many more to visit.The temple was rebuilt 1903 after being destroyed by the Portuguese invaders and religious fanatics in 1575. King Ravana’s wife Manthodari is believed to have been from this town, and her father is said to have built the temple. Another legend has it that the planetary god Ketu worshipped Shiva in this shrine, this is why it is called “Keteeshwaram”.The history of the temple goes back to the era of Chola. It is believed to be built in 600 B.C. Another story related to the Kovil says that the father-in-law of Ravana, the king of Lanka, built Thiruketheeswaram. Ravana himself had been a devotee of Koneswaram Temple, Trincomalee. Rama, who built the Sivan Temple at Rameshwaram, on his way back to Ayodhya from Lanka, is reputed to have worshipped Lord Siva at the Thiruketheeswaram as well.Thalladi Sanjeenavi drops is another place to visit. At different points of time during the war both Lord Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows, fell unconscious and to bring them back to life Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch the life saving herbs from Himalaya. Hanuman went to the hill, lifted the whole hill and brought it, as he was not able to identify the life saving herbs alone. Parts from the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolu Kanda in Hiripitiya , Ritigala on the Habarana Anuradhapura road, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.visit Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna and Jaffna City Tour
Over night at Jaffna.
Kachchativu, Sanjeevani drops and Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil After the Breakfast proceeds to Kachchativu.Kachchativu is a small island in the middle of the Palk Strait, halfway between Jaffna and India’s Rameshwaram. It is one of the spots associated with the much-loved story of Hanuman carrying through the air a part of the Himalayas to Lanka in order to cure Rama and Lakshmana from otherwise never-healing wounds. Only special herbs from the Himalayas could help, but Hanuman had forgotten their complicated names when he arrived in the Himalaya mountains, so he took a whole mountain back to Lanka. But on the way he lost some parts of it. So one of these rocks fallen down from the air is Kachchativu island. visit Nilawari giant well in Puttur.Nilawari, also spelled Nilavarai, is located in Puttur 14 kms northeast of Jaffna town. Nilawari is popular among locals and Ramayana Trail pilgrims for its giant natural underground water well of unknown depth. The water is a little bit salty, but drinkable. The well never dries up, not even during severe droughts. It is told that when Lord Rama’s army entered Lanka they took positions on different sides. The army situated in the northern dry zone faced a severe water crisis. But Lord Rama shot a magic arrow into the ground and water sprung out immediately. Another version of the legend has it that the arrow was shot by Hanuman to satisfy the thirst of Rama. Over night at Jaffna.
Naguleshvaram Kovil and Nagapushani Amman Temple .Naguleshvaram Kovil in Keerimalai is a village 18 kms north of Jaffna at the northern shores of the Jaffna peninsula. Its two attractions are mineral springs believed to be of healing power and the adjacent famous Naguleshwaram temple, this Shiva temple is the northernmost of the 5 Isvarams, venerated since ancient times. The sage Nagula Muni was cured after bathing in the holy water of the springs and therefore built the temple for praising the Shiva Lingam.and visit Nagapushani Amman on Nainativu Island.Nagapushani Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located on the island of Nainativu, west of the Jaffna peninsula. It is dedicated to Parvati who is locally known as Nagapushani and to her consort Shiva who is named as Nayinar here. Adi Shankara, India’s great 9th century Vedanta philosopher, identified the shrine as one of 64 Shakti Pithas. For Tamil people this temple for the goddess traditionally is eminently respectable. An annual 16 day Mahostavam festival of this Nagapushani Amman temple on Nainativu Island, held in June, is usually attended by more than 100,000 pilgrims..Over night at Jaffna.
Vilundri and Thiru Koneshwaram .Today tour start early and travel to Thiru Koneshwaram and visit Kannagi Amman Kovil in Vattapalai,Koneswaram Hindu Kovil,Thiru Koneshvaram,Sri Shankari Devi Shakthi Pitam, Vilundri,Kanniyai and Kanniya Hot Water Wells,Marble Beach.Vilundri on the way to Trincomale.Vil means bow, and Undri means resting. This is why the Tamil name of this place, Vilundri, is believed to have been a spot where Lord Rama, with his consort Sita returning home to Ayodhya, stopped on his way to Thiru Koneshwaram and rested with his bow on the ground.after visit Thiru Koneshwaram in Trincomalee.Thiru Koneshwaram is lovely 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. This place is unique in this respect, the Lord building a temple for his devotee as a reward for his devotion. Lord Rama is believed to have offered his prayers here, too, in order to get rid of the malediction of killing Ravana who was a Brahmin, meaning Brahmahasthi Dosham.
Over Night at Nilaveli Beach.
Amarnthakali Kovil and Amman Kovil, Vantharumulai.Amarnthakali is believed to be the place where Lord Rama, Seethadevi and Lakshmana had their first meal after the ravages of the war. There is also a lake at this place known as Hanuman Lake or the old lake, which served to extinguish the fire set on lord hanuman’s tail. Today their exists a temple for Kali Amman , Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.The Old Dutch Fort,Batti Lighthouse, Maamangeswaram Pillaiyar Kovil,and Kudumbimalai,Palustya statue at Polonnaruwa,Parakkrama Samuddraya.
Over Night at Habarana.
Ritigala, Sanjeevani drops and Dambulla Golden Cave Temple & Rock TempleAfter early breakfast proceed to the Ritigala.Ritigala is the highest range of hills in Sri Lanka’s so-called Cultural Triangle, which was the core region of the ancient and medieval Sinhalese civilization. In Ritigala there was one of the most important monasteries of austere forest monks. It also served as a pilgrim’s place and had a hospital for Ayurvedic treatment, because the Ritigala hills are famous for their abundance of medical plants. Legend has it that the cause for this is: Ritigala wass a part of Mount Dronagiri. When Lakshmana 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 brought it to Lanka flying through the air, but on the way he lost some parts of it, Ritigala being one of these so-called Sanjivani drop.after visit Pink Quartz Range, Aukana,Over Night at Habarana.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dolu Kanda, Sanjeevani drops.Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in Matale district near Dambulla. Sigiriya is famous for its palace ruins on top of a massive 200 meter(660 ft) high rock surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures. There are about 1200 steps. The rock itself is a lava plug left over from an ancient long extinct volcano. It is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescoes), which are similar to those found at Ajanta Caves in India. It is generally agreed, however, that the Sigiriya Frescoes exhibit a uniquely Sri Lankan style.More mysteries of Sigiriya are Frescoes,The Mirror Wall,Cobra Hood Cave,The Water Gardens,The Boulder Gardens,The Terraced Gardens.It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.Dolukanda is a table mountain rock 20 kms north of the district’s capital Kurunegala, close to Hiripitiya village. During the war with Ravana’s army of demons both Lord Rama and Lakshmana were seriously wounded by powerful arrows and fell unconscious, Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch life saving herbs only growing in the Himalayas. Hanuman carried a whole mountain range to Lanka, to be sure not to have left behind some of the life saving herbs. Parts from that piece of the Himalayas fell on five places in Lanka. Dolukanda in Hiripitiya, north of Kurunegala, is believed to be one of them. This legend explains the abundance of Ayurvedic herbs in this area, which was one reason to build the nearby ancient forest monastery called Arankale which during the Anuradhapura period served as a healing center, too.En route visit Matale Spice Gardern,Nalanda Gedige. Evening visit Temple of The Tooth and Kandy Dance .Over Night at Kandy.
Rama Temple at Rattota,Dunuvila near Riverston,Lakgala peak of Knuckles Range and Sita Kotuwa in the jungles near GurulupotaAfter Breakfast Travel to Matale.Rattota east of Matale is the gateway to the Riverston pass, sometimes called Sri Lanka’s second Horton Plains. The Riverston area is crowded with places which recently became linked to the Ramayana in promotion of the so-called Ramayana Trail. Rattota is home to one of the very few Hindu temples in Sri Lanka dedicated to Lord Rama, whereas most Tamil temples on the island first and foremost honor Shiva or one of his family members. To be more precise.The cartels behind the Dunuvila lake are called Laggala which when translated into English gives us the meaning target rock. Laggala served as a sentry point to the King Ravana’s army and it was from this rock the first Glimpse of Lord Rama’s army was sighted and informed to King Ravana. This hill is geographically the highest part of the northern region of King Ravana’s city and on a clear day the north east side that is Thiru Koneshwaran and north west side that is Talai mannar could be seen even today. King Ravana is believed to have done meditation on this rock and prayed Lord shiva at Thiru Koneshwaran from this point.Dunuwilla is the place from where Lord Rama fired the brahmaastharam at King Ravana, which eventually killed him. Dhunu means arrow and Vila Means Lake. This place got its name because Lord Rama fired his arrow from this lake.Sita Kotuwa lacated near Gurulupotha.These jungles are the place where the city of Lankapura once stood. The city had a beautiful palace for queen Mandothari surrounded by waterfalls, streams and varieties of flora and fauna. Sitadevi was kept in this palace until she was moved to Ashoka Vatika. Sita Kotuwa means Sita’s fort and got its name because of Sita devi’s stay here.Gurulupotha is believed to have served as an aircraft repair center in the capital city of King Ravana, because the Sinhalese name Gurulupotha means “birds’ parts”. In Valmiki’s depiction of King Ravana’s Pushpaka Vimana, the “flowery vehicle” resembled a cloud. But is also believed to have had the shape of a huge peacock, and was therefore called Dandu Monara, “flying peacock”. But sometimes the Pushpaka Vimana and the Dandu Monara are said to have been different kinds of prehistoric aircrafts used by Ravana.En route visit Yudaganawa in Wasgamuwa National Park,Weragantota at the Mahaweli river opposite Mahiyangana.The Ramayana Trail legend has it that Yudaganawa (also called Yudaganapitiya) was the arena for the final battle between Rama and Ravana. It is said that the destruction caused by this war is the reason why this piece of land can never bear any vegetation again. Similar to Ussangoda in the deep south.Weragantota means “place of aircraft landing” in Sinhala. It is believed to be the airport where Sitadevi landed after she was abducted to Lanka in King Ravana’s Pushpaka Vimana. In the surrounding area, now covered by jungle, once was the location of Ravana’s city Lankapura. According to the Ramayana Trail legend the city had a beautiful palace for queen Mandothari or was even the capital Lanka, residence of king Ravana. Over Night at Kandy.
Sita Pokuna near Pussellawa,Ravana Goda in Kotmale valley and Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple in Ramboda.Today start Nuwara Eliya via Ramboda Falls.Nuwara Eliya is a city in the Hill Country of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. it the name ‘Little England’.The summit of the mountain next to Pussallawa is the site where Lord Hanuman first set his foot on Lanka. Close to Pusselawa there is barren piece of land in the jungle called Sita Pokuna, also known as Sita Tear Pond. Remarkably no vegetation except grass grows on this piece of land which is surrounded by dense forest. Sita Pokuna is one of the many places believed to have been, at times, an abode of Sita during her captivity in Lanka, namely when Ravana transferred her from his palace to Ashoka Vatika. Thereby Sita Pokuna is a stopover on the so-called Chariot Path. Pokuna is a Sinhalese word for pond. Local folklore tells that the pond dried up after departure of Sitadevi from this site.The Kotmale valley area opposite to the Ramboda hills is another place where Sita is said to have stayed during her transit from Ravana’s or Mandodari’s palace to the Ashoka Vatika. Ravana Goda is one of the caves believed to belong to an underground network of tunnels in Ravana’s kingdom. The main cave entrance was closed because of a landslide in 1947. Locals believe this part of the complex was used as a prison by Ravana. The cave cave until now has not been fully explored.Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple located in Ramboda.The Sri Lankan branch of the Chinmaya mission trust, commited to promoting the Ramayana philosophy as well as Ramayana Trail pilgrimages in particular, has built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity in Ramboda at the Kandy to Nuwara Eliya mainroad. There is a new five metres tall granite statue of Lord Hanuman as the central icon worshipped in the temple. Rama’s devote supporter Hanuman is believed to have started his searching for Sita in the surrounding hills. Swami Chinmayananda during his visit of Sri Lanka felt Hanuman energy at this spot later on purchased by the Chinmaya mission. Hanuman traditionally was not as popular among Sri Lankan Tamil devotees (as he indeed is in India), because he devastated parts of the island with his burning tail. But in recent times Hindu missionaries and local Tamil spiritual leaders began building shrines for worshipping Hanuman in Sri Lanka, too. The Tamil word for Ramboda, Rampadai, means “Rama’s force”, this is why Ramboda is believed the area where Rama collected his troops.Enroute visit Mani Katthuter at Labookellie tea estate and Labookelle Tea Centre, Ramboda Ella. It is believed that Lord Hanuman, after meeting Sitadevi, rested on this hill top on his way back to Lord Rama with the happy news of finding his missed consort. Nowadays an open temple with statues of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman stands on top of the outcrop. Locals visit the holy place frequently. The hill can be seen from the mainroad between Nuwara Eliya and Kandy. This highly attractive landscape is believed to be the setting of many Sundara Kanda episodes.Evening visit Queen Victoria Park and Geogry Lake.In the Evening walking sightseeing tour of Nuwara Eliya.Over Night at Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Nuwara Eliya.After the Breakfast visit Hakgala Botanical Garden,Nuwara Eliya Golf Club,
City Viewing Point – Shanthipura Village,Lover’s Leep Falls,Devon Falls,Horton Plains National Park.This National Park is the only Nations Park situated in the hill country.The panoramic beauty of the hill country is witnessed within the park. The Plains are a beautiful, silent, strange world with some excellent walks.Devon Falls, located 6 Km west of Thalawakelle and its sharp drop from 97 meters.(318 ft.).Visit Horton Plains,Worlds End,St.Clairs Water Falls,Devon Water Falls.Over Night at Nuwara Eliya.
Sita Amman Temple and Ashoka Vatika in Sita Eliya,Gayatri Pitam in Nuwara Eliya,Divurumpola place of Agni Pariksha and Gavagala in Nuwara Eliya.Today will visit famous places related to the Ramayana Trail.The Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village Sita Eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita spent most of the time during her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana’s magnificent palace she was transferred to Ashoka Vatika or Ashoka Vana where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana’s wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time, identifying himself with the finger ring of Rama. Sita is said to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hamunan.Gayathri Pitam, also spelled Gayaththri Peedam, inside Nuwara Eliya town is the first and foremost temple built for Gayathri Amman in Sri Lanka, Gayatri being an aspect of Saraswati and the Universal Mother. The temple was founded by the Gayathri Siddhar Swami Murusegu. The Shiva Lingam for this Tamil temple was brought from the Holy River Narmada. Gayathri Pitam is said to be the place from where King Ravana’s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and worship and in turn was granted super natural powers by the mighty god.Hakgala rock surmounts the Hakgala Botanical gardens, only a few kilometres away from the Ashoka Vatika. It is sometimes told that Hakgala rock is one of the pieces of the Himalayas that fell down when Hanuman carried Mount Dronagiri to Lanka. Divurumpola is said to be the location where Sita underwent the famous fire ordeal Agni Pariksha, in order to prove her chastity. From the flames arose the fire god Agni who was invoked by Sita. He lifted her from the flames unharmed and presented her to Lord Rama who explained this test was only necessary to prove the truth of her purity and innocence to everybody else, as he himself never doubted Sita’s faithfulness. Divurumpola is said to have been the location of this episode.Gavagala is located east of Nuwara Eliya.This is known as Kondakalai, is one of the many villages in Sri Lanka believed to derive its name from the Ramayana. When King Ravana transferred Sitadevi in his chariot to Ashoka Vatika her hair got deranged because of the speed of the chariot.We will travel through welimada, bandarawela,Ella,Wellawaya via Kataragama.En route visit Pathala Lok on Horton Plains,Ishtripura Caves near Welimada,Dova cave temple,
Ravana Ella in the Ella Gap,The Ravana Ella Falls and the Ravana Ella Cave are located close to the Wellawaya mainroad in the famous valley called Ella gap, only about 6 kms away from the town of Ella well known for its splendid views to the Ella gap. The cascading waterfall measures about 25 metres. It is believed that Sita bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall. The nearby Ravana Ella cave is quite small, only 50 metres long. As in the case of Ishthripura Cave in Welimada, legend has it that it was used by King Rawana to hide princess Sita. It is believed to belong to a network of tunnels also connecting it to the Dova temple and to all the palaces and airports and dairy farms of king Ravana. Archaeological findings in the Ravana Ella cave include a human skull dating back to 20,000 BC.Over Night at Kataragama.
Kataragama Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim pilgrimage site,Kirinda,Ussangoda and RumassalaEarly Breakfast
and visit Kataragama Devalaya,Kiri Vehera,Sella kataragama,Gana Devalaya and Lashmi Devalaya.The famous Kataragama pilgrimage site with its shrine for Lord Murugan is linked to the Ramayana Trail legend, too Lord Indra is said to have given him orders to join the battle at the last day of the war to protect Lord Rama from the powerful wrath of Lanka’s demon king Ravana.According to the Sinhales tradition the temple of the Kirinda marks the place where princess Viharamaha Devi landed after her father, the king of Kelaniya, set her adrift on a golden vessel. Later on she became the consort of Sri Lanka’s most famous king Duthugemunu. The Ramayana Trail legend tells that Seetha was kept captive here. Ravana’s administrative capital was Ravana Kotte. This is identified as the Basses reefs southeast of Kirinda. Though the palace is sunk in the sea some parts of it are said to be seen sometimes during low tides.Ussangoda is a strange coastal area because of its lack of trees. Its serpentine rock contains toxic heavy metalls. Only specific smaller plants were able to adapt to this soil. But according to the Ramayana legends there are two more explanation for the baldness of Ussangoda. After meeting Sitadevi Lord Hanuman provoked the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. It resulted in Lord Hanuman’s tail being set on fire by Rakskasas. Hanuman in turn went on to torch parts of King Ravana’s empire with his burning tail. Ussangoda is said to be one of these burnt areas. Besides the Ramyana Trail legend has it that earlier on the Ussangoda plateau was used an airport by King Ravana for his Dandumonara peachock chariot, before Hanuman devastated the landing site.Yudaganawa is an excavation area only a few kilometres west of Buttalam at the Wellawaya to Monaragala main road A4. The Kinkine Vehera is situated here, the largest Buddhist stupa of the island’s south. The Ramayana Trail legend has it that Yudaganawa (instead of the formerly identified Yudaganapitiya in the northern highlands) was the arena for the final battle between Rama and Ravana. It is said that the destruction caused by this war is the reason why this piece land can never bear any vegetation again.We will traval to Kosgoda via Matara,Unawatuna,Galle and Hikkaduwa.En route visit Rumassala sanjeewanee drops,Galle Fort and Seenigama temple,
Dinner and over night in hotel in Kosgoda.Over Night at Kosgoda.
Sitawaka historical,Vibhishana Devale in Kelaniya and Panchamuga Anjaneyar Kovil in Kalubowila.Morning will do the Madu Ganga Boat Trip/Bentota river safari and visit Kosgoda Sea Turtle Hatchery.These are Optional.after will traval to Sitawaka.En route visit Kande Viharaya,Sri Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya Kaluwamodera. Sitawaka is a suburb of Avissawela at the river banks of the Kelani Ganga. In the 16th century it was a capital during the reign of king Rajasingha I. Legend has it that Sita was imprisoned by Ravana in a nearby grove, hence the name Sitawaka. A shocking episode is believed to have taken place here, too. In order to shatter Lord Rama’s confidence to regain his consort Sita, Ravana’s eldest son Indrajith beheaded a look-alike of Sita in front of Lord Hanuman. Furthermore there is a stone in the Sitawaka area called Rampathagala with one footprint believed to be left by Lord Rama himself.Besides the famous Buddhist temple is a Vibhishana shrine in Kelaniya. After Ravana’s death Rama appointed Vibhishana as the new king of Lanka. Vibhishana is venerated by Sinhalese Buddhists as a god, they believe him to be one of the main protectors of the island, of the western territories in particular.Panchamuga Anjaneyar is located in Dehiwala.Hanuman is often called Anjaneyar by Tamils, as his mother’s name is Anjan. This kovil is the first Anjaneyar temple in Sri Lanka and the only one on the island dedicated to Lord Hanuman in his Panchamuga form, this means with five faces. And it is said to be the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Anjaneyar. Its chariot festival is held annually end of December or begin of January, it is one of the most popular processions in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. Visitors are advised to wash hands and feet before entering temple and not to cross hands inside the temple.In the evening Colombo City Tour,Gangarama Temple, Apegama,Diyatha Uyana,Galle Face Green and many more to visit.
Over Night at Colombo
Departure – Colombo Airport.Relax and Shopping.GOOD BYE TO SRI LANKA.