Day 01 : Arrival Transfer / Chilaw / Kandy
Meet & Assist on arrival by Our Representative and transfer from Airport to Chilaw. Visit to Manavari Temple and Munneshwaram Temple
Manavari Temple : Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed the Siva Lingam and prayed after the end of the war with King Ravana. This Lingam is called Ramalingam because it was made by Lord Rama. Apart from this, the Lingam in Rameshwaram is the only Lingam in the world which is named after Lord Rama.
Note : The annual festival takes place in July for 10 days.
Munneshwaram Temple : Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravanaas vimanaas. He felt he was being followed by a Brahmahasthi Doshama as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stopped the vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the a Brahmahasthi Doshama was not following him. He ascended from the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India and pray, as the only remedy to get rid of the a Brahmahasthi Dosham.
Note: In Tamil Mun-means long time ago and Eeswaram - Siva temple
Temple is open 6.00 am to 8.00 pm. Two annual festivals take place in this temple in February and August. This temple was destroyed by the portuguess. It was reconstructed in 1753. Later temple was renovated and reconstructed by Kumaraswami Kurukkal in 1875. The construction of the Kopuramâ was completed in 1963 Transfer from Chilaw to Kandy. Checking to Hotel. Evening visit Temple of Tooth.
Temple of the Tooth : According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father's kingdom in India. It immediately became an object of great reverence and was enshrined in a series of nested jeweled reliquaries. The tooth was brought out for special occasions and paraded on the backs of elephants, which are sacred to the Buddha. Where it survived numerous attempts to capture and destroy it. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to the new city and placed in temples built to honor it. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portuguese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone. In January 1998 Hindu Tamil separatists bombed the temple, damaging its facade and roof. Restoration began immediately afterward. On completion return to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.
Day 02 : Kandy / Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, you would also visit a tea factory and estate en route and witness how the famous "Ceylon Tea" is brewed. Visit Hanuman Temple in Ramboda & Labookelle Estate en route.
Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple : It is believed that Lord Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi from these hills of Ramboda.
Note : Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built a temple with Lord Hanuman as the presiding deity on this hill. On every full moon day special poojas are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees. The status of Lord Hanuman here is carved out of granite and is 16 feet in height. Check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 03 : Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at Hotel. Enjoy a sightseeing tour in Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya City Tour : Nuwara Eliya meaning "the city of dawn" is the town at the highest elevation (about 2000m above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as "Little England" and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows. Visit Seetha Amman Temple. About 15km away is Seetha Amman Temple, said to be built at the spot where Ravna held Sita captive, as related in the Ramayana. The small temple has a collection of statues, including a couple of Kali images. Visit Hakgala Botanical Garden.
The Hakgala Botanical Gardens was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids. This is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marries him. It was here where the heartwarming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama’s honor if she did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him. Visit Divrumpola Temple.
Divrumpola Temple : 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. Divurumpola is said to have been the location of this episode, because the Sinhalese name means marketplace of oath. Today the temple is respected as a suitable place for oaths that can be helpful settling disputes between parties. On completion return to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 04 : Nuwara Eliya / Bandarawela
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Ella.
Ravana Cave : These tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. These tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. These tunnels networked all the important cities, airport and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are palace and a tunnel existed. Existing tunnels mouths are situated â€“ Ishtripura at Walimada, Ravana cave at Bandarawela, Senapitiya at Halagala, Ramboda, Labokelle, Wariyapola, Mataleand Sitakotuwa Hasalaka. In addition there are many more tunnels.
Ravana Water falls : A breathtaking waterfall, 1080 feet high (cascades into several falls) close to the road from Ella to Wellawaya about 6 Km south from Ella. The stream, a tributary of Kirindi Oya plunges with a foaming spray over a series of ledges into the valley close to a bend in the road. The waters rise from Wewatenna highland above the rocks. In general the rocky underground of the waterfalls in Sri Lanka consists of hard gneiss or granite, but here the material is khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes decay faster. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana of Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls. Transfer from Ella to Bandarawela. Check in at hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Bandarawela
Day 05 : Bandarawela / Katharagama / Yala
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Bandarawela to Katharagama.
Katharagama : This is the temple of the Lord Karthikeya Subramanian at Katharagama. Lord Karthikeya was requested to go to the battle field by Lord Indra on the last day of the war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the wrath of Brahmaastharam shot by King Ravana which otherwise would have weakened Lord Rama. Brahmaastharam aimed at Lord Rama for the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya. Transfer from Katharagama to Yala. Overnight stay at a hotel in Yala.
Day 06 : Yala / Galle Or Unawatuna
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Katharagama to Galle or Unawatuna. Visit Rumassala Sanjeewane Drops en route.
Rumassala Sanjeewane Drops : During the war, both Lord Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows, fell unconscious and bring them back to life Lord Hanuman was instructed to fetch the lifesaving herbs from Himalaya. Lord Hanuman went to Himalayas, lifted the whole hill and brought it. As he was not able to identify the lifesaving herbs alone. It is believed that part of the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumassala in Galle, Dolu Kanda in Hiripitiya, Ritigala on the Habarana Anuradhapura road, and Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchathivu in the north. Visit Ussangoda.
According to Ramayana, after meeting Sitadevi lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. In the event that infolded lord Hanumans tail was set on fire by Rakskasas, who in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravanas empire. It is believed that Ussangoda is one of the torched areas, which is said to have been an airport use by King Ravana. Check in at Hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay at a hotel in Galle or Unawatuna.
Day 07 : Galle Or Unawatuna / Bentota
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Galle or Unawatuna to Bentota . Visit Seenigama Temple en route.
Seenigama Temple : The Seenigama Temple, Halle is a popular name among the Hikkaduwa Tourist Attractions. The Seenigama Temple, Hikkaduwa is known as the Seenigama Devalaya in the colloquial Sinhalese. As is evident, Devalaya is the term for temple. The Seenigama Temple in Hikkaduwa is situated on the coast of the sea, beyond the 96 km post on the Colombo Galle highway. Thought to be over a millennia old, the Hikkaduwa Seenigama Temple is approximately 1300 ears old. However, there is no evidence to provide evidence to this speculation. Whatever historical records have been exhumed, structural evidence states that the Seenigama Temple is above 300 years old.
The Seenigama Temple, Hikkaduwa is a testimony both of the historical as well as cultural facet of Galle in Sri Lanka. If you are keen on exploring the conventions of temple worship and knowing all about the temple traditions of Galle, the Seenigama Temple or Seenigama Devalaya is a must visit. The sanctuary is also known as the Seenigama Devol Temple, owing to its patron deity, Devol. Devol is a god of the Buddhist pantheon. The Devol Deviyo or Devol culture is prevalent among the Sinhalese and continues to be the most accepted of all forms of worship by the fisher folk in the southern and western lowlands. Devol ceremonies are prominent and often practiced along the coastal areas. Some also guarantee the success of fishing.
The Seenigama Temple, Galle is extremely sacred as it is believed that the deity resolves the problems of human beings. The shrine of the god on the shore was recently constructed. The land on which the Seenigama Temple, Galle was originally located is now an island and can be approached only by boat. The island itself is small with a deep freshwater well. On completion return to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Beruwala or Bentota.
Day 08 : Beruwala Or Bentota /Colombo
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Beruwala or Bentota to Colombo. Check in at hotel. Afternoon enjoy a city tour in Colombo.
Colombo City Tour : Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is the largest city and former administrative capital of Sri Lanka and is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and remnants of a bygone colonial era. Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However it was only made the Capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. The main city is home to a majority of the Sri Lanka’s corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. On this tour you will visit many of the historical, religious and commercial sites of Colombo including the historic and bustling Fort and Pettah, the elite residential Cinnamon Gardens, the Galle face Green, Viharamahadevi Park and much more. Visit Anjaneyar Temple. On completion return to the hotel. Overnight stay at a hotel in Beruwala or Bentota.
Day 09 : Colombo / Departure Transfers
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer from Colombo to Airport for departure.
Inclusions in tour are as follows:
Followings are not included in tour: