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“Ayubowan” On arrival at the recently refurbished Modern and State of the art International Airport, you will be blessed to get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality; Representative from “STS Travels ” will welcome you at the Airport & transfer clients to Kandy
On the way visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding program.
Later proceed to Kandy Later proceed to City tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre,
and Gem Museum.
Evening witness a Cultural dance performance featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka- Duration (45 minutes – 01hour)
Later visit Kandy temple
Dinner & overnight at Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara-eliya
Sri Bhaktha Hanumanji Temple- the Sri Lankan branch of the Chinmaya mission, committed to promoting the Ramayana philosophy as well as Ramayana Trail pilgrimages, has built a temple with Hanuman as a presiding deity in Ramboda between Kandy and Nuwara-eliya main road. There is a 5 meters tall granite statue of Rama’s devote supporter Hanuman. He is believed to have started his search for Sita in the Baroda hills. Hanuman traditionally was not as popular among Sri Lankan Tamil devotees as he indeed 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 to be the area where Rama collected his troops.
Divurumpola Temple Still revered by thousands, this holy haven was the place where Sita performed her Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama. Continuing the practice for thousands of years, villagers still pledge their fidelity or take oaths there and even in certain courts, this agreement was binding. This place has been respected and worshipped by people down the ages.
Sita Amman Temple & Ashoka Vanam– Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village of 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 lived most of the time of her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana’s magnificent palace, she was transferred to Ashok Vatika or Ashokavanam 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 ring (finger) 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 Hanuman.
Gayathri Pitam also spelled as Gayaththri Peedam, is within the Nuwara-eliya town, the first and most significant temple built for Gayathri Amman in Sri Lanka. Gayathri 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
Divurumpola– 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. Today the temple is respected as a suitable place for oaths that can be helpful in settling disputes between parties
Dinner & overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast depart to Kataragama
On the way visit Ella, Ramboda falls & Ravana Ella
Ella is a small mountain village near Bandarawela and boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where local legend claims Ravana was hiding Sita. First there is the Ravana Ella Cave, located at the massive Ella Falls; a breathtaking 1080 feet high waterfall that cascades into several falls. The rocky undergoes of the waterfall is Khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes faster decay as hard gneiss or granite. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfall. A nearby pool bored out of the rock by the gushing waters is where Sita is said to have bathed Ravana.
Proceed to Kataragama
Kataragama attracts several tourists from southern India too primarily for being host to the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya shrine dedicated to Skanda Murukan. A small ancient village, Kataragama has emerged as a highly developed worship place for many tourists who set out on pilgrimage to Kataragama. Surrounded by jungle Kataragama is home to the oldest Buddhist Stupa – Kiri Vehera. The night view of the dagoba makes Kiri Vehera a sight to behold. In close proximity is the Yala national park which couples as a tourist’s attraction while at Kataragama.
Ussangoda According to Ramayana, after meeting Seetha Devi Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. In the event that unfolded Lord Hanuman’s tail was set on fire by the Rakshasas, who in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravana’s empire. Ussangoda is one of the torched areas, which is said to have been an airport used by King Ravana.
Kataragama is a town of many religions. Within the temple complex is an Islamic view which can be confusing to first time visitors. It is the difference of caste and creed that many Srilankans put behind and visit the Kataragama temple to seek solace, peace, prosperity and harmony.
Check into the hotel
Dinner & overnight at Kataragama
After breakfast depart to Chilaw
Proceed to Munneswaram hindu temple in Chilaw
Muneswaram Temple, Chilaw After his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana”s vimana (carriages).He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. Legend has it that when he came to this place he felt bramhaasthi dosham was not following him and he stopped the vimana and asked God Shiva for remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams there and pray to get rid of the dosham. Since then many Hindu devotees flock to the Temple.
Thereafter proceed to Mannavari Temple. Manaweri Temple, Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.
Rest of the day free in the beach
Overnight at Negombo
Transfer clients to the Airport for Departure