Arrival at Colombo Airport. Meet and Greet at the airport. Transfer to Dambulla. Check-in to hotel. Spare time to freshen up. Visit to Munneswaram Temple. Munneswaram temple is an important regional Hindu temple complex in Sri Lanka. It has been in existence at least since 1000 CE although myths surrounding the temple associate it with the popular Indian epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Lord Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Koneswaram Temple/Shakthi Peedam
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Trincomalee is a port city on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka. Visit to Koneswaram Temple. Koneswaram temple of Trincomalee or Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple – The Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina-Then Kailasam is a classical-medieval Hindu temple complex in Trincomalee, a Hindu religious pilgrimage centre.
Later, visit to Shakthi Peedam. Adjacent to Trincomalee's famous Koneswaram temple there is another shrine; it is small in size but of some significance for Hindu pilgrims. This Shankari Devi temple was reconstructed in a new place. The original Shankari Devi temple said to be built by Ravana, was the first in the list of AshtaDasha (18) Shakti Pitas(Shakthi Peedam) written down by Adi Shankara. But its whole cliff was destroyed by Portuguese cannon balls. Only a pillar for commemoration is placed on that spot now. And it is believed that the original idol of the Goddess has been preserved and replaced, being venerated now in this nearby new Shankari Devi temple. Transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Mathale. Visit to Seetha Kotuwa, This is 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. Seetha Devi was kept in this palace until she was moved to Ashoka Vatika. Seetha Kotuwa means Seetha’s fort and got its name because of Seetha Devi’s stay here.
Visit to Dunuvila, While it is rather featureless at present, albeit with a lake in tow, the little area of Dunuvila is important since it is believed that the final battle between Lord Rama and the Rakshasa king of the amazingly advanced Lankapura Kingdom, King Ravana took place here. It is where, according to the Ramayana, the invading Rama fired the deadly Brahmastra, the primary weapon of the god Brahma at Ravana. It was shot off a bow in the manner of an arrow, from what was once the lakeshore. Hence the name is a combination of “Dunu”, meaning bow and “Vila” meaning the word lake..
Laggala, Where king Ravana meditated…
Located in Mathale Laggala is a rural village with natural beauty and historical value. The place believed to be the location where Lord Rama’s army was firstly sighted by king Ravana’s troops. King Ravana had meditated and prayed to Lord Shiva at Thiru Koneshwaran from the Laggala rock, as the rock was the highest peak of his Kingdom.
Weragantota (also spelled Weraganthota), means ‘a place of aircraft landing’ in Sinhala. Weragantota is believed to have been be the Capital of King Ravana and the first place where Sitadevi was brought into Lanka in King Ravana’s Vimana. The present 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.
Yahangala, means the ‘rock of rest’ in Sinhala.
Yahangala is situated along the Mahiyanganaya – Wasgamuwa road. King Ravana’s body after his death was kept upon this rock. His body was kept here for his countrymen to pay their last respects to their dear departed king. Geographically this rock is visible from miles away on its 3 sides. The area is also referred to as “Gale Bandara Deviyange Adaviya”, (Domain of the Gale Bandara Deity). Locals believe this is area is protected by ‘Gale Bandara’ deity and misfortune visits those who enter the territory with ill intent. He stops the vimana at this juncture and asks God Shiva for a remedy. Shiva blessed Rama and advised installing and praying for four lingams at Manavari, Thiru Koneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham. The first Lingam was installed at Manavari about 5 Km from here, near the banks of Deduru Oya. Transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Hanumanji Temple/Seetha AmmanTemple
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Nuwara Eliya. Visit to Hanumanji Temple, This is holy temple from the Epic Ramayna period made here in the memory of Hanuman who stayed at this place before rescuing Seetha from the Seetha Eliya where there is Sri Seetha Amman Temple today. Seetha Amman Temple, Where Sitha was held captive by king Ravana… Located in Seetha Eliya a small beautiful village, 5 km away from Nuwara Eliya, the temple is small yet beautiful and rich in Hindu architectural details and painting and statues of Lord Rama, Sitha Devi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman. According to the legend, the river next to the temple is where Sitha bathed. The footprints on the rock next to the river believed to be of Hanuman.
The Gayathri Peetam was founded by Gayathri Siddhar Sri Murugesu Maharishi. The Gayathri Cathedral also known as Sri-Lankatheeswarar Temple which he built is situated in an area where Swamiji fondly identify as Sri-Nagar which means the Metropolis of Prosperity, at Lady Mc-Callum Drive Nuwara eliya, a Colonial township known as the "Little England" for it's breezy atmosphere to the outside world and the Islanders. The Location of Gayathri Peetam is easily accessible from Nuwara Eliya city, Residing just within the 1 KM radius from Nuwara Eliya city with parking facilities available.
Nuwara eliya, is a mountainous town situated above 7000 ft. above Sea level at the central province in the island, built around a chilly lake surrounded by lush Tea gardens, abundant vegetable cultivation , stunning water-falls and Virgin woodland. Ashoka Vatika, now famous as the site of the sacred Sita Amman Temple in Sri Lanka, is where Ravana kept Sita after abducting her. This place is located in the beautiful region named Nuwara Eliya. The gigantic footsteps of Hanuman, after he destroyed the Ashoka Vatika, are also found near the temple shrine. The colourful temple sees numerous of devotees coming in all around the year. Transfer back to the Hotel. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Ravana Cave/Ravana Fall
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Ella. Visit to Agni Pariksha Temple, This is the place where Seetha did Agni pariksha after the war to prove her purity. It is a small place in front of which is a Buddhist temple. There was a guide who explained everything in detail in Tamil. This place is still believed to be very sacred and lots of disputes are settled here. As local Hindus are very limited in number, they have combined with the Buddhist temple to maintain the place on a long term.
Later, visit to Ravana Cave, History says that the cave is used by King Ravana to hide the Princess Sita. Located about 2 km from the Ella town. The cave lies on the foundation of a cliff, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka with a historical value. & Ravana Fall, The spectacular waterfall situated by the roadside of Ella-Wellawaya road is 1080 feet high. As the folklore goes King Ravana had lived in one of the many natural caves near the waterfall. Transfer back to Nuwara Eliya. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Tea Garden Visit
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Negombo. Visit to Tea Garden and tea tasting. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
Breakfast at the Hotel. Check-out from the Hotel. Depart for your flight back home. Depart with everlasting memories.