Our epic Ramayan tour begins in Trincomalee, also known as Gokanna. It is a natural harbor and an ancient city full of cultural history.
Kandy is next in our destination, it was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era. Nuwara Eliya is known as the “Little England” of Sri Lanka for it’s lush greenery and also the city in the tea country hills. Our Journey ends when we arrive to the west coast of the island, Colombo, metropolitan city of urban lifestyle.
DAY 1: AIRPORT TO TRINCOMALEE
ON ARRIVAL MET BY A REPRESENTATIVE AND PROCEED TO TRINCOMALEE.
Trincomalee also known as Gokanna, is the administrative headquarters of the Trincomalee District and major resort port city of Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT A HOTEL IN TRICOMALEE.
DAY 2: TRINCOMALEE
AFTER BREAKFAST PROCEED TO KONESHWARAM TEMPLE FOR MORNING POOJA.
Koneswaram temple of Trincomalee – The Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina. Kailasam is a classical, medieval Hindu temple complex in Trincomalee, a Hindu religious pilgrimage center in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Built significantly during the reign of the early Cholas and the Five Dravidians of the Early Pandyan Kingdom atop Konesar Malai, a promontory overlooking Trincomalee District, Gokarna bay and the Indian Ocean, its Pallava, Chola, Pandyan and Jaffna design reflect a continual Tamil Saivite influence in the Vannimai region from the classical period.
Kinniya Hot Water Wells – There are 7 hot springs now converted to bathing wells. The temperature of each is slightly different from each other. It is also believed the Water from the wells have therapeutic healing powers and can cure many ailments. According to the notice board put by the Pradeshiya Saba at the wells, this well goes back to the times of King Ravana who ruled the country over 5000 years ago.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT A HOTEL IN TRINCOMALEE.
DAY 3: TRINCOMALEE TO KANDY
AFTER BREAKFAST PROCEED TO KANDY.
Kandy is the hill capital of Sri Lanka. The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
Afterwards commence city tour of Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square,
Arts and crafts Centre, a Gem museum and a lapidary and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession and Kandy’s attraction.
Gem Museum & Lapidary –Sri Lanka produces the finest quality of gem in the world. We mine semiprecious gems, the sapphires of Sri Lanka, which are very exclusive and comes in shades of blue, red, green, white…act.
BE A WITNESS OF THE CULTURAL SHOW.
Kandyan Dance is a dance form that originated in the area called Kandy of the Central hill region in Sri Lanka. But today it has been widespread to other parts of the country.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT A HOTEL IN KANDY.
DAY 4: KANDY TO NUWARAELIYA
AFTER BREAKFAST PROCEED TO NUWARA ELIYA.
En route visit to Sri Bhaktha Hanuman Temple – According to the ancient stories, Ramboda is an area, where the forces of Lord Rama’s gather to fight against King Ravana. This temple was built by the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka and dedicated to Hanuman. This temple houses for 16 feel height statue of Hanuma Seetha Amman Temple is located approximately 1 kilometer from Hakgala Botanical Garden. The temple is located in the village called “Seetha Eliya”. This place is believed to be the place where Sitha held captive by the king Ravana in the Lanka of the epic, Ramayana.
Afterwards proceed to, Divurumpola Temple is the place where Sitadevi underwent test to prove her Chastity, ‘’I am pure, O fire, protect me.’’ With these words she jumped into the flames, to the horror of the monkeys who stood on all sides watching the tragic sight. Then arose from out of the flame Agni, the fire-god, whom she had invoked. He lifted Sitadevi from the flames unharmed, and presented her to Lord Rama. ‘’I know that she is spotless and pure at heart,’’ cried Lord Rama, standing up to receive her. ‘’It is for the sake of the world that I made her go through this ordeal of fire, so that the truth may be known to all.’’
OVERNIGHT STAY AT A HOTEL IN NUWARA ELIYA.
DAY 5: NUWARA ELIYA
AFTER BREAKFAST PROCEED ON A CITY TOUR IN NUWARA ELIYA
Lake Gregory is a reservoir in heart of the tea country hill city, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Lake Gregory was constructed during the period of British Governor Sir William Gregory in 1873. This is the most prominent attraction in Nuwara Eliya.
Most visitors can come here and spend some time by the lake and relax. This was used as a place for water sports and for recreational activities during the British time.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT A NUWARA ELIYA HOTEL.
DAY 6: NUWARA ELIYA TO COLOMBO
AFTER BREAKFAST PROCEED TO COLOMBO. EN ROUTE VISIT PINNAWALA
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (PEO) just as the name suggests holds a unique disposition in the ex-situ animal care.It’s success and fame has travelled not just within the country but throughout the world to an extent where Pinnawala synonymous with the Sri Lankan Elephant.
Currently being a home to 93 elephants the concept was actualized by the late Hon. Minister Kalugalle on the 16th of February 1975. Pinnawala at the time was a very remote area with lush coconut plantations and most importantly an area where the availability of mahouts was not lacking.
NEXT, PROCEED TO COLOMBO.
Next visit is Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or also known as Kelaniya Temple has become famous because of the beautiful paintings and sculpture by Solias Mendis depicting various events in the history of Sri Lanka. Special shrine dedicated to Vibushana, King Ravana’s brother, who allied with Rama in the struggle to rescue Sita.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT A HOTEL IN COLOMBO.
DAY 7: COLOMBO
AFTER BREAKFAST RELAX AT THE HOTEL
EVENING CITY TOUR IN COLOMBO
Colombo – like many capital cities in developing countries. Colombo is fast changing its pace. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood, yet in some parts; the old world charm is retained. A 100-year-old clock tower and several British built, colonial buildings are still to be seen in the city. The Pettah bazaar – where one can shop for bargains, a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Colombo museum, the Bandaranaike memorial international conference hall – an outright gift to Sri Lanka from the people’s republic of China, the new parliament in Sri Jayawardenapura and the folk art center. Other things to do is visit shopping complexes such as Odel, House of Fashion, Majestic City and Crescat Boulevard.
OVERNIGHT STAY AT A HOTEL IN COLOMBO.
DAY 8: COLOMBO TO AIRPORT
AFTER BREAKFAST CHECK OUT AND PROCEED TO AIRPORT & TOUR ENDS.