Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka

08DAYS 07NIGHTS

Day 01

AIRPORT/ MUNESWARAM TEMPLE CHILAW ( Approx. 1 hours drive – about 50 KM)

Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by a representative of MAC Travels and transferred to Chilaw.

Visit Munneshwaram Temple en rout to Chilaw.

It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when lord Rama visited the place. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya with Sita in one of King Ravana's vimanas. He felt he was being followed by Bramhaasthi dosham (a malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. When the Vimana was passing over Munneswaram, he felt the vimana vibrating, and realised the "Brahmaasthi Dosham" was not following him at this particular point. He stops the vimana at this juncture and asks God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord 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.

There after leave to visit Manaweri Temple.

Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Lord Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.Temple opens from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m & from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Annual festival take place in July for 10 days.Shiva asked Lord Rama to install the first lingam, near the banks of Deduru Oya, about 5 Km from Munneswaram. Deduru Oya in Tamil is Magawa Aru (another

name for lord Visnu). It is said that lord Shiva met Lord Krishna on Nikini Poya day near this river)

Dinner and overnight stay in Chilaw Carolina Beach 


Day 02

CHILAW / KANDY  Approx. 3 hours drive – about 125 KM

After Breakfast leave for Kandy en route viewing Dolu Kanda (view from the main road only) and Wariyapola in Kurunegala.

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

Researchers have found out more than 5 airports believed to have been used by King Ravana and his mighty army to land and take off their vimana's. These Vimana's were used as goods and passenger carriers. Identified airports are Weregantota in Mahiyangana, Thotupola Kanda at Hoton Plains, Usangoda on the Southern Coast, Wariyapola in Kurunegala and Wariyapola in Mattale

Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy Travellers Nest 

Day 03

KANDY / MAHIYANGANA/WASGAMUWA   (Approx. 3 hours  drive – about 125 KM)

After early Breakfast leave for Wasgamuwa. En route visit Weragantota (Air craft Landed area), Gurulupota, Sita Kotuwa (Trek down 2 km (approx 4 km both ways) from Gurulupotha The trek will take Approx. I ½ hours both ways) . Later proceed to Wasgamuwa en route visiting/viewing Dunuwila, Yehangala outside from the road.

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.

Dunuvila (the site where Ravana died) and Laggala (where Ravana prayed to Lord Shankara). The cartels behind the Dunuvila Lake are called Laggala. Laggala is derived from the Sinhala term Elakke Gala, 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. This hill is geographically the highest part of the northern region and on a clear day Thiru Koneshwaran and Talai Mannar can been seen. King Ravana is believed to have meditated on this rock and prayed at Thiru Koneshwaran to Lord Shiva. It is here that King Ravana was killed by Lord Rama’s Brahmaastharam. The top of Laggala is flat and believed to have been hit by the Brahmaastharam.

Dinner and overnight stay in Wasgamuwa Wills Safari hotel 


Day 04

WASGAMUWA / NUWARA ELIYA ( Approx. 3 hours  drive – about 140 KM)

After Breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. In the evening visit Sita Amman temple and Gayatri Peedam.

PM    visit Seetha Amman Temple.

The Sita Amman temple dedicated to Sita, the wife of King Rama, situated in Sri Lanka’s mountain city Nuwara Eliya, is supposed to be the only such temple in the world and is found about 5km down the road from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. History has it that this is the place where Sita was held imprisoned by king

Ravana, in the story of Ramayana. The temple has been reconstructed according to South Indian style and is set beautifully against a clear flowing stream.

There is also another temple believed to carry signs of the monkey-god Hanuman’s feet and the place where he rested after the battle rescuing Sita from Ravana. People also believe there is a rock on the

Opposite bank of the river where Sita sat and meditated. Visitors are eagerly shown the place where Sita bathed, the stone she sat on and where she spent time in prayer. Devotees are convinced that this episode of the Ramayana epic historically took place here and is increasingly becoming important as a tourist location.

Visit Lord Hanuman’s Footprints by the stream.

One of the most interesting points of this site is the large footprint by the stream / rocks beside the temple. Hanuman saved Sita from Ravana, and he was known for his strength and immense powers - transforming himself into any size, something that is believed to have taken place by this stream. The huge hole in the ground is known to be the footprint of none other than Hanuman Himself, imprinted during the battle to save the Lordess Sita.

There is a stream by the side of the temple. Sitadevi said to have bathed in this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman's are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size.

Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya Pello Lake 

Day 05

NUWARA ELIYA /BANDARAWELA (Approx. 1 hours  drive – about 50 KM)

After Breakfast leave for Bandarawela en route visiting Divrumpola. Divurumpola means a ‘place of oath’.  This is the place where Sita underwent the “Agni” test. She came unscathed and proved her innocence and purity. The message of Rama’s victory over Ravana was sent to Sita. After a bath and adorned with jewels she was taken on a palanquin before Rama. Meeting her husband after such a long time she was overcome with emotion, but Rama seemed lost in thought. At length he spoke, “I have killed my enemy. I have done my duty as a true king. But you have lived for a year in the enemy’s abode. It is not proper I take you back now

PM    After Lunch proceed to visit Ishtripura / Konda Kattu Gala. Trek approx. 1 hour to Isthripura

caves (about 3 Km one way). If time and energy permits visit Vidurupola in Welimada as well. Trek approx. 2 hour to Konda Kattu gala.

Ishtripura means an area of women in Sinhalese. This was one of the places to which King Ravana shifted Sitadevi as a precautionary measure which he was forced to take by Lord Hanuman’s advent. There are lots of intruding tunnels and caves in this area. This seems to be a part of a great ingenious network of paths, which is interconnected to all the major areas of King Ravana’s city. Sitadevi took bath in this very

stream and had dried her hair sitting on a rock and put clips to her hair, hence this rock is known as Konda Kattu Gala. This is situated in the Welimada Area.

Dinner and overnight stay in Bandarawela Orient Hotel 

Day 06

BANDARAWELA / HAMBANTOTA  Approx. 2.5 hours drive – about 105 KM

After Breakfast proceed to visit Ravana Cave temple. En route to Hambantota stop and visit Ravana Ella Water fall.

AM       After Breakfast Leave for visit Ravana Cave.

These tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. The tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. They networked all the important

cities, airports and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations.

Existing tunnel mouths are also situated at Ishtripura in Welimada, Senapitiya in Halagala, Ramboda, Labookelle, Wariyapola in Matale, and Seetha Kotuwa in Hasalaka and in many more places.

PM     There after leave for visit Ravana Falls.

The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Sri Lanka. This popular falls has its roots connected to the famous Indian epic, the Ramayana. The Ravana Ella (Ravana Falls) has been named after the brawny daemon, Ravana. According to the epic, it is said that after kidnapping Sita, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka had hidden her at the caves behind this waterfall. The cave came to be known as Ravana Ella cave. The place was at that time thick afforested region in the midst of wilderness. It is believed that Rama’s queen wandered around this place while she was confined. She also bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from these Ravana Falls.

Visit Ussangoda later in the evening.

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.

Dinner and overnight stay in Hambantota Peacock beach hotel 

Day 07

HAMBANTOTA / GALLE/HIKKADUWA/DEHIWALA/COLOMBO  (Approx. 5 hours drive – about 251 KM)

AM    After Breakfast Leave to visit Rumassala Sanjeevani Drops.

Rumassala is a massive hill oddly out of place in the landscape just outside the Galle harbour. Legend details that during the Rama – Rawana war Rama's brother Luxhmana, was injured and Hanuman was sent to Himalayas to fetch medicinal herbs. Hanuman forgot the name of the herb but he brought a chunk of the peak containing many herbs. However the mountain fragment slipped and broke into five pieces of which one fell to Rumassala. It should be noted that the renowned scientist Sir Arthur C. Clerk has a bungalow in the precincts of Rumassala, as it is said to be the place that has the highest specific gravity globally.

En route to Colombo visit Dondra area in Hikkaduwa. If time permits visit Dehiwala Anjayenar Kovil (subjected to Kovil opening hours) as well.

Dinner and overnight stay in Colombo Best western 

Day 08

COLOMBO / AIRPORT  (Approx. 1 hours drive – about 70 KM)

Transfer to the airport for departure.

Nuwara Eliya

Synonymous as the “Little England” in Sri Lanka, this exquisite city is a wonderland to all its visitors. The gorgeous mountains, chilly climate, lush tea gardens are just of few its attractions. 

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Kandy

A beautiful majestic city with a rich history and a royal presence still evident in its glory. The sacred temple of the tooth relic is a must visit including a trip to the gorgeous botanical gardens.

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