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SRILANKA RAMAYAN TRAIL – 15 DAYS

Adult from £1765 per person on twin / double / triple sharing basis – 3 Star hotels
Adult from £1965 per person on twin / double / triple sharing basis – 4 Star hotels
Price based on minimum 4 paying adults.

 

Departure Date Return Date
15/01/2019 29/01/2019
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Day 1: London – Colombo: UK Departure

 

Day 2: Negombo: Welcome on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport by a representative and transfer to Negombo. In the afternoon make a city tour of Negombo. Visit a Hindu Kovil at Sea Street. Attend a Pooja Ceremony to invoke blessings. Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.

 

Day 3: Negombo: After breakfast do an excursion to Chilaw. Visit the Manavari Lingam, situated approximately 10 km from Chilaw. Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Lord Rama. There after visit the Koneswaran Temple approximately 12 kilometers from Chilaw town. On your return visit the Sri Muneswaram Hindu Kovil, which attracts visitors from all over Sri Lanka. There after return to Negombo. Visit Adam’s Bridge. Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.

 

Day 4: Kandy: After breakfast leave for visit Yudhaganawa, this particular piece of land can never bear any vegetation as this served as the battlefield and had borne the brunt of destruction. Visit Dunuwila, is the place from where Lord Rama fired the brahmaastharam at King Ravana, which eventually killed him. Dhunu means arrow and wila means lake. This place got its name because Lord Rama fired his arrow from this lake. Leave for Kandy. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

 

Day 5: Kandy: Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. See the elephants in nature, being fed, working & bathing in the nearby river. Make a ride on an elephant. Visit a spice garden to see different spices and how some of these spices are grown and processed. Proceed to Kandy. Visit the university area & the botanical gardens in Peradeniya. In Kandy visit the upper lake, Kandy Market area, etc. In the evening witness a show of cultural performances. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

 

Day 6: Kandy: Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to Seetha Kotuwa, 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. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy.

 

Day 7: Nuwara Eliya: After breakfast make a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Then drive to Nuwara eliya. En-route visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman temple at Ramboda. The image of Lord Hanuman here is 16 feet. In the afternoon do a sightseeing tour of Nuwaraeliya. Also visit Gayathri peedam. It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana’s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and pooja’s and in turn was granted super natural powers by Lord Shiva. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara eliya.

 

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya: After breakfast visit a tea factory and a plantation to see the tea manufacturing process. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of “Ceylon Tea”. Thereafter make an excursion to Hakgala Botanical Gardens. The ‘Rama-Sitha’ epic also raises very concrete evidence that “Sitha” while in Ravana’s” custody has often used this garden to spend most of her leisure time while longing for her husband and home. Visit the Seetha Amman Kovil. Sitha Amman Kovil is located about 1km away from the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. This temple is believed to mark the spot where Sitha, was held captive by her abductor, King Ravana. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwara eliya.

 

Day 9: Bandarawela: After breakfast leave for Bandarawela, en route visit The Divurumpola Temple. Divurumpola means a place of oath. Sitadevi, after her liberation from King Ravana underwent a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to fire. Visit Ishtripura / Konda Kattu Gala. Ishtripura means an area of women in Sinhala. This was one of the places to which King Ravana shifted Seetha Devi as a precautionary measure, which he was forced to take by Lord Hanuman's advent. Seetha Devi took a bath in the stream close by and had dried her hair sitting on a rock and put clips to her hair, hence this rock is known as Konda Kattu Gala. Dinner and overnight stay in Bandarawela.

 

Day 10: Kataragama: After breakfast in Ella visit Ravana Caves, 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. Dinner and overnight stay in Kataragama.

 

Day 11: Galle / Hikkaduwa: After breakfast visit Kataragama Temple, Sri Lanka’s largets and most patronized Hindu Temple. Pilgrims from all over Sri Lanka, come to worship here. Attend a Pooja ceremony to invoke blessings. This is the temple of Lord Karthikeya Subramaniam. Leave for Galle. En route in 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. Dinner and overnight stay in Galle / Hikkaduwa.

 

Day 12: Beruwala / Kalutara: After breakfast leave for Kalutara. En route visit Rumassala, at different points of time during the war both Lord Rama and Luxshmana 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 remember and identify the life saving herbs alone. Parts from the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka. Dinner and overnight stay in Beruwala / Kalutara.

 

Day 13: Beruwala / Kalutara: Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Beruwala / Kalutara.

 

Day 14: Colombo: After breakfast leave for Colombo, in Kalubovila visit the Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple. This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. Afterwards make a sightseeing tour of Colombo. Visit a Buddhist Temple, a Hindu Temple, Pettah, Fort, Museum, Galle Face Green, Independence Square. Discover the city & explore the shopping malls, such as House of Fashion, Odel, etc. Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Colombo.

 

Day 15: Colombo – London: Breakfast and transfer to airport for onward

  • International Economy class return air ticket
  • Accommodation in 3* OR 4* hotel as per selection in standard room on twin / double / triple sharing basis
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner at hotel
  • All intercity transfer and sightseeing transfer by private a/c vehicle basis
  • Tipping
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Expenses of personal nature such as tips, telephone calls, laundry etc.
  • Any other item not specified in ‘Cost Includes’.
  • Single supplement £395
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