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Considered one of the most colourful religious pageants in Asia, Kandy's ten-day Esala Perahera is one of Sri Lanka's most spectacular festivals. The perahera (procession) is held to honour the sacred tooth enshrined in the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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Beach Villas

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Sri Lanka offers something unique for all traveler`s. The unique alternate to hotels are…… spending your vacation in a luxury villa along the coastline. Most of the beach villas are open directly on to beautiful Indian Ocean with Stunning sea View`s and gorgeous unspoiled golden Beach`s in southern Sri Lanka.  Read More

Activities

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Rafting or white water rafting is a challenging recreational outdoor activity using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers.

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RAMAYANA SPIRITUAL TOUR 

SRI LANKA

06 nights & 07 days 

2 nights in Kandy | 2 nights in Nuwara eliya | 1 night in Colombo | 1 night in Negombo)

(Proper arrival & Departure times: Arrival – morning | Departure – noon/afternoon)     

  

 DAY 1

Colombo Airport - Kandy
(115 km`s – 03 hours drive)

Overnight stay in Kandy

 

Welcome on arrival at Colombo airport, by ORANTA HOLIDAYS representative, and then travel to Kandy - last kingdom of Sri Lanka, visiting en route the Elephant orphanage at Pinnawala. Later settle in at your hotel in Kandy and relax.

At Elephant Orphanage you can feed and bath the baby elephants, or simply sit and watch at many elephants relaxing in an idyllic and natural environment. The zoological garden is situated close to Elephant Orphanage. (Feeding time for baby elephant is at 09:15 am & 13:15 pm).

By afternoon explore City of Kandy, start with tooth relic temple and adjoining ruins of royal palace (a UNESCO world heritage site), ending the day with witnessing a Cultural performance featuring the traditional dance and drumming that Kandy is renowned for.

Kandy is an exciting place for shopping with souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony and bronze. Ceramics, lacquer work, hand looms, batiks and world famous exceptional kinds of Gems and jewellery.

Tooth relic temple: is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Bhikkhus of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.

 

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 Day 2

Kandy - Sitha Kotuwa - Kandy
(62 km`s – 02 hours drive = One way) 

Overnight stay in Kandy


After breakfast at hotel, travel to visit Sita kotuwa, return to hotel by afternoon, rest of the day at leisure.

Sita Kotuwa: Sita was kept at Queen Mandodari‘s Palace and later moved first to Sita Kotuwa (translated “Sita’s Fort”) and finally to Ashoka Vatika. The ruins found here are the remnants of later civilizations.

 

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 Day 3

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
(75 km`s – 02 hours 30 minutes drive)

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya


After breakfast at hotel, travel to Nuwara eliya. En route visit Sri Bhaktha Hanuman temple, a Tea plantation and a factory and Ramboda waterfall. Later settle in at your hotel in Nuwara eliya, and relax.

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Ramboda: 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 at the Kandy to Nuwara Eliya mainroad. There is a new five metres tall granite statue of Rama's devote supporter. Hanuman 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 is 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.

Nuwara Eliya: Drive through the little town of Nuwara Eliya observing the well-maintained buildings of colonial Architecture. Visit the busy market where the tea plantation workers rush in and out with their days provisions. Visit the lake Gregory built for generating power during the British Colonial age but now a feature that adds beauty to the city.

 

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Day 4

Nuwara eliya - Bandarawela - Ella
(60 km`s – 02 hours drive = One way)

Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya


After breakfast at hotel, travel to visit popular Ramayana sites around Nuwara eliya and Ella.

Return to hotel by afternoon and relax.

Sita Amman Temple: located halfway between the highland village 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 finger ring 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 Hamunan. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on one side of the temple. The temple today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures; all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita.

Hakgala Botanical Garden: was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids. This is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marries him. It was here where the heartwarming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama’s honor if she did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him.

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.

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.

 

 

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Day 5

Nuwara Eliya - Colombo
(160km`s – 05 Hours drive)

Overnight in Colombo


After breakfast you leave for Colombo. Colombo is the commercial capital of the country. Attractions are Buddhist temples, Hindu temples, churches, the old parliament building, the zoo, museums and art galleries.

Reach city of Colombo by early afternoon and visit Anjaneyar Temple in Kalubowila, on conclusion proceed for city tour of Colombo. By evening settle in to your hotel and relax.

Panchamuga Anjaneyar: Hanuman is often called Anjaneyar by Tamils, as his mother's name is Anjan. This Kovil is the first Anjaneyar temple in Sri Lanka and the only one on the island dedicated to Lord Hanuman in his Panchamuga form; meaning five faces. And it is said to be the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Anjaneyar. Its chariot festival is held annually at the end of December or in the beginning of January. It is one of the most popular processions in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. Visitors are advised to wash hands and feet before entering the temple and not to cross hands inside the temple.

 

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Day 6

Colombo - Chilaw - Negombo
(160km`s – 05 hour drive)

Overnight Stay in Negombo


After breakfast you leave Colombo and travel to Chilaw for the Munishwaram Temple & Manavari Temple visits. On conclusion return to Negombo and settle in at your hotel.

Manavari Temple: is the first place where Lord Rama installed a Lingam, as a remedy to Lord Shiva after committing Brahmincide by killing the King Ravana who was a Brahmin. This Shiva Lingam in Manavari is called Ramalingam because it was made by Lord Rama. There are only two Lingams in the world named after Lord Rama, the other is in Rameswaram in India.

Munneswaram Temple: The Munneswaram Kovil in Chilaw is one of the 5 major Shiva temples of Sri Lanka and Rameswaram islands. They are called Ishvarams. According to a Tamil legend, the temple is situated at a place where King Rama prayed to Shiva after committing the worst crime according to Hindu Dharma, namely Brahmahasti, the killing of a priest, because Ravana who had to be killed by Rama in order to liberate Sita, was of Brahmin caste. Rama stopped the Vimana vehicle at Munneswaram because of his feeling that the Doshana sin was not following him at this place. So he ascended from the vimana and prayed to God Shiva asking for a remedy. Shiva advised Rama to install four lingams at Manavari, Trinco, Mannar and Rameswaram for this purpose.

 

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Day 7

Negombo - Airport
(20km`s – 30 minutes drive)

Depature


After breakfast, your chauffeur will drive you to airport for a safe return journey home.

 

Tour Ends.....

 

 

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