Ramayana Trails in Sri Lanka


The great Hindu epic Ramayana tells of the conquest of Sri Lanka in 3000 BC by the Hindu god "Rama" who fought with the "Ravana" in Sri Lanka to rescue his wife "Sitha". Today Sri Lanka offers the opportunity to visit the many places believed to have been part of the great Ramayana which include among others, Ravana's fort, the Sitha Amman temple where Sitha was held among others.

Tour Plan

Day 01

ARRIVAL TRANSFER TO CHILAW/ WILPATTU & ANURADHAPURA

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport by My Travel Partner representative & transfer for via Anuradhapura - Check in hotel..

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Travel to visit Munneshwaram Temple & Manavari Temple in Chilaw. It is believed that Munneshwaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneshwaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran).

Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Anuradhapura
  • Day Meal plan : - Lunch at hotel
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Day 02

FROM ANURADAPURA TO TRINCOMALEE

After breakfast at hotel proceed to do the sightseeing tour in ancient city Anuradhapura, from the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD.

Then transfer to Trincomalee.

Thereafter proceed Travel to visit Koneshwaram temple. Koneshwaram temple of Trincomalee (also historically known as the Thirukonamamalai Konesar Kovil, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Thiru-Konamamalai Maccakeswaram Kovil) is an Hindu temple in Trincomalee, Eastern Province, Sri Lanka venerated by Saivites throughout the continent. It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee, a classical period harbor port town.

Evening proceed to visit Shankari Devi temple in Trincomalee. The famed SHANKARI Temple, in Sri Lanka, is one of the 18 Devi Temples (Ashta Dasha Shakti Peethas). Many have heard the Ashtadasha Shakti Peetha Shloka starting with LANKAAYAAM SHAANKARI DEVI.composed by Sri Adi Shankara which means Shankari in Lanka. This Shloka enumerates the list of places of Devi temples which are considered to be part of the 18 Devi Peethas.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Trincomalee
  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Lunch at hotel
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Day 03

FROM TRINCOMALEE TO SIGIRIYA

After breakfast at hotel Proceed to visit Dambulla Cave Temple - Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.

Thereafter proceed to Minneriya National Park. It is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts.

  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Lunch at hotel
  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Sigiriya
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Day 04

FROM SIGIRIYA TO KANDY

Leave for Kandy via Dambulla. From Dambulla drive to Matale to visit a spice garden. History Sri Muthumariamman temple. of this ancient goes back to the early 1800s. The location of the present temple was used by the south Indian immigrants, who came to the island looking for employment. Today, it is one of the biggest Hindu temples on the island.

In Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth. View a cultural dance in the evening.

  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Lunch at hotel
  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Kandy
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Day 05

FROM KANDY TO NUWARA ELIYA

Kandy, last seat of the Sinhala Kings, is a very popular destination for visitors from home and abroad. Then travel to Nuwara Eliya. Visit to Tea Factory & Tea Plantation.

Sri Lanka is one of the world’s largest exporters of tea with a roaring tea industry that dominates the island’s central highlands. Introduced to the country by British tea planter James Taylor in 1867, tea irreversibly changed the topography, and even the demography of the country. In the wake of Sri Lanka’s coffee blight, British planters were quick to discover that tea was a more lucrative industry. As the number of tea estates rose, there was an increased need for human labor. The production of tea involves a tedious procedure of plucking, withering, rolling, oxidizing and drying – a process that requires heavy machines and plenty of manpower.

Thereafter proceed to visit Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple. In the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita, the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka built the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Nuwara-Eliya
  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Lunch at hotel

Day 06

NUWARA ELIYA

After breakfast at the hotel visit Seetha Amman temple. The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention. 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.

Visit to Ashok Vatika. It was a garden in Lanka that was located in the Kingdom of the Rakshasa king, Ravana, as mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and Hindu epic, Ramayana of Valmiki, and all subsequent versions, including the Ramacharitamanas written by Tulsidas, where it finds mention in the Sundar Kand. The Vatika has garden houses around it, built by Vishwakarma himself. It was the location, next to Sita Amman Temple.

Thereafter visit to Lake Gregory

Evening proceed to Divurumpola Temple. This is the place where Seetha Devi underwent "Agni Pariksha" (test). It is a popular place of worship among locals in this area. Divurumpola means place of oath in Sinhala. The legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Nuwara-Eliya
  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Lunch at hotel
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Day 07

FROM NUWARA-ELIYA TO ELLA

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Ella.

En-route visit Welimada to see the Istripura / Konda Katugala.

This is situated in the Welimada Area Istripura 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.

Evening proceed to visit Ravana Waterfall. It is said that Ravana had kidnapped princess Sita and had hidden her in the caves behind this waterfall, now simply known as the Ravana Ella Cave. At the time, the cave was surrounded with thick forests in the midst of wilderness. It is also believed that Rama’s queen bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Ella
  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Lunch at hotel

Day 08

FROM ELLA TO KATARAGAMA

After breakfast, travel to Kataragama and visit Kataragama temple. Kataragamam temple in Kataragama, Sri Lanka, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple complex dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragama deviyo.

  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Dinner at hotel
  • Overnight stay : - Hotel in Kataragama

Day 09

FROM KATARAGAMA TO USSANGODA/ COLOMBO

After breakfast, travel to Colombo. En-route visit Ussangoda.

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.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Colombo
  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast, Lunch at hotel
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Day 10

COLOMBO/ DEPARTURE

After Breakfast transfer to Colombo. Proceed to Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple.

* A temple dedicated to Anjaneyar in Sri Lanka.
* This is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneyar.

Do a Colombo city tour. Sri Lanka’s sprawling capital is developing rapidly with a host of new hotels, smart boutiques and cosmopolitan restaurants. This is a city of contrasts where serene Buddhist temples and colonial churches nestle amid ramshackle streets and shiny office blocks. The busy Pettah market and paradise road offer interesting shopping opportunities and no visit is complete without a stroll along coastal Galle Face Green. Visit clients to Independence Square and Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall.

Also visit Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya it is believed that Kelaniya is the place from where King Vibeeshana ruled after being crowned by Lakshmana.

Leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.

  • Day Meal plan : - Breakfast

What’s included in the price?

  • Meet and Greet at the Arrival.
  • Your accommodation in a Double occupancy room with Breakfast & Dinner meal inclusions as specified as specified on the Itinerary.
  • Transportation and sightseeing using a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on a private basis.
  • With a professional English-speaking Chauffer guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as detailed on your itinerary.
  • Applicable Service charge and local government tax.
  • Water Bottles (One Bottle Per person per day)
  • Passenger Cover Insurance.
  • Sightseeing Parking tickets & Expressway tickets.
  1. Munneshwaram Temple & Manavari
  2. Koneshwaram temple

What’s excluded?

  • Mini bar usage
  • Lunch
  • Optional hotel expenses such as local and international telephone calls, internet access and laundry.
Route map

Day 01

ARRIVAL TRANSFER/ WILPATTU

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Meet on arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport by My Travel Partner representative & transfer for Wilpattu - Check in hotel.

  • Leisure at hotel
  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel near Wilpattu

Day 02

Early in the morning you will be visit to do Wilpattu Safari. The unique feature of this park is the existence of "Willus" (Natural lakes) - Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30 km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo).

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel near Wilpattu

Day 03

FROM WILPATTU TO DAMBULLA

After breakfast at hotel transfer you to Sigiriya. Proceed to do Anuradhapura Ancient City Tour. Anuradhapura attained its highest magnificence about the commencement of the common era. The city had some of the most complex irrigation systems of the ancient world, situated in the dry zone of the country the administration built many tanks to irrigate the land. Most of these tanks still survive. Thereafter proceed to Minneriya National Park. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. Full day 4 x4 jeep adventure in Habarana Jungle followed by a game drive in Minneriya National park to see large herds of Elephants.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Sigiriya

Day 04

DAMBULLA

Morning leisure at hotel. After Lunch at hotel visit Sigiriya Lion Rock. It’s the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. The rock was the innermost stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. A moat, rampart, and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens ring the base of the rock. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, which are in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel in Dambulla

Day 05

FROM SIGIRIYA TO KITHULGALA

After breakfast at hotel transfer you to Kithulgala. Evening proceed you to White Water Rafting. Boasting about adventure sporting, Kitulagala is a town located in West of the road from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. It has been once a filming place for the David Lean's 1957 Oscar-winning epic "Bridge on the River Kwai" on the banks of Kelani River. The Kitulgala's main attraction is White water rafting where you can ride the tides of Kelani River. Other than that, it's popular for sports like confidence jump, Stream Sliding, Waterfall abseiling, Jungle trekking

  • Overnight Stay : - Kithulgala Hotel

Day 06

FROM KITHULGALA TO SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST

Early in the morning visit to Bird Watching. Bird watching in Kithulgala is considered as a main interest of a nature lover and can result in you seeing many of the country's endemic bird species such as Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler and chestnut-backed owlet, as well as reptiles such as green pit viper and earless lizard and a variety of butterflies.

Thereafter transfer you to Sinharaja Rain Forest.
  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel near Sinharaja Forest
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Day 07

SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST

Early morning Bird watching trek to Sinharaja rain Forest at 5.30 am. Sinharaja Forest international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. It was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Lion Kingdom.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel near Sinharaja Forest

Day 08

FROM SINHARAJA TO UDAWALAWE

After breakfast at hotel transfer you to Udawalawe National Park. Early morning game drive in Udawalawe National Park at 6 am for which you will be given a wakeup call at 5.30 am in which time the bed tea is ready. Udawalawe is the best National Park to see Elephants in Sri Lanka.

  • BBQ Dinner and overnight stay in Tented safari camp in Udawalawe National Park.
  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel near Udawalawe

Day 09

THISSAMAHARAMA

After breakfast at hotel transfer you to Thissamaharama. Then proceed you to do Yala Safari.

  • Overnight Stay : - Hotel near Thissamaharama
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Day 10

DEPARTURE

After breakfast at hotel leave for the airport to connect with the departure flight.


What’s included in the price?

  • Meet and Greet at the Arrival.
  • Your accommodation in a Double occupancy room with Breakfast & Dinner meal inclusions as specified as specified on the Itinerary.
  • Transportation and sightseeing using a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on a private basis.
  • With a professional English-speaking Chauffer guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as detailed on your itinerary.
  • Applicable Service charge and local government tax.
  • Water Bottles (One Bottle Per person per day)
  • Passenger Cover Insurance.
  • Sightseeing Parking tickets & Expressway tickets.

What’s excluded?

  • Mini bar usage
  • Lunch
  • Optional hotel expenses such as local and international telephone calls, internet access and laundry.
Route map

10 Days 9 Nights

Featured Inclusions


Destinations

Wilpattu Dambulla Kithulgala Sinharaja Udawalawe Yala


* We will contact you via email after this Reservation request has made.
* When we have reserved your train journey successfully we will hand over the ticket upon your arrival at the airport.

10 Days 9 Nights

Featured Inclusions


Destinations

Wilpattu Minneriya Sigiriya Sinharaja Kithulgala Yala Udawalawe Thissamaharama


* We will contact you via email after this Reservation request has made.
* When we have reserved your train journey successfully we will hand over the ticket upon your arrival at the airport.