4 Nights /5 Days Ramayana tour to Sri Lanka@350USD PP
Day 1: Airport – Chillaw- Dambulla
Upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be received warmly by our representative. You will then be escorted to your vehicle to begin your holiday in Sri Lanka.
Your First Visit Will be Dambulla.
En route Visit Munneshwaram and Manawari Temple
It is believed that Munishwaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munishwaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when Lord Rama visited this 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 a Bramhaasthi Dosham (a malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin.
When the Vimana was passing over Munishwaram, he felt the Vimana vibrating, and realized the Brahmaasti Dosham was not following him at this particular point. He stopped the Vimana at this juncture and asked god Lord Shiva for advice. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying at four lingams located 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 5km from here, near the banks of the Deduru Oya. At the Manavari Temple Chilaw 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 world named after Lord Rama.
Dambulla is one of the ancient cities of Sri Lanka. The city also boasts to have the largest rose quartz mountain range in South Asia, and the Iron wood forest. Ibbankatuwa prehistoric burial site near Dambulla cave temple complexes is the latest archaeological site found in Dambulla. Dambulla along with nearby Sigiriya and Habarana form a cluster of tourist area within it.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Dambulla.
Day 2: Dambulla – Trincomalee – Dambulla
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit Trincomalee
Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbors. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. The Bay of Trincomalee harbor is renowned for its large size and security; unlike every other in the Indian Sea, it is accessible to all types of craft in all weathers. The beaches are used for surfing, scuba diving, fishing and whale watching.
City tour: You will be able to visit the famous Konesvaram temple which attracts many pilgrims from all parts of India. And then you will visit Shankaridevi Temple which is one of the 18 Devi Temples(Ashta Dasha Shakthi Peethas),The entrance to the roadway leading to Koneswaram is actually the entrance to what used to be Fort Fredrick. The fort was built in 1623 by the Portuguese.The city has the largest Dutch fort in Sri Lanka.
The present Shiva temple which is quite well known locally than the Shankari Temple was a recent construction. The Shiva is called as TRIKONESHVARA (Probably because it is in Trincomalee which is truly TRI CONA MALAI- meaning triangle shaped hill). There is a small Devi Shrine built adjacent the Shiva temple. The famed Bilva tree which is perched right on the edge of the hill some hundred meters above the Indian Ocean. It is an exhilarating and spectacular sight to behold. All round, silence reflects which is needed most in this war torn nation rightfully called as a paradise. There is also a more famous Kali temple in the heart of the town to which devotees can make a visit en-route from the Shankari Temple.
Kanniya - Hot Water Springs.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla.
Day 3: Dambulla – Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit Nuwara Eliya
En route to your destination you will visit Ramboda Falls and Hanuman Temple….
Visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda. The Ramboda area is believed to be an area where Rama’s forces were gathered against Ravana. RamPadai means Rama’s Force. The hills of Ramboda is also believed where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi. The Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka has built an Anjaneyar temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman temple and the image of lord Hanuman here is 16 Feet tall.
The service times at the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple is between 7:00 am to 12:00 noon and again 3:30 to 6:30 p.m
Visit Ramboda Falls
Nuwara Eliya (City of Lights), blessed with salubrious climate, breathtaking views of valleys, meadows, mountains and greenery; Surrounded by hills and tea plantations, the town of Nuwara Eliya enjoys spring-like weather throughout the year. It is also known as “Little England”, which was the favorite hill station of the British who tried to create Nuwara Eliya into a typical English Village. The old brick Post office, country house like hill club with its hunting pictures, trophies and strict formal dinner attire; the 18 hole golf course, horse race course, etc., all remind you of “England”.
Nuwara Eliya city tour
Nuwara Eliya is a good escape for those who miss cool breeze in tropical Sri Lanka at any time of the year. Local tourists flock to this town in their 'season' from March to May when it is the hottest duration for the town, April being the busiest. Nuwara Eliya offers many activities for tourists including visits to tea plantations, golfing, horse riding, boating, hiking and of course exploring the beauty of the landscaped gardens, waterfalls and plateaus. Hemmed in by three of the highest mountains in the country; Piduruthalagala, the Great Western and Haggala, the city looks very isolated. Yet it's just a four hour drive from Colombo. Excellent walks and drives, exceptionally good golf on the 18 Hole Course, one of the best in Asia. Trout hatchery, market, gardens of flowers, fruits and vegetables, not commonly associated with Sri Lanka, Haggala Botanical Garden famous for its collection of roses and the rare fernery. Thanks to the cool climes this is one city where you can never work up a sweat.
The GayathriPeedam was founded by the late Swami Murugesu Maharishi in NuwaraEliya, Sri Lanka, where the original temple is still situated in Lady McCallum Drive.
The South African temple is run by Swami Shankarananda, direct disciple of Swami Murugesu, and is situated at 2 Fairview Road, Brindhaven in Verulam, kwaZulu-Natal. The South African peedam was established in 1985 and functions as a non-profit organization to assist in fulfilling spiritual needs of the community through prayer and devotion to God as the Divine Mother.
Sitha Amman Temple
The Sitha Amman Temple can be seen en route to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention. Ancient statues of Rama and Sitha 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 Sitha.
Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya Hotel
Day 4: Nuwara Eliya – Colombo
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit Colombo
Colombo is the largest city and commercial capital of Sri Lanka. Located on the west coast, it is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern and colonial impressions. Colombo has wildly varying architecture that span centuries and depict various styles. Many colonial buildings influenced by the Portuguese, Dutch and British exist alongside structures built in Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Indian and Contemporary architectural styles. No other place is this more evident in the heart of the city the Fort area. Colombo also boasts many shopping malls and department stores that offer brand name clothing at highly discounted prices. Therefore, it has become an important shopping destination among tourists.
Sri Anjaneyar worship dawned in Sri Lanka by Our Chandrasekara swamiji. It is new era for Anjaneyar devotees. Anjaneyar worship increased in Sri Lanka. Our Sri Anjaneyar temple is the first one established on 30th June 1996 at 3/11 Bodhirukkarama Road, Kalubowila Dehiwala.
There are two epics called as Ramayana & Mahabharata. It is most valuable & precious gift for Hindus. Hinduism has been called as Sanathana dharma. Incarnation of Vishnu’s mission that both epics in Ramayana Sri Rama to establish the dharma and destroy demons and in Mahabharata Sri Krishna “thushta nigraha sishtaparipalana”. Siranjeevi Anjaneyar performed his duty according to Rama & Sri Krishna.
We have to think and always to remember that Sri Chandrasekara Swamigal not only founder of this first temple in Sri Lanka devotee of Anjaneyar and devotees devotee. We can’t look for sincere devotee and founder in this era. Before we think about Anjaneyar temple history, that we have to how swamigal performed with hundred percent efforts and overlook personal history. Sanskrit ‘Kuha’ means that deepest hiding cave. Anjaneyar devotees increasing day by day because of the enlighten preaching of our Sri Chandrasekara Swamigal springs from Kuha (inner deepest Heart). Childhood of the swamigal skilled performance is able to visualize through Anjanam that whatever occurrence can be relayed. In Hinduism, that there are main six twigs of deities such as Siva, Vishnu, Shakthi, Ganapathy, Murugan and sun that they are followed by Saivism Vaisnavaism, Shaktham, Ganapthiyam, Gowmaram and Chowram.
City Tour: While on your city tour in Colombo you may visit famous places including Galle Face Green, the Viharamahadevi Park, National Museum, Twin World Trade Center towers, Old Parliament Building, Fort district, Independence Hall at Independence Square, and prominent Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian places of worship.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Colombo.
Day 5: Colombo – Airport
Enjoy delicious breakfast at your Hotel and do last minute shopping prior to departure.
For shopping, you may visit Odel, House of Fashion, Beverly Street, Majestic City, Noritake, etc.