07 Nights 08 Days - Tour Highlights
- Sita Amman Temple
- Sribhaktha Hanuman Temple
- Temple of Tooth Relic
- Muthumari Ammna Kovil
- Thirukoneshwaram Temple
- Nainative Island
- Delf Island Jaffna
Tour Starting & Meeting Point : Colombo or Bandaranayake International Airport
Day 01 – Airport / Nuwara Eliya
On arrival at the Colombo airport you will be greeted warmly &welcomed by our representative, and will arrange transport,vehicle, guide, local sim cards, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. On the way visiting Sitawaka, Devon waterfalls, dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
In the 16th century it was a capital during the reign of king Rajasingha. Legend has it that Sita was imprisoned by Ravana in a nearby grove, hence the name Seethawaka. A shocking episode is believed to have taken place here, too. In order to shatter lord Rama’s confidence to regain his consort Sita, Ravana’s eldest son Indrajith beheaded a look-alike of Sita in front of lord Hanuman. Furthermore there is a stone in the Seethawaka area called Rampathagala with one footprint believed to be left by lord Rama himself.
Day 02 – Nuwara Eliya / Kandy
After breakfast visit Sita Amman temple & Ashoka Vatika, Divurumpola temple, Gayatri Peetham temple, Mani Kaththeru temple, Ramboda waterfalls & Hanuman temple, tea plantation & factory, Kandy sightseeing tour, cultural dance performance, attend evening puja ceremony in the sacred temple of tooth relic, dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Sita Amman Temple & Ashoka Vatica:
This temple is 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 Sshoka Vatika or Ashokavanam where she lived under Ashoka trees.
Gayatri Peetham Temple:
Gayathripitam, also spelled gayaththripeedam, inside Nuwara Eliya town is the first and foremost temple built for Gayathri Amman in Sri Lanka, Gayatri being an aspect of Saraswati and the universal mother. The temple was founded by the Gayathrisiddhar Swami Murusegu.
Divurumpola is said to be the location where Sita underwent the famous fire ordeal Agni Pariksha, in order to prove her chastity. From the flames arose the fire god Agni who was invoked by Sita. He lifted her from the flames unharmed and presented her to lord Rama who explained this test was only necessary to prove the truth of her purity and innocence to everybody.
Mani Kattuther is a small and flat rock boulder within the tea plantations of labookellie estate. It is believed that lord Hanuman, after meeting Sita Devi, rested on this hill top on his way back to lord Rama with the happy news of finding his missed consort. Nowadays an open temple with statues of lord Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Hanuman stands on top of it. Locals visit the holy place frequently.
Sribhaktha Hanuman Temple:
The Sri Lanka branch of the chinmaya mission, commited 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 main road. There is a new five metres tall granite statue of Rama’s devote supporter. Hanuman is believed to have started his searching for Sita in the baroda hills.
Temple of tooth relic – Kandy:
kandy’s tooth relic temple is the most significant buddhist holy place in sri lanka, venerated by buddhists from southeast asia as well. There are four shrines for gods connected to the buddha’s tooth temple. These devales, playing an important role in the processions of the buddha’s tooth temple, are mainly sinhalese places of worship, whereas tamil hindu temples are called kovils.
Day 03 – Kandy / Trincomalee
After breakfast, proceed to trincomalee, on the way visiting, nalandagedige, herbal & spice garden, muthumari amman temple, dambulla golden buddha statue & cave temple, sigiriya rock fortress, arrive in trincomalee.dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
The nalandagedige is geographically located in the very centre of the island. It is a buddhist temple in the first place, but in many respects exceptional. The images of this temple prove mahayana buddhist and even tantric influence on this theravada dominated island during its late anuradhapura kingdom period (7th to 10th century). Furthermore the architectural style of this gedige is obviously influenced by the dravidian architecture of the pallava and the pandya kingdoms of southern india. So the nalandagedige resemblesvery much an ancient hindu shrine.
Muthumari Ammna Kovil:
Sri muthumariammanthevasthanam is a hindu temple located in matale city that is known for the colorful chariots located here. Its history goes back to the early 1800’s. 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 in the island.
Day 04 – Trincomalee / Jaffna
After breakfast visit shankari devi shakthipeetam temple and tirukoneshwaram temples, ravana hot water wells, proceed to jaffna, on the way visiting some of the evidence of past civil war, late evening reach to jaffna dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Shankaree Devi Shakthi Peetam Temple:
Adjacent to trincomalee’s famous koneshwaram temple there is another shrine it is small in size but of some significance for hindu pilgrims. This shankaridevi temple is a reconstruction at a new place. The original shanakridevi temple, said to be built by ravana, was the first in the list of ashtadasha (18) shakti pitas written down by adishankara, but it’s whole cliff was destroyed by portuguese cannon balls. Only a pillar for period.nallur is renowned for the strict discipline, order and timing of its puja ceremonies and became a landmark of tamil hindu cultural pride.
Thirukoneshwaram, lovely located on a rock promontory of trincomalee, was built by rishi agastya on the instructions of lord shiva who was impressed by the devotion of king ravana. This place is unique in this respect, the lord building a temple for his devotee as a reward for his devotion. Lord rama is believed to have offered his prayers here, too, in order to get rid of the malediction of killing ravana who was a brahmin, meaning brahmahasthidosham.
Day 05 – Jaffna / Nainative Island / Delf Island Jaffna
After breakfast travel by vehicle nearly 35 km to the nainative island, get into the ferry boat and travel to the delf island, back to nainative island, visit nagapooshanee amman temple &nagadeepa buddhist temple (buddha visited place), back to jaffna town sightseeing tour including nallurkandashamytemle, naguleshwaram temple in kirimale,selvasannidhimurugan temple, some of memorials of portuguese and dutch period, specially fort etc. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Naga Pooshani Amman Temple:
Nagapushaniammantemple is a historic hindu temple located on the island of nainativu, west of the jaffna peninsula. It is dedicated to parvati who is locally known as nagapushani and to her consort shiva who is named as nayanar here. Adishankara, india’s great 9th century vedanta philosopher, identified it as one of 64 shakti pithas.
Selva Sannidhi Murugan Temple :
Selvasaniddhi is the most northern temple along the famous padayatra pilgrimage route. The temple is located in thondaimanaru 25 outside jaffna, and in only 9 kms distance to point pedro, the northernmost spot of the island. Selvasaniddhi is a place of vel worship.
Day 06 – Jaffna
After breakfast travel to the nilawarai in puthur, visit kachachative island, back to the jaffna city and in the evening relax in the hotel.dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
Nilawari, also spelled nilavarai, is located in puthur 14 kms northeast of jaffna town. Nilawari is popular among locals and tourists on a pilgrimage because of its giant natural underground water well of unknown depth. The water is a little bit salty, but drinkable. The well never dries up, not even during severe droughts. It is told that when lord rama’s army entered lanka they took positions on different sides. The army situated in the northern dry zone faced a severe water crisis. But lord rama shot a magic arrow into the ground and water sprung out immediately. Another version of the legend has it that the arrow was shot by hanuman to satisfy the thirst of rama.
kachchativu is a small island in the middle of the palk strait, halfway between jaffna and india’s rameswaram. It is one of the spots associated with the much-loved story of hanuman carrying through the air a part of the himalayas to lanka in order to cure rama and lakshmana from otherwise never-healing wounds.
Day 07 – Jaffna / Anuradhapura / Marawila
After breakfast proceed to chilaw on the way visiting, isurumuniya temple, and holy bodhitree called sri mahabodiya, at anuradhapura, late evening visit manavari and munneswaram temples.dinner & overnight stay at hotel.
The isurumuniyaviharaya, a rock temple in the southern outskirts of anuradhapura, probably was a place of worship already before the advent of buddhism on the island. Isurumuniya is well-known for it’s variety of stone carvings and their quality. One enigmatic rock-cut sculpture depicts a resting person with the head of a horse behind his shoulder, a unique subject in sri lanka’s art. It is commonly called “man and horse” because of the uncertainty of it’s interpretation.
Manavari, about 6 kms north of chilaw, is the first place where lord rama installed a lingam, as a remedy to lord shiva after commitingbrahmincide 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 one being that of rameswaram in india.
The munneshwaramkovil close to chilaw is one of the 5 major shiva temples of sri lanka and rameshwaram islands, 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.
Day 08 – Marawila / Negombo / Airport
After breakfast transfer to the airport, on the way visiting negombo beach area and fishing harbor and industry, dutch period fortress and canal, some of shopping complexes and transfer to the airport for connecting with your return flight.
Airport Pickup & Drop / Air-conditioned vehicle / English speaking driver guide / Water bottles for every day.
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