Duration : 06 Nights / 07 Days
Places: – Chilaw – Dambulla – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya – Ella
Apt – Via chillaw to Dambulla
Up on arrival you will warmly welcome to Sri Lanka and proceed to Dambulla en route visit Munneshwaram temple & Manavery temple.
Overnight stay at hotel – Dambulla
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 – Kandy
After b-fast proceed to Kandy. En route visit herbal garden. Do a city tour including temple of the tooth relic.
In the evening you will witness the cultural dance show.
Overnight stay at hotel – Kandy.
Temple of the tooth relic – Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic 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 Buddha.
Kandy – Visit vinayagar Temple at Kandy, gem museum and do a Kandy city tour. Kandy is the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings which is a world heritage site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy lake built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1806, visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center and a gem museum and lapidary.
After b-fast proceed to Pinnawala
Overnight stay at hotel – Kandy.
The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grandchildren born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism, but is soon became a conservation and educational centre. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawela started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawela was born. The success story of Pinnawela has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawela have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawela herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals.
Kandy via Ramboda Nuwara Eliya
After b- fast at the hotel proceed to Nuwara Eliya en route visit Ramboda hanuman temple & Ramboda water fall. Then do a city tour in Nuwara Eliya including tea plantation & tea factory.
Overnight stay at Hotel – Nuwara Eliya
Hannuman Shrine ( Hanuman Gada ) – which was dedicated to lord Hanuman and its believed to be the place where Hanumman been landed in the country in search of Sitha , can observe a 18 foot hight Hanumman statute.
Nuwara eliya – is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important location for Tea production in Sri Lanka. The town is overlooked by Pidurutalagala, the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka.” The city was founded by Samuel Baker, the discoverer of Lake Albert and the explorer of the Nile in 1846. Nuwara Eliya’s climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon. Nuwara Eliya, called Little England. For a picturesque stroll, stop by the well-maintained Victoria Park or head for Gregory’s Lake, which is located just south of the town. You can also hire boats here also visit the international Golf and race courses and proceed to Sitha eliya witness the legendry Sitha Amman temple in the Asoke Vathika ( Ashoke forest ) and visit Gayathri amman temple also.
Nuwara Eliya – Colombo
After b-fast proceed to Ella. En route visit Diurumpola temple in Welimada. Then proceed to Ella and visit Ravana cave temple. Then back to Colombo.
Overnight stay at Hotel – Colombo
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.
Ravana Cave 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.
After b-fast do a city tour including Panchamuga Ajanyear Temple.
Overnight stay at – Colombo
Panchamuga Ajanyear Temple – This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. Its the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear.
Colombo – the commercial and business center of Sri Lanka located on west coast. The city blends together with old colonial type building, high-rise commercial buildings and hotels. It is filled with shopping malls, airline offices bazaars and interesting tourist attractions. Some of the finest structures built during the colonial times still preserved in one part of the City. During the city tour visit BMICH, Colonial style Town hall,old parliament complex replica of Aukana Buddha statue, Galle face green, Panchamuga Anjaneyer Temple ect later do a city shopping.
Colombo – APT
After b-fast proceed to airport for departure