Shri Ramayana Yatra
Board flight 9W 256, departing from Mumbai airport at 0200 hrs. Arrival at Colombo airport by 0430 hrs. Meet and greet by the local representative . Proceed to Kandy, En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and have breakfast (Approximately 5 ½ Hrs Drive). Check in at the hotel. Evening enjoy the cultural show by local dancers . Overnight stay at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast check out the hotel. Visit Royal Botanical Garden and Kandy Temple , Later proceed to Nuwara Eliya, En route visit the Sri Baktha HanumanTemple, Ramboda and Ramboda waterfall. There after proceed to Visit Mani Kattu at Labukalle Estate . Arrive Nuwara Eliya by evening. Check in at the hotel. Dinner. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, visit the Gayathri Peedam in Nuwara Eliya. Also visit Sita Amman Temple , Divurampola and Hakgala Graden and enjoy the local sights seeing of Nuwara Eliya . Return to hotel for another overnight stay.
After breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Colombo. Also visit Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple . Check in at the hotel at Colombo. Evening at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, Check out the hotel. Thereafter commence a city tour of Colombo, which also includes time to do the shopping. Thereafter proceed to visit Muneeshwaram Temple , Chilaw. (Approximately 90 minutes Driveand and also visit Mannavari Temple . (Approximately 20 Minutes Drive). Drive back to Colombo airport (Approximately 1 hour drive). Board flight 9W 255, departing from Colombo airport by 2105 hrs. Arrival at Mumbai airport by 2345 hrs. Tour ends with the happy memories.
Significance of sites associated with Ramyana
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage- App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as more than 25 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river near by.
Royal Botanical Gardens - Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world are one such avenue.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession. Evening you could witness a cultural performance by various Sri Lankan dancers and musicians.
Mani Kattu Ther Rock: This is a rock in the Labookelle estate. Lord Hanuman met Sitadevi and on his way to announce this happy information to Lord Rama, rested on this hill top. The hilltop where Lord Hanuman is believed to have rested after meeting Sitadevi is known as Mani Kattuther. Today an open temple with statues of Lord Rama , Sitadevi, Lakshmana and Lord hanuman stands on top of it . Locals visit the temple often.
Nuwara Eliya - The ‘Little England' of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (march to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity .
The Hakgala Botanical Garden : It was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana of the well-known epic Ramayana. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchid . This is the exotic pleasure garden where king Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marry him. It was here where the heart-warming 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 honour if he 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.
Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya. – (Approximately 20 Minutes Drive): The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is a temple erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hamunams are found by this river -some small and some large. Thereafter proceed to Divurumpola situated in Nuwara Eliya Welimada road.
Divurmpola (Approximately 1 Hrs Drive): Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire. However she came unscathed and proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.
SriBaktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda – (Approximately 1 ½ Hrs Drive) On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja”s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.
Gayathri Pedam : It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana”s son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva.
Panchamuga AnjaneyarTemple: A temple dedicated to Anjaneyar in Sri Lanka. This is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneyar.
Colombo - A drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
Muneswaram Temple, Chilaw- After his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana”s vimana (carriages).He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthi dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. Legend has it that when he came to this place he felt bramhaasthi dosham was not following him and he stopped the vimana and asked God Shiva for remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams there and pray to get rid of the dosham. Since then many Hindu devotees flock to the Temple.
ManaweriTemple- Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.
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