Sample Ramayana Tour Itinerary for Twelve Nights (12) and Thirteen Days (13):-
01) Day 1 - Airport - Proceed to Anuradhapura in the Morning - Visit Munishwaram Temple - Visit Manavari Temple - Night Stay at Anuradhapura.
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.
02) Day 2 - Visit the Ancient City in Anuradhapura in the Morning - Visit Mihintale Rock & Temple - Anuradhapura Sightseeing & City Tour - Night Stay at Anuradhapura.
03) Day 3 - Proceed to Jaffna in the Morning - Visit Jaffna Fort - Visit Jaffna Library - Night Stay at Jaffna.
04) Day 4 - Visit Nagadeepa in the Morning - Visit Jaffna Museum - Jaffna City Tour & Sightseeing - Night Stay at Jaffna.
05) Day 5 - Proceed to Trincomalee in the Morning - Visit the Seven Hot Water Wells - Go to Nilaveli Beach in Trincomalee - Visit the Marble Beach and Pigeon Island - Night Stay at Trincomalee.
Kanniya Hot Water Wells:
Kanniya Hot water spring has the history from the King Rawana era. It says that King Ravana stuck the earth with his sward in several spots and several fountains were started on those places. The water was hot and that’s the beginning of this hot water springs.
06) Day 6 - Visit the Dutch Fort - Visit Koneswaram Kovil - Trincomalee City Tour & Sightseeing - Night Stay at Trincomalee.
The legend of Koneswaram goes back to the time of Ramayana, when King Ravana was the ruler of Sri Lanka. King Ravana and his mother were great devotees of Lord Shiva. Today, in recognition of his great devotion, the King's statue has been placed within the temple compound.
It is believed that King Ravana who was known to have a virulent temper was subdued by Lord Shiva. Apparently, when his mother was suffering from ill health the King wanted to take Koneswaram Temple to her. As he was lifting the rock Lord Shiva had made him drop his sword creating a great cleft, which came to be known as Ravana Vettu. Another story regarding the same is that King Ravana's mother wanted him to denounce violence and as such he had thrown his sword thus creating the cleft in the rock. This great cleft can be seen just before the entrance to the Temple. Deep within the sanctum the Great Shivalingum lay.
07) Day 7 - Proceed to Polonnaruwa in the Morning - Visit the Ancient City in Polonnaruwa - Visit the Royal Palace Museum - Visit the Parakarama Samudra Lake - Go on Elephant Ride in Habarana - Night Stay at Sigiriya.
08) Day 8 - Proceed to Ella in the Morning - Visit Spice Gardens in Matale - Visit Tea Plantation & Tea Factory - Visit Hanuman Temple in Ramboda - See Waterfalls at Ramboda - Visit Seetha Amman Kovil in Seethaeliya - Visit Divurumpola Temple (‘Place of Oath’) - Ella Sightseeing - Night stay at Ella.
Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple:
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.
Sita Amman Temple:
The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sita devi during her stay at Ashok Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. About a century ago of three idols were discovered in the stream, one of which was that of Sita. It is believed that the idols have been worshipped at this spot for centuries. Now there is temple for Rama, Sita devi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Hanuman’s are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size.
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.
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.
09) Day 9 - Proceed to Tissamaharama (Near Yala National Park) in the Morning - Visit Ravana Ella Waterfalls - Go on Yala Safari in the Afternoon - Night Stay at Tissamaharama.
10) Day 10 - Proceed to Katharagama in the Morning - Visit Katharagama Holy Grounds (Buddhist Temples, Hindu Temples and Muslim Mosques) - Visit Holy River in Katharagama - Proceed to Mirissa - Visit Ussangoda - Enjoy and Relax at the Beach and in the Swimming Pool in Mirissa (Mirissa is one of the Best Beaches in Sri Lanka. The Sea in Mirissa is very calm and it is almost like a Pool. You can enjoy the whole day in the beach) - Night Stay at Mirissa.
This is the temple of Lord Karthikeya Subramaniam at Kataragama. Lord Karthikeya was requested to go to the battlefield by Lord Indra on the last day of war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the wrath of Brahmasthra aimed by King Ravana which otherwise would have weakened Lord Rama. The benefit was one of the most powerful weapon brahma asthra aimed at Lord Rama for the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya. 3 pooja or offerings take place daily. Make sure you have a tray full of fruits, incense and of course little money, to be offered (You will get half the fruits back, which you may partake)
According to Ramayana, 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. This area still holds the blackened, burned scorched effect as a reminder of Lord Hanuman's escapade.
It is also evident that the adjoining surrounding area has plant life. Its soil is altogether of a different color. This is situated on the Southern Coast. You will pass Dondra, Seenigama, Hikkaduwa - The southernmost part of Sri Lanka is called Dondra and further up towards west is called Seenigama Hikkaduwa. These are the places from where Sugreeva king of the Vanaras started his onslaught on King Ravana's forces.
11) Day 11 - Go on Whale & Dolphin watching, early in the morning in Mirissa - Enjoy and Relax at the Beach and in the Swimming Pool in Mirissa - Night Stay at Mirissa.
12) Day 12 - Proceed to Colombo in the morning - On the way, visit Rumasala (Sanjeevani Drops) - Visit Galle Fort/Dutch Fort (World Heritage Site) - River Cruise at Madhu Ganga, Mangrove Islands (Beautiful Islands with Wildlife and Nature) - Visit Turtle Hatchery - City Tour in Colombo - Go Shopping in Colombo - Night Stay at Colombo.
Rumasala – Sanjeevani Drops:
At different points of time during the war both Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows and fell unconscious. To bring them back to life, Hanuman was instructed to fetch the lifesaving herbs from Himalaya. Hanuman went to the hill, lifted the whole hill and brought it, as he was not able to identify the lifesaving herbs alone. Parts from the hill fell on five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolu Kanda in Hiripitiya, Ritigala on the Habarana Anuradhapura road, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.
13) Day 13 - Visit Anjaneyar Temple in the morning - Proceed to Airport.
This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka. It’s the only temple in the world to have a chariot for Ajanyear.
Following are the Includes for the Total Package and for the above Tour Itinerary for Two (02) Adults:-
01) One (01) Double Bedroom, Including Breakfast and Dinner for Two (02) Adults for Twelve Nights (12) in Selected Hotels.
02) Tour Guide/Driver and Air conditioned Vehicle. Including Gasoline, Accommodations and Meals for Guide/Driver, Local Insurance and day to day expenses for Thirteen Days (13).
03) Charges for Colombo City Tour & Other City Tours.
04) Charges for Vehicle parking tickets, Highway Charges & Airport Charges.