Ramayana Tour

The Ramayana – an ancient Sanskrit poem – is an important part of the Hindu canon. This historic story consists of 7 chapters and is one of the most important literary publications in ancient India. The Ramayana narrates a story of Rama and his wife Sita – who was abducted by Ravana; Ravana being the demon king of Sri Lanka.

Many generations have been fascinated by the story of Ramayana and as a result, there has been a significant impact on art and culture throughout India and Southeast Asia. This ancient poem is closely associated with Sri Lanka because several sites that prove a connection to the events in the story have been found in Sri Lanka. In fact, for many generations, Sri Lankans believed that king Ravana ruled their country.

Sri Lanka shares an extraordinary bond with India in terms of geography, history, culture and spirit. The Ramayana story begins with Avodhya in India and ends at Lankapura in Sri Lanka.

Duration

7 Days

Blue Lanka Tours recommends a 7 day tour for exploring the Ramayana epic in Sri Lanka as well as discovering some of the best tourist attractions in the country. For those who want to stay longer and visit more places, our travel team will be happy to customize the duration of this trip as per your requirements.

Price range

For further cost details regarding this Ramayana tour, kindly drop us an email with details regarding number of passengers travelling, travel duration and travel dates. Our consultants will be glad to respond to you at their earliest.

Who can go on this tour?

Those who are closely connected to the Hindu religion and the Ramayana story, and have a passion for exploring the sites in Sri Lanka that are identified as being connected to the Ramayana epic will have a good time on this tour.

Itinerary

Day 1
Colombo

You will be greeted by a Blue Lanka representative upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, who will also be your chauffeur cum guide for the rest of this Ramayana Tour. He will drive you to the neighboring town of Negombo for your first night in Sri Lanka. If time permits, you may tour Negombo – visit the fish market and the Dutch Canal.

Day 2
Kandy, via Pinnawela

On day 2, after breakfast, you will check out of the hotel and begin a 90 minute drive to Chilaw to visit the Munneshwaram Temple. This is a location where Lord Rama felt safe and asked God Shiva for a remedy to his fear.

From here, you will be driven to the Mannavari Temple (20 minutes drive) – Mannavari being the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama.
After these two temple visits, you will proceed to Kandy, visiting the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage en route.

Day 3
Nuwara Eliya

The next morning, you will be transferred to Nuwara Eliya for one night. En route, you will visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple in Ramboda – about 1 hr 30 mins drive from Kandy. This Hanuman deity temple was built by the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka and special Pooja’s are conducted here every full moon day, which is witnessed by thousands of devotees.

You will then freshen up at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya and visit the Gayathri Peedam in the evening. Hindu’s believe this is where Lord Shiva blessed King Ravana’s son with supernatural powers.

Day 4
Nuwara Eliya / Bandarawela

On day 4, you will check out from the hotel and set off to visit the Seetha Amman Temple, which is just about 20 minutes from Nuwara Eliya. Alongside a stream (in which Sitadevi is said to have bathed) a temple is erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Lukhmana and Hanuman.

Proceed to Divurumpola next – about an hour’s drive. This is where Sitadevi was subjected to a test to prove her chastity. Devotees taking oaths is a common ritual here.

You have the rest of the day to check in to your hotel in Bandarawela and relax.

Day 5
Kataragama via Ella

The next day, after breakfast, you will proceed to Ella (about 40 minutes’ drive) to visit the Ravana Falls and the Ravana Cave.

Ravana Falls is a breathtaking sight – 1080 feet high and cascading into several mini falls. Near these Falls, several caves had formed, in which King Ravana has said to have lived. When you enter the Ravana Cave tunnels, the architectural brilliance of King Ravana is very visible. These tunnels were a secret passage and also a means of transport through the hills.

After exploring these caves, you will be driven to Kataragama for your overnight stay on Day 6.

Day 6
Colombo

After breakfast the next morning, you will visit the Kataragama shrine – dedicated to God Skanda (the God of Love and War). This shrine is a place of worship for south Indian Hindus as well as local Hindus, Buddhists and a few Muslims.

In July every year, a 10 day festival takes place here with a grand procession in which devotees’ exhibit talents such as hanging on hooks and other performances. During Pooja (offerings) timings, the rituals such as dancing take place – which is a lovely sight to observe.

2 hours from Kataragama is Ussangoda. This is one of the torched areas of King Ravana’s empire and is also believed to be an airport used by Him.

After this visit, you will head to Galle, which is a 3 and a half hour drive. In Galle you will visit the Rumasela – which is where parts of the herbs from the Himalayan hills, brought by Lord Hanuman, are said to have fallen.

Next, you will visit the Seenigama Temple in Hikkaduwa, which is where King of the Monkeys is said to have begun the onslaught on forces of King Ravana.
The last stop on Day 6 is the Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple in Colombo – the only temple in the world that has a chariot of Anjaneyar.

Day 7
Airport Drop

You could spend the next morning exploring Colombo if time permits. If not, our chauffeur will take you to the airport, depending on the time of your flight.

We hope that this Ramayana Tour Itinerary covers your passion for exploring the Ramayana epic. If you wish to spend more time in Sri Lanka to discover more places of interest, we can customize this tour itinerary for you depending on your preferences. For any concerns, please contact our travel team at Blue Lanka Tours.

Looking forward to hear from you soon.


Booking procedure

If this Ramayana exploration tour is just what you are looking for, kindly drop us an email at [email protected]. Please mention number of passengers and travel dates so we can prepare an accurate itinerary for you. Consultants at Blue Lanka Tours is hoping to hear from you soon.

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