Sri Lanka has more than 50 Ramayana sites from the place of Seetha Devi's
captivity to the battlefields of war where Lord Rama slew Ravana, the ten-headed
In Sri Lanka People still remember the connection of Lanka to the great epic.
An oath taken at the spot where Seetha Devi undertook 'Agni Pariksha' is still
considered valid in village courts or grama sabhas. It is said the colour of the
soil of the ancient battlefield is still red today, and is still surrounded by
lighter colored earth. One of the airports of Ravana, torched by Hanuman when
he came looking for Seetha Devi, still has a scorched-earth look.
A patch of darker soil surrounded by brown earth. Exotic alpine Himalayan
species are found suddenly amidst tropical Sri Lankan vegetation, the legacy of
Hanuman's heroic voyage carrying a mountain with life-restoring herbs.
The names of places are still unchanged. and are still well connected with
Travel & Culture Services with the help of its partners in Sri Lanka Alpha
Travels gives you the opportunity to follow this trail of epic Ramayan in Sri
Lanka. This tour is not only religious but also a in depth education of the
Ramayana and all the schools of thoughts of Hinduism. It is as an enlighten
for Hindus and education for non-Hindus.
Tour highlights (Some sites are subject to time and weather condition
Chilaw Munneswaram Kovil
Koneshwaram Kovil in Trincomalee
Pinnawela Elephant orphanage
Sita Kotuwa in Hasalaka
Sita Kovil, Rawana Falls, Bandarawela, Ella, Divurumpola Temple etc.
½ day Colombo Shopping and city tour
Day 01: Warmly welcome on arrival and transfer to Sigiriya via Chilaw
Day 02: Day trip to Trincomalee – Dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya
Day 03: After Sigiriya and Dambulla transfer to Kandy – Dinner and overnight
stay in Kandy
Day 04: After visit Kandy sites and overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 05: After breakfast transfer to Bandarawela – Dinner and overnight stay in
Day 06: After visit Ella Ramayana sites transfer to Katunayake– Dinner and
overnight stay in Katunayake
Day 07 After Breakfast at Tamarind Tree Hotel proceed to Airport for Departure
For Individual clients 2 to 5 people US $ 680.00 Per person Sharing twin
For group size 10 to 24 People USD 458.00 per person sharing twin room
For group size 25 or more USD 418.00 per person sharing twin room
Above rates valid till 30th November 2013. These rates may change case by
case as depending on the group size we have to change hotels.
Video About Ramayana Epic in Sri Lanka by Sri Lanka Tourism
Day 01: Warmly welcome on arrival and transfer to
Sigiriya via Chilaw Visit
Munneshwaram Temple Chilaw En-route
It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to
Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu
+ Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when lord Rama visited the 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 Bramhaasthi dosham (a
malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. When
the Vimana was passing over Munneswaram, he felt the vimana vibrating, and
realised the "Brahmaasthi Dosham" was not following him at this particular
point. He stops the vimana at this juncture and asks God Shiva for a remedy. God
Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying for four lingams 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 5 Km from here, near the banks of Deduru Oya.
Accommodation – Sigiriya Village – Standard AC rooms
Day 02: Day trip to Trincomalee – Dinner and
overnight stay in Sigiriya Koneshwaram
Myths surrounding the temple of Koneswaram associate it with the popular Indian
epic Ramayana, and its legendary hero-king Rama. Koneswaram was developed in the
post classical era, between 300 CE and 1600 CE by kings of the Tamil Pandyan and
Chola empires, and Vannimai chiefs of the Eastern Province, with decorations and
structural additions such as its famous thousand pillared hall furnished by
kings of the Tamil Pallava dynasty and the Jaffna kingdom. This culminated in
Koneswaram becoming one of the most important surviving buildings of the
classical Dravidian architectural period by the early 1600s. In 1624 CE, the
Konewaram temple was largely destroyed by the Portuguese colonials. Hindus built
a successor temple at a nearby site in 1632 CE - the Ati Konanayakar temple in
nearby Tampalakamam - to house some of the destroyed temple's idols, where they
are now worshipped. In the 1950s, the ruins of the temple were discovered
underwater beside Swami Rock.
Accommodation – Sigiriya Village – Standard Ac rooms
Day 03: After Sigiriya and Dambulla transfer to Kandy
– Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy Climb
Sigiriya Rock fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple (Site Entrance Not include)
Sigiriya rock rises 200 meters above lush green jungles, and is a declared
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Asia's oldest landscaped gardens and ponds encircle
this rock fortress, and at its summit is the renegade King Kasyapa's "palace in
the sky". Fifth century ingenuity and skill produced a luxurious royal citadel
with ramparts, moats, gateways, and a well laid out city, complete with bathing
pools and gardens. On the climb up you could view the Mirror Wall, which still
produces a glass-like reflection 1500 years after it was first created. Also on
the way up you would see the famous Sigiriya frescoes - exquisite images of
bare-breasted maidens painted on the rock face thousands of years ago. Located
in the Cultural Triangle, Sigiriya is situated in the district of Matale.
Cave Temple (Site Entrance not include) Situated 72 km north of Kandy, Dambulla marks the geographical centre of the
island and the Cultural Triangle. It also holds its own treasure - a magnificent
temple, which is a series of five caves established as a monastery in the 3rd
Century BC. These caves, built at the base of a 150m high rock during the
Anuradhapura (1st Century BC to 993 AD) and Polonnaruwa times (1073 to 1250),
are by far the most impressive of the many cave temples found in Sri Lanka.
Access is along the gentle slope of the Dambulla Rock, offering a panoramic view
of the surrounding flat lands, which includes the rock fortress Sigiriya, 19kms
away. Families of friendly monkeys make the climb even more interesting. Dusk
brings hundreds of swooping swallows to the cave entrance.
Visit Kandy City
115 km from Colombo, Kandy is Sri Lanka's second biggest city and the capital of
the central province. The busy town is situated in a valley at an elevation of
600m, inside a wide loop of the Mahaweli River and is surrounded by hills
covered with tropical vegetation. Home to the Sri Dalada Maligawa - the
beautiful temple that houses the tooth relic of Lord Buddha - Kandy is also a
popular stop during July/August when the annual Esala Perehera (holy festival)
takes to the streets of the city. The cool climate of the hills is a relief
after the cloying heat of the lowlands, and the lovely Kandy Lake and the drives
around it are set amidst great scenic beauty.
Accommodation – Suisse Hotel – Standard AC rooms
Day 04: After visit Kandy sites and overnight stay in
kotuwa – Early morning leave to Hasalaka and come back to Kandy in the Evening
Sitadevi was kept in queen Mandothari’s palace until she was moved to Sita Kotua
and then on to Ashoka Vatika. The remains that are found are the remnants of
later civilizations. This place is now called Sita Kotuwa which means ‘Sita's
Fort’ and got its name because of Sitadevi's stay here.
Accommodation – Suisse Hotel – Standard rooms AC
Day 05: After breakfast transfer to Bandarawela –
Dinner and overnight stay in Bandarawela Sita
Tear Pond and Chariot Route atop of Pussellawa Hills.
The summit of the hill overlooking Frotoft Estate in Pussallawa is the place
where Lord Hanuman first set his foot on Lanka. These hills stand tall
in-between King Ravana's capital city and Ashoka Vatika. The barren land here is
believed to be the route in which King Ravana took Sitadevi from his capital
city Lankapura to Ashoka Vatika, which was a paradise on earth. Till date no
vegetation grows on this passage except grass. King Ravana is believed to have
taken this passage on top of these hills to show Sitadevi the beauty of his
The hill station of Nuwara Eliya (City of Light) is celebrated for its fresh
climate, the wonderful scenery all around, and its "Englishness". Wonderful
mountain panoramas surround the wide valley, into which fall many lovely but icy
waterfalls. There are still a few patches of virgin jungle left, with stunted,
gnarled trees, primitive tree ferns and strange looking lichen. It is the hub of
the tea country, lying 77 km from Kandy and 180 km from Colombo. At an elevation
of 1800m, the temperature varies from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, falling to near
zero on winter nights and producing occasional frost. The roads zigzag through
the most spectacular mountain scenery to reach this picturesque district.
Amman temple, Seetha Eliya
The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi 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 Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side
of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord
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.
Ishtreepura - Konda Kattu Gala
means an area of women in Sinhalese. This was one of the places to which King
Ravana shifted Sitadevi as a precautionary measure which he was forced to take
by Lord Hanuman's advent. There are lots of intruding tunnels and caves in this
area. This seems to be a part of a great ingenious network of paths, which is
interconnected to all the major areas of King Ravana's city. Sitadevi took bath
in this very stream and had dried her hair sitting on a rock and put clips to
her hair,hence this rock is known as Konda Kattu Gala. This is situated in the
means a ‘place of oath’. This is the place where Sita underwent the “Agni” test.
She came unscathed and proved her innocence and purity. The message of Rama’s
victory over Ravana was sent to Sita. After a bath and adorned with jewels she
was taken on a palanquin before Rama. Meeting her husband after such a long time
she was overcome with emotion, but Rama seemed lost in thought. At length he
spoke, “I have killed my enemy. I have done my duty as a true king. But you have
lived for a year in the enemy’s abode. It is not proper I take you back now.”
Sita was shocked. “You have broken my heart” she said, “only the uncultured
speak like this”. Have you forgotten the noble family I come from? Is it my
fault Ravana carried me off by force? All the time, my mind, my heart, and soul
were fixed on you alone, my lord!”
Ravana Cave & Tunnel Network These
tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. These
tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a
secret passage and networked all the important cities, airports and dairy farms.
A .close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural
formations. This Buddhist shrine at Kalutara was where once King Ravana's palace
and a tunnel existed. Existing tunnel mouths are situated - Isthripur at
Welimada, Ravana cave at Bandarawela, Senapitiya at Halagala, Ramboda,
Labookelle, Wariyapola/Matale, and Sitakotuwa/Hasalaka. In addition there are
many more tunnels.
Accommodation – Bandarawela Hotel – Standard Rooms
Day 06: After visit Ella Ramayana sites transfer to
Katunayake– Dinner and overnight stay in Katunayake Short Colombo City tour En route
A frenetic beehive of commotion on the west coast of the island, this metropolis
is the centre of economic and political endeavor in Sri Lanka. Situated 30kms
from Katunayake Airport, the town is relatively easy to get around A great many
restaurants, shopping malls, banks, travel agencies, tourist information centres
and hotels are located on the 'seaside' or 'landside' of the main Galle Road,
which starts from Fort (also known as Colombo 1) and runs parallel with the sea
all the way down to Galle town on the south coast. Traffic is insane and
crossing the road is sometimes downright dangerous, but by sunset, the city is
more tranquil and very pretty. One of the loveliest sights here is watching the
sun slip into the ocean while walking along Galle Face green, or while having a
drink on the terrace at the Galle Face Hotel
King Ravana’s death, Vibeeshana was coroneted as King of Lanka by Lakshmana at
Kelaniya. There are murals enshrined outside the Buddhist temple depicting the
crowning of Vibeeshana. The Kelani River is mentioned in the Valmiki Ramayana
and Vibeeshana palace was said to be on the banks of this river. The reason
Lakshmana crowned Vibeeshana, was because Rama had to return to India as he had
to continue his self-exile of 14 years to honour the commitment to his father,
King Dasarath of Ajodhya.
Day 07 After Breakfast at Tamarind Tree Hotel proceed
to Airport for Departure
End of Programe
Package price includes:
05 night’s accommodation on Half Board basis on Twin room sharing basis in above
mentioned Categories. (Upgrades available on small supplement on the above given
Cost of transport by A/C Large Coach with English Speaking National Guide
Cost of site entrance fees for 01 visit, Kandy temple of the tooth, Pinnawela
Cost of ½ day shopping and city tour in Colombo.
Package price excludes:
• Air Tickets and expensed in personal nature.
• Donations / Charity / Gifts for Temples or sites
• Cost of 4x4 Jeep hire for safaris and off road transport
• Cost of Lunches and Snacks
• Return air tickets
• Tipping & baggage handling
• Hotel checking-in 2pm & check-out 12 noon
• Rooms are subject to availability at the time of confirming your holiday.
• Site entrance for the Free client
• Above prices are subject to change due to new government taxes and levies or
increase of fuel prices.