Sri Lanka is a mystifying country, with its ancient connection with Hinduism, as the epic Ramayana has clear mention of this place. One more reason of visiting Sri Lanka is golden beaches, misty mountains, serenity and mighty Sri Lankan elephant. Which traveler will miss this, no one I think, so Sri Lanka is on your cards?
Few of the fascinating places in Sri Lanka is Negombo, Kandy and Pinnawala, where the Ramayana, happened. During that time, this country is ruled by King Ravana and one place to visit is Kandy, here the tooth temple, Udawattekele Sanctuary and scores of spice gardens.
Sri Lanka is also a hiker’s paradise and the place is called Nuwara Eliya, which breathtaking place. This place is fondly known as ‘Little England’ and this has soul pleasing temperature. You can walk up to the tea plantations and trek along the ‘Single Tree Mountain’ and reaching at the top you will have splendid view of Nuwara Eliya.
Regarding the cuisines, it is heaven for foodie as it has influence of both Southern India and spices, this place which is also known as Ceylon, a beautiful spice island. The staple dish of Sri Lanka is rice and prawns but almost every sort if cuisine is available in Sri Lanka.
It is also heaven for shoppers, as Sri Lanka offers so many things to buy as gems, batik, tea and handicrafts. Ceylon tea is world famous.
Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by our representative and you will be transferred to Chilaw. Check in to the Hotel.
Dinner & Overnight Stay in Chilaw
Visit Munneswaram Temple
This Temple in Chilaw is 50 miles north of Colombo and is one of the holiest Hindu Temples in Sri Lanka, coming down from the period before Ravana. Even King Ravana used to pay homage to this temple.
The annual festival is held in July/August, where fire walking can also be witnessed.
Then Visit Manawari Temple Manaweri Temple.
Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.
Dinner & Over Night Stay in Chilaw
After breakfast leave for Trincomalee
165 miles from Colombo, is one of the largest and safest Natural Harbours in the World. Trincomalee is connected by Rail and Road. It has sunny weather throughout the year, with white sandy beaches, calm, placid and warm waters, ideal for underwater activities and for Whale watching.
Nilaveli-10 miles away are the finest beach in Trincomalee starting at Uppuveli- 5 miles away extending all the way to Nilaveli. Pigeon Island is a great place for Diving, Snorkeling and sea bathing.
There are 7 Hot Spring at Kanniyai just 5 miles away on the Anuradhapura road.
Thiriyai Vata-da-ge is 30 miles to the North of Trincomalee and is one of the best monuments in Sri Lanka.
Koneshwara Temple According to an inscription found on the doorway to the Fortress this Temple. Destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16 Century A.D. they threw all the columns down to the sea below. Three bronze statues were brought up by divers found among the columns in the sea and are now kept in the modern temple at the same
Visit Koneswaram Temple (Shakteepitam)
Trincomalee- According to an inscription found on the doorway to the Fortress this Temple. Destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16 Century
A.D. they threw all the columns down to the sea below.
Three bronze statues were brought up by divers found among the columns in the sea and are now kept in the modern temple at the same site, within the Dutch Fort in Trincomalee.
Dinner & Over Night Stay in Trincomalee
After breakfast leave for Sigiriya
Visit Sigiriya Rock
is a “UNESCO World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit are the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels still shining in their original colours. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, Summerhouses, Boulder Gardens and the Caves within the enclosed area should not be missed.
Then proceed to Kandy
KANDY – the hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement.
To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.
Today it is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture.
Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the Kandy.
Visit Kandy Tooth Relic Temple
Dinner & Over Night Stay in Kandy
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya
En Route Visit Ramboda Fall and Hanuman Temple
A gigantic water fall having three parts and very close to the 53km post along the above A-5 trunk road. The first part is above the road in the jungle (100m), second part is close to the road (3m) and the third part (100m)is below the road.
Traveler should descends to the “Ramboda basin”, where the famous “Ramboda Inn” situated from where he can see the whole fall. When we were there the upper part was covered with a fog and what you see in the picture was the third part. If look carefully, one can notice a bus on the bridge over the A-5 road at the top of the photo.
Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda
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.
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.
Evening Visit Gayathreepitam.
Dinner & Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the Hotel
According to the Indian Epic Ramayanaya and the legends, the area where Sita, Queen of King Rama of Ayodhya in India, who was abducted by Ravana the King of Sri Lanka, was kept in hiding and the area she roamed is in the hill country of Sri Lanka.
In Nuwara Eliya is the “Sita Amman Kovil” – a quaint little Kovil, with the statues of Rama, Sita, Hanuman, Lakshmana and Sugriva.
This is supposed to be the only Kovil in the entire World dedicated to Sita. The stream by the side of the Temple is a famous spot where she went for bathing.
Out of the 13 Palaces of Ravana, two caves in the Strict Nature Reserve of Hakgala, starting from Temple land and the cave at Ella close to the waterfall “Ravana-Ella” (1080ft. high) where Ravana went for bathing, are supposed to be three Palaces Sita was kept in hiding.
The Hakgala Gardens may be the “Ashok Vanaya” of Ramayana where Rhododendrons identified as Ashok Flowers in the epic, are found in bloom throughout the year.
Visit Ashokwatika & Hakgala Botanical Garden.
Four miles south east of Nuwara Eliya is another prominent peak, Hakgala. At its foot lie the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, and above it is the Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve. The gardens 55 acres in extent is smaller and less exotic than the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, but at 5,600 feet (1,707 meters) elevation the species of flora are quite different. Opened as an experimental Cinchona plantation for the production of the malaria antidote quinine in 1860, the pride of the gardens is now roses and tree ferns.
Then Proceed to Visit Diyurumpola
Dinner & Overnight Stay in Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast leave for Colombo
Visit Kelaniya Temple
One of the earliest Buddhist Dagobas traditionally believed to be the site visited by the Buddha 2500 years ago. According to the Mahavamsa, the “paddy-heap” shaped dagoba at Kelaniya marks the spot where the Buddha, on the request of a Naga king Maniakkika, sat on a ”gem-studded throne” to preach the Dharma to his subjects and convert them. It is recorded that King Yatala Tissa of the 3rd Century B.C. had constructed the Temple and the Dagoba may dates to an earlier period.
An annual Perahera called “Duruthu Perahera” is held each year during the month of January for 3 days.
Evening Colombo City Tour
Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away.
Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British.
The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city.
None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas.
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 also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kayman’s Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort.
Dinner at Outside Restaurant Over Night Stay in Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel
Departure to the airport to connect with departure flight.