Ramayana & Beach Together

Ramayana & Beach Together (5 Nights / 6 Days)

Places to Visit: Negombo - Nuwara Eliya - Bentota

Validity:Nov 30 2020

Highlights:
Munneshwaram Temple | Manwari temple | Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage | Tea Plantation | Ramboda falls | Seetha Amman Temple/ Ashok Vatika | Madhu River | Turtle Hatchery & Water Sport activities

Itinerary

Day 1 INDIA-AIRPORT-MUNNESHWARAM & MANAWERI TEMPLE-NEGOMBO
Arrive in Sri Lanka. You will be met by representatives and transferred to Chilaw. (Travel time approx: 01 & 1/2hrs)

*Munneshwaram Temple

The Munneshwaram Kovil close to Chilaw, is one of the 5 major Shiva temples of Sri Lanka and Rameswaram islands. They are called Ishvarams. According to a Tamil legend, the temple is situated at a place where King Rama prayed to Shiva after committing the worst crime according to Hindu Dharma, namely Brahmahast the killing of a priest, because Ravana who had to be killed by Rama in order to liberate Sita, was of Brahmin caste. Rama stopped the Vimana vehicle at Munneswaram because of his feeling that the Doshana sin was not following him at this place. So he ascended from the vimana and prayed to God Shiva asking for a remedy. Shiva advised Rama to install four lingams at Manavari, Trinco, Mannar and Rameswaram for this purpose.

*Manavari Temple Visit

Manavari, about 6 kms north of Chilaw, is the first place where Lord Rama installed a Lingam, as a remedy to Lord Shiva after committing Brahmincide by killing the King Ravana who was a Brahmin. This Shiva Lingam in Manavari is called Ramalingam because it was made by Lord Rama. There are only two Lingams in the world named after Lord Rama, the other is in Rameswaram in India.

Check into the hotel, leisure @ the hotel

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Negombo
Day 2 NEGOMBO-PINNAWALA-NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at the Hotel

Proceed to Nuwara Eliya (Travel time approx.: 06hrs)

En route visit *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 the 23 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 close by.

En route visit Ramboda Hanumanji Temple (subject to temple timing), Tea Plantation & Ramboda Falls

Afternoon proceed to Nuwara Eliya & enjoy the scenic beauty of hill country

*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.

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Day 3 NUWARA ELIYA – ELLA – NUWARA ELIYA
Breakfast at the Hotel

Visit *- Seetha Amman Temple / Ashoka Vatika
The Sita Amman Temple, located halfway between the highland village Sita Eliya and the Hakgala Botanical Gardens, has become the most venerated of all Ramayana Trail sites in Sri Lanka, because it is believed to be the place where Sita lived most of the time of her captivity on the island of Lanka. After she refused to stay in Ravana's magnificent palace she was transferred to Ashok Vatika or Ashokavanam where she lived under Ashoka trees. It was here that Ravana's wife Mandodari visited her and that Hanuman met her for the first time, identifying himself with the finger ring of Rama. Sita is said to have bathed in the nearby stream. There are remarkable holes in the rocks at the river bank believed to be footprints of Lord Hamunan

Proceed to *Ella (Travel time approx.: 02hrs)

Visit *Ravana Falls / *Ravana Caves / *Divurumpola
*Ravana Ella - The Ravana Ella Falls and the Rawana Ella Cave are located close to the Wellawaya mainroad in the famous valley called Ella gap, only about 6 kms away from the town of Ella well known for its splendid views to the Ella gap. The cascading waterfall measures about 25 metres. It is believed that Sita bathed in a pool that accumulated the water falling from this waterfall. The nearby Rawana Ella cave is quite small, only 50 metres long. As in the case of Ishthripura Cave in Welimada, legend has it that it was used by King Rawana to hide princess Sita. It is believed to belong to a network of tunnels also connecting it to the Dova temple and to all the palaces and airports and dairy farms of King Ravana. Archaeological findings in the Rawana Cave include a human skull dating back to 20,000 BC.

*Ravana Cave – Ella -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. These tunnels networked all the important cities, airport and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are where a palace and a tunnel existed. Existing tunnels mouths are situated in Ishtripura at Welimada, Ravana cave at Bandarawela, Senapitiya at Halagala, Ramboda, Labookellie, Wariyapola, Matale and Sitakotuwa Hasalaka. In addition there are many more tunnels.

*Divurumpola - Divurumpola is said to be the location where Sita underwent the famous fire ordeal Agni Pariksha, in order to prove her chastity. From the flames arose the fire god Agni who was invoked by Sita. He lifted her from the flames unharmed and presented her to Lord Rama who explained this test was only necessary to prove the truth of her purity and innocence to everybody. Divurumpola is said to have been the location of this episode, because the Sinhalese name means a ‘marketplace of oath’. Today the temple is respected as a suitable place for oaths that can be helpful in settling disputes between parties

Back to Nuwara Eliya

Overnight stay at a Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
Day 4 NUWARA ELIYA – BENTOTA
Breakfast at the Hotel

Proceed to Bentota (Travel time approx: 05hrs)

En-route *Witness St Clairs Falls & Devon Falls

- Optional – Kitulgala White Water Rafting – USD 10 per person

Continue to Bentota & leisure @ the hotel

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bentota
Day 5 BENTOTA
Breakfast at the Hotel

Commence Bentota sightseeing
- Maadu River Ride
- Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery
- Bentota Water Sports (Jet Ski, Banana Ride & Tube Ride)

Overnight stay at a Hotel in Bentota
Day 6 BENTOTA – AIRPORT
Breakfast at the Hotel Proceed to Colombo (Travel time approx: 02hrs)

IF TIME PERMITS – COLOMBO CITY AND SHOPPING TOUR

*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 is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha & the Independence Square.

*Shopping in Colombo.......visit *ODEL Unlimited provides ample opportunity indulge, not only in shopping for designer wear apparel for the whole family, but also take taste buds on a voyage of discovery.

Upon completion, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight back to India.

Hotels

DAY
HOTEL
LOCATION
ROOM CATEGORY BASIS
Day 01
Grace Beach - 03* NegomboStandard
Bed & Breakfast
Day 02
Unique Cottages - Boutique Hotel
Nuwara EliyaStandard
Half Board
Day 03
Unique Cottages - Boutique Hotel
Nuwara EliyaStandard
Half Board
Day 04
The Surf - 04*
BentotaSuperior
Half Board
Day 05The Surf - 04*
Bentota
Superiod
Half Board

Inclusions

1. Return Airfare on Sri Lankan Airline. 2. Meet & assistance at the Airport. 3. Accommodation for 05 Nights with Breakfast & Dinner 4. All transfers with sightseeing (Excluding Entrance fees) 5. FOC SIM cards on arrival 6. Wheel chair assistance 7. 01 Water Bottle Per Person Per Day. 8. 24 hrs. Emergency on call duty manger services. 9. All tours and transfers are on private basis by private car

Exclusions

1. Visa charges 2. Any compulsory room supplement during the tour 3. X mas and New Year Supplements. 4. Entrances to sites. 5. Use of vehicle other than the specified itinerary. 6. Expenses of personal nature. 7. Any other services not specified in Inclusions 8. Early check in & Late check out at the hotels (Check in time 14:00 and Check out time 12.00 Noon) 9. 05% GST will be extra on package cost. 10. Optional tours. 11. Personal travel insurance. 12. Personal expenditure, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc. 13. Offer is subject to availability

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