Arrival at Bandaranayke International airport and welcome by a representative of Sri Holidays. Transfer to a hotel in Kandy. Afternoon visit the temple of the sacred tooth relic. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists.
The relic has played an important role in the local politics since ancient times; it's believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country, which caused the ancient kings to protect it with great effort. Kandy was the capital of the Sinhalese Kings from 1592 to 1815, fortified by the terrain of the mountains and the difficult approach.
The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple. Monks of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily ritual worship in the innerchamber of the temple, in annual rotation. They conduct these services three times a day: at dawn, at noon and in the evening. after you have had a chance to settle into your hotel in Kandy and have dinner, you can relax and put your feet up whilst watching a cultural performance featuring the traditional dance and drumming that Kandy is renowned for. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy.
After breakfast leave for Nuwaraeliya. On the way visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple - Ramboda. Ramboda is an area, where the forces of Rama's gather to fight against King Ravana. The hills of Ramboda are 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. In the afternoonvisit Gayathri Peedam - Nuwara Eliya , Gayathri peedam is believed to be the place from where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and pooja's and in turn was granted super natural powers by Lord Shiva.
The Gayathri Cathedral also known as Sri-Lanka Theeswarar Temple which he built is situated in an area where Swamiji fondly identify as Sri-Nagar which means the Metropolis of Prosperity, at Lady McCallum Drive Nuwar-Eliya a Colonial township known as the ‘Little England “ for its breezy atmosphere to the outside world and the Islanders. Nuwara-Eliya is a mountainous town situated above 7000 Ft. above Sea level at the central province in the island built around a chilly lake surrounded bylush Tea gardens, abundant vegetable cultivation, stunning water-falls and Virgin woodland. Dinner and overnightstay at a hotel in Nuwaraeliya.
After breakfast leave for Ella. Visit Hakgala Botanical Garden. Hakgala garden is the exotic pleasure garden where king Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marry him. It was here where the heart-warming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her. He offered to carry her back but she refused saying itwould be an insult to Rama’s honour if he did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. It is also said that Hanuman nearly destroyed it in order to prove to Ravana of the forces against him.
Visit Rawana Ella Caves & Rawana Falls. Rawana Ella Cave is where Ravana was hiding Sita. 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. Late afternoon returnto Nuwaraeliya. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast leave for UNAWATUNA. Enroute visit USSANGODA - Legend: 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.
In the afternoon Visit RUMASSALA, known to colonialists as Buona Vista, is the subject of many legends.It features in the Ramayana, as the home of the beautiful queen Sita, hidden in the jungle nearby. Hanuman who was sent to fetch a medicinal plant for a wounded soldier, was unable to find it and brought the Himalayan mountains on which it was said to grow.
He dropped a chunk at Unawatuna ('here it fell') to form the present mountain, where many medicinal plants still grow. The Portuguese had a dreadful reputation in Sri Lanka as looters and pirates, and are said to have given false light signals from Rumassala to lure unsuspecting Arab trading ships onto the rocks. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Unawatuna.
After breakfast you will leave to Negombo. En-route Visit KELANIYA. After 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 Kelaniya 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. King Vibeeshana was considered a fair king, as he supported Rama against his ownbrother’s injustice. Many devotees that visit king Vibeeshana’s shrine pray to him asking his intervention to a fair recourse to their problems. Afternoon free walk in Colombo Galle Face Green or Negombo beach. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo.
After breakfast leave for Munneswaram. Visit MUNNESWARAM. It is believed that Munneswaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munneswarammeans 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 passingover Munneswaram, he felt the vimana vibrating, and realized 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, ThiruKoneshwaram, Thiru Ketheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham. Visit MANAVARI, Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed the Siva lingam after the end of the war with King Ravana. To date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama. Late afternoon return to Negombo and relax at the hotel/beach. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Negombo.
Breakfast + Dinner » Accommodation » Pick-up » Drop » Sightseeing » Sightseeing as per the itinerary with out entrance fees » Hotel Accommodation with buffet breakfast and dinner ( half board - 6 dinners + 6 breakfasts) » Private transport in an A/C luxury vehicle with the service of an English-speaking Chauffeur guide.