06 Days Sri Lanka Temple Tour

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Day 01
Arrival at Colombo

ADHVAN representative will be meeting you upon arrival at Colombo airport and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

Proceed for the sightseeing of Colombo visiting Hindu temples (also referred as Kovils), the Ganeshan, the old and new Kathiresan, Shiva Subramania Swami temple, the Sri Muthumariamman temple, Gangarama temple and historic Devatgahaha mosque.

Overnight will be in Colombo.

Day 02
Colombo – Ussangoda – Kataragama
By road 287 km in 06 hrs

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Kataragama. En-route visit Ussangoda.

Ussangoda: According to Ramayana, after meeting Devi Seeta, 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.

Proceed to Kataragama.

Reach and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

In the evening, visit Kataragama temple.

Kataragama Temple: This is the temple of Lord Karthikeya Subramaniam at Kataragama. Lord Karthikeya was requested to go to the battlefield by Lord Indra on the last day of war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the wrath of Brahmastra aimed by King Ravana which otherwise would have weakened Lord Rama. The benefit was one of the most powerful weapons Brahma Astra aimed at Lord Rama for the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya. Three poojas or offerings take place daily. You may offer fruits and incense during the pooja. The part of the offering will be returned to as Prasad which you may partake.

Overnight will be in Kataragama.

Day 03
Kataragama – Ella – Nuwara Eliya
By road 145 km in 04 hrs

Have breakfast at the hotel.

Drive to Nuwara Eliya. Visit Ella enroute.

Ella is a small mountain village near Bandarawela and boasts three locations linked to the Ramayana where local legend claims Ravana was hiding Sita. There is the 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.

Later proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

Reach and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

Start for the sightseeing of Nuwara Eliya visiting Sita Amman kovil, Hakgala botanical garden and Divurumpola.

Sita Amman Temple: The Sita Amman Temple can be seen en route to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens. The prominent temple architecture will not fail to attract your attention. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on one side of the temple. The temple today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures; all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita.

Hakgala Botanical Gardens: The Hakgala Botanical Gardens was one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana. This garden was expanded during the British period and has a wide variety of flowers including an excellent collection of orchids. This is the exotic pleasure garden where King Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marries him. It was here where the heartwarming 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 it would be an insult to Rama’s honor if she 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.

Divurumpola: Still revered by thousands, this holy haven was the place where Sita performed her Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama. Continuing the practice for thousands of years, villagers still pledge their fidelity or take oaths there and even in certain courts, this agreement was binding. This place has been respected and worshipped by people down the ages.

Overnight will be in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 04
Nuwara Eliya – Kandy
By road 80 km in 03 hrs

After breakfast drive to Kandy.

En-route visit tea plantations, tea factories, Ramboda waterfall and Sri Bhakta Hanuman temple.

Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple: In the hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sita, the Chinmaya Mission of Sri Lanka built the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple which is visited by thousands of devotees every year.

Later drive to Kandy. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

Enjoy the sightseeing of Kandy visiting Temple of the tooth relic.

Temple of the tooth relic: This temple, the most important one for The Sri Lankan Buddhists was built in the 16th Century A.D. solely for the purpose of housing the tooth relic. Observe the magnificent Architecture of that period and experience the tranquility of the atmosphere.

In the evening enjoy traditional Kandyan dance performance with fire walking show.

Overnight will be in Kandy.

Day 05
Kandy – Chilaw – Negombo
By road 170 km in 4.5 hrs

After breakfast drive to Negombo.

En-route visit Munishwaram Temple & Manavari Temple in Chilaw.

Munishwaram Temple: It is believed that Munishwaram predates the Ramayana and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was located here. Munishwaram means the first temple for Shiva (Munnu + Easwaran). A Shiva Lingam was already here when Lord Rama visited this 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 a Bramhaasthi Dosham (a malevolent black shadow) as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin.

Manavari Temple: When the Vimana was passing over Munishwaram, he felt the Vimana vibrating, and realized the Brahmaasti Dosham was not following him at this particular point. He stopped the Vimana at this juncture and asked god Lord Shiva for advice. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised installing and praying at four lingams located 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 5km from here, near the banks of the Deduru Oya. At the Manavari Temple Chilaw Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed by Rama and till date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in world named after Lord Rama.

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Later drive to Negombo. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Check-in and relax.

Overnight will be in Negombo.

Day 06
Negombo – departure

Have breakfast at the hotel.

As per your flight timings, you will be transferred to Colombo airport to take flight back home / onward destination with pleasant memories of your tour.

END OF THE JOURNEY

THE TOUR INCLUDES:-

  • ACCOMMODATION AT SUGGESTED HOTELS
  • DAILY BUFFET BREAKFAST AT HOTELS
  • SIGHTSEEING TOURS AS STATED IN THE ITINERARY
  • PRIVATE AC VEHICLE WITH ENGLISH SPEAKING DRIVER CUM GUIDE FOR ALL TRANSFERS & SIGHTSEEING AS PER THE ITINERARY
  • MONUMENT ENTRY FEE
  • ASSISTANCE AT THE AIRPORTS ON ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE
  • ENROUTE VISIT TO USSANGODA
  • VISIT TO KATARAGAMA TEMPLE
  • ENROUTE VISIT TO ELLA
  • VISIT TO TEMPLE OF TOOTH RELIC IN KANDY
  • ENROUTE VISIT TO CHILAW
  • KANDYAN DANCE PERFORMANCE WITH FIRE WALKING SHOW IN KANDY
  • BOTTLED WATER DURING DRIVES AND SIGHTSEEING VISITS
  • APPLICABLE GOVERNMENT TAXES, ROAD TAXES, PARKING
  • DRIVER ALLOWANCES AND SERVICE CHARGES

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:-

  • MEALS NOT MENTIONED IN TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • ANY KIND OF PERSONAL EXPENSES SUCH AS TIPS, LAUNDRY, PORTER CHARGES, TELEPHONE BILLS AND ALCOHOLIC & SOFT BEVERAGES ETC.
  • CAMERA FEES (STILL OR MOVIE)
  • INTERNAL & INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE
  • MEDICAL & TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • VISA FEE
  • ANY SERVICE NOT MENTIONED IN TOUR INCLUSIONS

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