For those Ramayana devotees who cannot spend more than five days on our island, this Rama Tour itinerary is a perfect way to see as many Ramayana Trail sites as possible and to enjoy the scenery of Sri Lanka’s highlands and small city tours in in the capital Colombo and the charming Kandy as well. Of course, the Sita Amman temple in the Ashoka Vatika area is the highlight of this tour. However, you also see the island’s only traditional Rama temple at Rattota in a highland area that is remote and tranquil.
Day 1: from the airport to Kandy
On arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be warmly welcomed by your personal chauffeur or chauffeur guide or national guide lecturer. Proceed directly to Kandy, enjoy first impressions of Sri Lanka’s beautiful landscape on the way. Check in at your hotel in Kandy. In the evening take part in a puja ceremony at the Temple of the Holy Tooth Relic and a cultural and dance show close to the Kandy lake. Dinner and overnight stay in Kandy. In case you arrive in the morning, we can arrange some extra visits on the way to Kandy without additional costs for you. But it’s up to you, maybe you prefer to relax in your hotel or in Kandy after your journey and flight to Sri Lanka.
Day 2: day excursion to Riverston and Knuckles Range
After breakfast in the hotel proceed to Matale, visit the Muthumariamman Kovil, a huge and colourful Tamil temple in the core of Sri Lanka. Afterwards cross the Riverston mountain area and see the tradtional Tamil Rama temple in Rattota as well as the newly identified Ramayana sites Lakgala and Yahangala. A walk along jungle paths will lead you to Sita’s first abode on the island, Sita Kotuwa, today it is a small excavated forest monastery and a waterfall near another Ramayana Trail site called Gurulupotha. On the way back to Kandy enjoy spectacular views in the northeastern part of the highlands called Knuckles Range, but be aware the Sinhalese call this area “misty valley”, often only fogs and clowds can be seen. Dinner and second overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 3: from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast take part in a small city tour, you will have time enough for shopping, too. After lunchtime proceed to Nuwara Eliya. On the way stop at Rangoda and enjoy the view to Rangoda Falls. Those who can walk uphill can visit the Hanuman temple erected by the Chinmaya mission. Others have the opportunity to reach it with threewheelers, but this would not be included in the price. Have a break at Labookellie tea plantation and a look to its Mani Katthuter rock. This second half of the mountain road to Nuwara Eliya is the “Sundara Kand” area, where Hanuman was in search for Sita. It is of extraordinary scenic beauty, too. Check in at your hotel in Nuwara Eliya, dinner an overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 4: from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo
After breakfast visit the Sita Amman temple in Sita Eliya, believed to be the place of Sita’s captivity called Ashoka Vatika. Afterwards see the Buddhist stupa at Divurumpola, according to the Ramayana Trail story it is the place of Sita’s fire ordeal Agni Pariksha. The first part of the road back to the west coast will lead through the splendid tea area around Hatton, but because of road conditions it will take some more time. So you will arrive in Colombo not before the late afternoon, just time enough for a small city tour. After dinner you will have opportunities to go back to the city centre on your own on your last evening of your journey in Sri Lanka.
Day 5: return to the airport (or transfer to a holiday resort)
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with pure veg. food,
all transfers acc. to Rama Tours itinerary,
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English speaking chauffeur
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