"Ramayana Tours - Sri Lanka "
Pinnawela is an orphanage for baby elephants set up by the National Zoological Gardens. The orphanage was established to feed, nurse & house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Often the young ones fall into pits & ravines in their quest for water during periods of drought. Other inmates at the orphanage are those displaced from their natural environment by development projects or those found diseased or wounded. The feeding and bathing times are the highlight of the day.
Proceed to visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda. The Ramboda area is believed to be an area where Rama’s forces were gathered against Ravana. RamPadai means Rama’s Force. The hills of Ramboda is 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.
Afternoon, visit Kondakalai like many other cities and villages in Sri Lanka also derives its name from the Ramayana, when King Ravana took Sitadevi in a chariot to Ashoka Vatika her hair got de ranged because of the speed of the chariot. Konda kalai in Tamil means deranging of hair. Till date the villagers live with legacy of this event.
Visit Mani Kattuther- This is a rock in the Labukalle estate. Lord Hanuman met Sitadevi and on his way to announce this happy information to Lord Rama, rested on this hill top. The hill where Lord Hanuman is believed to have rested after meeting Sitadevi is known as Mani kattuther. Today an open temple with statues of Lord Rama , Sitadevi, Lakshmana and Lord hanuman stands on top of it . Locals visit the temple often.
Overnight at the Nuwara Eliya hotel.
Proceed to Divurumpola, the ‘place of oath’.
Divurumpola is the place that Sitadevi, after her liberation from King Ravana underwent a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to fire. However she came unscathed and proved here innocence and purity.The message of Rama’s victory over Ravana was sent to Sita. After a bath and adorned with jewels she was taken on a palanquin before Rama. Meeting her husband after such a long time she was overcome with emotion, but Rama seemed lost in thought. At length he spoke, “I have killed my enemy. I have done my duty as a true king. But you have lived for a year in the enemy’s abode. It is not proper I take you back now.” Sita was shocked. “You have broken my heart” she said, “only the uncultured speak like this”. Have you forgotten the noble family I come from? Is it my fault Ravana carried me off by force? All the time, my mind, my heart, and soul were fixed on you alone, my lord!” She turned to Lakshmana and said with tears streaming from her eyes, “prepare for me a fire.
That is the only remedy for this sorrow of mine.” Lakshmana in suppressed anger, looked at Rama’s face, but there was no softening, he lighted a big fire. Sita reverently went round her husband and approached the blazing fire. Joining her palms in salutation, she said, “if I am pure, o fire, protect me.” With these words she jumped into the flames. Then arose from out of the flames Agni, the fire-god, whom she had invoked. He lifted Sita from the flames unharmed, and presented her to Rama. “Don’t I know that she is spotless and pure at heart?” cried Rama, standing up to receive her. It’s for the sake of the world that I made her go through this ordeal of fire, so that the truth may be known to all.”
The spot was initially fenced and walled to protect it from surrounding wilderness. Then a sapling of the Anuradhapura bodhi tree (one of the 30 original saplings) was planted as a mark of respect of the place. A small dagoba was built subsequently under the Bodhi tree. The temple depicts paintings of the Ramayana epic. Today the temple is revered for the oath taken by Sitadevi and even the legal system permits and accepts the swearing done at this temple while settling disputes between parties.
Leave for Kataragama for overnight at a Kataragama Hotel.
Day 3:Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing of Kataragama. Kataragama is situated in the South East of Sri Lanka.
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 Brahmasthra aimed by King Ravana which other wise would have weakened Lord Rama. The benefit was one of the most powerful weapon brahma asthra aimed at Lord Rama for the second time was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya.
Leave for Colombo visiting Ussanggoda enroute. According to Ramayana, after meeting Sitadevi Lord Hanuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. In the events that unfolded Lord Hanuman's tail was set on fire by the rakshasa's , who in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravana's empire. Ussanggoda is one of the torched areas, which is said to have been an airport used by King Ravana. This area still holds the blackened, burned scorched effect as a reminder of Lord Hanuman's escapade.
It is also evident that the adjoining surrounding area has plant life. Its soil is all together of a different colour. This is situated on the Southern Coast. You will pass Dondra, Seenigama, Hikkaduwa- The southern most part of Sri Lanka is called Dondra and further up towards west is called Seenigama Hikkaduwa. These are the places from where Sugreeva king of the Vanaras started his onslaught on King Ravana's forces.
Tour ends in Colombo.
|Ramayana Tours - 2 Nights / 3 Days|
Tour Ref: RAM/03/001
|1||Colombo -Pinnawela -Peradeniya -Ramboda -Labookelle -NuwaraEliya||-Pinnawela
- Sri Baktha HanumanTemple
Nuwara Eliya -Divurumpola
|-Sita Amman Temple -Divurumpola
|3||Kataragama -Tagalle -Ussangoda -Dondra
|-Kataragama Pooja, -Ussangoda, Dondra (passing Rumassala)||-|
Hotels used for the tour
|Kataragama/ Tissa||Priyankara||Mandara Rosen|