Airport – Habarana – Dambulla
Arrive by morning flight and proceed to Habarana. Enroute proceed to Chilaw and visit Munneswaram Temple. It is believed that Munneswaram is a significant historical place in Sri Lanka and predates the Ramayana. Sinhala, Hindu, and Buddhist devotees worship by this historical temple. Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ajodhya in one of Rawana's Vimanas. He felt he was being followed by a Brahmaasthi Dosham as he had killed King Rawana who was a Brahmin.
Whilist passing over this Chilaw area, Rama noticed that the Brahmaasthi Dosham was not following him. 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, as the only remedy to get rid of the Dosham.
Next visit Manavari Temple. Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed the Shiva Lingam and prayed after the end of the war with King Ravana. This Lingam is Ramalingam because it was made by Lord Rama.
Apart from this, the Lingam in Rameshwaram is the only Lingam in the world which is named after Lord Rama. Also visit Kali Amman Temple.
Overnight at Palwehera Village Resort – 3* in Dambulla
Dambulla – Kandy
Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit Dambulla cave temple, dating back to the 1st century BC, this complex of 05 caves was used as refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and most of the paintings are from the early 19th century – A UNESCO World Heritage site. Enroute to Kandy visit to the Spice Garden in Matale. On arrival at Kandy, transfer to the hotel & check in.
Evening proceed on a city tour of Kandy, visit the temple of the tooth relic and witness the cultural performance.
Kandy – A lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur, time has not affected. Encircled by hills, with a tranquil lake in its centre, it is the site of the renowned temple that enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha and the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world's best collections of Orchids. A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages are the centre of the islands handicraft industry (items of wood, brass & silver) exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious gems of many varieties including the world's best blue and star sapphires. Overnight at Swiss residence – 3* in Kandy
Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast at Hotel, proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman temple on this hill of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, Chinmaya Mission built this temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. The image of Lord Hanuman is 16 feet. This particular temple build recently and the area surrounded by beautiful mountains, waterfalls and landscape. Later visit the Sitha Amman Kovil (Temple) in Nuwaraeliya. Sitha Eliya Temple is located about 5 km away from the Nuwara Eliya Town. According to legend the temple is believed to mark the spot where Sitha, was held captive by her abductor, King Rawana. Also visit Gayathri Pedam temple.
Overnight at your choice of hotel in Dambulla
Nuwara Eliya – Bandarawela
After breakfast proceed to Bandarawela. In the afternoon, visit Ella. Ella is a small mountain near Bandarawela, unique three locations linked to the Ramayana where, local legend dictates, Rawana hid Sitha. Rawana Ella Cave, situated in the massive Ella Rock. (Road to this cave is very steep and difficult. So you need good physical condition to climb & visit.)
Overnight at Orient Hotel – 3* in Bandarawela
Bandarawela – Colombo
Breakfast at Hotel. Proceed to Colombo. Enroute visit Panchamuga Anjaneear Temple which is dedicated to deity Hanuman. Next visit Kelani Temple.
Overnight at Berjaya Mount royal – 3* in Colombo
Breakfast at the hotel. Later transfer to the airport to board your flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with Air Tours Holidays
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