Negombo is a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. With a stash of decent hotels and restaurants to suit all pockets, a friendly local community, an interesting old quarter and a reasonable (though polluted) beach, Negombo is a much easier place to get your Sri Lankan feet than Colombo.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 01 : Airport / Negombo Hotel
On arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be warmly greeted by your own chauffeur guide or national guide lecture who will transfer you to the historically important fishing village Negombo, Spend the day at leisure relaxing at the hotel or do some sightseeing in Negombo. You may visit a fish market and the Dutch canal.
Dinner and overnight stay in Negombo.
Day 02 : Negombo To Chilaw / Kurunegala
After breakfast proceed to Chilaw on the way visiting replica of Murugan temple at Madampe, Muneeshwaram and Manavari temples, Dolukanda Sanjeewanee Mountain. Dinner and overnight stay in Kurunegala.
Muneeshwaram Temple : Muneeshwaram Temple. After his victorious battle, Lord Rama left for Ayodhya, in one of King Ravana's Vimana (carriages). He felt he was being followed by Bramhaasthi Dosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. Legend has it that when he came to this place he felt Bramhaasthi Dosham was not following him and he stopped the vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. Lord Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him to install four lingams there and pray to get rid of the dosham. Since then many Hindu devotees flock to the Temple.
Mannavari Temple : Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.
Travel from Negombo to Kurunegala
Day 03 : Kurunegala To Trincomalee
After b/fast leave for Trincomalee, visit hot water springs, Sri Sankaree Devi Sakthipe(e)dam and Thirukoneshwaram temple, Trincomalee city tour, dinner and over night stay at welcome bay hotel Trincomalee
Shankaridevi Shakthipe(e)dam temple : Sri Lanka is a prominent temple for Hindus, but it is most rarely visited and it is very least popular in all Asta Dasha Shakti Peethas. Shankaridevi temple Situated in an east coast town of Sri Lanka Trincomalee. Along with the temple of Shankaridevi, there is a temple of Lord Siva.
Thirukoneshwaram Temple : Thirukonamamalai Konesar Kovil, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Thiru-Konamamalai Maccakeswaram Kovil is a Hindu temple in Trincomalee. It is built atop Swami Rock, a rocky promontory cape overlooking Trincomalee in a classical period harbor port town.
Temples situated around Kandy are some other popular tourist attractions. The most famous temples are: Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekke Devalaya, Dodanwala ...
Temple of the Tooth Museum, Temple Square, Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Travel from Kurunegala to Trincomalee
Taxi to Sigiriya, fly to Trincomalee
Fly Katugastota to Batticaloa, taxi
Day 04 : Trincomalee To Dambulla / Matale Hotel / Kandy
After b/f leave for kandy on the way visiting, Dambulla Golden Buddha temple, Herbal and Spice Garden, (Same like ancient village) Sri visit cultural dance performance, join Pooja,s ceremony at tooth relic temple in Kandy, dinner and over night stay in Kandy.
Dambulla Golden temple : Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include two statues of Hindu gods, the god Vishnu and the god Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square meters. Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.
Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.
Sri Muththumari Amman temple : Sri Muththumari Amman Kovil is located in the city of Matale, Sri Lanka and its history goes back to the early 18s. The location of the present temple was used by the south Indian immigrants, who came to the island looking for employments. Small hut was erected for the purpose of worship at the site and it was further developed to a small temple.
The site of the temple was widened by acquiring the adjoining lands in 1852. It was during the riots in 1980s that the temple was burnt. The present temple was built at the same location with donations and support from the devotee from Sri Lanka and India, today is one of the biggest Hindu temples in the island. Raja Gopuram (Temple entrance) is the highest of the temple with 160 feet, the gopuram is made of nine floors. Outer wall of gopuram is adorned with historical events and statues, it said that the artist came from India to build the gopuram.
Kandy Tooth Relic temple: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a UNESCO world heritage site partly due to the temple.
Monks of the two chapters of Malwatte and Asgiriya conduct daily worship in the inner chamber of the temple. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings. On Wednesdays there is a symbolic bathing of the Sacred Relic with an herbal preparation made from scented water and fragrant flowers, called Nanumura Mangallaya. This holy water is believed to contain healing powers and is distributed among those present.
Travel from Trincomalee to Kandy
Fly Trincomalee to Sigiriya, taxi
Taxi to Batticaloa, fly to Katugastota
Day 05 : Kandy To Nuwea Eliya
After breakfast kandy sightseeing tour, including gemological museum, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, on the visiting tea plantation and factory, Ramboda Hanuman temple, waterfalls, Gayaththree pe(e)dam hindu temple. Dinner and overnight stay in Nuwera Eliya
Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple : On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special Pooja"s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.
Gayathri Pe(e)dam temple : It is believed to be the place from where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva with penance and poojas and in turn was granted super natural powers by lord Shiva.
This place is known where Lord Hanuman had rested on his way to search for Sita Maa. The view from the temple top is breath taking. It is on the way to Nuwara eliya ....
Kandy-Nuwaraeliya Road, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
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Travel from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Day 06 : Nuwaraeliya To Bandarawela,
After breakfast set off to Bandarawela, en-route, visiting Sita Amman Temple, Ashoka vatica, Hag gala Mountain Range at Seetha Eliya, Divrompola temple. Dinner and overnight stay in Bandarawela
Seetha Amman Temple : The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashoka Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. Now there is a temple erected for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It's interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hamunams are found by this river-Some small and some large.
Divurumpola Sita Devi Agni Paricsha place: Situated in Nuwara Eliya Welimada road Divurmpola means a place where one takes an oath. Sitadevi, after being liberated from King Ravana was subjected to a test to prove here chastity by offering herself to the fire. However she came unscathed and proved her holiness during this ritual at this place.
Ashok Vatika was a garden in Lanka, the Kingdom of demon king, Ravana, as mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and Hindu epic, Ramayana of Valmiki, and all subsequent versions, ...
Nuwara Eliya-Badulla Road, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Travel from Nuwara Eliya to Bandarawela
Day 07: Bandarawela / Ella/ Kataragama Hotel
After breakfast leave for Kataragama on the way visiting Ravana waterfalls and Caves, check in to the hotel, after refresh, in the evening visit Kataragama(Murugan) temple and join the pooja ceremony, back to hotel, dinner and overnight stay at above hotel,
Ravana Water Falls: Ravana Ella Falls is a breathtaking waterfall, 1080 feet high (cascades into several falls). The stream, a tributary of Kirindi Oya plunges with a foaming spray over a series of ledges into the valley close to a bend in the road. The waters rise from Wewathenna highland above the rocks. In general the rocky underground of the waterfalls in Sri Lanka consists of hard gneiss or granite, but here the material is khondalite, a kind of limestone which undergoes decay faster. This has resulted in many caves being formed near the falls. King Ravana of Ramayana legend is said to have lived in one of the caves above the waterfalls.
Ravana Caves: The Ravana Cave tunnels prove beyond doubt the architectural brilliance of King Ravana. These tunnels served as a quick means of transport through the hills and also as a secret passage. These tunnels networked all the important cities, airport and dairy farms. A close look at these tunnels indicates that they are man-made and not natural formations.
Kataragama temple (murugan temple) : Dedicated to God Skanda (Murugan) the God of Love and War. It is believed that this Devala was started in the 2nd Century B.C. by King Dutugemunu (167 - 137 B.C.). Today Kataragama is a place of worship for Buddhists, Hindus and some Muslims. This is a very popular place of pilgrimage for south Indian Hindus as it is said that God Kataragama came from India, married a Jungle Girl from Sri Lanka and lived here. When his Indian wife came in search of him he refused to go back. The legend has it that all of them lived here happily thereafter. There are separate shrines for the two wives, Tevani Amman Kovil for the Indian wife and Valli Amman Kovil for the Sri Lankan wife. During the month of July a 10-day festival is held here with the Perahera (procession), Fire walking, hanging on hooks and other acts of penance being performed by the devotees. The best time to be in the Devala is at the time of the Pooja (Offerings) to see the rituals and the Virgin Dancing girls offering light and dancing in the Devala.
Perahera is the most famous festival in Kandy usually in August. It's a pageant where many elephants participate. You can buy expensive seats or can see it with the crowd. Buy...
Travel from Bandarawela to Kataragama
Bus, line 32 bus
Day 08 : Kataragama To Galle / Colombo
After b/fast leave for Colombo, on the way, visiting Ussanggoda. According to Ramayana, Legendry, Rumassala Sanjeewanee mountain in Galle. Seenigama Temple in Hikkaduwa. There after Travel up to Colombo, dinner and overnight stay in Colombo.
Ussangoda : After meeting Sitadevi, Lord Hunuman decided to test the strength of the mighty King Ravana and his army of Rakshasas. During the events that unfolded Lord Hanuman's tail was set on fire by the Rakshasa's, and Lord Hanuman in turn went on to torch some parts of King Ravana's empire. Ussanggoda is on the torched areas, which is said to have been an airport used by King Ravana.
Rumassela Sanjeewanee Mountain : At various times during the war, both Lords Rama and Lakshmana were hit by powerful arrows, and had fallen unconscious. At these times, Lord Hanuman had been instructed to fetch the life saving herbs from the jungles of Himalaya to bring them back to life. Mighty Hanuman had gone to the Himalayan hills and lifted the whole hill and brought it back, as he was unable to identify the life saving herbs by himself, Parts of the hill is said to have fallen in five places in Sri Lanka, namely, Rumasala in Galle, Dolukanda near Heripitiya, Ritigala near Habarana, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.
Seenigama Devalaya : The southernmost part of Sri Lanka is called Dondra and further up towards the west you arrive at Seenigama Hikkaduwa. This is said to be the place from where Sugreeva, king of the Vanara's (monkeys) started his onslaught on King Ravana's forces.
Travel from Kataragama to Colombo
Line 32 bus
Day 09: Colombo To Airport
After breakfast proceeds to Panchamuga Anjaneyar and Vibeeshana Temples. You can spend the rest of the day enjoying some sightseeing in Colombo along with some shopping before transferring to the hotel to catch the flight to onward destinations.
Panchamuga Anjaneyar temple : This is the first Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka and also the only Panchamuga (five faced) Anjaneyar Temple in Sri Lanka.
Vibereshana Temple : Buddha visited place and Vibeeshana temple adjoin.