Dotted with various religious sites and temples, Sri Lanka is popular among the Hindu community, which resides predominantly in India. However, Sri Lanka is not limited to just this. Indeed for such a large country, it offers something for all types of tourists. From adventure to religion; From beach fun to wildlife; And from good food to nightlife – there are so many amazing experiences to choose from in Sri Lanka.
Ramayana Yatra in Sri Lanka is one of the main attractions for Indian tourists. Apart from being associated with religious sentiments, it is popular for taking you to beautiful temples with breathtaking architecture, mesmerizing Ravana waterfalls and the enchanting sea shore.
With this piece we detail the highlights of a Ramayana trip and the best experiences in Sri Lanka that guarantee a wonderful vacation that exceeds your expectations.
day 1 – Ramayana Tour in Sri Lanka usually starts from Muneeshwaram Temple in Chilaw. It is here that Lord Rama installed four Lingas after killing Ravana to absolve himself of the sin of killing a Brahmin. From there, the journey continues to the Mannavari Temple where the first sacred Lingam was installed. It’s just over a 20-minute drive from there.
But second day, you visit the grand Shri Baktha Hanuman Temple in Ramboda. This temple was built by the Chinmaya Mission for Lord Hanuman’s dedicated search mission for Goddess Sita on these hills. This wonderful stop is followed by a journey to Gayatri Pedam Nuwara Eliza, This is the place where Meghnath, son of King Ravana, pleased Lord Shiva to attain supernatural powers.
But day 3, visit the Sita Amman Temple at Sita Eliya, built on the bed of a stream where Goddess Sita used to bathe and refresh herself during her imprisonment. Interestingly, there are several footprints on the shore which are said to be those of Lord Hanuman.
From here the journey continues to Divurumpola on the Nuwara Eliya Welimada Road. This place witnessed the gruesome ordeal of Goddess Sita’s chastity after her abduction by King Rama. It was here that the goddess came out safely from the fire and proved her devotion and purity towards her husband.
day 4 You find Ravana in Ella at Ella Falls and Ravana Cave. The breathtaking 1,080 feet high falls are named after King Ravana, who is said to have lived in the limestone caves above the falls.
day 5The last day of the journey begins by reaching Ussangoda, which is said to be one of the places where Lord Hanuman created fire with his tail. From here you will head towards Rumasala in Galle. Rumassala is a part of the hill that Lord Hanuman carried from the Himalayas to Lanka. The hill is believed to have rich Sanjivani herb vegetation which was then used to revive Lord Lakshmana from the fatal wound of the arrows.
The last point is Seenigama Temple in Hikkaduwa. It was here that Sugriva started the war against Ravana’s army.
Best Sri Lankan Experience
Sri Lanka is an extremely beautiful country and there is no reason to limit your travel to Ramayana tours only. Here are some experiences you must have on a Sri Lankan holiday.
1. To relax and unwind, surrender your tired mind to the spectacular whale watching in Mirissa
2. Enjoy a day feeding elephants at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
3. Trek to the heights of the phenomenal Sigiriya Rock Fortress
4. Marvel at the amazing Dambulla cave temples
5. Surf the waves at Talalla
6. Relax with a cup of tea in Ella
7. Enjoy Colombo’s buzzing nightlife
8. Flirt with the colorful rocks in Bentota
9. Head to Kitulgala for an adventure kick
10. Go snorkeling at Pigeon Island
Apart from these 10 extraordinary experiences and the epic Ramayana journey, Sri Lanka has much to offer to travelers with different tastes. This is why Sri Lanka is a must-visit holiday destination for everyone.
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