Welcome to your Nesara Tours Best of Sri Lanka (Ramayana Trailwith Shankari Devi Shakthi Peetam) tour. On arrival in Sri Lanka, you will be met by our Nesara Tours Manager will welcome you and take you to your hotel at Dambulla. Visit to Manavari.
Manavari is the first place where Lord Rama installed and prayed the Siva lingam after the end of the war with King Ravana. To date this lingam is called as Ramalinga Shivan. Rameshwaram is the only other lingam in the world named after Lord Rama. In route Visit to Muneeshwaram Lord Rama after his victorious battle left for Ayodhya in one of King Ravana’svimana’s. He felt he was being followed by bramhaasthidosham as he had killed King Ravana who was a Brahmin. He stopped the Vimana at this juncture because he felt at this place the “BrahmaasthiDosham” was not following him.
He ascended from the Vimana and asked God Shiva for a remedy. God Shiva blessed Lord Rama and advised him installing and praying four lingams at Manavari, ThiruKoneshwaram, ThiruKetheshwaram and Rameshwaram in India, as the only remedy to get rid of the dosham.
After Breakfast proceed to Trincomalee. Trincomalee, the city which houses one of the best natural deep-water ports in the world, visit to Shankari Devi shakthipeetam.
The original Shankari Devi temple, said to be built by Ravana, was the first in the list of AshtaDasha (18) Shakti Pitas written down by AdiShankara. ShankariDevi temple in Trincomalee, Srilanka is a prominent temple for Hindus. It is the place where “Groin” part of the sati fallen .Head towards the classical-medieval Hindu temple 'Koneswaram' which blazes a subtle sense of Dravidian architecture afterword’s proceed to the Bhadrakali Amman Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali.
Afternoon proceed to Kandy in route visit to The Golden temple at Dambulla Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri WickramaRajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center. And proceed to Kandy cultural show (time permit).
After Breakfast Visit to the Sri DaladaMaligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a
Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy. Proceed to the Hanuman Temple (Sri Bhakta Hanuman Temple).
On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. Proceed to The Sita Amman temple. The temple is situated in Ashok Vatika/Vanam) according to tradition, the site is associated with Sita of the Ramayana epic. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen on a side of the temple. The temple seen today is a modern building with its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures, all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita. The Ashok Vatikawas one of the pleasure gardens of King Ravana of the well-known epic Ramayanaya. This is the exotic pleasure garden where king Ravana kept the depressed Sita, insisting that she marry him. It was here where the heart-warming meeting took place between her and Hanuman, who brought her Rama’s ring with the news that Rama was looking for her.
He offered to carry her back but she refused saying it would be an insult to Rama’s honour if he did so. Part of this majestic garden still exists. Have Darshan of Hanuman Foot Print It is believed that when Hanuman left from India to Sri Lanka, he landed at this spot. The force of his impact on ground was so great that it left an imprint of his feet on the solid ground. There after proceed to visit Divurumpola temple. Although this Vihara is said to be established in the 6th A.D. Polonnaruwa period it has a long history among people of having been started in the time of Rama, Rawana and Sita. Still revered by thousands, this holy haven was the place where Sita performed her Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama. Continuing the practice for over thousands of years, villagers still pledge their fidelity or take oaths there and even in certain courts, this agreement was binding. Since that time this place has been respected and worshiped by people down the ages. Furthermore it is said that this place was given the name “Divurumpola” or the place of making a wow. Not only in legends but this name has been inscribed in the moonstone guarding the Devale in the premises.
After Breakfast explores boat ride at NuwaraEliya your own and then proceed Colombo. Visit Old Parliament Building, Independence hall, Galle Face Green, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Viharamahadevi Park etc. Evening free for shopping.