Sri Lanka – a land of legends, myths and mysteries … and of ancient writings buried in the sands of its over 2500 year history, or kept alive in traditions passed down from generation to generation. People never tire of listening to such legends, or going in search of evidence of ancient scriptures.

Sri Lankan’s believe that King Ravana ruled the country (Lanka or Heladiva as it was then known), whilst the Ramayana, one of two ancient Indian Hindu epics presents him as an antagonist demon king who kidnapped Prince Rama’s wife Sita from India and brought her to Heladiva in a “Pushpakavimana” (also known as a ‘Dandu monara yanthraya’ or peacock chariot).

The Ramayana Tale dating back over 2000 years, recants the wandering life of Prince Rama banished from his kingdom, grieving at the abduction of his wife and waging unending battles to be reunited with her before his restoration to the throne. The story of Rama and Sita has inspired millions of religious reformers and purified the popular faith of the Hindu people.

Sri Lanka is the proud custodian of more than 50 sites related to the Ramayana Tale. We present this tour as a journey of faith and a fascinating quest into the unknown.

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  • Day 01 (01 Night): Arrival in Sri Lanka – Negombo
  • Day 02 & 03 (02 Nights): Negombo – Unawatuna
  • Day 04 & 05 (02 Nights): Unawatuna – Kataragama
  • Day 06 (01 Night): Kataragama – Bandarawela
  • Day 07 & 08 (02 Night's): Bandarawela – Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 09 & 10 (02 Nights): Nuwara Eliya – Kandy
  • Day 11 & 12 (02 Nights): Kandy – Dambulla
  • Day 13 & 14 (02 Nights): Dambulla – Colombo
  • Tour Accommodation Information

Upon arrival at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be warmly received by our representative from Experior Travels. Your quest for the Ramayana Trail has just begun. You will be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to Negombo the starting point of your journey into the ancient writings.

Yuo will spend your first night in this coastal town

Things to do

  • The joy of ‘being’ on the beach
  • Take a lazy catamaran ride
  • Explore Negombo city
  • Visit the traditional fish market (only for the brave)
  • Take a boat safari into the Muthurajawela marsh –a Ramsar Wetland site – and marvel at the biodiversity of fauna and flora: mangroves, plants, butterflies, birds, fish, crocodiles, monitor lizards and python – many of which are endemic to Sri Lanka.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo

Travel to Unawatuna, a beautiful beach which is like a large natural pool protected by two major reefs. Unawatuna with its musical name has acquired a romanticism of its own and become a favourite spot for gatherings and beach bathing. The beach which lacks surf is ideal for swimming.

Significance of Unawatuna in the Ramayana Trail is the ‘RUMASSALA KANDA’

Things to do

  • Visit RUMASSALA KANDA. According to the legend, when Rama’s brother Lakshman was injured, Rama asked Hanuman to bring a herb from Himalaya to cure his brother. But Hanuman forgot the name of the herb and took a chunk of land which was covered by herbs from Himalaya and dropped it in the sea close to Unawatuna. There are reports that numerous herbs can still be found here
  • Laze on the serene and tranquil beaches of Unawatuna
Overnight stay at a hotel in Unawatuna

Travel to Kataragama, a unique town known for its religious unity and considered as the largest multi-religious attraction next to Adam’s Peak. Buddhists and Hindus come together in Kataragama, the main places of worship being the Ruhuna Maha Kataragama Devalaya (a shrine dedicated to Skanda Murukan) and Kiri Vehera a Buddhist stupa which has been a seat of governance of many Sinhalese Kings.

Kataragama is a paradise for those who love pre-history as the area has yielded evidence of human inhabitation at least 125,000 years back.

Significance to the Ramayana Trail: The temple of the Lord Karthikeya Subramaniam at Kataragama. Lord Karthikeya was requested to go to the battle field by Lord Indra on the last day of the war. This was done to protect Lord Rama from the wrath of Brahmaastharam, shot by King Ravana which otherwise would have weakened Lord Rama. Although Brahmaastharam aimed at Lord Rama for the second time, the shot was rendered useless by the presence of Lord Karthikeya.

Things to do

  • Visit the Temple of Kataragama famous for its Hindu shrines
  • Visit Kirinda, which is said to have been the administrative capital of Ravana, where he had a fortress called the KUDA RAVANA KOTTUWA. Today waves cover this area, but it is said that a part of the fortress can still be seen from time to time
  • Enjoy a Jeep safari at Yala National park
Overnight stay at a hotel in Kataragama

Travel to Bandarawela. RAVANA ELLA situated in close proximity to Bandarawela town is believed to be the place where Sita was once kept imprisoned. The most interesting fact behind RAVANA ELLA, is a tunnel into a cave. The tunnel is not open to the public but researchers claim that there is a network of tunnels leading to important locations of Ravana’s kingdom

Things to do

  • Visit the RAVANA FALLS. Sita is said to have been held captive by Ravana in the underground cave complex which stretches from near these Falls to a place called Uva Paranagama
Overnight stay at a hotel in Bandarawela

Travel to Nuwara Eliya – the emerald city of Sri Lanka, known as “little England” for its cool climate and colonial style architecture. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) above sea level which enables the plantations to produce the finest tea in the world

Things to do

  • Visit URUMPOLA – DIVURUMPOLA – WELIMADA where Sita is said to have walked on fire to prove her chastity in captivity to Rama
  • Visit the SITA AMMAN KOVIL temple. Beside the temple you will find a stream and a large rock with giant footprints on it, said to be those of Hanuman who came there to find Sita.
  • Visit a Tea plantation.
  • Enjoy a scenic city tour of Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit HORTON PLAINS, where it is said Ravana hid Rama and Lakshaman, later saved by Hanuman. At Horton Plains you can experience the panoramic ‘Worlds End’ and the famed Baker’s falls.
  • Visit THOTUPOLA KANDA near Horton Plains, which legend has it was one of the airports of Ravana
  • Visit Hakgala Garden, said to be the pleasure garden of King Ravana
Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Travel to Kandy – a World Heritage city. Traditions and culture remain undisturbed by European influence in the colonial era. The Royal Palace, now known as the “The Temple of the Tooth Relic” (of Lord Buddha), situated right beside the Kandy lake gives a magical beauty to the city. Kandy is also home to one of the largest botanical gardens in South East Asia. The Gardens dates back to the 14th century and boasts over 4000 species of plants and many trees with significant histories. Visitors from the UK will be particularly interested in the Cannonball Tree planted by King George V. The tree is bent with its fruits, which resemble cannonballs hence the name.

Things to do

  • Visit BAKTHI HANUMAN TEMPLE in Ramboda where it is believed that Hanuman rested happily after meeting Sita on the way, taking the good news to Lord Rama.
  • Visit the cave temples in Dambulla (circa 1st century BC): a World Heritage Site.
  • In Kandy, join devotees at the Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Witness a cultural show after the visit to the Temple
  • Stroll through the Botanical Gardens and marvel at rare plant species and the variety of orchids.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy

Travel to Dambulla, another ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Situated in close proximity to Sigiriya, the town is considered as a holy city by the Buddhists as the Rangiri Temple stands on a large rock overlooking the town. Dambulla has an ancient history like many other locations of this mysterious island, which are still being researched, still to be revealed.

Things to do

  • Visit and climb the Sigiriya rock fortress, which was called the ALAKA MANDAPAWA – Ravana’s favourite palace
  • Visit SITA KOTUWA – the place where Sita stayed in the first few days of abduction
  • Visit RITIGALA – an enigmatic mountain covered in dense enchanting forests. Hanuman the Monkey God used the Ritigala Mountain as a launching pad to leap across to South India to convey the news of where Sita was held captive to Lord Rama. The mountain also features the remains of ancient Buddhist temples, hospitals and the dwellings of priests
Overnight stay at a hotel in Dambulla

Transfer to Colombo – the official political and trade capital of Sri Lanka. All the famous shopping arcades are in and around the city, which allows one to have a tantalizing experience in Colombo as it has something to offer every visitor. As a hub of many ethnicities with people from all creeds working together, Colombo is indeed cosmopolitan.

Things to do

  • Visit Panchamuga Anjaneyar temple and the Vibereshana Temple
  • City tour of Colombo
  • Go shopping: buy some jewellery, artifacts, spices and tasty treats to take back home
  • Visit the Colombo Museum
  • Walk on the Galle Face Green – a promenade created by the British, and if you are adventurous enough have a snack at a way side kiosk.
  • If you prefer something more up-market, tea on the verandah of the Galle Face Hotel, overlooking the blue of the Indian Ocean. Galle Face hotel is a heritage hotel, a tribute to our colonial past.
  • The ‘Dutch’ hospital – used during the war as a hospital, it is now an ideal place to meet and dine and watch the world (or Colombo) go by!
  • Colombo also has a number of 5 star popular hotels and numerous night clubs to keep you awake.
  • Enjoy the wonderful blend of culinary flavours from all over the world in the numerous restaurants scattered throughout the city.
  • Spend some time, pamper yourself and relax at one of the many luxury Ayurvedic spas.
Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo

Tour Inclusions

  • Welcome & Assistance at the Airport
  • Accommodation in Standard/Deluxe rooms
  • Meals on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • Private transfers in air-conditioned vehicles to all mentioned venues
  • Service of an English speaking chauffeur guide
  • Bottles of mineral water

Tour Exclusions

  • Air tickets
  • Lunch, Dinner and Extra Meals
  • Extra Services at the Hotel
  • Entrance fee and excursion charges
  • Transfer to venues not mentioned in the Tour Itinerary
  • Anything else not specially mentioned or listed under “inclusions”.