Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Ramayana Trails06 Nights / 07 Days
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Arrival to Sri Lanka, You’ll be met by Tangerine Tours representative on Arrival at the Airport and transferred to Negombo.
Evening Negombo city tour
Negombo – A famous fishing village North of Colombo, with a Dutch built Canal running through. The canal itself is a hive of activity with fishermen traveling up and down in their gaily-painted boats. On the shores of the canal you will find many homes and many species of birds including the spectacular Kingfisher. Catamaran trips in the sea and boat trips in the canal can be organized. From November to April, diving facilities are available in this quaint village. The streets on either side of the Hotels are dotted with Souvenir Shops, popular Restaurants etc.
Overnight Stay at Negombo
After early Breakfast proceed to Muneeshwaram Temple, Chilaw
Muneswaram Temple, Chilaw.
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 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.
Thereafter proceed to Mannavari Temple
Manavari is the first lingam installed and prayed to by Lord Rama and this lingam is also called Ramalinga Shivan.
Thereafter proceed to Kandy, En route visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as more then 25 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river near by.
Overnight Stay at Kandy
After breakfast commence Kandy. City tour including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts and Handicrafts Centre and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic & a Gem Museum
Kandy - the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. The last bhold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism’s influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple’s shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
Overnight Stay at Kandy
After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, En route visit the Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ramboda
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 Poona’s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees.
Check in at the hotel
Overnight Stay at Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast Nuwara Eliya city tour including visit to Seetha Aman temple & Gayathtri Peedam
Seetha Amman Temple, Seetha Eliya. – [Approx 20 mints Drive]
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 is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hamunams are found by this river -some small and some large
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.
Therefore transfer to Kataragama, En route visit the Ravana Ella Falls
Evening engage in Kataragama Sightseeing
Kataragama - Dedicated to God Skanda (Murugan for Hindus) a deity who came from India, married a local girl call Valli and lived here. He is treated by Hindus as a God of war. The annual festival is held during the month of July, culminating in the fire walking by large number of devotees and the water cutting ceremony. Here is a complex of temples dedicated to various Gods and deities; in the sacred area and large number of shops providing fruit offerings prepared to be purchased by devotees. The offerings are made in the morning, mid-day and evening by large crowds. The girls working for the temple offering lights, and the ceremonies connected with the Pooja are interesting for visitors.
Overnight Stay at Kataragama
After Breakfast Transfer to Colombo,
Overnight Stay at Colombo
After Breakfast engage in Colombo city tour.
Colombo - a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree-lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmith's quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where there is a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. The historic Dawatagaha Mosque and the former Eye Hospital are two buildings in Cinnamon Gardens worth looking at. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square.
Therefore transfer to Airport to connect departure flight.
Frances | UKWe booked a tour with Tangerine Tours from the UK, we contacted them directly via email. I would not hesitate in recommending them to anyone who wants a little bit of autonomy in their tour selection. They created a tailor made tour for us, selecting excellent hotels, and all for a great price. The driver/guide was more of a driver than a guide, but that suited us, as we were happy to do our own thing once we got to the various attractions we had selected. We dealt with Leon in their Colombo office, who was efficient, polite and really on the ball.