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One of Hindu mythology’s most popular scriptures is the Ramayana story. Though there are numerous places in India that adhere to the Hindu story, they are not the only ones. In reality, the Ramayana tour of Sri Lanka is very popular with locals as well as tourists who visit the island country.
The legend of Ramayana has always made us think about the beauty of the Ashok Vatika in Sri Lanka, the battlefield where the two armies fought, and more. And the Sri Lanka Ramayana tour, along with some other beautiful attractions, is just the right combination of a pilgrimage and a holiday that covers many of those places of religious significance.
Ravana is said to have ruled Lanka for several hundred years before the time of Ramayana, when Prince Rama was killed for kidnapping his queen, Sita. Some claim, however, that Ramayana is a semi-fiction woven around a real king who ruled Sri Lanka between 2554 and 2517 BC.
Sri Lanka Ramayana Tour: 10 Tourist Places To Cover
Here’s a list of some of the most famous and beautiful Ramayana-related locations in Sri Lanka that you will be exploring during the tour. Then these places are included in your itinerary for Sri Lanka if you are interested in visiting all the mythological places.
Chilaw is a town in Sri Lanka’s Puttalam area. The destination is known locally for its 3 Cs, namely coconuts, crabs, and Coreas (freedom fighters Charles Edgar Corea & Victor Corea, who founded the Chilaw Association and the Ceylon National Congress with the support of Mahatma Gandhi). But it is its religious importance that makes it such a significant destination for visitors.
The destination is renowned for its temples in Manavari & Munneswaram, which are part of the Sri Lanka Ramayana tour.
Munneswaram Temple: Lord Rama left for Ayodhya in the Pushpak Viman after beating King Ravana, but thought he was being pursued by Brahmahathi Dosham. He stopped here, however, as he felt Dosham was not following him here. He prayed to Lord Shiva, who instructed him to set up and pray to get rid of the Dosham at four lingams in Manavari, Thiru Koneswaram, Thiruketheeswaram, and Rameshwaram.
Manavari Temple or Ramalinga Shivan: It is here that Lord Rama first built a Shiva lingam, according to the legend. It is the only lingam in the world other than Rameshwaram that is named after Lord Rama.
The town next to the beach is popular for its golden sandy beaches and the Temple of Thiru Koneswaram, which sits idyllically on the edge of a cliff. Agastya Rishi is said to have constructed the temple on the orders of Lord Shiva to be impressed by the devotion of King Ravanas. Lord Rama is also said to have constructed the second lingam here in order to get rid of the Brahmahathi Dosham.
Ramboda is a village famous for its 109m-high Ramboda waterfalls and Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple in the Central province of Sri Lanka. The temple was constructed on the hills where Lord Hanuman is believed to have begun the search mission for Goddess Sita by the Chinmaya Mission.
The City of Lights, Nuwara Eliya, is a resort town in the Sri Lankan Central Mountain range. The town is known for its Gayathri Pedam, Seetha Amman Temple, and Divurumpola, which are part of Sri Lanka’s Ramayana tour. At these famous temples that serve as markers for the significant events that took place in the Ramayana, you will get a chance to revisit the past.
Gayathri Pedam: One of Sri Lanka ‘s popular Ramayana sites
Seetha Amman Temple: This is said to be the location of Ashok Vatika, where King Ravana kept the goddess Sita captive.
Divurumpola: It is here, or so it is believed, that after being released from King Ravanas’ captivity, Goddess Sita was made to perform the fire test to prove her chastity and loyalty to her husband, Lord Rama.
Ella, Uva Province City, Badulla. The destination plays an important role in Sri Lanka’s Ramayana tour and is known for Sri Lanka’s Ravana Ella Falls And Ravana Caves. The 1,080-foot-high waterfalls are named after the limestone caves on top of the waterfall that King Ravana is said to have occupied. Other than being one of the Ramayana places in Sri Lanka, due to its sheer beauty, this place also attracts nature lovers and adventure seekers.
Colombo the capital city of Sri Lanka is home to two famous temples. The Anjaneyar temple is the only temple in the world to have a chariot of Anjaneya. The Kelaniya Temple, on the other hand, is believed to be the place where Vibheeshana was coronated as the king of Lanka after the death of his brother, King Ravana.
Other attractions: Dutch Church of Wolfendhal, Dewatagaha Mosque, a replica of Avukana Buddha at the BMICH, and Independence Square.
The village of Hasalaka is known for being one of Sri Lanka’s most famous Ramayana locations. Seetha Kotuwa is the place that places this place on the road of Ramayana. This is where Seetha Devi, before she was transferred to Ashok Vatika, was held captive. The legend also has it that this is where Lankapura city used to be. There was the magnificent palace of Queen Mandothri, surrounded by waterfalls.
Kothmale is one of Sri Lanka’s Ramayana related places where rice balls were dropped by Seetha Devi. Ravana is thought to have given her those as refreshment, but instead of eating them, she used them to help track Lord Rama here. You will still see these rice balls served in local shops if you visit the village. These are now, apparently, referred to as Sitha goli and eaten to treat stomach disorders.
One of the places in Sri Lanka that is connected to Ramayana is Nilavarai, a small village in Jaffna. The famous village is where a water spring was formed by Lord Rama that never dies. The depth of the underground tank is not known, and is thus well known as bottomless. Lord Rama is believed to have fired an arrow in the ground to create a water spring for his army during their fight to deal with the water crisis.
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