Sri Lanka Trip From India – Ramayana, Seetha Amman temple and Ashok Vatika
“Sri Lanka trip from India” is a very popular combination of keywords that appear in the google search because Sri Lanka is an important destination for Indian travellers for many centuries. In the recent past, the search for Sri Lanka trip from India is considerably increased and momentum expected to grow further. Sri Lanka is a charming holiday destination and located very close to the Indian mainland.
Two countries have the very close relationship with regards to culture, tradition and history. Due to its close proximity, cultural and historical relationship with India, Sri Lanka is a destination with importance for many Indians, mainly due to the Ramayana and its attributed places such as Seetha Amman temple and Ashok Vatika. Due to the high demand, there is a large number of Indian tour operators that organize Sri Lanka tour and it is very easy to book a Sri Lanka trip from India.
Cultural relationship between Indian and Sri Lanka
The cultural, and religious relationship between the two countries goes back to the pre-Christian era, which is one of the main reasons for Indians to book Sri Lanka trip from India.
The relationship between the two countries first mentioned in the Ramayana. Which took places many centuries ago but no one been able to determine the exact period yet. But most scientists opine that the incident took place between 7000 to 18000 years ago. Even today Ramayana is an important religious story discussed in both societies and it has been the main reason for Indian tourists to book Sri Lanka trip from India.
Indians Introduces Buddhism to Sri Lanka
After the Ramayana most important incident that contributed to the mutual relationship of these 2 countries is the advent of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. It is believed that Buddhism was the most precious gift received by the people of Sri Lanka from India because Buddhism pops-up in India and later spread to neighbouring countries. Due to the contribution is done by India for the spiritual gain of the people of Sri Lanka the Indian mainland and its people are greatly respected by Sri Lankan even today. On the other hand, the Buddhists of Sri Lanka don’t forget to visit the places where Buddha lived in India and the places such as Varanasi, Bodhgaya is places that receive Sri Lankan pilgrims very often.
A large number of Indians are searching for Sri Lanka trips from India mainly due to the Ramayana epic story. But these Indian tourists book Sri Lanka trip from India with two main intentions. One reason is visiting the sites that mentioned in the Ramayana and other reasons to enjoy the culture, nature, history of Sri Lanka. Indian tourists who show-up here are not forgetting to enjoy the pristine Sri Lankan beaches and do some shopping in the cities like Kandy and Colombo too.
Sri Lanka trip from India and visit Seetha Amman temple
Visiting Seetha Amman temple is one of the main priorities among the tourists who book Sri Lanka trip from India, especially by Hindu devotees. Hundreds of Hindu devotees walking into a beautiful temple located near Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, every day. The temple has very beautiful, calm, settings near Ashok Vatika better known as Haggala botanical garden. There is a beautiful stream flows behind this temple, which makes a soothing music for the visitors. Almost every vehicle, which is passing by, stops here and makes an offering to earn the blessings of the god. The picture created by the above narration is directly connected with the life of Hindu devotees. The temple is none other than the location, which is devoted to the wife of god Rama also known as queen Seetha. Seetha Amman temple of Nuwara Eliya one of the few temples in the world that are dedicated to Seetha.
How India and Sri Lanka involved in Ramayana?
Ramayana one of the greatest stories evolved around the ancients folks lived in India and Sri Lanka. In this epic story, king Ravana (ruler of Sri Lanka) abducted the wife of King Rama (a prince of India). The incident led to a war between the kings. Ravana was helped by the monkey god “hanuman”, who took a major role in the war against Ravana. Vibhishana, brother of Ravana also joined Ravana in the battle making it more difficult for Ravana to fight against Rama. At the end the of the battle king Ravana killed himself leaving the abducted queen (Seetha) to be reunited with her beloved husband.
King Ravana is treated as a god in some parts of the island of Sri Lanka even today. The places believed to be occupied by King Ravana found in many parts of the island. Sigiriya, Bandarawela, Nuwara Eliya, Karadagolla are some of the places connected to Ramayana. Seetha Eliya of Nuwara Eliya believed to be the location, where Seetha was hidden, which draws the attention of almost every traveller who books Sri Lanka trip from India. Seetha Eliya is a calm and quite remote area surrounded by forest. A beautiful stream flows through the woods in the area.
Promoting Sri Lanka trip from India among Hindu devotees
Sri Lanka convention bureau, SLTPB, and Sri Lankan national carrier (Sri Lankan air) have come together to promote Sri Lanka trip from India among the Hindu devotees while reviving the great epoch of Ramayana. The program is launched to promote 14 sites out of 52 places that are directly connected to Ramayana. There are many archaeologically and historically important places among them. Ravan cave, Ravana waterfall, Maligatenna, Romsasala, Kelaniya, Sitawaka are some of the important sites with immense importance for the believers of Ramayana.
Ashok Vatika is one of the very important reasons for Sri Lanka’s popularity among the Indians, which is mentioned in Ramayana and includes in almost every Sri Lanka road trip that covers Ramayana sites. Almost every Indian tourist, who visits the island, is not forgetting to visit Nuwara Eliya because Ashok Vatika and Seetha Amman temple both are located in the city of Nuwara Eliya.
Apart from Ashok Vatika and Seetha Amman temple, there are many other sites in the area that should be included in a Ramayana trail tour. Ravana falls, Divurumpola temple, Seetha kotuwa, Gayatri Pitam, Vidurupola, Mani Katthuter, Labookellie and Hanuman temple are some of the several sites that can be included in a Ramayana tour. Many tour itineraries and programs will be launched to increase the popularity of sites connected to Ramayana among the localities associated with Ramayana tradition. You can get more details on our article by Ashok Vatika.
Proposed ferry service between Indian and Sri Lanka
After considering the economic benefits for both India and Sri Lanka resulted in due to the ferry service, two countries considering reviving the ferry service again between north Sri Lanka and south India. With the introduction of new ferry service, the transport cost would be reduced to less than USD 100 per person travelling between India and Sri Lanka. Therefore the low-income travellers from both countries will be able to travel to foreign soils during their holidays. Sri Lanka and India have a very close cultural and religious relationship and Indians and Sri Lankans have a lot of similarities with regards culture, nature, and religion. The starting date of the ferry service is yet to be published after the discussions between two countries.
In 2011 both countries had similar discussions to start the ferry service, but the discussions were given up immaturely as the civil war heightened. Earlier discussions were carried out with intention of launching ferry service on daily basis between the two countries. How often the ferry service available, type of vessels, and facilities provided in the future are yet to be disclosed.
Below is a Sri Lanka trip from India that covers many Ramayan sites and some other important sites in Sri Lanka.
Day 1 : : AIRPORT / KANDY
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, met & greet by “Seerendipity Tours” Representatives and proceed to Kandy.
A ruled in Kandy up to 1815 although the rest of the island was under the British regime. Finally, it was ceded to them by the Chieftains of Kandy who were disappointed over the king’s cruel deeds. Today Kandy is one of the most important cities owing to the presence of the Temple of the sacred tooth of the Buddha.
Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 2 : : KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA / KANDY
Breakfast at hotel and Leave for Nuwara Eliya, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and salubrious climate of the country. En-route visit tea factory, Seetha Amman temple, Hanuman temple and Ashok Vatika.
Sri Lanka hill station mainly comprised of Nuwara Eliya, Bandrawela and Haputale is a glimpse to behold. The cool climate with widespread green cover dominated by tea bush has a big contrast its own and locality is totally different than the low-land of Sri Lanka. Hill country harbours, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, flower garden, mountains, patches of forests and much much more.
Nuwara Eliya and surrounding area are frequently included in most Sri Lanka tour from India due to the role played in the Ramayana. According to Ramayana hill country was the hub of the story, where Seetha was hidden after the abduction. Ravana waterfall, Ravana cave, Seetha Amman temple, Dova cave temple, Ashok Vatika, Divurrumpola temple are some of the places located in the hill country.
SRI BHAKTI HANUMAN TEMPLE
According to the ancient stories, Ramboda is an area, where the forces of Rama’s gather to fight against King Ravana. This temple was built by the Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka and dedicated to Hanuman. This temple houses for 16 feel height statue of Hanuman.
Haggala botanical garden which is identified as the site that known as ASOK VATIKA in Ramayana. It was a royal garden, established by Ravana the king of Demon as it is written in Hindu epoch Vishnu Purana. It is believed that Ravana abducted Sita, the wife of Rama and kept in the island of Lanka. During her stay in Lanka Sita had refused to stay in the palace of Ravan and opted to rest here under Ashoka tree, hence the name.
According to Ramayana Ravana’s wife of Ravana, Mandoidari had come to meet Sita here. Sita had met Hanuman also for the first time at Ashok Vatika, as he was searching for the secret location where Sita was held. subsequently, the war erupted between Rama and Ravana and Sita stayed at Ashok Vatika until the fierce battle ended with the demise of Ravana.
Visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory en route. Sri Lanka is famous for its “Ceylon Tea” has added cheers to many the world over for more than a century.
SITA AMMAN KOVIL
Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 3 : : KANDY
Breakfast at hotel and leave for a sightseeing tour in Kandy and visit places such as the temple of the tooth, upper lake, Natha Devala, Kataragama Devala etc.
Peradeniya botanical garden is not a place mentioned in the Ramayana epic story and should not be an essential part of Ramayana tour but most Indian travellers wish to visit Peradeniya botanical garden due to its rich collection of plants and trees. Therefore Peradeniya botanical garden is offered as an optional site in many Ramayan tours allowing the interested guests to visit the site by paying the entrance fees at the site. The entrance fee for Indian travellers at Peradeniya botanical garden is USFD 10 per person.
The Botanical Garden of Peradeniya was a pleasure garden of a Kandyan King of the 16th Century and later made into a Botanical Garden during the British regime. This gardens; one of the best in Asia is a place of beauty and site for bird watchers.
TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH
The Indian travellers can visit the temple by paying USD 5 (per person).
CITY & SHOPPING
City hopping and shopping are some of the leisure time activities for people who book Sri Lanka tour from India. Usually, the city hopping and shopping is offered either in Kandy or Colombo because they are the important cities in terms of economic activities giving a wide range of possibilities for shoppers.
The City Tour will include places of Tourist interest such as
- Kandy lake
- Historical church
- Buddhist Hindu Temple
- Silk garden
- Ramachandra jewellery
- Barefoot and etc
Overnight Stay in Kandy.
Day 4 : : KANDY / COLOMBO
Breakfast at the hotel and leave for Bandaranayake international airport, En-route sightseeing tour in Colombo.
Colombo city had been a well-known city in the region among the Arabian, Chinese, Indian, Persian, and Roman traders as early as the pre-Christian era. Sri Lanka is located in the East-West sea route and visited by traders in order to exchange their goods with the local traders. Even though Colombo was a well-known city among the ancient traders 2,000 years ago, the capital city of the country had been Anuradhapura. There was an Arabian settlement in the city of Colombo at the mouth of Kelani River. Arab traders were exporting the goods from the port of Colombo. Goods such as Cinnamon, ivory, gems, elephants were exported by the king of Kotte with the help of Arabs. With the beginning of British colonial period, Colombo city received the prominent place as the capital of Ceylon. Colombo was the capital of the island from 1815 to 1978 until the administrative capital was moved to Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte.
This had been a well knowRacecoursese during the British colonial period in the country. This race course which located bordering the Indian Ocean had to be abandoned later on due to the Sea crabs, which are making holes in the track. Afterwards, it was developed as a promenade for the city dwellers and named as Galle face green. Today Galle face green contains an open theatre, spacious open space for a picnic, sports and walking.
BUDDHIST TEMPLE GANGARAMA
It is considered to be one of the most sacred places in the country. Temple is one of the three places where Buddha visited in the 6th century B.C. well known Kelaniya dagoba is located on the border of the temple. Kalyani River, which flows next to the temple, adds more value to the scenic beauty of the temple. This temple holds a reputation for its attractive wall, which considered being the best painting of the Modern Era
Viharamahadevi is located in the Colombo 7 or Cinnamon gardens. It is the largest and most popular park in the city. It is believed that there had been a twenty square kilometre cinnamon plantation in the area. Today most of the palaces of wealthy people can be seen in the area and Colombo 7 is the most picturesque part of the city.
The Wolvendaal church is located In Fort and walking distance from the centre of the city. It has a large collection of tombstones of important Dutch personalities. Fortis made the highest point of the city and dates back to 1813. The church is built in the Doric style of the period. In the form of Greek cross, with five feet thick walls and the gables raised over. The transepts are roofed with brick barrel arches and a centre dome.
AUKANA BUDDHA STATUE / INDEPENDENCE HALL / PETTAH AND BMICH
Facing the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall stands a beautifully executed statue of the Buddha in the standing posture. The statue is 36 feet tall and is the largest Buddha statue in the city of Colombo. It is a replica of the Avukana Statue on the banks of the Kalawewa Anuradhapura.
CITY & SHOPPING
Below mentioned sites are also included in the city tour
- Parliament built by British
- Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall
- Buddhist and Hindu Temple
- Town Hall
- House of Fashion
- Arts and crafts
Later proceed to the Bandaranayake international airport.
End of Sri Lanka trip…….