For those who have read the Ramayana and are with a goal to witness the places where Ramayana events actually took place, Sri Lanka is a destination you cannot miss.
As the location where most of the Ramayana’s events occurred, Sri Lanka has locations scattered around the island with believable mysteries, proven proofs, and magical miracles that happened and keep happening to this day.
Below are 13 Ramayana-related places in Sri Lanka with strong folklore and proofs that are directly connected to the Ramayana and its main characters. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Hindu or not; these places can add unique and memorable moments to your Sri Lanka tour.
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Ramayana sites in Sri Lanka
1. Seetha Amman Temple
Where Sitha was held captive by King Ravana…
Located in Seetha Eliya, a small beautiful village 5 km away from Nuwara Eliya, the temple is small yet beautiful and rich in Hindu architectural details and painting and statues of Lord Rama, Sitha Devi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman. According to the legend, the river next to the temple is where Sitha bathed. The footprints on the rock next to the river believed to be of Hanuman.
2. Sitha Kotuwa
Where Sitha Devi was imprisoned…
According to the legend, this is the place where Sitha Devi held captive. The place was King Ravana’s queen, Mandothari’s palace and was surrounded by waterfall and beautiful streams. Later the palace was called ‘Sitha Kotuwa’ or ‘Sitha fort’ as Sitha Devi stayed here.
Where Sitha Devi scattered rice balls to help Rama find her…
When King Ravana was taking Sitha Devi to Sitha Eliya on his chariot, Sitha Devi dropped the vitaminized rice balls along the journey King Ravana gave her as a refreshment. So, Lord Rama can find where she was taken. Kothmale is a place where you can still see these rice balls (Sitha Goli) that the locals now use as a cure for stomach disorders and headaches and as a charm that brings prosperity.
4. Munneswaram Temple
Where Lord Rama Prayed to Lord Shiva…
Located in Chillaw, the Hindu Kovil is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Sri Lanka that bear close connections to Ramayana. The temple believed to be the place where King Rama prayed to Shiva asking for remedies after committing ‘Brahmahasti’ the biggest crime according to the Hindu Darma. Killing a priest known to be the ‘Brahmahasti’, which he did by Killing King Ravana who was a priest of Brahmin caste.
Where Lord Rama installed a Lingam…
Situated 6km north of Chillaw, Manavari is a temple where Lord Rama installed his first lingam as Lord Shiva advised. This was done as a remedy for committing Brahmincide by killing King Ravana. Lord Rama was advised to build 5 lingams in Sri Lanka by Lord Shiva.
6.Dolukanda Sanjeewanee Mountain
Where Lord Hanuman accidentally dropped a piece of Himalaya…
The beautiful rural village located near Hiripitiya is believed to be one place among the five places where parts of the piece of Himalaya lord Hanuman brought fell on.
Once lord Hanuman was asked to fetch herbs to heal Lord Rama and Lakshmana who were seriously wounded during the war with King Ravana, he had brought the whole area as he couldn’t identify the herb himself.
Other 4 places where the parts believed to fell on are Rumassala in Galle, Ritigala in Habarana Anuradhapura road, Thalladi in Mannar and Kachchativu in the north.
Where lord Rama created a water spring that never dries…
Nilawari is a famous village in Jaffna, with a pilgrim site that attracts thousands of locals and tourists each year. According to the folklore, the underground well of unknown depth is a well lord Rama created when his army faced a water crisis during the war against king Ravana. Lord Rama had shot a magic arrow to the ground and the water sprung out which haven’t dried up until this day.
Where king Ravana meditated…
Located in Mathale Laggala is a rural village with natural beauty and historical value. The place believed to be the location where Lord Rama’s army was firstly sighted by king Ravana’s troops. King Ravana had meditated and prayed to Lord Shiva at Thiru Koneshwaran from the Laggala rock, as the rock was the highest peak of his Kingdom.
Where lord Rama killed king Ravana…
Located in Laggala, Dunuvila lake believed to be the place where Lord Rama killed king Ravana by a single combat. As the folklore goes lord Rama had fired the Brahmaastharam at King Ravana from the lake you can still see in Dunuvila.
Where king Ravana’s body was kept after his death…
Translated into English as ‘Bedrock’, Yahangala is believed to be the place where locals paid their respect to king Ravana for the last time and kept the body. The place located along the Mahiyanganaya – Wasgamuwa road is ideal for a hike and offers you amazing views of the surrounding. You can see the Yahangala rock miles away.
Where Sitha Devi proved her chastity with ‘Agni Pariksha’…
This is another place where an important event of Ramayana happened. Divurumpola is the place where Sitha Devi took her oath to prove her innocence and purity with ‘Agni Pariksha’. When Sitha Devi plunges into the sacrificial fire, Agni, lord of fire, raised Sitha Devi, preventing any harm proving her innocence.
12.Ravana Water Falls
Where King Ravana had lived…
The spectacular waterfall situated by the roadside of Ella-Wellawaya road is 1080 feet high. As the folklore goes King Ravana had lived in one of the many natural caves near the waterfall.
13. Kelaniya Buddhist Temple
Where Lakshmana coronated the next king of Sri Lanka…
After the death of King Ravana, his brother Vibheeshana who sided with Lord Rama during the war between Rama -Ravana was coronated as the next king of Sri Lanka. In the temple, you can see ancient murals of the Vibheeshana’s coronation.
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