Nuwara Eliya - Hakgala - Bandarawela - Ella
After breakfast visit the Sita Aman temple.
The Sita Amman Temple can be seen on route to Hakgala along the
Nuwara Eliya badulla Road. The prominent temple architecture will not
fail to attract your attention on the way to the Hakgala Botanical Gardens
from Nuwara Eliya. According to tradition, the site is associated with
Sita of the Ramayana epic. Ancient statues of Rama and Sita can be seen
on a side of the temple. The temple seen today is a modern building with
its paintings, statues and pillars decorated with sculptures,
all depicting the tale of Rama and Sita.
The rear of the temple overlooks a stream,
while from its front can be seen the Hakgala peaks.
Thereafter visit Isthripura via Welimada.
This exotic cave still boasts the picturesque cascading waterfall that
was in existence 2000 years ago. It was within this cave that Sita was
held prisoner with over 1500 women to attend to her every need.
Thereafter proceed to Welimada and visit Divurumpola temple.
Although this Vihara is said to be established in the 6th A.D.Polonnaruwa
period it has a long history among people of having been
started in the time of Rama, Rawana and Sita.
Still revered by thousands, this holy haven was the place where Sita
performed her Agni Pariksha (proving her chastity) to her husband Rama.
Continuing the practice for over thousands of years,
villagers still pledge their fidelity or take oaths there and even in
certain courts, this agreement was binding. Since that time this place has
been respected and worshiped by people down the ages. Furthermore it
is said that this place was given the name Divurumpola or the place of
making a wow. Not only in legends but this name has been inscribed in
the moonstone guarding the Devale in the premises.
Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Ella.