Nestled in Sri Lanka’s misty hill country lies the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya, shrouded in mythical stories and legends. A hike along the Ramayana trail is a good way to explore the ancient sites and landmarks that have played into a number of folklore in the country. Here are some of the highlights along the trail.
The Seetha Amman Temple, which honours Goddess Sita, is among the most respected locations along the Ramayana Trail. The temple draws visitors from all around the world as a representation of commitment and faith. You’ll enter its holy grounds and immediately feel a sense of peace and spirituality.
Ashok Vatika, another well-known location along the Ramayana Trail, is thought to be the location where Ravana imprisoned Sita. As you immerse yourself in its legends, this mystical garden, decorated with exotic flora and animals, holds echoes of a bygone era and gives a fantastic experience.
The picturesque and tranquil Sita Eliya area is among the best places to visit in Nuwara Eliya is thought to have been where the Goddess Sita bathed during her captive period. This location exudes a sense of spirituality and awe that is heightened by the neighbouring stream’s glistening waters and the surrounding natural splendour. Visitors staying at properties such as the Scottish Planter can have a great time here as it is only an hour’s drive.
As you proceed along the Ramayana Trail, you’ll come to Ravana Ella Falls, a stunning waterfall that was mentioned in the epic poem. Legend has it that Ravana once bathed and refreshed himself in this waterfall, thus tying Nuwara Eliya to the fabled stories of the legendary Ramayana.