After breakfast at Bandarawela Hotel, transfer from Bandarawela to Buduruwagala via Ella.
Ella is famous in Sri Lankan folklore for its Ramayana connections: according to one tradition, the demon king Rawana brought the captive Sita here and hid her away in a cave couple of kilometers outside the present-day village. Rawana's name is now memorialized in the names of various guest houses, as well as in the Rawana Ella Falls, which plunge magnificently down a series of rock faces 6km from Ella.
20 minutes from Ella is Demodera, the home of the famous Demodera Loop Railway, an engineering feat achieved by the British when they were ruling the country.
Visit Buduruwagala hermitage
Just south of Wellawaya lies the magical archeological site of Buduruwagala, located in a patch of beautifully un-spoilt dry-zone forest, dotted with rocky outcrops and populated by abundant birds and butterflies. The site is home to a series of seven figures carved in low relief into the face of a large rock out-crop. The figures are some of the largest in the island, and are thought to date from the 10th century.
After site seeing, transfer from Buduruwagala to Kataragama via Tissamaharama
Tissamaharama is one of the most pleasant towns in the southern coast. The beautiful man-made tank (reservoir) in Tissa, Tissa Wewa with its remarkable bird life provides the scenic backdrop to the town. Tissa was the sanctuary in the Deep South, where Sinhalese patriots fled to rally support against marauding Dravidian invaders from Southern India. Known by the name of Mahagama (great town), it was one of the principal settlements of the southern province of Ruhuna. Mahagama was founded in the third century BC by a brother of the King Devanam Piya Tissa of Anuradhapura, & later rose to prominence under King Kavantissa, father of the hero of the nation, King Dutugamunu of Ruhuna.
Continue drive from Tissamaharama to Kataragama
Early evening, visit the ancient shrine dedicated to god Katharagama. The shrine was built as a result of a vow that King Dutugemunu promised to god Katharagama to win the Great War he faced against the Indian invader, Elara. The king’s royal tusker Elephant’s tasks that helped him win the war, were later donated to the shrine after it’s death & can still be seen on display today.
Witness the rituals of this holy shrine believed & worshipped by people who believe in all four major religions in the country. Kirivehera pagoda which is about 300 meters away from the shrine is one of the most sacred places for Buddhists in the country.
Dinner and overnight stay at Mandara Rosen Hotel 4*