Indian social media influencers embark on the legendary Ramayana Trail
August 2019

The Indian social media influencers at the Lion Rock of Sigiriya.

SriLankan Airlines organised a familiarization tour of Sri Lanka's historic landmarks associated with the Ramayana Legend. It provided the touring social media influencers and travel writers the opportunity to immerse themselves in an all-encompassing destination experience through the perspective of a legend, which has bound the two nations.

Day one of the tour saw them visiting Munneswaram and Manawari Temples in Chilaw, closely associated with Lord Rama. The day concluded with an overnight stay in Dambulla. Day two started with a visit to the Lion Rock of Sigiriya, believed to have been the palace of King Kuvera, later occupied by King Ravana. Today, this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with remains of the fortress built by King Kasyapa in the fifth century. The team also explored the Golden Temple of Dambulla before heading off to Trincomalee. Trikoneswaram Temple was the highlight of the day where King Ravana meditated.

Day three of the tour took them to Sri Bhaktha Hanuman Temple in Ramboda, which houses a 16ft statue of Lord Hanuman. They also visited Gayathri Peedam, believed to be the place where King Ravana's son Meghanath propitiated Lord Shiva.Sita Amman Temple dedicated to Lord Rama, Lakshman and Lady Sita was another highlight of the tour. The most popular sight was Hakgala Botanical Gardens. They also had the opportunity of visiting the Kataragama temple during the Perahera season. The last stop of the trail was Kelaniya Temple, the abode of Lord Vibheeshana who supported Lord Rama in his quest.

The visitors enjoyed the hospitality of Heritance Kandalama, Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, Trinco Blu by Cinnamon and Taj Bentota Resort and Spa. Aitken Spence assisted the National Carrier with the ground transportation and logistics in this endeavour. This tour has been part of the National Carrier's endeavours to convey the world that Sri Lanka is a safe and friendly destination post Easter attacks.