Days, dates and destinations:
Most international arrival flights for persons coming from Europe depart on December 30th (or 29th) and for persons coming from North or South America on December 29th. Arrival in Sri Lanka is December 30th, destination airport is the International Airport Colombo [CMB]. Our first night stay is the Anarva Siddhalepa Resort in Mt. Levinia south of Colombo near our ashram, where we will stay for the first three nights, December 30th, 31st, and January 1st. The pilgrimage officially starts there on Sunday morning, December 31st 2017. It officially ends on Friday at noon, January 12th 2018, at our last destination, the Hikkaduwa Beach Hotel, with direct connection to the international airport of Colombo (drop-off 1.5 hrs via highway), for international flights leaving at night or in the evening of January 12th. This period includes 13 nights.
Our round-trip through Sri Lanka will bring you from the capital Colombo in northeastward direction via Kandy to Dambulla in the mountainous central province, then southbound via the Nuwara Eliya plateau into the southern province to Katirgama and along the West coast back to Colombo.
Right at the beginning of our tour, spend New Year’s Eve and Day with us, in a quality Ayurveda resort hotel near the beach and in our Babaji Alayam ashram, with the opportunity for resting, or some ayurvedic treatment, as well as guided dedicated Kriya Yoga sadhana during those two special days of the year.
Meditate in a traditional buddhist meditation retreat center located in mountain hills. Visit several famous Buddhist heritage sites and temples, the huge ‘Tooth’ temple with a tooth relic of the historical Buddha in the old colonial town of Kandy with traditional dancers, the ancient cave temple and the modern ‘Golden’ Temple in Dambulla right at the heart of Sri Lanka, and the UNESCO world cultural heritage site of the outstanding ‘lion rock’ with its frescoes paintints of the ‘cloud ladies’ in Sigiriya.
Travel through nature reserves and national parks of the central mountain range and visit elephants in a unique orphanage especially for elephants. In the high mountain area at Nuwara Eliya, visit one of the tea plantations for the world famous Sri Lankan tea, and the Sri Bhakta Hanuman Kovil temple, a holy site of ancient India’s epic Ramayana. Attend a Hindu puja ceremony in the Muruga temple next to the Babaji mandir, where Siddha Boganathar consecrated a powerful yantra in the inner temple sanctum. Practice and chant around the purifying sacred fire of a mantra yagna with mantra initiation, and spend time in silence at our beautiful small Babaji ashram site in a sylvain environment on the banks of the small Manickaganga river.
At the West coast of Sri Lanka, in the small town of Hikkaduwa with a known postcard beach, enjoy direct sea view, beach walking or bathing in the Indian Ocean, or make a short boat trip to its famous coral reefs. Give your body a treat with ayurvedic massage and food at the beginning or the end of the trip.
Use the special opportunity of this pilgrimage for your New Year’s transition, as a prelude to your own inner pilgrimage; the unique environment and time support you in deep inner self-transformation, reorientation, release and renewal.
In a pilgrimage, we seek to come close to the Divine by visiting, worshipping and meditating in sacred places which have been sanctified by the spiritual practices of Saints, Mystics and Yogis, and which consequently provide a terrestrial doorway to the infinite and absolute. In such places one can easily obtain a direct inner experience of the Divine Presence.
The character of the whole tour is imbibed with the vibration of such a traditional pilgrimage. This tour is not designed to be a tourist trip, but rather to support you in your spiritual aspirations and sadhana. It is scheduled to coincide with the most pleasant warm weather conditions in high peak season. The hotels have been carefully selected for their Western style comfort and facilities. Ground transportation will be in a comfortable air-conditioned bus.
There will be regular group practice of Kriya Yoga and a daily satsang sharing of outer and inner experiences, guided by our Acharyas, to deepen your experience. Get enriched by also sharing with local Kriyabans.
It will be an unforgettable transforming experience in the land where Hinduism and Buddhism meet and join with Yoga and the Siddha tradition, which will inspire you and enable you to appreciate the rich cultural tapestry, which has given birth to Babaji's Kriya Yoga.
tour guide: Satyananda
in Sri Lanka: Kriyanandamayi
tour organizer: Satchidananda
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