DAMBULLA
Scenic Ventures ⁄ Sri Lanka Attractions ⁄ Sita Amman Temple in Nuwara Eliya

Sita Amman Temple in Nuwara Eliya

The Sita Amman temple dedicated to Sita, the wife of King Rama, situated in Sri Lanka’s mountain city Nuwara Eliya, is supposed to be the only such temple in the world and is found about 5km down the road from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy. History has it that this is the place where Sita was held imprisoned by king Ravana, in the story of Ramayana. The temple has been reconstructed according to South Indian style and is set beautifully against a clear flowing stream.

There is also another temple believed to carry signs of the monkey-god Hanuman’s feet and the place where he rested after the battle rescuing Sita from Ravana. People also believe there is a rock on the opposite bank of the river where Sita sat and meditated. Visitors are eagerly shown the place where Sita bathed, the stone she sat on and where she spent time in prayer. Devotees are convinced that this episode of the Ramayana epic historically took place here and is increasingly becoming important as a tourist location.