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- Bird Watching
- Photography Workshop
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13-Day Adventure Through Sri Lanka
- A day on Delft Island
- The pristine beach of Trincomalee
- Two National Parks
- A rich and ancient culture
With our 13-day tour through the northern region of Sri Lanka, you will be able to explore the breadth and majesty of the Pearl of the Pacific.
Over the summer season, you will visit the rich and vibrant city of Jaffna before catching a boat to Delft Island where you can see otherworldly Baobab trees before enjoying some much deserved relaxation by the pristine beaches of the east coast and much more.
You’ll walk through the piquant wafts of the local cuisine and experience the daily lives of Tamil locals. It’s a holiday that combines cultural immersion with the comfort of our hotels and the relaxation they bring.
- 12 nights accommodation in double room in 3- to 5-star hotels
- Private transfers in air-conditioned car with private, English speaking driver
- Airport transfers on first and last days
- English speaking guide on excursions
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- International or local flights
- Visa fees
- Extra Meals not included in itinerary
- Whale watching at Trincomalee
Example Trip to customize
Welcome to Negombo!
Ayubowan! - Hello! You will be greeted by your driver before making the journey towards Negombo which lies close to the airport.
Negombo is a traditional fishing town in Sri Lanka and its economy is based on tourism and its centuries-old fishing industry. When walking along the coastal road of Negombo - where most of the hotels are located - you will find an abundance of restaurants serving up some delicious and most importantly fresh seafood.
Rest easy tonight in the comfort of your hotel room and relax before we embark on our tour in the morning.
Adventure Through Wilpattu National Park
This morning, we’ll begin our intrepid adventure to Wilpattu National Park - Land of Lakes, located in the northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. As per its nickname, the unique feature of this park is the existence of "willus" (natural lakes) - natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Spread out over 1,317 square kilometers, the park is home to nearly 60 lakes (Willu) and tanks and is the largest and one of the oldest national parks in Sri Lanka.
We'll explore the national park today and tomorrow to explore the breadth of its animal population.
Keep an Eye out for the Park's Inhabitants
We’ll return to the park today to catch a glimpse of what you may have missed yesterday.
World-renowned for its leopard population, you will have the opportunity to explore the park with our guides who hold an intimate knowledge of the area to find these elusive animals.
It is not only the leopard that you should keep an eye out for, the national park is also home to majestic Sri Lankan elephants, insect-eating sloth bears and hoards of water buffaloes which walk through the lush forests and grasslands up to the lakes. You’ll hear the calls and sounds of many bird species so try spot the exotic species such as the hornbill, hawk eagles and jungle-fowl.
Head Towards the Vibrant City of Jaffna
Today begins your journey to the north of Sri Lanka as you make your way towards Jaffna.
Located at the northernmost tip of the island, Jaffna was once a city rich with learning and culture. The Jaffna town is fascinating with its eclectic mixture of colonial charm and vibrant Tamil culture.
The drive goes through picturesque countryside and an area that has still remained untouched by hoards of tourists. With a little luck you will see elephants grazing next to the road as they head north and as you head north, the horizon becomes ever clearer and roads are less traveled. Upon arrival, join the in on the frenzy of the Tamil city.
Dive into the Culture of Jaffna
After some rest and relaxation and a delicious breakfast, we’ll explore the city even further, walking down winding city streets as we walk through the city's history to see how it influences its present and future.
Here you will visit the impressive Kandaswamy Temple, which is the religious center of the north. You can also visit the library, the Jaffna Museum and the 17th-century Dutch Fort. Admire the Kotrast from the colonial past and the spirit of optimism of the local people, which gives the city a very special flair.
Adventure to Delft Island
We'll take an hour's ferry ride from the Kurikadduwan Jetty on Pungudithivu Island to a forgotten island similar to Nagadeepa. Neduntheevu, popularly known as Delft Island is a magnificent block of land dating back to the times of the Chola Dynasty, as well as the Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial periods. It is home to a small population of Tamil people, mostly living in quiet compounds close to the Northern coast.
Visit the Fort built by the Portuguese which though in ruins, is peaceful yet grand, before swimming in the calming waters offshore.
Rest and Relaxation in Trincomalee
It’s time to explore the east coast of Sri Lanka. Your driver will take you to Trincomalee, where you will get to see the “Koneswaram Temple." This Hindu Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is located on a rocky cape with an amazing panoramic view of the Indian Ocean coast.
The city itself is historic with a mix of charm, a myriad of waterfronts, and teeming with friendly locals.
Bathe in the Crystal Clear Waters in Trincomalee
The itinerary for today is up to you! It’s a free day to relax and enjoy your accommodation or to explore Trincomalee and its surrounding areas on your own.
Trincomalee is great for sunbathing but besides relaxing on the beach and enjoying the sun, there is a lot more to do if you are feeling a bit more active. There are a number of water activities like swimming and snorkeling where you can explore the waters teeming with marine life.
Go Beyond the Coast
On your last day in Trincomalee, relax, splash around in the water or finally finish your holiday reading.
Explore the local beach. Take it easy. Or adventure further afield and visit Fort Frederick with the well-known Wellington House - also called Wellesley Lodge. Swami Rock, popularly known as "Lover's Leap" or the Hindu temple Thiru Koneswaram Kovil are other destinations that you can discover on your own.
Bask in the Panoramic View from Sigiriya Rock
After breakfast you will be visiting two places: Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Minneriya National Park. Sigiriya Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a 370-meter granite rock with a magnificent palace built around 475 AD by King Kashyapa. It is a wonder of ancient engineering, art, and culture. On the summit, reached with the help of metal staircases and ladders, you can see the remains of the palace walls, gardens, and ponds.
After having climbed the rock you can return back to the hotel or go to a local restaurant for a quick lunch before heading to Minneriya National Park. The central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank which, during the dry season, is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Explore the Medieval City of Polonnaruwa
Today you will head to Polonnaruwa, one of Sri Lanka's medieval capitals, established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century. It replaced Anuradhapura, which was plundered, made desolate and laid hopelessly bare to the invading armies from South India. In its heyday, the 6km of city walls housed hundreds of people.
You will get to visit the ruins of this ancient city where you will see the remains of the palace, swimming pools and various dagobas. The highlight of the ruins is the Gal Vihara Rock Sculptures and the three giant stone sculptures of the Buddha that were carved in granite by an unknown sculptor in the 12th century.
One Last Night in Negombo
Upon returning to Negombo, explore what you missed when you first arrived in the city.
As a coastal city, there’s no surprise that it’s known for seafood. Visit the bustling fish market which has the day’s finest catch of fish, lobsters, crabs, and prawns. East of the town center lies Angurukaramulla Temple, which is home to a larger than life 6m reclining Buddha, before ending the day with a stroll by the palm-lined beach to watch the sunset over the sea.
Take the time to relax in comfort, it is your last night which you will spend in Negombo.
Say Goodbye to Sri Lanka!
Unfortunately today is your last day.
We hope you have enjoyed your time exploring the very best that this special region of Sri Lanka has to offer. The rich history, its natural beauty and architectural marvels and the people that make the country what it is.
At an arranged time, drop your car off at the airport before your flight back home.
We hope you have had a memorable trip and wish you pleasant onward travels!