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  • North and North East Sri Lanka tour

    Jaffna

    Jungle Beach

    Jungle Beach

    North and North East Sri Lanka touring holiday

    8 nights/9 days
    This tour ventures to the lesser-known regions of northern Sri Lanka to uncover the secrets and rich heritage of Jaffna and its historic hinterland, with Hindu temples and churches, the beautiful coastlines of the north-east and natural harbour of Trincomalee.
     
    Click here to download a pdf itinerary for this touring holiday.

    The tour of the less well-known regions of northern Sri Lanka starts from Colombo airport, where you are met by your driver-guide. The first night allows you to acclimatise and explore the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, before embarking on the full day’s drive to Jaffna, situated on the northernmost tip of the country and close in heritage and culture to southern India. Settled by Tamils over many centuries, as well as being colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British, Jaffna and being closer physically to India than to Colombo, Hinduism is the dominant religion here and the language Tamil, not Sinhalese. The region has re-opened in recent years after decades of civil war and despite the strife of those violent decades, there is an unmistakeable character and beauty. The area is very much undeveloped and the countryside and coast natural. The area is very much undeveloped and the countryside and coast natural. You spend three nights in Jaffna exploring the town, the hinterland and the nearby islands. Then you head south along the eastern coast to Trincomalee, one of the oldest cities in Asia, possessing a fine deep-water harbour, and an important centre for Tamil culture. Whale and dolphin-watching is in season here from May to October and sea swimming is best on the east coast during these months.

    Day 1 Arrive Colombo
    You will be met on arrival and driven by your English-speaking chauffeur guide who will accompany you throughout your tour of Sri Lanka. Transfer to the Uga Residence, boutique hotel, in Colombo for one night (approximately 1 hour). Spend the rest of the day at leisure, under your own steam, perhaps with some sightseeing and shopping in Colombo. The Pettah area, which is in the heart of Colombo, is a beehive of activity with traders and hawkers selling some great bargains. It may also be possible to visit one of the world’s leading tea auctions, seasonal Buddhist and Hindu pageants or a cricket tournament.

    Day 2 Colombo to Jaffna
    After breakfast, depart for Jaffna in the far north of Sri Lanka. The journey time by road is about eight hours. (It is possible to get to Jaffna by private flight or by road with an overnight stop. We will go through these options with you to discuss your preference at the time of booking). Jaffna has remained a mysterious destination. Very little was known about this iconic city due to the 30-year civil war. Jaffna is etched with a rich heritage and history with breath-taking scenery and monuments. Sightseeing will include Jaffna Fort, the library and Nilawari, a bottomless well where it is said that the Hindu God, Rama, shot an arrow to get water. Stay at the Jetwing Jaffna Hotel for three nights.

    Day 3 In Jaffna - visit Nagadeepa
    In the morning, take a public ferry trip with your guide to Nagadeepa. This is one of the most recognised landmarks in the area. It is believed that Lord Buddha had visited Nagadeepa to settle a dispute between two Naga Kings, Chulodara and Mahodara. After hearing Lord Buddha’s sermon, they offered him the throne. You will have the chance to visit a few Hindu Kovils in Nagadeepa, and in the afternoon head to the Keerimalai natural pond.  

    Day 4 In Jaffna - visit Delft and Casuarina Beach
    Today you will be taken by public ferry to Delft, which was named by the Dutch after the town in The Netherlands. This island still has evidence of the Dutch and Portuguese presence in the area. Sightseeing on a trishaw will include the Dutch and Portuguese forts, Hindu temple, Delft hospital and the baobab tree. If you are lucky enough, you will also get the chance to see wild horses. In the afternoon, visit Casuarina Beach which is one of the best beaches in the Jaffna area.

    Day 5 Jaffna to Trincomalee

    Today you will be taken to Trincomalee by road (approximately 4.5 hours). Later, enjoy some sightseeing in one of the world’s best natural deep-water harbours that has attracted sea farers such as Marco Polo to Dutch and British colonial explorers. Visit Trinco’s harbour, Swami Rock and the seven hot springs of Kanniya. Check-in to the Jungle Beach Hotel for three nights, 30 minutes’ drive from Trincomalee. . 

    Day 6 Trincomalee - visit Pigeon Island
    In the morning, enjoy a boat trip to Pigeon Island, about 30 minutes from the mainland. This rocky islet got its name from the large number of blue rock pigeons that breed here. It is famous for its corals and colourful fish. Spend the afternoon at leisure or on the beach.

    Day 7 Trincomalee

    Early in the morning, embark on a whale and dolphin-watching trip by boat (from May to October only). You are back at your hotel for the afternoon of further sightseeing on your own or relaxation.

    Day 8 Trincomalee to Negombo
    This morning, an early departure from Trincomalee by road for the 6-hour journey to Colombo. We have included the last night in Negombo, just north of Colombo because of the timings, but you could break the journey en route and stay at Dambulla for example, but with the flight timings, you would still need an early departure from the hotel to check-in for the flight.

    Day 9 Negombo to Colombo airport
    Check-out this morning and transfer to the airport (about 20 minutes’ drive).
     
    HOTEL INFORMATION
    Prices from £2,590 per person

    Included in this tour:
    • Return scheduled flights with British Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo in economy class
    • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
    • Private English-speaking chauffeur-guide in an air-conditioned Japanese car throughout the itinerary
    • Entrance fees to the monuments listed above

    Not included:
    • Internal flights
    • Visas
    • Meals, except as specified above 
    • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
    • Camera fees where applicable
    • Insurance
     
    Click here to download a pdf itinerary for this touring holiday.
    Click on the 'Hotel Information' tab above to find out about the hotels featured in this itinerary.

    North and North East Sri Lanka tour

    Hotel information

    Below is information in brief about the hotels featured in this touring holiday itinerary

    Colombo: Uga Residence, a luxury boutique hotel on a leafy street in the heart of the city. The 11 rooms are airy and spacious and the restaurant is popular with Colombo residents for al fresco dining (Park suite on Bed and breakfast)
    Jaffna: Jetwing Jaffna Hotel, offer an authentic and yet contemporary taste of the north of Sri Lanka, a mixture of agricultural traditions of the island and the cosmopolitan city that was Jaffna and that is is becoming once more. (Deluxe room on Bed and breakfast).
    Trincomalee: Jungle Beach Hotel, nestled within a 10-acre estate, between the vast Indian Ocean and a lagoon filled with colourful birds, this luxury beach resort incorporates sandy beaches, tropical mangroves and endless pursuits (Lagoon Cabin on Bed and breakfast)
    Negombo: Jetwing Beach Hotel, a luxury, boutique hotel on the beach amidst tropical gardens. Excellent restaurant, comfortable rooms. (Deluxe room on Bed and breakfast).

    Prices from £2,590 per person

    OUR PRICE INCLUDES
    • Return scheduled flights with British Airways or Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo in economy class
    • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room
    • Private English-speaking chauffeur-guide in an air-conditioned Japanese car throughout the itinerary
    • Entrance fees to the monuments listed above

    OUR PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
    • Internal flights
    • Visas
    • Meals, except as specified above 
    • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
    • Camera fees where applicable
    • Insurance

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