Join us on a journey to the lesser travelled regions and discover Northern Sri Lanka, a blend of temples, culture, wildlife and a little R&R. Combinable with Sri Lanka – Satisfy Your Senses!
Travel the lesser known path, off the beaten track. This is Northern Sri Lanka. Still visited by few tourists following the Civil War. Journey into Wailpattu National Park with record numbers of leopards. Relax on the beach at Trincomalee. Visit well preserved ancient temples. Join me in a true discovery of the unknown and Discover Northern Sri Lanka.
Colombo – Anuradhapura – Jaffna – Trincomalee – Negombo – Colombo
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Day 1 – Colombo to Negombo
Meet and assist on arrival at Airport and proceed to Negombo. If you are staying on from the ‘Sri Lanka – Satisfy Your Senses’ itinerary, enjoy a relaxing morning and we look forward to meeting you at the hotel. Rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Negombo at Jetwing Sea Hotel.
Day 2 – Negombo to Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura (B)
After breakfast, proceed to Kalpitiya and enjoy the surroundings. On completion proceed to Anuradhapura and overnight at Palm Garden Village.
Day 3 – Anuradhapura (B)
After breakfast at Palm Garden Village, proceed to Anuradhapura and enjoy a city tour.
Commanding a rich Sri Lankan heritage, Anuradhapura – one of the greatest and oldest civilizations in the world starring 113 kings & spanning over 1300 years in its peak – avows of being the greatest city of ancient Sri Lanka following its reign as the first capital. The sapphire of its crown is certainly the Sri Maha Bodhi – the sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment – standing more than 2200 years in its pride. Stroll through the sacred trails of the venerated city to adore the legacy that interweaves Ruwanweliseya – the gigantic dagoba resting alongside the Basawakkulama Tank – shading the Samadhi Buddha Statue & Isurumuniya Rock Temple that empower the culture, heritage and supremacy of arguably the strongest kingdom in Sri Lankan history.
On completion proceed to Wilpattu National Park and enjoy a safari.
This is the land haunted by big cats of the island paradise. Recording a vast number of Sri Lankan Leopards – smarter looking than its Indian cousin – Wilpattu National Park has been named due to ‘Willus’ (Natural Lakes) studded throughout the park. Apart from big cats & precious flora, the park is well known for a healthy population of elephant, sloth bear, spotted deer, mongoose and water buffalo. Do not be surprised if the squeal of a helpless wild boar pierce through your ears, just observe closer and you might be presented with a fantastic hunt because it is all action that speaks at Wilpattu.
Overnight in Anuradhapura at Palm Garden Village.
Day 4 – Anuradhapura to Mannar to Jaffna (B)
After breakfast at Palm Garden Village, proceed to Mannar and visit the Madhu Church.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is a Roman Catholic Marian shrine in Mannar district of Sri Lanka. With a history of over 400 years, this shrine acts as a center for pilgrimage and worship for Sri Lankan Catholics. On completion proceed to Jaffna and overnight at Jetwing Jaffna.
Day 5 – Jaffna (B)
After breakfast at Jetwing Jaffna, proceed on city tour covering the Naguleswaram Temple, the Hot springs of Keeramalai and the ruins of the Kantharodai Buddhist Temple.
Of the five hallowed Siva temples (pancha ishwarams) in Sri Lanka, Naguleswaram once stood supreme in the Jaffna peninsula. Hindu shrines attain a unique status when blessed with three special attributes moorthy (deity), thalam (temple and its precincts) and theertham (source of water). Endowed with all three, Naguleswaram has been regarded from ancient times a pre-eminent place of worship. According to the historical facts mention in this temple premises, this is one of the four major “Iswara” temples located in Sri Lanka. This temple was dedicated for queen “Sri Nugulam Biha” and Swami “Naguleshwara”. The history of the Naguleswaran kovil is even beyond the Rama / Ravana time.
The village of Keerimali is located in northern part of the Jaffna Peninsula and got famous because of a holy pond and the Naguleaswaran temple. The Keerimalai pond is a fresh water pond, which is located just few feet away from the Sea. Since this place located on the way to Dampbakola Patuna Temple , you can cover both the attractions from one trip.There are two ponds located in this premises and they are segregated for male and female devotees. Those ponds are recently renovated and water is clean and good to have a bath and get refreshed. Some devotees believe that this water can cure various types of skin diseases and help to cure impotence. Since this is a sacred place, visitors are instructed to well behave and not to misuse any facilities. Its prohibited to use soap because it will pollute the water.
Kadurugoda Temple is located in Chunnakam (Hunugama) in Jaffna district. The main religious attraction in this place is 60 stupa ( dageba) and there are some other Buddhist ruins also. These stupas are built in various sizes. It is believed that those stupas were constructed from the “Dathu”(remaining) of 60 arahath monks who lived in “Punkuduthiv” area. According to the reports, the archaeological importance of this site was first identified by a former district judge of Jaffna, Mr. Paul E Pieris in 1917. During the archaeological excavations done in 1917-1919, some Buddha statues, colored tiles, coins found from this site. Those were belonging to Anuradapura and Polonnaruwa period. Portuguese mentioned this place as “Kandarakuddei” on their documents. According to a old inscriptions (call “Aththane Stone Inscription”) found in this site, the King Kashyapa (iv) did a donation to this place in 9th century.
Overnight in Jaffna at Jetwing Jaffna.
Day 6 – Jaffna (B)
After breakfast at Jetwing Jaffna, proceed on a city tour covering the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, the Jaffna Fort and the bustling Jaffna Market.
Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil is located nearly 2 km away from the Jaffna city center, by the Jaffna Point Pedro road. This temple is considered as the most prominent Hindu religious attraction in the Jaffna peninsula. The annual Nallur Kovil festival attracts thousands of devotee not only Sri Lanka, but also from rest of the world. According to the historical facts, the initial Nallur Kovil was constructed in year 948 and some development work done in 13th century during King Kalinga Magha time. Later this was renovated by prince Sapumal ( son of King Parakramabahu vi) after conquering the Jaffna. Later Portuguese captured this area and completely demolished the Kovil in year 1621. The present kovil was started during the Dutch time in 1734.
***Please note that when you are visiting Nallur Hindu Temple, Gentlemen are requested to enter the temple without the t-shirt/shirt as a Hindu Custom.
Jaffna fort is located by the south of Jaffna City, bounding to the Lagoon. The famous Jaffna Library, the Dore Appa Stadium is located close by. This fort covers the area of 22 acres and consider as the second largest fort in Sri Lanka. Jaffna fort was constructed with black corals, which can be easily found in Janna District. Jaffna Fort was constructed by Portuguese in year 1619. As what happened to most of the other forts in Sri Lanka, this was captured by Dutch in 1658 and then came under British rule in 1795. During the Dutch ruling time, this fort went through major reconstructions and it was completed in year 1680. Due to this, today this fort is mention as a Dutch Fort. With getting freedom from British, Jaffna Fort became under Sri Lankan government rule in year 1948.
The latest food movement to take the world by storm is eating local — turns out, the Jaffna market is an education in doing just that. From palmyrah flour to peanut candy, most of everything you can buy is hyper-local, made in small quantities using locally available ingredients. In nearly every store, for instance, you will find sacks of mor milagai(literally, buttermilk chillies). The sharp aroma of these dried chillies marinated in spiced buttermilk assails the nose when you walk in. In a city that’s notorious for its affection for saccharine sweetness, it’s no surprise that you’ll find sweetmeats of many persuasions. We were intrigued by these laddoo-like mini-globes made of kadalaimaa or sweet, roasted gram flour, scented with cardamom. One chatty vendor informed us that these are especially nutritious.
Overnight in Jaffna at Jetwing Jaffna.
Day 7 – Jaffna to Trincomalee (B)
After breakfast at Jetwing Jaffna, proceed to Trincomalee. Check into Trinco Blu by Cinnamon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Trincomalee at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon
Day 8 – Trincomalee (B)
After breakfast at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, proceed to Trincomalee and enjoy a city tour.
Trincomalee, the city which houses one of the best natural deep-water ports in the world, has a legacy that has painted history since royalty throughout colonization, heading towards modern Sri Lanka revamping a fancy development effort. Enter the granite-built Portuguese fort resting in the heart of Trincomalee or head towards the crystal blue sea for an enthralling experience in scuba diving, snorkeling or fishing. If adventure is your pick, then head few more kilometers to be ‘whaled’ by the giant fins that crash down the blue waves! Meanwhile, head towards the classical-medieval Hindu temple ‘Koneswaram’ which blazes a subtle sense of Dravidian architecture or take a stroll towards the Bhadrakali Amman Temple dedicated to the goddess Kali.
Overnight in Trincomalee at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon.
Day 9 – Trincomalee (B)
After breakfast at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, proceed to Trincomalee and enjoy a boat ride to Pigeon Island.
Pigeon Island is another famous pick in Trincomalee. Being a popular marine sanctuary Pigeon Island – colonized by rock pigeons – houses some of the best preserved coral reefs. After a couple of excursions trace your bear feet along the clear sands of Marble Beach which has a strong sense of beauty and subtlety, to feast your experience in the east!
Overnight in Trincomalee at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon.
Day 10 – Trincomalee to Negombo (B)
After breakfast at Trinco Blu by Cinnamon, proceed to Negombo. Check into Jetwing Lagoon and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Negombo at Jetwing Lagoon.
Day 11 – Negombo to Colombo (B)
After breakfast, depart Negombo for a city tour in Colombo en-route to the airport for our return journey home.
|Departure Date: 14 October 2018||Per Person|
|Double / Twin room||$3,149|
|Single room supplement||$1,025|
(B) Breakfast / (L) Lunch / (D) Dinner.
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