TOUR 7: DISCOVER THE NORTH AND EAST (12 NIGHTS)
Discover the unexplored North and East of Sri Lanka. This tour will take you to the least touristic areas of this beautiful country. Still largely undiscovered you will have the chance to see Sri Lanka in its original splendor. Our journey will take you from palm tree lined beaches and lagoons to the exotic cities of Jaffna and Trincomalee. It is a mixture of both relaxing and exploring. The best time to make this tour is from April to October, but it can be done all year round. As with all my tours it can be adapted to your individual needs.
Pick up at the airport in Colombo / Negombo and travel to the peninsula of Kalpitiya. Overnight near Kalpitiya.
In the morning drive to Kalpitiya via St. Anne’s memorial and pilgrimage site. Visit the old town market and fishing harbour of Kalpitiya. Overnight near Kalpitiya.
Drive to Jaffna. In the afternoon visit the library and the historic Dutch Fort. Overnight in Jaffna.
Boat trip to the island of Nainativu and visit the colourful Hindu temple Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil and the nearby Buddhist temple Nagadipa Vihara. Drive through the Kayts and take ferry boat to Hammenhiel Fort. Continue to Casuarina beach. Visit Buddhist Dambakola Patuna Sangamiththa (the place where Theri Sangamiththa landed with the Bo Sapling) and the Keerimalai holy springs. Overnight in Jaffna.
Drive to Point Pedro via the bottomless well at Nilavarai and visit the Vishnu temple in Vallipuram. In the afternoon visit the historic site of Kantharodai and the Archeological Museum in Jaffna. Overnight in Jaffna.
Visit famous Hindu temple Nallur Kandaswamy and St. Mary’s Cathedral. In the afternoon discover the exotic markets of central Jaffna. Overnight in Jaffna.
Leave Jaffna via Elephant Pass and drive along the spectacularly beautiful eastern coast road. Visit the war museum and memorial in Putthukkudigiruppa. Continue south over Vadduvakal Bridge along the coastal road. Stop at Girigandu Seya, the first pagoda in the world and a place Lord Buddha himself visited. Overnight near Trincomalee.
Excursion to Trincomalee. Visit Fort Frederick and the Koneswaram Temple. Continue around the harbour and drive to the Kanniyai Hot Wells. Return to Trincomalee and discover the town. In the afternoon relax at the hotel, on the beach or snorkel at Pigeon Island. Overnight near Trincomalee.
Leave hotel near Trincomalee and continue travelling south along the stunningly beautiful east coast.
Overnight in Kalkudah Bay.
In the morning travel to Batticaloa, visit the Dutch Fort and town of Batticaloa. Relax at the hotel pool or beach in the afternoon. Overnight in Kalkudah Bay.
Travel to Kandy passing through the lush forests and mountains of the Knuckle Range. Overnight in Kandy.
Discover Kandy. In the morning visit the Botanical Gardens, Kandy city and the old market. In the early evening enjoy Kandyian Dance performance followed by a visit to the famous Tooth Relic Temple. Overnight in Kandy.
Leave Kandy and travel to the airport.
Price: US$ 960 per person sharing a double room (GBP 620,- or EUR 870,-)
This price includes:
- Pick up from and drop off to the airport
- 12 nights accommodation in standard hotels sharing a double room
- 12 x breakfast
- All transport in air-conditioned vehicle with personal driver/guide
This price does not include:
- Entrance fees
- Lunches, Evening Meals
Onward travel can be arranged at £20 – £25 per person per day
depending on distance and a minimum of 2 persons ( $30 – $38 or €28 – €35 )
INFO – These prices may be subject to a surcharge
during high season due to increased costs for hotels.