Discover the delights of northern Sri Lanka and the east coast, on this 10 day private tour. Safari in Wilpattu National Park, explore ancient Anuradhapura and the remote city of Jaffna before heading east to the beautiful beaches of Trincomalee and Passekudah.
Colombo - Chilaw. Upon arrival at Colombo International Airport you will be met and transferred north to your beach front resort, in the charming coastal of town of Chilaw. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Chilaw - Anuradhapura. This morning continue your journey north to Anuradhapura, stopping en route for a jeep safari in Wilpattu, Sri Lanka's largest national park. The park is home to up to 50 elephants and more than 50 leopards, as well as spotted deer, sloth, bears, wild pigs and more.
This afternoon explore Anuradhapura, the first capital and grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka, home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A sightseeing tour of the city, takes in both historical and archaeological sites of interest. Highlights include the sacred bo-tree - the oldest documented tree in the world, the 1600 columns of Brazen Palace and Ruwanweliseya - the most famous dagobas in Sri Lanka.
Overnight: Anuradhapura | Breakfast
Anuradhapura - Jaffna. Transfer to Anuradhapura railway station for a train journey to Jaffna, located on the northern most peninsula of the island. During the three hour journey sit back and relax and enjoy the lush scenery. As the train gets closer to Jaffna you can enjoy the views of the shallow lagoons and salt pans. Upon arrival at Jaffna Railway Station you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Jaffna | Breakfast
After two decades of isolation, the remote and vibrant city of Jaffna is now open to visitors. After breakfast enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaffna, taking in sights such as the star shaped Jaffna Fort, the second largest in Sri Lanka, built by the Dutch in 1619, and the huge Nallur Hindu Temple, which is one of the most important places of Hindu worship in Sri Lanka. Another highlight is Nagadeepa Buddhist Temple, which is said to be the site where Buddha came during his second visit to Sri Lanka.
Overnight: Jaffna | Breakfast
Jaffna - Trincomalee. Leaving Jaffna on day 5, travel south to Trincomalee on the northeastern coast. Overlooking the beautiful Kottiyar Bay, the historic city of Trincomalee is one of the main centres of the Tamil speaking culture. Upon arrival check in to your hotel and spend the rest of day at leisure.
The following day embark on a sightseeing tour that takes in Thirukonamalai Konesar Temple & Hot Water Wells, the Temple of the Thousand Pillars and Dakshina-Then Kailasam - a classical medieval Hindu temple complex. The rest of the afternoon is free for some R&R on the beach.
Overnight: Trincomalee | Breakfast x 2
Trincomlaee - Passekudah. On day 7 bid farewell to Trincomalee and travel down the east coast to Passekudah, stopping en route to see Seruwavila, an ancient Buddhist temple. The coastal resort of Passekudah is blessed with miles of beautiful, white sandy beach, a shallow coastline and crystal clear waters. After hotel check, spend the rest of your time at leisure, soaking up the sunshine and enjoying one of Sri Lanka's finest beaches.
Overnight: Passekudah | Breakfast x 2
Passekudah - Sigiriya - Negombo. This morning travel west to Sigiriya, to visit the famous ‘Lion Rock’ fortress. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and was an important stronghold of the 70 hectare fortified town. It can be viewed from miles around and is definitely one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic and famous sites. You’ll be able to view the world famous paintings of the Heavenly Maidens which stand in a sheltered pocket of the rock approached by a spiral stairway and climb to the top of the rock for wonderful panoramic views.
From Sigiriya, drive on to the laid-back coastal town of Negombo, just north of Colombo, where you'll spend your final night.
Overnight: Negombo | Breakfast
Negombo - Colombo. Breakfast and hotel check out. Departure transfer to Colombo airport or consider extending your stay to explore the capital.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.