The ancient royal city of Anuradhapura
Elephant's Pass & Jaffna Island
Sigiriya Rock
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A Journey Through the North of Sri Lanka

Welcomed with a warm “Ayubowan”, you will be greeted with open arms. Reconstruction has made significant progress, and peace has been prevailing since 2009. Open your hearts to this lovable and hospitable people, marvel at vast green rice fields, water buffaloes, deep blue bays, and colourful temples. While the Tamils in the north are Hindus, Central and South Sri Lanka are predominantly Buddhist. Experience a country with an impressive history, peaceful religions, and an incredible diversity of flora and fauna.

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Tour 9 Days / 8 Nights


Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, explore the Dutch garrison town founded in 1672, featuring remnants of the famous fort. In the evening, enjoy a drink by the sea at sunset. Overnight in Negombo. (no meals included)


(approx. 170 km, about 4.5 hours)

Anuradhapura, the oldest royal city of Ceylon, was the religious and political centre of the country until 1000 AD. View the ruins of ancient palaces, monasteries, monuments, the Dagobas, and the famous "Bodhi Tree". Next, visit one of the island's oldest Buddhist sites on Mount Mahinda: Mihintale with its Dagoba from the 2nd century AD, the origin of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Overnight in Anuradhapura. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)


(approx. 115 km, about 3 hours)

Travel to the island of Mannar, located at the former land bridge to India, now a chain of islands and sandbanks only passable by small fishing boats. Mannar is known for its numerous Baobab trees, the fort built by the Portuguese in 1560, mosques, and churches, as well as for pearl fishing. In the afternoon, stroll through the town and relax on the beach. Overnight in Mannar. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)


(approx. 130 km, about 3.5 hours)

On the way to Jaffna, visit the Roman Catholic "Church of our Lady of Maddhu", an interesting contrast to Sri Lanka's main religions. You will reach the Giants Tank "Yodha Wewa", one of the largest freshwater reservoirs in the country, built by King Dhatusena in the 5th century AD. Soon after, cross Elephant’s Pass, a bridge connecting the mainland to the island of Jaffna. The evening is free, perhaps for a walk through Jaffna's old town. Overnight in Jaffna. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)


Visit one of the most colourful Hindu temples: the Nallur Temple. Then, cross over to the island of Naga Deepa. The close proximity of Hindu and Buddhist temples here offers a unique opportunity to explore their different architectures. Conclude the day with a trip to the northernmost tip of Sri Lanka to the Point Pedro Lighthouse. Overnight in Jaffna. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)


(approx. 250 km, about 6 hours)

Drive to the east coast. Along the way, pass by the open-air war museum at Puthukkudiyriuppu, displaying a range of war machinery used by Tamil freedom fighters, from small devices to adventurous tank and submarine constructions. Arrive in Thiriyai in the early evening. Explore an approximately 2000-year-old Buddhist Dagoba located on a small hill. Enjoy the expansive view over the countryside down to the ocean. Overnight north of Trincomalee. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)


(approx. 95 km, about 3 hours)

Explore the ancient port of Trincomalee and the Koneshwaram Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on a hill. This 2500-year-old temple still attracts hundreds of pilgrims daily and offers a panoramic view over the sea and Trincomalee Bay. Then, travel to Sigiriya and climb the world-famous "Lion Rock". Pass by the "Cloud Maidens"—vibrant frescoes of female beauties—and ascend to the 200 m high plateau, where the remains of King Kassapa’s 5th-century fortress are located. Overnight north of Sigiriya. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)


After breakfast, visit the ancient royal city of Polonnaruwa from the 12th century AD. Explore the archaeological park with its myriad remnants of residential buildings, palace and park structures, as well as partially well-preserved stupas, temples, and the four Buddha statues carved into rock at Gal Vihara. In the late afternoon, arrive at Minneriya National Park. A jeep safari through the park on narrow paths offers opportunities to spot birds, deer, and the free-roaming herds of elephants. Overnight in Sigiriya. (Meals: Breakfast, Dinner)


(approx. 15 km, about 30 minutes)

Today, visit the rock caves of Dambulla, accessible by a gentle climb to about 160 m. This former retreat of King Walagama houses countless Buddhist murals and sculptures. Your journey continues according to your booked onward services. (Meals: Breakfast)

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Sri Lanka - The North
Sri Lanka, West Coast Sri Lanka, Negombo
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport (CMB)
approx. 128 km / 154 min

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