The Jaffna Tour – Sri Lanka From North to South – By François

“Jaffna… a city with history. A tour that unveils Sri Lanka’s authentic charm through the sacred city of Anuradhapura, Kandy with its Temple of the Tooth and the must-see fortress of Sigiriya. Discover the ramparts of Jaffna and meet some of the inhabitants during a friendly local lunch. Enjoy the fascinating Sri Lankan flora and fauna in Wasgomuwa. Make sure you visit the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala and wander around the largest botanical gardens in Sri Lanka.” Dilhani

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ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT – NEGOMBO

The International airport of Colombo is located  35 km north of the capital of Sri Lanka

CHILAW

Do not miss the fish market of Chilaw, it’s worth visiting it. And if you do so, go early in the morning.

ANURADHAPURA

Indeed, Anuradhapura was once the capital of Sri Lanka. It’s considered as the sacred Buddhist city of Sri Lanka.

JAFFNA

If you’re planning on visiting Jaffna, have a break at the Rio Ice Cream place. They do amazing ice cream and it’s even better when it’s hot.

SIGIRIYA

Did you know that the Lion rock was an ancient monastery ?

WASGAMUWA
The national park of Wasgamuwa is different from others with its amazing bears !

KANDY

During the ” fire walk ” in the Temple of the Tooth, inform yourself about when the show is starting not to miss it.

PINNAWELA

Did you know that the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage adopted these elephants following deforestation caused by development or abandonment of their parents ?

NUWARA ELIYA

Did you know that Nuwara Eliya is called “little England” due to the British colonization at the time ?

BANDARAWELA

An advice ? If you take the train, do not forget your camera !

ELLA

The train is your best friend, it will make you discover extraordinary landscapes !

BENTOTA

Surf ! Surf ! Surf !

AIRPORT COLOMBO

It’s time to go back… Let’s take a last picture !

DAY 1

Return plane to paris

ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT – NEGOMBO

 

Négombo | Sinhala

 

  • Flight Paris – Négombo

Dinner and night at the Villa Sunbird (or similar)

DAY 2

Fishermen Village in Negombo in Sri Lanka

NEGOMBO – CHILAW – YAPAHUWA – ANURADHAPURA

 

  • Fishing village : you will go to Chilaw by sea
  • Visit of Munneswaram Hindu temple
  • Visit of Panduwasnuwara Buddhist temple
  • Meet the local people
  • Yapahuwa : you will see the rock fortress where a temple was erected to house the relic of the Tooth of Buddha
  • Late afernoon : arrival in Anuradhapura

 

Dinner and night at Hotel Alakamanda (or similar).

DAY 3

Anuradhapura Temple in Sri Lanka

ANURADHAPURA – JAFFNA

 

  • Discover the city of Anuradhapura
  • Visit of the famous Sri Maha Bodi tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment
  • Once in Jaffna : visit of the “secret” temple of Murukandi Hindi temple
  • Yalpanam : discover the cultural city of Tamil people
  • Nallur temple : visit a Hindu sanctuary dedicated to the god of war and victory Lord Murugan ; Custom dictates that men can only enter bare-chested (pictures are forbidden)

Dinner and night at the Taprospa Palm Leaves (or similar).

DAY 4

Jaffna fisherman in Sri Lanka

JAFFNA

 

  • Departure for the island of Nainativu after breakfast
  • Visit of Kurikadduwan jetty
  • Boat time
  • Visit of the Nagapooshani Amman Hindu temple and the Nagadipa Buddhist temple
  • Lunch with local people
  • Afternoon at Jaffna

Dinner and night at the Taprospa Palm Leaves (or similar).

DAY 5

The Lion Rock Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

JAFFNA – SIGIRYA – HABARANA

 

  • Departure to the fishing net factory
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Visit of the Lion Rock and visit the fortress at the top (World Heritage Site)

Dinner and night at the Sevanagama Hotel (or similar).

DAY 6

National Park of Wasgamuwa in Sri Lanka

HABARANA -THABALE – WASGAMUWA

 

  • Morning drive to Wasgamuwa : admire the picturesque sceneries
  • Visit of the Thabale lake covered with lotus flowers
  • Discover the rice factory and its husking mills
  • Back to the hotel : free time
  • Afternoon : safari time in Wasgamuwa National park

Dinner and night at the 4-star Farcry Hotel (or similar).

DAY 7

Kandy Temple in Sri Lanka

WASGAMUWA – KANDY

 

  • Drive through many traditional villages on your way to Kandy
  • Discover the Temple of the Tooth
  • Traditional dancing show and fire walking
  • Evening : Impressive religious ceremony

Dinner and night at the Spring Villas (or similar).

DAY 8

Pinnawela elephants in Sri Lanka

KANDY – PINNAWELA – PERADENIYA – KANDY

 

  • Departure for Pinnawela Elephant orphenage to see baby elephants as they get fed and watch the whole herd
  • Peradeniya : visit the beautiful botanical garden and the giant Java tree

Dinner and night at the Spring Villas (or similar).

DAY 9

Adam's peak Sri Lanka

KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA

 

  • Drive through tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya after breakfast
  • Meet the local people
  • Visit a tea factory and taste delicious teas
  • Stroll around Nuwara Eliya’s town centre and park

Dinner and night at the 3-star Heaven Seven Hotel (or similar).

DAY 10

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

NUWARA ELIYA – BANDARAWELA – ELLA

 

  • Reach Nanu Oya train station in a tuk-tuk
  • Walk through tea plantation
  • Visit amazing waterfalls
  • Drive to Ella

Dinner and night at the Ella Gap Hotel (or similar).

DAY 11

Boat trip, Bentota beach in Sri Lanka

ELLA – BENTOTA

 

  • Free day in Ella : enjoy any leisure or discover an activity

Dinner and night at The Palms (or similar).

DAY 12

Bentota beach, Sri Lanka

BENTOTA

 

  • Free day : enjoy an entire day relaxing at your hotel

Dinner and night at The Palms (or similar).

DAY 13

Return plane to paris

COLOMBO AIRPORT – RETURN FLIGHT

 

  • After breakfast : departure for Colombo International Airport
  • Flight home : Colombo – Paris
The price includes
  • Airport transfers on arrival/departure and 24/7 assistance
  • Transport in an air-conditioned vehicle for airport transfers, for the tour itself and the visit of sites with an English-speaking driver guide. This is a private tour so you will be on your own (as a couple, a family or a group of friends, etc.) and your driver guide will escort you for the duration of your stay
  • Hotel accommodation as stated in the itinerary (half board basis, except the last day)
  • Entrance fees for the sites mentioned in the tour notes
  • Photography permits except at the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha
The price doesn’t include
  • Flights
  • Excursions and visits not mentioned in the tour notes
  • Personal spending money  and incidental expenditure
  • Insurance

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