Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

North Sri Lanka Adventure (15 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Colombo, Sri Lanka To Negombo, Sri Lanka

Valid for Departures Now Through: 28 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tintagel Dinner

Upon arrival, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Colombo has a great range of luxury accommodation, and for your stay, we recommend the grand heritage-style Tintagel or the boutique Park Street Hotel, with its wide verandas and collection of contemporary Sri Lankan art. In the evening, you are free to enjoy dinner at your hotel, or find a restaurant in the city center serving spicy Sri Lankan curry.

Day 2
Anamaduwa, Sri Lanka
The Mudhouse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast in Colombo, you’ll be transferred to your next destination, The Mudhouse, which is a rustic, natural lodge nestled in the wild and serene forest, off the beaten track in Anamaduwa . The Mudhouses, similar to African Rondavel houses, are located in pristine forestry next to fresh water lakes. Equipped with western toilets and comfortable sleeping beds, prepare for a truly natural, awe-inspiring setting. You’ll spend the day exploring local terrain, swimming and kayaking in the local lakes. If walking is not your thing, bicycles are available for venturing further out into the jungle surroundings. Before dark, make your way back to The Mudhouse, where you’ll be given a delicious, organic, homemade Sri Lankan dinner in candle light. Use one of the telescopes to view the stars at night or catch a glimpse of the wildlife that exists within close proximity.

Day 3
Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
Palpatha Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Anamaduwa, you will be taken to a remote part of Wilpattu National Park, where a qualified and friendly guide will take you on a breathtaking journey for the remainder of your trip. Palpatha Lodge is your first stop and accommodation for the night. Your guide will take you on a half-day safari in an attempt to see the famous Leopard, birds and other wildlife. Sloth bears, water buffalos, sambhur and spotted deers are also potential sightings. River dips and walks in this secluded part of Sri Lanka lends the perfect opportunity for bonding and relaxing.

Day 4
Mannar, Sri Lanka
Abode Hibernation Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Commence your day with another half-day guided safari, before your transfer to the remote island of Mannar, stopping at the stunningly astery of Tantirimalee en route. Stay at the Abode Hibernation - a simply eco-lodge in the Pesalai village. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a very basic form of accommodation, but will enlighten you into the way of life and cultural heritage of this Christian Tamil portion of the island. Spend your night exploring this unique area, chat to locals and eat fresh fish on deserted beaches.

Day 5
Mannar, Sri Lanka
Abode Hibernation Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Taking in the breathtaking beauty of palm trees on deserted beaches is not a bad way to start the day. Try the local Sri Lankan breakfast, that can range from fruit to fish, before exploring more of the area. For some, this may be too simplistic, but simplicity is beauty, and very few places in the world will allow you to be one of the only people on the beach! Explore the local village and take in the real effects of war through the ruins that remain. The land will speak for itself.

Day 6
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Jaffna Heritage Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a quick breakfast, you’ll travel to Sri Lanka’s most northern city, Jaffna. The Jaffna Heritage Hotel will accommodate you for the next four nights. It’s not fancy, but it is comfortably small and conveniently-located for visiting major nearby attractions. Visit the Jaffna Fort, once a battlefront during the civil war. Buildings inside the fort include the Governor's residence, the Queen's House, Jaffna, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era.

Day 7
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Jaffna Heritage Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With crystal-clear water, powdery, soft, white sand, Casuarina Beach make for an unforgettable beach day on the Jaffna peninsula. Its name was given to the abundance of casuarina trees providing shelter from the heat. During the war, this beach was protected from pollution and the harrowing effects of battle. There are also several islands nearby that are worth exploring to feel the more exotic, tropical paradise with which Sri Lanka is commonly associated.

Day 8
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Jaffna Heritage Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up refreshed for a cultural day that will include a visit to the Nallur Kandaswamy Hindu Temple of Jaffna, one of the most significant Hindu temple complexes in the country, dedicated to God Murugan. A spectacular 25-day Hindu festival starting in July is hosted by the Temple, with parades of floats and displays of self-mutilation by entranced devotees. Inside the Temple, the architecture is magnificently-maintained and decorated with enormous murals and golden finishings that will leave you in awe.

Day 9
Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Jaffna Heritage Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a relaxing night’s sleep, Kadurugoda Temple is another site worth visiting during your stay. It is believed to be a part of an ancient Buddhist Monastery, which the Lord Buddha himself visited during his travels through Sri Lanka.

Day 10
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Jungle Beach Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Heading south down the eastern coast of Sri Lanka, experience the epicenter of the Sri Lankan Civil War and its remains. Your guide will explain why this is a heartbreakingly sad place to visit, and you may then decide if you wish to proceed. The drive to Trincomalee also passes through some stunning scenery and some excellent areas for bird-watching. Your new base will be the gorgeous Jungle Beach, a stunning hotel offering amazing value for money on a secluded beach just north of Trincomalee.

Day 11
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Jungle Beach Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Why not indulge a bit this morning, with a trip to the hotel’s spa? Snorkeling gear is available at the hotel and is ideal for exploring the ocean world only steps away from the door. The beaches are postcard perfect, and the sunsets, truly magical.

Day 12
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Jungle Beach Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For your final day in Trincomalee, experience as much or as little as you like. Try out whatever you have not yet had a chance for. Take a stroll into town, along the beach and let serendipity take its course! Take in the beauty that lies in front of you and take a photo with your heart. Head to the water port that is one of the world’s deepest, or check out some of the museums.

Day 13
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Thilanka Dambulla Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you begin to make your way slowly back towards Colombo on the west coast, take some time in the iconic Cultural Triangle, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Aukana Standing Buddha, as well as the bustling Dambulla food market. You will spend the night at the new spa and resort, Thilanka Dambulla, which offers exceptional service in a tranquil environment. From here, you’ll be conveniently-located for easy exploration of local sites.

Day 14
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Thilanka Dambulla Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up with a refreshing rain shower in the resort’s luxury en-suite bathroom. Take advantage of the indulgent massages and spa treatments, or opt for one of the replenishing yoga or meditation classes to restore your inner peace in harmony with your surroundings. Alternatively, embark on a day outing to explore more of the famous must-see sights

Day 15
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Horathapola Coconut Estate Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On your way back to the west coast, stop en-route at the stunning Arankele Forest Monastery, taking in the chirping cicadas, cheeky (and endemic) toque macaques and general peacefulness that surrounds ancient ruins. Stay at the Horathapola Coconut Estate Hotel, situated on a developing coconut plantation. Time permitting, take a tour of the estate and dine in a relaxing ambience. This hotel offers airport transfer upon request. Depart Horathapola in the early morning for the airport and your onward flight home.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Description

Rock temples, hot springs, wild national park reserves and beaches are among some of the things the North of Sri Lanka has to offer. A 15-day adventure tour will provide ample opportunity to explore this wild, colorful, and unique region that has profound Indian influences, following the 30-year civil war between LTTE Terrorists and the Sri Lankan Army that ended in 2009. The North of Sri Lanka is a new area after the war, and accommodation is quite basic. Reconstruction of the war-torn region now harbors monumental war remains and exquisitely colorful, sometimes untouched, picturesque landscapes that supply some of the freshest produce of chillies, onions, bananas and mangoes. However, it is important to understand that it is a developing region so don’t expect five-star service. Do expect memories that will last a lifetime.


Highlights


  • Immerse yourself into the wilds of Wilpattu National park

  • Allow Jaffna to guide you through the historic civil war by its ruins, battlefields and forts

  • Visit to the Nallur Kandaswamy Hindu Temple of Jaffna for a culturally informative outing

  • Visit World Heritage Sites like Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the Aukana Standing Buddha

About Us

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Payment Notes
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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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Reviewed on: 29 Mar 2018

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Reviewed on: 18 May 2018

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