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  • This Northern Highlights tour enables you to stray from the well-trodden tourist trail and discover the far north of Sri Lanka
  • Visit the cultural triangle and see essential sights such as Dambulla Cave Temples, Sigiriya Rock Fortress & a half day Jeep safari at the Minneriya National Park
  • End your adventure on the sandy beach front of the Indian Ocean's warm azure waters in the charming coastal town of Chilaw, cusped by the cool waters of a mangrove-fringed lagoon

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Your Destination

Sri Lanka is a lush, tropical island paradise, famously described by Marco Polo as "undoubtedly the finest island of its size in the world". 

This is a culturally rich and environmentally diverse country, with nine World Heritage Sites (the oldest dating back to the 3rd Century BC); 86 species of mammals (including elephant and leopard) and more than 400 bird species (including 26 endemics); a colorful array of flowering plants and trees, and a Hill Country famous for tea; 14 National Parks out of 100 areas protected by the government; and an Indian Ocean coastline boasting palm-fringed and sandy tropical beaches.

Visit ancient sites and marvel over  legendary temples, or see the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree, Anuradhapura. Take a safari tour in one of Sri Lanka’s national parks to encounter elephants, leopards, water buffaloes, and exotic birds, or spend the day relaxing on the dazzlingly white, often untrodden, beaches. Try your hand at a little surfing or retreat up into the Sri Lankan hills to experience a more temperate climate and the lavish greenery of the tea plantations. And if you can even trek through the rainforests with an experienced guide or just take in the breathtaking vistas on a spectacular train ride.  

With fabulously flavoursome food and a vast array of culturally rich experiences to delve into, Sri Lanka promises to be one of your best-loved travel destinations, and the charm of the people will simply enchant you.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Colombo
Upon arrival, you will be met by a chauffeur who will transfer you via your air conditioned vehicle to to your hotel in Dambulla for for 2 night stay (approx. transfer time: 4hrs - 4hrs 30min).

Overnight at The Paradise or similar with breakfast included.

Day 2: Dambulla - Sigiriya - Minneriya - Dambulla

After breakfast leave for the Sigiriya Rock Fortress where you could climb the 1200 steps and admire the fabulous frescoes on the walls of the ancient rock fortress (approx. transfer time: 20min). This fortress is commonly known as the 8th wonder of the world and dates back to 5th century A.D. 

On completion visit Minneriya National Park (approx transfer time: 1hr - 1hr 30min).  Located between Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, Minneriya is yet another heaven for the elephants that migrate from surrounding jungles to enjoy the lush grass fields on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir, during the dry season. Reports of elephant sightings range from an impressive 100 to 200. Endemic monkeys as well as many resident and migratory bird species also can be spotted along with endemic reptiles such as the painted-lip lizard. Among the reptiles that dwell here, are the saltwater crocodile, the Indian python and the water monitor.  Upon completion you will be returned to your hotel. 

Overnight stay at The Paradise or similar with breakfast included.
Day 3: Dambulla - Dambulla Cave Temple - Jaffna

After breakfast check out from the hotel & proceed to Dambulla Cave Temple (approx. transfer time: 20min). Dambulla Cave Temple is a vast isolated rock mass and is widely regarded as Sri Lanka’s most popular historic site. The Cave monastery, home to Buddhist monks is covered with exquisite 2,000 year-old murals depicting the life and times of the Lord Buddha. 

Upon completion, proceed to Anuradhapura railway station to catch the train to Jaffna (approx. transfer time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours).  The region is gradually emerging from its long years of isolation and fighting, and the painful process of rebuilding of shattered towns and villages, de-mining fields, restoring roads and returning refugees to their former homes is likely to continue for some time to come.  For the explorer, the north is Sri Lanka’s final frontier, and offers an opportunity to explore a region emerging from over twenty years of isolation and civil war.
Overnight at Jetwing Jaffna or similar with breakfast included.
Day 4: Jaffna - Point Pedro - Karativu - Jaffna

After breakfast proceed to Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, a temple that is considered as the most prominent Hindu religious attraction in the Jaffna peninsula. Upon completion proceed to Point Pedro (approx. transfer time: 20min) where you will find a concrete Flag at Point Pedro to indicate one end of Sri Lanka.  

From there you will drive along the northern tip of Sri Lanka to Keerimalai springs and Naguleswaram Temple. The mineral springs are renowned for their healing properties. Nearby and in the interior is the important historical site of Kandarodai or Kandurugoda.  

Afterwards drive to Karaitivu and take a relaxing swim in the sea at Casuarina Beach. This beach on Karaitivu Island is best reached from the west side of the Jaffna peninsula along the Ponnalai Casuseway.

Overnight at Jetwing Jaffna or similar with breakfast included.

Day 5: Jaffna - Nagadeepa - Delft Island - Jaffna

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Delft Island (Nedunateevu).  Palmyra palm trees, dry shrubs and semi arid tropical type plants can be seen all around you. To the west of the island you can see a ruined complex of south Indian chola Architecture. A ruined dagoba, is positioned beside the ruins. 

Upon Completion proceed to Nagadeepa (approx. transfer time: 1hr by boat).  The Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya is one of the sixteen most sacred places of worship by the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Pilgrims have been coming to the Nagadeepa since about the 1st century AC to worship at its famous Rajayathana stupa. Next you will proceed to Kurikadduwan for a 20 minute boat ride over the Palk Bay and then return to the hotel.

Overnight at Jetwing Jaffna or similar with breakfast included.

Day 6: Jaffna - Anuradhapura - Chilaw

Today, after breakfast, proceed to your fabulous beach stay in Chilaw spend rest of the day at leisure by beach or pool and enjoying the other facilities of the hotel en route visit Anuradhapura ancient city for site scenes (approx. transfer time: 3hrs 30min - 4hrs drive).

Visit the ruins of the first capital founded in the 05th century BC. Here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of a great civilization. Buddhism found its first real home in Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura, and it thus contains some of Sri Lankan Buddhism’s most secret sights. Upon completion proceed to Chilaw (approx. transfer time: 2hrs - 2hrs 30min). 

Dinner and Overnight at Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw, Chilaw or Similar.

Day 7 - 10, 12 or 14: Chilaw

Located on the sandy beachfront, Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw offers spacious, luxurious rooms along with an outdoor pool so come & relax!

Overnight at Antantaya Resort & Spa on a half board basis. 

Day 11, 13 or 15: Flight Home

After breakfast you will be transferred to Colombo airport for your flight home (approx. transfer time: 1hr 30min - 2hrs).

Your Tour Hotels

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1 Child
The Paradise: 2 nights, Deluxe Room on Bed & Breakfast basis
Nestled in the middle of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, The Paradise Resort and Spa is a hidden gem offering ultimate luxury and isolation and tucked away amongst lush vegetation amidst the mystery and spirit of the past.

The resort offers easy access to the nearby historical sites like the Dambulla Rock Temple and ancient cave temples. Here you are near the Sigiriya Rock fortress and the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, as well as short drive to the East Coast beaches of Sri Lanka. The Paradise Resort and Spa features an outdoor pool, restaurant, spa, and fitness centre with gym.  
Jetwing Jaffna: 3 nights, Deluxe Room on Bed & Breakfast basis 

Welcome to Jetwing Jaffna – the latest addition to the Jetwing Hotels family. Located on 40 perches of land in the heart of the town, the stunning seven storey building offers a panoramic view of Jaffna and its surroundings.

Jetwing Jaffna offers luxuriously comfortable accommodation in the form of 55 deluxe bedrooms. Elegantly furnished in a culturally contemporary style, the rooms are large and airy, with magnificent views of the town. 

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant provides traditional Jaffna and South Indian food as well as a host of Asian, Western and Mediterranean meals.
Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw: 5, 7, or 9 nights, Superior Room on Half Board basis

Just for you: Free Room upgrade to Deluxe Room Category, fruit platter in room, 15% discount on food and beverages, 20% discount on Spa treatments 

The Anantaya Resort & Spa Chilaw is a relaxing sanctuary, ideally situated right on the sandy beach front and surrounded on the other side by a beautiful lagoon. With the typical fishing village of Chilaw a short distance away, and only 20 minutes drive from the city, the hotel makes for a desirable base from which to explore prominent attractions, such as Muthurajawela Marsh, Cultural Triangle, Anavilundawa Ramsar Wetland and the scenic coastal town of Negombo.
This luxurious hotel offers both rich culture and a peaceful retreat away from the world.

For a truly relaxing stay, upgrade to All-Inclusive basis for an additional fee at the next stage of the booking process. 

Please note: some dining outlets/menu items and premium, branded and international drinks may not be included and may incur a surcharge payable locally.  Meals, snacks and drinks may be available at selected times only

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Private transfers are included in this offer as per the itinerary. 

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What's Included?

  • Accommodation in hotels specified in the itinerary or in hotels of a similar standard
  • Meals on Bed and breakfast Basis except beach stay at Anantaya Resort which is on Half board basis.
  • Air conditioned transport with the services of an English speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Entrance fees at Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Rock Fortress , Dambulla cave Temple and Anuradhapura.
  • One 4 x 4 jeep safari in Minneriya National Park
  • Train ride from Anuradhapura to Jaffna
  • All applicable current local taxes, but subject to change at the time of booking

Not Included

  • Any meals not mentioned in the inclusions list.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Entrance fees to any of the sites not mentioned above.
  • Cost of beverages throughout the tour
  • Tips and Portages
  • Visa processing fee (please refer to

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Travel Documents

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The airline is ticketless and therefore, you will not receive any hard copy documents.  You will however, receive an email from us detailing your flight information and reference number to enable you to manage your booking online via the airline website.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

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We will send all documents out as early as possible (subject to full payment being received) but you should receive all your documentation at least 10 days prior to departure.

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You will receive an email confirming your booking within the next 48 hours.

Please check all details on this confirmation are correct.  If there are any discrepancies, please notify us as soon as possible.

You will also receive an accommodation voucher for presentation at the hotel reception at point of check-in.

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Please note that the location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ

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Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods

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