Northern Explorer

12 days

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Day 1
Overnight flight to Sri Lanka.
Day 2
This morning/ afternoon you will arrive in Colombo, where you will be met by your private chauffeur guide and car. You will be driven directly north to Anuradhapura, in the 'Cultural Triangle', where you will spend the remainder of you day relaxing. This journey should take just 4 to 4.5 hrs. You may wish to enjoy a safari in wild Wilpattu National Park en route.
Day 3
Today you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Anuradhapura and Mihintale.
Day 4
Visit the magnificent ancient cities of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa today. Both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The remains of Sigiriya sit atop a magnificent rock, which can be climbed on foot. We recommend getting up nice an early to do this.
Day 5
Your chauffeur guide will bring you to Jaffna today, one of the islands least explored areas that sits in its far north. This journey takes in the region of 4 hours.
Day 6
Today you will explore both Jaffna and the remote islands the sprawl off the coast nearby.
Day 7
From the north you will travel approximately 3hrs to Sri Lanka's idyllic and peaceful east coast today, where you can relax on the beach.
Day 8
Enjoy a tour of Trincomalee today. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 9
You will travel inland to Kandy today, visiting The Golden Temple of Dambulla en route. Without stopping this journey normally takes around five hours. This evening you will experience some traditional Kandyan dance followed by the famous Temple of the Tooth.
Day 10
Enjoy the Royal Botanical Gardens this morning and our Kandy City Tour this afternoon.
Day 11
You will be driven back to Colombo today, which should take around 3.5 hrs. Enjoy a short Colombo City Tour this afternoon or just simply relax.
Day 12
This morning you will be driven back to the airport for your flight home after a wonderful trip through northern Sri Lanka.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Sri Lanka’s northern region and east coast have been slowly emerging since the civil war officially ended in 2009; because of the years of isolation these parts of the island are untouched and devoid of many tourists, making them ideal for more intrepid travellers. Due to Sri Lanka’s unique island climate, the north and western areas are also best visited during our summer months, in complete contrast to the rest of the country. Our 12 day Northern Explorer starts by heading directly north to Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Sri Lanka’s original ancient cities. From here the trip heads right to Sri Lanka’s far north, Jaffna; argued to be more like India than Sri Lanka, this region was hit extremely hard by the civil war. The journey then heads west to Tricomalee or Passikudah (depending on your accommodation) for some time to relax on the coast. It then continues inland and uphill to Kandy, a city flanked by luminous hills. Kandy is also home to the Temple of the Tooth. This intriguing trip ends in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s contemporary capital. This route, or one similar, is ideal for those with a deep interest in history and the civil war, it’s also suitable for those tied by school holidays.

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