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North of Sri Lanka – 14 Nights / 15 Days

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrival / Negombo

On arrival at the Bandaranayke International Airport, you will get your first taste of warm Sri Lankan hospitality. Representative from Seerock Holidays will welcome you at the airport and proceed to Negombo (Approx.: travel time 30 min).
Check-in to the Beacon Beach Hotel and relax after long Flight.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo.

Day 2Negombo

After breakfast visit Negombo Fish market.

The Negombo Fish Market is interesting because it takes place right on the beach, fresh from fishing boats. Crowds of fishermen are seen untangling their fishing nets, playing with their kids, and stretching out miles of fish to dry in the sun on Negombo’s shore.

Thereafter proceed to do the city tour in Negombo.

Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now house a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal. The canal leads south to Colombo. Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the 1920s, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo.

Day 3Negombo / Kalpitiya

After breakfast, proceed to Kalpitiya. (Travel time approx. 2 ½ hrs)

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kalpitiya.

Day 4Kalpitiya

Leisure on the beach or you could do following activities.

Snorkeling in Kalpitiya – The Bar Reef in Kalpitiya, in particular will leave you mesmerized by the beauty and wonders beneath the waves you will experience while snorkeling in Kalpitiya.

Dolphin Watching – November through March is the best time of the year for Dolphin watching in Kalpitiya coast, Sri Lanka. The seas are calmer and the pods gather to feed in the warm rich waters of Kalpitiya.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kalpitiya.

Day 5Kalpitiya / Wilpattu

After breakfast, proceed to Wilpattu.

(Travel time approx. 1 ½ hrs)

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Wilpattu.

Day 06Wilpattu

Early Morning proceed to Wilpattu National Park by jeep. (Half day)

The unique feature of this park is the existence of “Willus” (Natural lakes) – Natural, sand-rimmed water basins or depressions that fill with rainwater. Located in the Northwest coast lowland dry zone of Sri Lanka. The park is located 30 km west Anuradhapura and located 26 km north of Puttalam (approximately 180 km north of Colombo). The park is 131, 693 hectares and ranges from 0 to 152 meters above sea level. Nearly sixty lakes (Willu) and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu. Wilpattu is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is among the top national parks world-renowned for its leopard (Pantheraparduskotiya) population. Also you could see Sloth bear during your visit.

Thereafter proceed back to Hotel & relax.

Dinner & Overnight stay at a hotel in Wilpattu.

Day 07 Wilpattu / Mannar

After Breakfast, proceed to Mannar. (Travel time approx. 1 hr)

de from the freshest local cuisine of land and sea.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Manner.

Day 08 Mannar

After breakfast, visit around Mannar wetlands and salt pans.

Mannar located in the north-west of the Sri Lanka and it’s an island connected to the mainland by a bridge and causeway two miles in length. Main habitats are Lagoons, shallow sea, mudflats, tidal flats, scrubland, grass flats and manmade tanks. This is probably the most arid region in the country.

Other places to visit in Mannar – Giant’s Tank, Vankalai Sanctuary, kora Kulam and Talamannar

Visit Vankalai Sanctuary – This sanctuary, partly a Wetland, comprises Puliyantivu island, Tiruketiswaram, Pallimunai, Vankalai and the strips of land on either side of the causeway connecting the island of Mannar to the mainland. Covering about 4,800 hectares, it consists of arid-zone thorn scrubland and pastures, waterholes and tanks, sand dunes, mangroves, salt marshes, lagoons and sea-grass beds and maritime grasslands.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Manner.

Day 09Mannar / Jaffna

After breakfast proceed to Jaffna. (Travel time approx. 02 hrs)

Overnight stay at a hotel in Jaffa.

Day 10 & 11Jaffna

Activities you could do during your saty in Jaffna as follows.

01. Visit Nallur Kandaswamy Temple – Nallur Kandaswamy Temple is one of the most impressive religious building in Jaffna and one of the most significant Hindu temple complexes in the country dedicated to God Murugan.

02. The Miracle Springs of Keerimalai – Believed to hold the magical powers to cure various physical ailments including a disagreeable face the fresh water springs of Keerimalai lies next to the soaring Indian Ocean in west of Palay. A pool built surrounding the springs is a sought after bathing place believed to cure many physical ailments including disfigured faces.

03. Jaffna Fort – Constructed in 1618 by the Portuguese and later taken over by the Dutch and the British the Jaffna fort continued to be a British garrison until 1948.Buildings inside the fort include the Governor’s residence, Queen’s House, Jaffna, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era.

04. Visit Nagadeepa Temple & the Hindu Kovil – Nagadeepa Purana Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Jaffna district. It is among the country’s sixteen or seventeen holiest Buddhist shrines. According to contemporary history, the Gautama Buddha visited the site after five years of attaining Enlightenment to settle the dispute between two warring Naga kings, Chulodara and Mahodara.

05. Fort Hammenhiel – Standing on a rock at the entrance to Jaffna lagoon and surrounded on all sides by the sea; Hammenhiel stood on the north, guarding the passage by water to the Key Fort in Jaffna. Built initially by the Portuguese in the seventeenth century on a small island between the island of Kayts and Karaitivu of Jaffna Peninsula, Fort Hammenhiel was later captured, rebuilt and renamed by the Dutch in memory of a ‘heel of the ham’.

06. Visit Chundikkulam National Park – Leafing out from the mainland to form the northern peninsular, the ‘stem’ of thin strip connecting both ends, bordered by the Indian ocean from the east, and carving to create a lagoon from the west is a divine hotspot of wild creatures that’s been hidden for nearly three decades. Chundikulam declared a bird sanctuary in 1938, is one of the best wildlife destinations for visitors who plan to visit the northern region of the Island. Its undulating landscapes have over the years created a large variety of habitats. From beaches laden with sand-dunes, to salt marshes, to wetlands, to thorny scrublands and dry forests, to tanks, mangroves and lagoon have all combined to produce a wild haven.

Overnight at a hotel in Jaffa.

Day 12Jaffna / Trincomalee

After breakfast proceed to Trincomalee. (Travel time approx. 04 hrs)

Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee.

Day 13 Trincomalee

Spend the day leisure on the beach.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee.

Day 14 Trincomalee / Negombo

After breakfast proceed to Negombo. (Travel time approx. 04 hrs)

Overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo.

Day 15 Negombo / Airport

Transfer to the Colombo International Airport on time to connect with the departure flight. (Travel Time – Approx: 30 min)