Overview

Flight - 1 night
Chilaw- 1 night
Anuradhapura - 2 nights
Jaffna - 2 nights
Trincomalee - 2 nights
Dambulla - 1 night
Chilaw - 1 night

Secret Sri Lanka

Explore the undiscovered areas of the north, including wildlife, temples and less crowded coastal areas

Explore the emerging northern region of Sri Lanka which has retained its unique style and culture after being off limits during decades of civil war, ending in 2009. Since then, the region has developed significantly and slowly detached itself from a period of isolation to transition into one of Sri Lanka’s best kept secrets.

Wilpattu National Park, named after the hundreds of ponds scattered over the vast area, is known for leopard sightings and home to thirty species of mammal, including the sloth bear, water buffalo and spotted deer. The immense bird population of the park includes the painted stork, open bill and little cormorant.

The regional capital of Jaffna offers a wide cross-section of influences, including Muslim, Portuguese, Dutch, British and Sinhalese, with colourful temples set next to huge churches, and streets dotted with ancient Dutch and British residences.

Trincomalee, preferred for its beaches, has a sense of charm and character with faded colonial buildings and a picturesque seafront.

Key Features

Culture, Countryside & Wildlife Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing 
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
5 Lunches and 9 Dinners
Local Expert Guide
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 – 25

Day 1 Fly overnight from Heathrow to Colombo.

Day 2 Transfer to the 4-star Anantaya Resort & Spa Hotel in Chilaw for overnight. (D)

Day 3 Visit Wilpattu National Park for a full day Jeep safari. Perhaps spot the Sri Lanka Jungle fowl with many owls, terns, gulls, eagles, kites and buzzards. Two nights at the 3-star Palm Garden Village in Anuradhapura. (B, L, D)

Day 4 At leisure or take an optional excursion to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's first capital (approx. $90 bookable locally). (B, D)

Day 5 Enjoy a train journey to Jaffna. Curry cookery demonstration including lunch. Visit Kadurugoda Temple, Nallur Hindu Temple and the Dutch Fort. Two nights at the 4-star Jetwing Jaffna Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6 Visit Delft Island by boat (weather permitting), known for its wild ponies, descendants of horses introduced by the Portuguese. Visit the Queen’s Tower and ruins of the Portuguese Fort, Dutch Horses Stable and ancient stupas. (B, L, D)

Day 7 Travel to Trincomalee (5 hrs) famous for its deep-water natural harbour. Two nights at the 4-star Trinco Blu Hotel. (B, D)

Day 8 Optional whale (Sep-Oct) or dolphin watching (Nov-Mar) by boat (approx. $80 bookable locally). Afternoon tour of Trincomalee includes the British War Cemetery, Koneswaram Hindu Temple, the Dutch Fort and Marble Beach. (B, D)

Day 9 Visit the ancient site of Polonnaruwa. Continue to Dambulla. Visit Dambulla Cave Temple in the evening. Overnight at the 4-star Jetwing Lake Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 10 Farm visit in Melsiripura. Continue to the 4-star Anantaya Resort & Spa Hotel in Chilaw for overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Return flight to Heathrow. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Dambulla excursion on Day 9 involves many steps.

2019

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
SriLankan Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
September 27 £2045
October 25 £2095

2020

Fridays
per person in a twin/double room
SriLankan Airlines from Heathrow

Date Price
February 7 £2195
February 21 £2195
March 6 £2145
March 20 £2095
September 25 £2095
October 23 £2145
November 20 £2195

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Double for sole use £395

Flight Options

SriLankan Airlines Business Class from £1345

Extension Options

Extra nights – Chilaw
Anantaya Resort £90 (per night) 
Double for sole use £70 (per night)
Half Board £20 (per night)
Full Board £35 (per night)
Departure transfer £40

Extension Maldives
3 nights £795 (Jan-Mar £975) 
Single supplement £355 (Jan-Mar £495)
All inclusive £125

Privately Guided

2 guests - £345 per person
3-4 guests - £195 per person
5-9 guests - £75 per person
10+ guests - No extra charge

Independent Arrival

Save £700
Arrival transfer add £40
Departure transfer add £40

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 9 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 9 dinners, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply. 

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement (ETA), optional excursions, overseas airport taxes, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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