Cultural Journey to Northern Sri Lanka
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Cultural Journey to Northern Sri Lanka

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Discover the vast cultural wonders of Sri Lanka on this all-encompassing 12-night itinerary showcasing the northern region's highlights. Begin with a laid-back beach retreat in Negombo before viewing ancient ruins and architectural marvels in the cities of Sigiriya and Anuradhapura. Discover rare species on Mannar Island, travel from Jaffna to Delft Island, and end your journey in Trincomalee where you'll stay in a beautiful jungle retreat.

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Private transfers between accommodation and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Jetwing Blue
  • 1 night stay at the 4-star Aliya Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Uga Ulagalla
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star The Palmyrah House
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star Fox Resorts Jaffna
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Uga Jungle Beach
Day 1-2
Fly from UK to Colombo

Arriving in Colombo, the first stop on your itinerary will be Negombo, a coastal city nestled on the country's western shores. 

Day 2-4
2 nights stay at Jetwing Blue

Begin your adventure through Sri Lanka in sheer luxury at Jetwing Blue, nestled on a pristine golden beach on the beautiful northwestern coastline of Negombo. Providing a host of world-class amenities, the resort boasts bright, contemporary-style accommodation, several dining venues, an exceptional spa, and a large pool. 

Day 3
Negombo City Tour, Sundown Cocktails & Boat Ride on Negombo Lagoon

Add a Negombo tour to your itinerary and go on a guided excursion of the city's top attractions, including the Catholic Church, colourful Buddhist temples, the Dutch fort and canal, the fish market and Fisherman's Bay, where you can learn about the local way of life. 

Finish the day with a relaxing boat ride along the palm-fringed Negombo Lagoon, where you'll sip a delicious sundown cocktail while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding plantations, rice fields, and grasslands.

Day 4
Road transfer from Negombo to Sigiriya

Enjoy one final breakfast at the resort before meeting your driver and travelling north towards your next destination.

Day 4-5
1 night stay at Aliya Resort & Spa

Nestled amidst verdant fields in the heart of central Sri Lanka, Aliya Resort & Spa is an extraordinary luxury resort benefiting from spectacular vistas of Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Boasting a host of exceptional amenities, the resort affords guests undisturbed tranquillity throughout their stay, with a glamorous pool, Ayuverdic spa and four restaurants located on-site.  

Day 4
Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Upon arrival in Sigiriya, you'll visit one of Sri Lanka's most spectacular attractions, Sigiriya Rock Fortress. One of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka, the fortress dates back to the 5th century and is commonly noted as one of the country's most fascinating archaeological structures. During your tour, you'll ascend the winding staircases to the summit, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding emerald countryside.

Day 5
Road transfer from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Following an incredible stay in Sigiriya, meet your driver and proceed to Anuradhapura, the capital city of Sri Lanka's North Central Province.

Day 5-7
2 nights stay at Uga Ulagalla

Uga Ulagalla is an exquisite luxury resort set against a magnificent backdrop of lush forestry, promising guests exclusivity a short distance from Anuradhapura, one of Sri Lanka's ancient capitals. The perfect setting to return to after a day of exploration, the resort features a tranquil spa, sprawling pool, bright and spacious accommodation, and an excellent restaurant utilising locally sourced ingredients. 

Frequently hosting sessions headed by some of the country's most celebrated masters, Uga Ulagalla offers guests the chance to partake in intimately led yoga sessions throughout their stay. Add a session to your itinerary and enjoy this relaxing activity while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Day 6
Anuradhapura City Tour & Jungle Kayaking

On a city tour of Anuradhapura, you'll see everything from ancient ruins and architectural masterpieces to ethereal palaces and gorgeous temples. You'll visit the sacred stupa of Ruwanwelisayam and the tree of Sri Maha Bodhi, as well as the Old Palace and Thuparama Stupa, Kuttam Pokuna, and Isurumuniya.

Add a kayaking excursion across Sri Lanka's Wannemaduwa Tank to your itinerary and spend an afternoon drifting amidst tropical trees, lotus leaves and unique wildlife.

Day 7
Road transfer from Anuradhapura to Mannar

Check out of the resort and meet your driver for a transfer to Mannar, located in Sri Lanka's northwest.

Day 7
Doric Bungalow

Before reaching your next destination, you'll visit the crumbling remnants of Doric Bungalow, the former residence of the first British governor of Sri Lanka. Dating back to the 19th century, the historic building is one of the most fascinating remnants of the country's colonial-era, renowned for its spectacular oceanfront location. 

Day 7-9
2 nights stay at The Palmyrah House

Set amidst a scenic tropical forest and swaying palm trees, The Palmyrah House is a gorgeous resort-style property situated in the centre of Mannar Island. Boasting bright and airy accommodation crafted in sleek, dark wood, the hotel provides everything you may need throughout your stay, from exceptional dining and seamless outdoor access to a gorgeous pool and serene spa. 

Day 8
Mannar Bird Sanctuary & Sunset at Talaimannar Pier

Spend an afternoon exploring one of the island's treasures with a visit to the Mannar Bird Sanctuary. Spanning nearly five thousand hectares, the sanctuary is home to a fascinating variety of wildlife, from over 150 bird species found across its varied ecosystems to a flourishing marine ecosystem, with more than 60 marine species inhabiting the waters such as a myriad of fish species, turtles, crocodiles, and elusive dugongs.

Day 9
Road transfer from Mannar to Jaffna

Once you've checked out of your hotel in Mannar, you'll be greeted by your driver and transferred to Sri Lanka's northern tip towards your next destination, Jaffna.

Day 9-11
2 nights stay at Fox Resorts Jaffna

Fox Resorts Jaffna is a warm luxury resort centred on a beautiful courtyard, housed in a historic building nestled inside a private tropical garden. The resort promises guests an authentic experience in northern Sri Lanka, with light and spacious accommodations, a large pool, superb dining options, and a lush garden to meander through.

Day 9-10
Jaffna Fort, Delft Island & City Walk

Northern Sri Lanka is one of the country's most fascinating regions due to its dense concentration of historical points of interest. During your time here, you'll begin with a tour of Jaffna's most iconic sights, from the spectacular Jaffna Fort to the Hindu temple of Vallipuram Alvar temple, ensuring you experience the vast and varied attractions of this incredible city.

Next, you'll embark on a day trip to Delft Island. Located between Sri Lanka and India, the island is best known for its crumbling Dutch ruins and large population of wild horses that dominate the island. 

Day 11
Road transfer from Jaffna to Trincomalee

Your final destination in Sri Lanka awaits you. Meet your driver for a transfer to the northeast coast, where you can enjoy more of Sri Lanka's breathtaking scenery before arriving at your Trincomalee hotel.

Day 11-14
3 nights stay at Uga Jungle Beach

Set afront of turquoise blue waters within the coastal village of Kuchchaveli, Uga Jungle Beach is a gorgeous luxury resort that resides within a secluded 10-acre reserve, nestled between an immaculate golden beach and a luscious verdant forest. Spend the final few nights of your adventure here relaxing with a sundowner on the beach, rejuvenating by the poolside and touring the incredible local attractions.

Day 12-13
Exploring Trincomalee, Snorkelling in Pigeon Island & The Nature Cycle Trail

Spend the morning in Trincomalee, a port city known for its unique collection of historic attractions that reflect the island's diverse heritage. The city excellently exhibits the country's historic contrasts, having everything from Portuguese forts to Buddhist monasteries along its streets. 

If time allows it, add a snorkelling excursion to your itinerary and enjoy a two-hour expedition on the island’s reef where you'll encounter schools of fish. Next, explore Trincomalee on a bike on a captivating cycling tour showcasing the city's stunning natural landscapes.

Day 14-15
Fly from Tricomalee to Colombo to UK

Following an unforgettable adventure across Sri Lanka, it's time to begin your journey home. Once you've checked out of the hotel, you'll be greeted by your driver one last time before being driven to Trincolamee airport for your domestic flight to Colombo, connecting with your departing flight to the UK.

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Itinerary includes:
  • International & domestic flights
  • Private transfers between accommodation and airports
  • All tours and activities where mentioned
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Jetwing Blue
  • 1 night stay at the 4-star Aliya Resort & Spa
  • 2 nights stay at the 5-star Uga Ulagalla
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star The Palmyrah House
  • 2 nights stay at the 4-star Fox Resorts Jaffna
  • 3 nights stay at the 5-star Uga Jungle Beach
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