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Northern Sri Lanka tour including Jaffna

15 days from €4,700pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Watch traditional dancing in the cultural capital, Kandy.

  • Stand on top of Sigiriya Rock and admire the views.

  • Walk through the ruins of historical Anuradhapura.

  • Discover the tourist free Tamil areas of the north.

  • Bargain hard in Colombo's Pettah Market.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Colombo
  • Kandy
  • Sigiriya
  • Anuradhapura
  • Jaffna
  • Trincomalee
  • Colombo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Colombo.

Day 2 Kandy

Colombo , Kandy

On arrival in Colombo you will be met by our representatives and transferred to Kandy for your first two nights in Sri Lanka. In the lower hill region, you're surrounded by lush hills and some amazing scenery.

Day 3 Kandy


Visit Kandy and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Early this evening your driver will take you to a performance of the famous Kandyan dancing before visiting the famous Temple of The Sacred Tooth.

Day 4 Sigiriya

Kandy , Sigiriya

Transfer north to Sigirya, travelling via the impressive caves in Dambulla. Dating back to the 1st century BC, the site consists of 5 temples; carved into the rock within a hill looming over Dambulla. Taking a walk up the steps to the top of the hill, you can enjoy the views of the surrounding plains before exploring these beautiful temples. Spend the night in Sigiriya, located in Sri Lanka's cultural triangle.

Day 5 Sigiriya


Explore the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress and nearby ancient city of Polonnaruwa today with your chauffeur-guide. Polonnaruwa is still a devout holy city so you can mix with brightly robed Buddhist monks and pilgrims dressed in white bringing beautiful floral offerings.

Day 6 Anuradhapura

Sigiriya , Anuradhapura

Travel onwards to Anuradhapura for the next three nights. Passing rice paddies and farm, this is a great route to spot some local wildlife. The evening is free to relax.

Day 7 Anuradhapura


Today you will visit the ancient sites which dot the towns of Anuradhapura and Mihintale. Avoid the midday sun and wear comfortable shoes.

Day 8 Anuradhapura


Spend the day exploring Wilpattu National Park. Travel by jeep to hopefully see wild elephants, the local birdlife amongst many other species of animals.

Day 9 Jaffna

Anuradhapura , Jaffna

This morning after breakfast you will drive up to the very north of the country to Jaffna - a stunning place that has a turbulent history and strong Tamil influence - it's a really unique place to visit in Sri Lanka.


Day 10 Jaffna


Today you will be able start your tour of the Jaffna area with your guide. You are likely to be the only tourists around so you will certainly get to see the Sri Lankan way of life.


Day 11 Jaffna


Another day to continue your explorations of Jaffna. Today you may want to visit one of the neighbouring islands or go up to the top of the peninsula to the coast.


Day 12 Trincomalee

Jaffna , Trincomalee

Travel south east today to reach the harbour city of Trincomalee. Explore the history or relax on the beautiful beaches.

Day 13 Trincomalee


Day at leisure to explore or just relax on the beach. In summer it's possible to take a boat trip to see whales and dolphins - this can be booked directly with the hotel.

Day 14 Colombo

Trincomalee , Colombo

Take a domestic flight back to Colombo today. If flights connect, you may be able to fly out internationally on the same day, otherwise, stop in Colombo for one night. Spend the evening relaxing or exploring one of Colombo's markets.

Day 15 International return flight

Colombo , International return flight

Travel to the international airport for your onwards flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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