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Northern Sri Lanka tour including Jaffna

15 days from £2,835pp

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

    Places visited:

  • Colombo
  • Kandy
  • Sigiriya
  • Anuradhapura
  • Jaffna
  • Trincomalee
  • 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.

Alison, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

This fascinating trip not only takes in some of Sri Lanka's classic highlights, but also gives you the chance to be amongst the first to explore the north of the country again, now that peace has returned. Visit key sights like Sigiriya Rock and the ancient capital of Anuradhapura before discovering the northern capital, Jaffna. There is also a chance to spend some time in Sri Lanka's largest city, Colombo and some time relaxing on the beach.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Colombo
  • Kandy
  • Sigiriya
  • Anuradhapura
  • Jaffna
  • Trincomalee
  • Colombo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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.

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Day 3 Kandy

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.

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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.

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Day 5 Sigiriya

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.

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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.

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Day 7 Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura

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

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Day 8 Anuradhapura

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.

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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.

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Day 10 Jaffna

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.

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Day 11 Jaffna

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.

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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.

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Day 13 Trincomalee

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.

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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.

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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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Alison, an Audley Travel specialist

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The specialist who designs your trip to Sri Lanka will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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