Introduction 

14 days Sri Lanka round trip & beach holiday away from the tourist routes with hidden highlights, accommodation & private drivers. Untouched beaches without infrastructure, sleepy fishing villages, colorful Hindu temples, and genuine everyday life waiting for sun-seeking explorers with a pioneering spirit! In the original north of the island, you enter undeveloped terrain without any well-trodden visitor paths.            

The area with its Hindu-Tamil culture is only gradually returning to the attention of visitors after the civil war that ended in 2009. Experience an unusual journey of discovery into the religious and cultural diversity of the north, the colorful, Indian-influenced everyday life of the Tamil population, and the untouched nature of a region that is just awakening from its slumber. You can also conquer the most beautiful beaches on the Jaffna Peninsula! 

Cycle through the ancient world, enjoy a fantastic sunrise, watch stones grow, and accompany a tree on its travels! 

 

Why this travel package? 

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14 days individual round trip & swimming in Sri Lanka's undiscovered north

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Experience the South Indian atmosphere & colorful everyday Tamil culture

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Relaxing & bathing on deserted dream beaches

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Ride in an air-conditioned vehicle with a licensed private driver + guide

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First-class & quality-tested accommodations with breakfast

Itinerary 14 days Sri Lanka round trip 

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Duration: 14 days

(with breakfast) 

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Lonely dream beaches

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Excursions: 19

(1 UNESCO World Heritage Site) 

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24 Historical cultural site

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National park safari: 2

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep) 

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1 cooking class

Day 1: Airport - Kalpitiya

Welcome to Paradise! 

Highlights 

  • Arrival at the BIA and reception by the private driver 
  • Yapahuwa Rock Fortress 
  • Kalpitiya Peninsula 

Your private driver will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and take you north in your air-conditioned vehicle. 

The first stop is Yapahuwa Rock Fortress. During the journey you will experience a little tropical feeling: Wide rubber plantations, lovely rice fields and the colorful market stalls along the road make the journey an entertaining trip. A stop at one of the stands with fresh fruit is expressly recommended to try exotic superfoods and sustainable soft drinks straight from the environmentally friendly coconut packaging! 

Yapahuwa was the capital of Sri Lanka in the Middle Ages. The buildings are grouped around a 100 meter high granite rock, which is why Yapahuwa is known as the “little brother of Sigiriya”. The famous tooth relic that is now in Kandy has been temporarily kept here. Only a few remains of the former royal city have survived, apart from a spectacular stone staircase. 

Those who have made it up the narrow stone steps will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the tropical landscape. The remains of a monastery complex are located on the plateau. Yapahuwa has hardly been visited so far and is, therefore, a well-kept secret among travelers looking for something special. 

You arrive at Kalpitiya. The place is located on a peninsula on the Puttalam Lagoon in western Sri Lanka and has so far been largely spared from mass tourism. The local population still lives very originally and many residents earn their living as shrimp fishermen. It is not unlikely that you will only share the beach with a few fishermen. 

The area has developed into an insider tip for surfers and kite surfers from all over the world in recent years. Constantly warm temperatures, perfect wind conditions, and first-class spots ensure ideal water sports conditions all year round. Divers and snorkelers also get their money’s worth here: the offshore Kalpitiya Reef is home to an incredible variety of tropical fish and sea turtles 

Relax on the beach or ride your first wave! 

Overnight and breakfast in Kalpitiya 

KODEV

Day 2: Kalpitiya

Wind & waves – Enjoy the beach and the sea! 

Highlights 

  • Relaxation – bathing – lazing around – hammock – wellness – sunbathing – sport – water sports – surfing – snorkeling 

Relax in your resort, conquer the sea with a board or explore the deserted beaches on the peninsula with your driver! 

Overnight and breakfast in Kalpitiya 

KODEV

Day 3: Kalpitiya

Stripes & Spinners – A visit to the dolphin school! 

Highlights 

  • Offshore safari to watch dolphins and whales 
  • Relaxation – bathing – lazing around – hammock – wellness – sunbathing – sport – water sports – surfing – snorkeling 

Today you go to the dolphin school! In the early morning, you will take the boat out to Dutch Bay. Groups of up to 100 bottlenose dolphins, striped and spinner dolphins cavort in the waters of Kalpitiya. The lively dolphins show themselves playing, jumping around the boats, and providing acrobatic entertainment. 

With a bit of luck, you will also see pygmy sperm whales and Bryde’s whales. They emerge majestically to breathe every 15 to 20 minutes and you will quickly recognize them by the tall water fountains! 

You can spend the rest of the day on the beach or, if you wish, with water sports. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kalpitiya 

KODEV

Day 4: Kalpitiya - Wilpattu

Leopards & Campfire – A Day in the Wild! 

Highlight 

  • Jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park 

The Wilpattu National Park encloses over 40 lakes and is the largest national park in Sri Lanka. During the civil war, it was closed for years so that flora and fauna could develop undisturbed. Large groups of leopards live in the park with its many natural water basins – called Willus – and they can be particularly well observed while drinking at the water points. 

Rare trees and plants grow here and wild animals such as elephants, sloth bears, and many other wild treasures hide in the narrow thicket. But not only the spectacular big game animals are impressive, but also the many birds, small animals, and plants. With an expert guide, there are always new wonders to discover! 

Most of the island’s pythons live in the arid area and it is not unlikely that you will encounter one of these feared animals from a safe distance. 

You spend the night in a tented camp in the wilderness, with a campfire and a real wildlife atmosphere. 

Overnight and breakfast in Wilpattu 

LEOPARD TRAILS WILPATTU

Day 5: Wilpattu - Mihintale - Anuradhapura

Reservoirs & stupas – back to antiquity by bike! 

Highlights 

  • Sacred City of Anuradhapura (UNESCO World Heritage) by bike 
  • Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi 
  • Mihintale Monastery 

Anuradhapura is the oldest city in Sri Lanka and was the country’s capital and seat of several Sinhalese royal dynasties for around 1,000 years. The legendary city, idyllically situated on a reservoir, is said to have had more than 100,000 inhabitants. The former splendor of the historic metropolis can be seen in the extensive field of ruins: majestic dagobas, magnificent palaces, imposing temples, and fascinating monasteries have stood here. 

The focus is on the 2,000 year old, sacred Bodhi tree. It is said to be an offshoot of the Indian Bodhi tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment. Countless Buddhist pilgrims gather here every day to honor the tree. You will encounter the history of this tree a few more times during your trip! 

The impressive area with the historical gardens and ponds can be easily explored by bike. 

Then visit the sacred Mihintale Mountain. The monastery is known as the “cradle of Buddhism” because, according to legend, King Devanampia Tissa was converted to Buddhism by the monk Mahinda here. Mihintale is an important pilgrimage destination for believers in Sri Lanka. 

In the temple complex, you can see the remains of a monastery, including a monk’s hospital and various stupas in which holy relics are kept. Lord Buddha is said to have meditated on the plateau. 1,840 steps lead up to his statue! 

Overnight and breakfast in Anuradhapura 

UGA ULAGALLA

Day 6: Anuradhapura - Thantirimale - Jaffna

History & Stories – A romantic journey through time! 

Highlights 

  • Thanthirimale Raha Maha Viharaya 
  • Drive to Jaffna 

On the way to Jaffna, you will visit another legendary place: Thantirimale Raja Maha Viharaya is a 2,300 year old Buddhist monastery. In the temple, there are the ruins of two stone statues and several stone ponds. A dagoba and a shrine with colorful murals and a tall Buddha statue rise from the lotus pond. A little off the beaten track are prehistoric caves with wall paintings of the indigenous people of Sri Lanka. 

According to legend, the nun Sangamiththa, who brought the offshoot of the Bodhi tree from Dambakolapatuna to Anuradhapura, stopped here during her journey. As a thank you, she left eight offshoots of the famous tree to the monastery. The Bodhi tree, grown from a sapling, stands on the highest point of the rock. From here you have a wonderful view of the temple complex and the quiet, peaceful surroundings. 

Thantirimale is believed to have been the setting for Sri Lanka’s most famous love story, the forbidden romance between Prince Saliya and Ashokamala. Pure romance. Just google it! 

During your drive towards the Jaffna Peninsula, you will notice the change in vegetation: dense green turns into a rather barren landscape and the coconut palms gradually give way to the palmyra palm that is widespread here. 

Jaffna is the colorful capital of the Northern Province in Sri Lanka. The multicultural city is home to Sinhalese, Tamils ​​, and Muslims. Get to know the fascinating Tamil culture: tourism is still slumbering here and the area is an insider tip for visitors keen to explore. Sri Lanka is closest and most similar to India here. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna 

JETWING JAFFNA

Day 7: Jaffna - Karainagar

Sunbathing & sundowner – island hopping in the Palk Strait! 

Highlights 

  • Bathing tour through the lagoon landscape 
  • Karainagar Island 
  • Watching flamingos (September to March) 
  • Casuarina Beach & Kovalam Beach 
  • Fort Hammenheil 

Today we take you on a tour through the spectacular seascape: from island to island with swimming stops at the most beautiful beaches. The Jaffna Peninsula is surrounded by a magical island world. The play of the sun on the light sandy bottom in the shallow waters creates a unique light. 

The sparsely populated islands are connected by navigable dams and ferries. In some places, there are curious traces of the colonial rulers and hidden Hindu temples. However, the focus is on breathtaking nature and the lonely dream beaches. From September to March, thousands of migratory birds rest in the wetlands and in the vicinity of the connecting dams, whereby the countless pink flamingos make a particularly beautiful picture. 

On the island of Karainagar, you visit Casuarina Beach, which is considered to be the most beautiful bathing beach on the north peninsula. Here you can spend a few relaxing hours under the shady casuarina trees. In between, you change the island side and get to know the lonely Kovalam Beach. 

On the way back you visit the water fort Hammenheil, a former prison island that has been converted into a hotel for members of the army and offers an exclusive place for a sundowner. The fortress stands on a rock in the surf at the entrance to the Jaffna Lagoon. Hammenheil was once used to guard the water passage to the castle fortress of Jaffna. The prison has nine large gunpowder storage dungeons. The Portuguese called it Fortaleza do Caes. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna 

JETWING JAFFNA

Day 8: Jaffna

Crab-Curry & Clock-Tower – Discover the colorful & spicy Jaffna! 

Highlights 

  • Visit the Central Market in Jaffna 
  • Public Library 
  • Jaffna Clock Tower 
  • Cooking class 

Let yourself drift through the winding market in Jaffna in the morning and be enchanted by the colorful picture: traders loudly advertise their goods, colorful fruit and vegetable stalls tempt you to try exotic fruits and fragrant herbs and fish drying in the sun beguile the senses. Get in touch with the dealers and discover unknown flavors! 

In Jaffna, explore the bustling city center around the Clock Tower and the rebuilt Jaffna Public Library in colonial architecture. Built-in 1933, it was one of the most important Asian libraries with over 97,000 books and manuscripts. In 1981 the building went up in flames and was later rebuilt. 

Jaffna Clock Tower is one of the city’s landmarks. It was built to commemorate the visit of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, to Ceylon in 1875. Stroll through the city and the bustling center on your own, discover quaint shops and workshops and try THE street food of the north peninsula today: fiery Jaffna Crab Curry from the banana leaf! 

In the afternoon you pick up the wooden spoon yourself. Food in Jaffna is heavily influenced by Tamil culture. You will learn about the traditional exotic Jaffna spices and ingredients. Together with a local cook, you will prepare delicious dishes such as mutton curry and rice flour pittu in the clay oven and over a wood fire. You will learn a lot about the rituals, traditions, and customs of the people on the Jaffna Peninsula. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna 

JETWING JAFFNA

Day 9: Jaffna - Delft

Wild Horses & Growing Stones – Island Tour on Delft Island! 

Highlights 

  • Take the ferry and tour the island by tuk-tuk 
  • Dutch Fort – Ancient Pigeon Cage – Giant Footprint – Dutch Horse Stables – Wild Horses – Queens Tower – Baobab Tree – Growing Tree 
  • Lonely dream beaches 

Take a day trip to the historic island of Delft. The name alone suggests that the Dutch colonial power has left its mark here. Spend a day on the island with its picturesque village houses, wild horses, and the ruins of a colonial fort. You can reach the remote island by boat after a one-hour rocking tour across the sea. Even the ride is an experience! 

On the island, you start a tour in a tuk-tuk to some curious sights and the beautiful beaches. The landscape is barren and characterized by palmyra palms, rice fields, and small lakes. The small island seems to have fallen a little out of time. 

The houses are made of limestone with characteristic coral walls. The ruins of the Dutch fort from the 17th century invite you to climb and be amazed. There is a historic pigeon house near the fort. This is very unusual for Sri Lanka. The carrier pigeons were kept here by the colonial rulers to be able to exchange messages quickly with the mainland. 

The “Giant Footprint” is referred to by the locals as the footprint of a 40 ft tall man and is the subject of numerous myths and legends. The islanders claim that a similar footprint can be found in Nagadeepa. 

A specialty of Delft is the wild horses that roam freely across the island. The animals are the descendants of Arab stallions who were left behind by the Portuguese colonial rulers. 

Other entertaining sights are one of the only two baobabs in Sri Lanka – also a legacy of Arab traders – as well as the “Growing Stone”, an upright coral column that is said to be getting bigger, and the Queen’s Tower, a chimney with the smoke signal for navigation sent to ships. 

You can interrupt the short tour to refresh yourself on one of the wonderful beaches in the sea. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna 

JETWING JAFFNA

Day 10: Jaffna - Ponnalai - Dambakola - Keerimalai - Point Pedro - Manalkadu

Healing Water & Sacred Trees – Sri Lanka’s End and India’s Beginning! 

Highlights 

  • Ponnalai Varatharaja Perumal Kovil 
  • Dambakola Patuna Sri Sangamiththa Viharaya 
  • Keerimalai Sacred Water Springs & Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil 
  • Periya Mandapam Limestone Cave 
  • Point Pedro View Point & Lighthouse 
  • Manalkaadu Beach & Sand Dune 

Today is a road trip on the spectacular north coast road on the program. The area is lonely and remote and attracts unique beaches. Let yourself be enchanted by the panoramic view of white sand and aquamarine blue water and don’t forget your bathing suit! 

The first stop on the coast is the oldest Vishnu temple on the Jaffna Peninsula, Ponnalai Varatharaja Perumal Kovil. The colorful Hindu temple is located directly on a lake in a pretty village. 

Dambakolapatuna is an important pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. This is where the sapling of the sacred Bodhi tree in Sri Lanka arrived, which you have already seen in Anuradhapura. The Buddhist nun Sangamiththa brought the seedling in a golden vessel from Dambakolapatuna via Thantirimale to Anuradhapura. In honor of this event, the Dambakola Patuna Sri Sangamiththa Viharaya temple was built in the former port area. 

After you visit the temple, take a detour to the beautiful beach next door. On a clear day, you can see the coast of India while bathing! 

Always along the coast, past Catholic churches, Hindu temples, small beaches, and fish markets it goes to the Keerimalai Sacred Water Springs. The spring water is said to have a healing effect. Women and men dive into separate pools with a view of the sea. According to legend, the water has a magical effect: There are also tales of a dramatic love story and mysterious magic about this historical place. Paintings near the source tell these legends. The Naguleswaram Kovil temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, is within walking distance. 

Take another swim break at Thalsewana Beach and Akkarai Beach before the tour continues! Shortly after Akkarai Beach, you can peek into a prehistoric cave. The limestone caves of Periya Mandapam are a true wonder of nature. A large open pit exposes a circle of caves that extend in all directions. In the middle of the pit is a large tamarind tree (Siyambala), which forms a natural roof for the caves. 

Now you have reached the northernmost tip of Sri Lanka, Point Pedro. Built-in 1916 and 32 meters high, Point Pedro’s white lighthouse has a round masonry tower with a lantern and gallery. This lighthouse was badly damaged by the tsunami in 2004 and is therefore no longer accessible. The nearby Munai Beach is deserted and unspoiled. 

The ruins of the Manalkaadu Dutch Church, built during the Dutch occupation, lie on the road to Manalkaadu Beach. The remains of the building are covered with white sand, which makes the picturesque place a fantastic photo opportunity. 

The Manalkaadu shifting dune is a natural wonder that looks like a desert landscape. Tourists rarely get lost in this place. Here you can relax for a while on the beautiful flat sandy beach and swim in the sea before you drive back to Jaffna. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna 

JETWING JAFFNA

Day 11: Jaffna - Nainativu

Puja & Palki – On a pilgrimage in the strait! 

Highlights 

  • Nainativu Island (Nagadeepa) 
  • Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya 
  • Nagapooshani Amman Kovil 

You will cross the islands of Naduturitti and Punkudutivu to get to the Kurikkaduwan ferry terminal. From here you take a ferry, usually overcrowded with pilgrims, to Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya and Nagapooshani Amman Kovil. At the two colorful temples on the island of Nagadeepa, there is always a large number of pilgrims of both faiths, which makes the excursion an authentic experience. In the temples, it is said, the world of the gods and that of men meet. 

Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya is the holiest Buddhist site in northern Sri Lanka. The temple was built in honor of the Buddha, who is said to have visited the island to settle a dispute between two kings. Every Buddhist in Sri Lanka should visit the temple once in their life. The Hindu temple Nagapooshani Amman Kovil was built in honor of the goddess Minakshi. The entrance of the colorful temple is framed by two huge elephant sculptures. 

In earlier times, seafarers also came from India to look for a special shell in the shallow waters off Nagadeepa. This pretty, clockwise spiral shell has an important meaning for religious ceremonies. 

Explore the scenic island by tuk-tuk before taking the ferry back. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna 

JETWING JAFFNA

Day 12: Jaffna - Thalaiyady Beach - Elephant Pass

Sunrise & beach jewel – experience magical moments and postcard idyll! 

Highlights 

  • Jaffna Fort 
  • Visit the Jaffna fish market 
  • Stay at Thalaiyady Beach 
  • Elephant Pass 

We start early in the morning with a visit to the remains of the Jaffna Fort. Here you will experience the magical atmosphere at sunrise and the silhouette of the returning fishing boats on the sea. Built-in 1618, the fort was in the hands of all three colonial powers and the Sri Lankan military for centuries until it was largely destroyed in the civil war. 

At the lively fish market right next door, you can see how fishermen bring their catch onto land. The fresh seafood and fish are immediately loudly auctioned and sold or dried at the stalls directly on the beach. Here you can experience the unadulterated life of the locals with all your senses! 

Crystal clear water, endless sandy beaches, shallow waves: Thalaiyady Beach is a hidden gem on the northeast coast. Take a bath at this dream beach. Warning: you shouldn’t expect tourist infrastructure here. 

On the way back to Jaffna, if you are interested, you can stop at the Elephant Pass War Memorial and find out more about the civil war and the armed conflicts at the geographically important Elephant Pass in the small museum. During the war, the pass was fiercely contested due to its strategic importance, which gives the scenic surroundings a dramatic backdrop. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna 

JETWING JAFFNA

Day 13: Jaffna - Nallur

Dancers & Drummers – In the footsteps of Shiva! 

Highlights 

  • Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil 
  • Mantiri Manai King Sangiliyan’s Minister’s House 
  • Chaddy Beach on Kayts Island 

The suburb of Nallur served as the capital of the medieval kingdom of Jaffna in the 4th century. The Hindu temple Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, built in honor of Scanda in the 15th century, is one of the “must-sees” in Jaffna province and one of the most interesting sights in the north of the island. The great, golden temple is an important religious site for people of all faiths. Warning: men have to enter the temple with bare chests! 

With a little luck, you can take part in a puja ceremony. In this ritual, the divine is honored with song, flowers, and food. The temple is also home to the annual, colorful Nallur Festival, with lively processions, dancers, and drummers. 

After your visit, you should refresh yourself in Jaffna`s most famous ice cream parlor “Rio Ice Cream”. 

Mantri Manai is a historical palace in Nallur and an archaeological dig site. It was once believed to be one of the palaces of the King of Jaffna before the kingdom fell to the Portuguese. The origin of the former palace is controversial, but the derelict, overgrown building has a mysterious appeal. 

In the afternoon you can relax on the small Chaddy Beach on the island of Kayts. 

Overnight and breakfast in Jaffna

JETWING JAFFNA 

Day 14: Jaffna - Vavuniya - Airport

Highlights 

  • Lunch in Vavuniya 
  • Transfer to the airport 

In Vavuniya, we would like to invite you to eat at the Ammachchi Food Center. The food here is outstanding, but so is the background to this restaurant: All the cooks who offer their special dishes here lost their livelihoods in the civil war and are allowed to secure their livelihoods and provide for their families in the food center. 

Try the various delicacies with a recognizable Indian note! 

Now it’s time to say goodbye! An extraordinary journey through undiscovered Sri Lanka comes to an end. Hopefully, you will leave our beautiful island with many unforgettable impressions and memories! Get home well! 

Ayubowan! 

Services

Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Accommodation in a double room with breakfast 

Transfers and round trip in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking private driver 

Transfer to the airport / extension hotel 

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