Starting from Sri Lanka's oldest wildlife reserve, this itinerary offers an insight into the distinct culture of Jaffna and provides opportunities for relaxation on one of the scenic beaches along the east coast of Sri Lanka, best visited during the summer months.
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Arrive and transfer to the Ozo Colombo for an overnight stay. (N)
Take the Queen of Jaffna train to Anuradhapura for a 2-night stay at the Palm Garden Village. (B)
Visit the ancient sites of Anuradhapura and Mihintale. Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka's first capital and is undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka with various monastic buildings. Mihintale is widely regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. (B)
Drive to Wilpattu National Park, a beautiful wildlife sanctuary comprising of open grasslands and dense scrub jungle punctuated with natural water basins and lakes. Stay 2 nights at the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp. (B, D)
Early morning and late afternoon wildlife viewing in 4x4 vehicles. This peaceful park is famous for its large number of watering holes, which attract a variety of water birds and wildlife, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears. (B, L, D)
Drive to Jaffna and spend 3 nights at the Jetwing Jaffna. Afternoon visit to the ancient Naguleswaram Kovil, the hot springs of Keerimalai and the ruins of Kandarodai Buddhist temple. (B)
Morning visit to the bustling Jaffna market. Afternoon visit to the 17th-century Jaffna fort, the revered Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil and ancient churches dating back to the colonial period. (B)
Day at leisure. (B)
Morning drive to Pasikudah to stay 3 nights at the Anilana Passikudah. Pasikudah is a resort town with a picturesque white sandy beach, known for being one of the longest shallow coastline beaches in the world. (B)
Days at leisure. (B)
Drive to Batticaloa and fly to Colombo. Overnight at Cinnamon Lakeside. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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Located on Pasikuda Bay and surrounded by a coral reef, Anilana Pasikuda overlooks the glistening waters of the Indian Ocean. Accommodation is in modern and luxurious white villas and chalets, which either lead directly on to a long infinity pool at the centre of the property or the beach. Activities include sailing on a luxury catamaran, snorkelling and cookery demonstrations offered by the in house chef.
Features: 45 rooms, Wi-Fi, infinity swimming pool, sun deck, restaurant, bar and spa.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, flat-screen TV, safe, mibibar, tea & coffee making facilities, private balcony and en suite...
Nestled in the heart of Colombo, on the edge of the Beira Lake, the Cinnamon Lakeside is set among 2.8 hectares of lush landscaped gardens. With elegant interiors and a modern design, the hotel features 349 air-conditioned rooms and suites, which overlook Colombo's skyline or Beira Lake. The hotel has an eclectic range of food and beverage outlets ranging from a Chinese restaurant to casual al-fresco dining by the pool, and other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, spa and a...
Located in the heart of Jaffna, just a 15-minute walk to Jaffna fort and the coast, Jetwing Jaffna is a luxury hotel furnished in a contemporary style. Rooms are large and airy and many offer magnificent views of the town. The restaurant offers a wide variety of traditional Jaffna and South Indian food as well as a host of Asian, Western and Mediterranean meals.
Features: 55 rooms, large restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, bike hire.
Room amenities: Television, air...
'Mahoora', meaning `the great one', is a term used by the ancient Vedda tribes to describe a person of great importance, including royalty. Located on the border of Wilpattu National Park, the camp offers spacious tents with high ceilings and an attached partitioned bathroom. Surrounded by wildlife and nature, the site is located just over 6km from the park's entrance and only half a kilometre from the park's boundary. The tents are exclusively designed and handmade in Sri Lanka and feature wall-to-wall carpets and thick floor-length patchwork curtains that cover the windows and doors.
Features: Camp fires, torches, candles, oil lamps, barbecue facilities.
Room amenities: Mosquito nets,...
The Ozo Colombo is a modern and centrally located hotel. Stylish guestrooms overlook the Indian Ocean or marine drive while the rooftop pool and elegant lounge afford sweeping panoramic views.
Features: 158 rooms, rooftop infinity pool, gym, all-day dining restaurant serving authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, rooftop bar and lounge.
Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, safe, complimentary internet access, en suite bathroom with walk-in shower, hairdryer,...
The Palm Garden Village Hotel is situated on 20 hectares of land, which was originally used for chena cultivation. Today, it has a botanical garden with over 2,000 plant species and sits amongst 500 large trees, close to Anuradhapura. The hotel's rooms are are all tastefully furnished and equipped with modern amenities.
Features: 16 deluxe rooms and 48 standard rooms, restaurant, bar, games room, gym, swimming pool, Ayurveda spa.Amenities: En suite bathroom, air conditioning, television, dressing table, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer,...
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ANK2017: 12 Nights
Anuradhapura, ancient Sri Lanka’s first capital, was founded during the 4th century BC b...
Colombo is Sri Lanka's largest city and the country's political, economic and cultural...