Discover the Jaffna Peninsular - See the ancient frescos in Sigiriya

Discover the Jaffna Peninsular

Jaffna Peninsular, Sri Lanka   (Holiday ref: AH130109)
11 nights / 12 days, from £1,200 for two people

Now that peace has reached the Jaffna Peninsular we invite you to come and experience this beautiful region with us. See history old and new, amazing wildlife and nature at its best!

This wonderful tour of the Jaffna Peninsular in Sri Lanka has been created to appreciate and celebrate a new found peace after nearly three decades of civil war that this part of the island had to endure. The city of Jaffna is a place full of friendly people with simple life styles. In the dark era of civil war, the sun seemed to have set on this beautiful region, but now the sun is really rising again for this peninsula that is strongly gaining popularity among tourists since 2009.

The city of Jaffna is not without war damage, yet incredibly, and thankfully, the old developments of the Portuguese Fort, Hindu temples, Buddhist shrines and Christian churches still miraculously exist.

This is a Tour of Sri Lanka with an itinerary that has been designed for all people around the world to enjoy, as well as for Sri Lankan Tamil descendants scattered around the world to discover their roots. It is also perfect for those who are interested in observing this extremely incidental history. Come and visit us on the Jaffna Peninsular now and see it first hand before it predictably becomes a busy commercial city.

On top of this special visit to Jaffna, we have also included in your tour of Sri Lanka some of the best parts of the country that we feel are a must see. Have a magical time enjoying true tropical luxuries, such as our golden beaches, cool lush green clad mountains, waterfalls, nature, wildlife and history!

Some of the experiences you will enjoy on your Tour to Discover the Jaffna Peninsular in Sri Lanka include:

  • Anuradhapura, the ancient capital city for more than 100 kings
  • See the ‘Bo Tree’, a branch from the original Bo tree in ‘Bodh Gaya’, India
  • Sightseeing tour includes trips to beautiful Buddhist pagodas
  • Elephant Pass, an important military base since 1760
  • City tour of Jaffna includes: the Nallur Kovil Hindu Temple, the renovated Jaffna library, the Jaffna Dutch Fort, the Manalkadu sand dunes & Point Pedro Light House
  • Enjoy a boat ride to the Naga Deep Buddhist shrine and visit the Keeramalai Spring and Nilavarai ground water well
  • Climb the amazing Sigiriya Rock Fortress, see the carved ‘lion paws’ and the frescoes ‘Sigiriya Divas’ in the cave
  • Visit the Dambulla cave monastery and see ancient murals and Buddha statues
  • Stop to visit the ‘Spice Garden’ at Matale and enjoy a herbal brew
  • Stay in Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth and witness the daily Pooja religious service accompanied by traditional drumming and music
  • Head to Nuwara Eliya, also known as ‘Little England’, home to the world famous Ceylon Tea
  • Also experience the Hindu Temple by the name of ‘Seetha Kovil’ in Nuwara Eliya
  • Stay in the pilgrimage city of Kataragama and see sacred shrines
  • immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Galle
  • Stay in Negombo known as ‘Little Rome’ and see the 120km long Dutch canal and other cultural features

As you can see, the Jaffna Peninsular is full of fantastic places to visit. Recent history has not been able to mar the wonder and beauty of this amazing region and we invite you to spend some time here discovering the magic of Sri Lanka on this very special tour of the Jaffna Peninsular.

Dates and Prices

Discover the Jaffna Peninsular of Sri Lanka Tours Dates

These fantastic 12 day Discover the Jaffna Peninsular of Sri Lanka Tours run all year around.

Discover the Jaffna Peninsular of Sri Lanka Tours Prices

Prices begin at £1,200 – This includes transport in Sri Lanka and accommodation for two in one double bedroom on a bed & breakfast basis (11 nights / 12 days).

You are free to choose from a wide range of accommodation to suite your budget and needs. The choices include budget guest houses, beach resorts, cabanas, 3-5 star hotels, Boutique hotels, or camping with tented accommodation. This is very much a tour that will happily be tailored to your requirements.

Single supplements may apply. For further details and prices please use the enquire now button above to request more information.

Price includes: Air conditioned comfortable car transfers (in new model vehicles) and friendly English speaking professional chauffeur guides.

Price does not include: Flights to Bandaranaika International Airport, Sri Lanka.

Location

Stunning Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka is a country island of approximately 20 million people in the Indian Ocean. It was known as Ceylon until 1972, and Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.

Sri Lanka has a well documented history that spans over 3000 years, and its location and deep harbours made it of strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. It is a diverse country that is home to many religions, ethnicities and languages. Sri Lanka has a rich Buddhist heritage, and the first known Buddhist writings were composed on the island. Even today almost 99% of Sri Lakans claim that religion is an important part of their daily lives.

Geography

The island consists mostly of flat-to-rolling coastal plains, with mountains rising only in the south-central part. The climate is tropical and warm, and average yearly temperature ranges from 28 °C to 31 °C during the day and night temperatures may vary by 14 °C to 18 °C.

There are 103 rivers in Sri Lanka, and these waterways give rise to 51 natural waterfalls of 10 meters or more. Sri Lanka’s stunning coastline is 1,585 km long and the coastline and adjacent waters support marine ecosystems such as fringing coral reefs and estuarine seagrasses. Sri Lanka also contains 45 estuaries and 40 lagoons too. The island is rich with minerals and the existence of Petroleum in the Gulf of Mannar has also been confirmed and extraction attempts are underway.

Flora and fauna

Although the country is relatively small in size, it has the highest biodiversity density in Asia. Sri Lanka has declared 24 wildlife reserves, which are home to a wide range of native species such as Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, the unique small loris, a variety of deer, the purple-faced langur, the endangered wild boar, porcupines and anteaters.

Flowering acacias grow in abundance on the dry Jaffna Peninsula. Among the trees of the dry-land forests are valuable species such as satinwood, ebony, ironwood, mahogany and teak. The wet zone is a tropical evergreen forest with tall trees, broad foliage, and a dense undergrowth of vines and creepers. Subtropical evergreen forests resembling those of temperate climates flourish in the higher altitudes.

The Yala National Park in the southeast protects herds of elephant, deer, and peacocks whilst The Wilpattu National Park in the northwest preserves the habitats of many water birds, such as storks, pelicans, ibis, and spoonbills. The Minneriya National park is an important source of water for numerous elephants inhabiting the surrounding forests. The Park also encompasses a range of micro-habitats which, include classic dry zone tropical monsoonal evergreen forest, thick stands of giant bamboo, hilly pastures and grasslands.

Sri Lanka is also home to over 250 types of resident birds and it has declared several bird sanctuaries.

Please see the itinerary tab above to learn more about all the places you will visit on your Jaffna Peninsular in Sri Lanka Tour.

Accommodation

You are free to choose from a wide range of accommodation to suite your budget and needs. The choices include budget guest houses, beach resorts, cabanas, 3-5 star hotels, Boutique hotels, or camping with tented accommodation.

All the accommodations, whatever type you choose, have been handpicked to ensure that they all possess high quality levels of service and comfort.

There are 5 accommodation category levels. These range from budget accommodations, guest houses and camping to luxury hotels, villas and Boutique hotels. There also 5 price levels ensuring that you have the widest choice of accommodation possible.

Full details will be given to you upon your enquiry. Please use the enquire now button above to ask for further details.

Other Information

Arrival

You will arrive at Bandaranaika International Airport in the suburbs of Colombo. Central Colombo is about 1 hours drive but the upcoming express highway will take you there in less than 20 minutes. The Airport is also located perfect for tourists transferring to Negombo where it is less than 30 minutes drive away.

Electricity & Adaptors

Electricity – 220 Volts/50 Hz Ac. Sri Lanka has various sockets thus it is advisable to have full range of travel adaptors. Adaptors are widely available in many hotels and shops too.

Laundry

Most hotels have quality laundry services with one day delivery and prices will vary at each hotel. You can also find laundry establishments outside of hotels but the quality may vary.

Money & Security

Although Sri Lanka is known as one of the safest tourist destinations in the world, it is advisable to keep your belongings safe at all times. US Dollars, Sterling and Euros are widely accepted but the rates may vary at different cities.

Tipping

It is custom to tip taxi drivers, guides and hotel staff (room service and restaurant/bar ) if the service you receive is satisfactory. 10% is the usual for tour guides, restaurant staff and 100 rupees on average for housekeeping. These tips are completely at your discretion.

Responsible and Eco friendly travel

This is a request more than a fact or advice. Sri Lanka is a very beautiful and natural place. Because of this we request that all tourists be responsible when using facilities.

Water is one of the most essential resources in Sri Lanka as it is used widely for farming and producing electricity. As a part of our water conservation request you could consider the following while you are enjoying your holiday.

  • Consider quick baths.
  • Refrain leaving the tap open while brushing teeth or shaving
  • Refrain throwing away drinking water

Use your waste considering the environment and we recommend using re-usable bags for shopping. Electricity, since it is produced by water, is also important not to waste. Please do not leave on lights or TV/radio while you are out and keep the Air Conditioning running only while you are in the room.

Wildlife conservation is a priority, especially the most endangered species. Please consider this when you go shopping and refrain from buying anything made out of an endangered species. Please also consider the sustainability and refrain from buying anything that is seemingly made in an unsustainable manner.

We advise that you strongly refrain from purchasing ancient artifacts. If you have any doubts please consult your guide.

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  • Discover the Jaffna Peninsular - Catamaran at Negombo
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