Destinations Destinations
Colombo, Wilpattu National Park, Trincomalee, Jaffna
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Safari, Luxury, Beach, National Parks
Physical Level Physical Level
Mild

Begin your Sri Lankan adventure in cosmopolitan Colombo, before heading north to the Tamil heartland of Jaffna, exploring Hindu temples and hidden islands. Next, travel to the port town of Trincomalee for whale-watching and beaches. Continue your wildlife watching with a visit to lesser-touristed Wilpattu National Park. Its ten lakes attract leopards, elephants, sloth bears and many others. End your trip in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, where you can see the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Fly back out from Colombo.

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Historic markets and modern malls in Colombo

Cosmopolitan Colombo is more than just the gateway to Sri Lanka. Here, you can learn about Sri Lanka’s multi-ethnic history, with churches, mosques and temples all in a line, street food with influences from around the world, and shopping in a mix of ancient markets and huge malls in Pettah.

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

Sample diverse Sri Lanka cuisine

From Jaffna crab curry to breakfasts of hoppers (fermented rice crepes), Sri Lankan food has a distinct identity depending on where you visit.

Explore Tamil culture in Jaffna

Intriguing Jaffna in Sri Lanka’s far north offers an insight into the country’s Tamil culture. For several decades, Jaffna and its surrounding regions were at the centre of Sri Lanka’s civil war between the Tamil north and Sinhalese south. Today, Jaffna is a strikingly cosmopolitan city emerging from its troubled past.

Explore Jaffna’s remote islands

Explore Jaffna’s remote islands

Experience castaway life on Jaffna’s lesser-explored islands, where wild ponies roam and enormous baobab trees grow.

Hindu temples and whale watching in Trincomalee

The port city of Trincomalee is best-known as a gateway to the beaches and resorts on Sri Lanka’s east coast. However, it’s worth lingering to see the town’s Hindu temples and for whale watching between March and August.

Go scuba diving at Pigeon Island

Go scuba diving at Pigeon Island

One of just two marine national parks in Sri Lanka, Pigeon Island offers some of the best remaining coral reefs in the region. Look out for parrotfish, lionfish, moray eels and turtles.

Explore Wilpattu National Park’s lakes

Wilpattu translates as ‘natural lakes’ in Sinhala and ‘10 lakes’ in Tamil, so it’s no surprise what the main attraction is in this national park. The many watering holes provide shelter for elephants, deer, sloth bears and elusive leopards.

Relax in the jungle

Head north to The Mudhouse, an enchanting jungle lodge surrounded by lakes and forest, and at the foot of the mysterious Paramakanda Rock Temple.

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Pricing is typically inclusive of hotels, transfers, meals, and all guided excursions and activities.

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