Sri Lanka – 9 Day Northern Sri Lanka & Beach Package – Private Tour

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Duration

9 Days 8 Nights

Region

Sri Lanka

Tour Type

Cultural and Wildlife Tour, Beach Holiday

Travel Style

Group & Private

Group Size

01 Pax onwards

About this tour

Explore the Northern and Eastern, less frequented areas of Sri Lanka. From the leopards of Wilpattu National Park, to the temples of Anuradhapura, Tamil culture and cuisine in the North and the East Coast beaches of Trincomalee and Nilaveli – visit some slightly different areas of the gorgeous country that is Sri Lanka. If you would like more beach time in Trincomalee, this can easily be added on to your tour. The best beach weather is from May to September and whale watching season is from March to May.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:-

  • Willpattu – Enjoy safari to spot the wildlife …Leopard, Sloth Bear and Elephants etc. in the Park.
  • Anuradhapura – Visit historic city of Anuradhapura.
  • Jaffna – Explore Temple of the northern costal town of Jaffna and get an insight into Srilankan Tamil culture.
  • Trincomalee – Explore this lovely beach on the East Coast which is one of the world’s finest natural harbor.
  • Food – Treat your taste buds to mouth watering Srilankan as well as International cuisine

NOTE:- This is a Private Tour with your own private vehicle and personal guides and drivers. We can also book it for a couple of family or a group of friends as per your request. Please raise a request for the same to us and we will revert to you.

Itinerary

Your journey begins in Colombo. On arrival at the airport, your driver will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel in Negombo for check in.

Overnight in Negombo

Meals included: Dinner

This morning, after breakfast, your driver will meet you at your hotel and take you to Wilpattu National Park (approximately a 3 hour drive). Wilpattu has a dense jungle cover and numerous water holes known as willus.

Wilpattu is home to leopards and sloth bears, amongst many other creatures. Take a wildife safari in the park tracking animals and enjoying the jungle. You will then be driven to your accommodation in Anuradhapura (approximately a 1 hour drive).

Overnight in Anuradhapura.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

After breakfast visit the historic city of Anuradhapura. For over 1000 years Sinhalese Kings ruled from this great city that is famous for its Dagabas (temples), reservoirs and landscaped gardens. Here you can find the sacred Bo Tree, or Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi which is said to be the oldest planted tree on record which came from a cutting from the Bodhi tree in India under which Buddha achieved enlightenment.

Visit the temple Ruwanwali Seya and other sites in the ancient city before returning to your hotel.

Overnight in Anuradhapura.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

This morning your driver will collect you and take you to Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka. The drive is around 4.5 hours. Jaffna has a strong Tamil and Hindu influence and was ravaged by the civil war that ended in 2009.

Geographically closer to India than Colombo, it has a different feel to much of the rest of Sri Lanka and you can get an insight into Tamil culture as well as the history of this region.

Visit Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, the Hindu temple in the town of Nallur before being taken to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Jaffna.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Today take a tour of the Jaffna area. Visit Valvettiturai (the coastal town of the area), Point Pedro Lighthouse, Jaffna Library and Museum and the historical Mantiri Manai. Try your hand at Jaffna cuisine with a cooking class at a local hotel restaurant.

Enjoy your lunch with some of the dishes that you prepared with the help of the chef.

In the late afternoon visit the Jaffna Fort to enjoy the sunset views.

Overnight in Jaffna.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After breakfast your driver will take you to Trincomalee on the East Coast (around 4.5 hours). Located on one of the world's finest natural harbours, it has been fought over by the Portuguese, Dutch and British and was home to Allied Forces in WWII.

It is known for its long stretches of golden sands.

On arrival your driver will take you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Trincomalee.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Spend the day at leisure on the beach or as you wish. Late afternoon visit Koneswaram Temple - located atop a cliff inside Fort Fredrick and with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean.

Overnight in Trincomalee.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Enjoy your morning at leisure. Late morning your driver will collect you and take you back to Colombo. The drive is around 6 hours.

Enjoy your evening in the capital city at your own leisure - Colombo is a great place to eat, especially in the Old Quarters.

Overnight in Colombo.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Depending on the time of your departure flight, your driver will take you on a city tour to see the highlights of Sri Lanka's capital.

When it is time for your flight, you will be taken to the airport.

Please note: check out time is 12pm.

Meals included: Breakfast

Hotel Information

Included/Excluded

  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out FOC are subject to room availability at the discretion of hotel. Guaranteed early check-in and late check-out may generate additional charges .
  • 17 meals as per itinerary - 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 dinners.
  • All airport transfers - by private vehicle.
  • Assistance by rep/driver at the airport during International arrival and departure.
  • All transportation throughout the tour in a private air-conditioned vehicle. The vehicle used will depend on the size of your group and will range from an air-conditioned car for 2-3 people, a van or a coach. Upgrade to higher category luxury vehicles is also available on request and at an extra cost
  • Private English speaking driver/guide for sightseeing as per the tour program. Please note your driver will also be your guide.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
  • Free Wi-Fi available at the hotel lobby or room (as per availability in hotels).
  • Mineral water on tour days with our compliments ( 2 per person per day).
  • Taxes and service fees.

  • Any other International airfares to and from Srilanka.
  • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
  • Drinks for all meals.
  • Travel insurance. (Note: We strongly recommend that you carry Travel insurance from your country).
  • Indian and Srilankan visa.
  • Camera Fee where levied
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
  • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India on the tourism sector before or during travel will be payable by the guest.
  • Any sudden increase in the entrance fee. The price is based on the presently applicable fee.
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
  • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

Booking Process & Information

Upon raising request for quote of your tour online, Travelbay will go through your request and will contact you with details regarding price, availability or any other details that you have requested. Our response is typically with-in 24 hrs . Once you give us a go ahead, we will request you to send us a booking advance and start holding accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation. 

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as  dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request a copy of each traveller’s passport and the arrival and departure details.

India Facts

Capital City: New Delhi

Population: 1.366 billion

Languages: There is no national language in India. Hindi and English are both official languages. India has over 1,000 spoken languages. The languages with the most number of speakers are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil.

Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)

Time Zone: (GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi

Dialling code: +91

Religion: Hinduism is the predominant followed by Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Buddhism and Jainism

India weather

The best time to visit India is from October through to March. At this time, the weather across India is mostly warm and dry.

India is a large country with a huge range of varying climates. Most of the country is sub tropical with hot, humid summers and mild winters. Below is a very general overview to give you some idea of what to expect.

North India

  • Winter (October to March): The weather in the winter time in North India makes it a pleasant time to travel. It is not too hot nor is it too cold – although in some of the more alpine places it can get chilly – take some warm layers.
  • Summer (April to July): Summers can be hot in North India, particularly in May, June and July. The highs can reach 40°C and the lows drop to around 27°C.
  • Monsoon (July to September): This is when the North sees the most rain.

South India:

  • Winter (October to February): The temperatures are cooler at this time of year on the coastal regions (23°C to 32°C). The areas in the hills can be much cooler (15°C to 21°C).
  • Summer (March to May): Summers can be hot and humid in the South but sea breezes bring down the temperature and it’s a great time to visit the hill stations and tea plantation areas.
  • Monsoon (June to September): The rains start in June and bring the temperatures down. The areas in the hills become misty and lush. The beaches in the South can get choppy.

How to get there

This tour starts and ends in Delhi.

Flights from Australia to India are approximately $900 – $1,200 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and we would be happy to provide you with a free quote.

If you choose to book your flights with Travelbay, we charge a $50 booking fee for this service.

Interesting facts on India

  • India, Pakistan and Bangladesh used to be one country. After British rule ended in 1947 these countries eventually became independent.
  • Delhi is the capital of India but Mumbai is the most populated with a population of over 20 million.
  • India prides itself on being the world’s largest democracy. In the 2009 election there were over 417 million voters.

Visa information

Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to India. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you depart.

You can apply for an e-visa online or you can apply for your visa via VSF Global who works in conjunction with the Indian embassy. For more information you can visit our visa information page.

To find out the visa requirements for India, you can also check here with Visalink.

Please note: We attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

 

Durations

Multi Day

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