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12 Nights Northern Highlights

This 12 night tour has been designed to give an insight into the northern part of Sri Lanka. For almost 30 years the North of Sri Lanka was unexplored by the rest of the world. The tensions also lead to the picturesque East to be avoided. With the end of the civil war and the birth of peace in the country, The North & East opens its arms out to you. Walkers Tours takes you to the unexplored North and East with a well-rounded tour of the must see places.

Visit the remnants of one of Sri Lanka’s ancient kingdoms after touring the North and East of the country while enjoying the costal highlights our little island of wonder has to offer. Visit little coastal towns, religious points of interest. Spend your evenings on the soft sandy beaches with a cool drink in your hands and get lost amidst the sound of waves.

DAY 01 - Arrival to Sri Lanka – Drive to Kalpitiya

Meet & Greet by Walkers Tours Representative & tour guide at the airport Thereafter proceed to Kalpitiya and check in to your hotel. Rich in natural beauty, Kalpitiya's history is no less interesting. Records going far back reveal that the peninsula was associated with maritime trade and smuggling escapades since ancient times. It was first colonized by the Portuguese in early 17th Century. The arrival of the Dutch eventually resulted in the ousting of the Portuguese from here and elsewhere in the island. Historical records show that during the Dutch period of the island's colonial history, the northern end of the peninsula was used as a strategic base for a military garrison and naval outpost to monopolize trade supplies to the mainland. A well preserved Dutch era fort (incorporating an earlier Portuguese-era church) occupied by the Sri Lanka Navy, and a Dutch church remain today. Nearby at Talawila to the south, a vibrant annual festival keeps alive its Portuguese heritage, at the ancient St Anne's church festival, when thousands of Catholic devotees descend upon the tiny village to celebrate St Anne's Day on July 26. Dinner at the hotel. te built in 1672 now a part of the prison and the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route for the Dutch administration,

Overnight Stay in Bar Reef Resort, Kalpitiyat

DAY 02 - Dolphin Watching Excursion Kalpitiya

After breakfast at the hotel, Watch the ever smiling, mischievous Dolphins at Kalpitiya Sea Kalpitiya is one of the best spots for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. Here you can witness massive pods of dolphins, even thousands at once,in their natural habitat. Watching the delightful dolphins swimming alongside and diving under your boat, riding waves in perfect synchronization and twirling and leaping out of the water in a joyous display, is a magnificent experience and one that will be cherished for years to come. The seas off Kalpitiya Peninsula became famous relatively recently – in 2005 – when large pods of Spinner dolphins were spotted. These dolphins were mainly found in an area that ran north-south parallel to the Kalpitiya peninsula, in-shore off the reef, which is commonly known as the ‘Dolphin Line’. Since then, Kalpitiya has become one of the top destinations for dolphin watching in Sri Lanka. Return back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in Bar Reef Resort, Kalpitiya

DAY 03 - Drive to Mannar – Vist to the Donkey Clinic & Education Centre

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Mannar and check in to your hotel. Mannar is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is governed by an Urban Council. The town is located on Mannar Island overlooking the Gulf of Mannar and is home to the historic Ketheeswaram temple. Mannar is known for its baobab trees and for its fort, built by the Portuguese in 1560 and taken by the Dutch in 1658 and rebuilt; its ramparts and bastions are intact, though the interior is largely destroyed. Formerly the town was renowned as a center of pearl fishing, mentioned in the 2nd-century CE Periplus of the Erythraean Sea.[1] Visually, the modern town is dominated by its Hindu temples, mosques and churches.[2] The Catholic Church has a diocese headquartered in the town. By rail the town is connected to the rest of Sri Lanka by the Mannar Line. It was occupied by LTTE during Sri Lankan Civil War between 1983 and 2009. In the afternoon visit Sri Lanka’s first Donkey Clinic & Education Centre Animal Aid Abroad has been supporting Mannar Donkey Management and Welfare to build Sri Lanka's first Donkey Clinic and Education Centre, which is now receiving it's finishing touches. Thanks to the help from AAA, along with The Donkey Sanctuary UK, more donkeys are able to receive the care they deserve. AAA has also helped the organisation in the modification of a small truck for the purpose of their donkey rescue operation. Prior to this, the organisation had to hire a truck at great expense for each donkey rescue. With the new truck currently being worked on to make it fit for purpose, the number of donkeys able to be attended to has increased dramatically. Return back to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in The Palmyrah House, Mannar

DAY 04 - Vankalai Bird Sanctuary – Adam’s Bridge

After breakfast, leave for a birding tour to Vankalai Bird Sanctuary Partly-wetland Vankalai declared bird sanctuary is situated between Mannar island and main land. This wetland comprises a few small islands and strips of main land and island of Mannar. Altogether bird sanctuary covers more than 4800 hectares. It consists of arid-zone thorn scrubland and pastures, waterholes and tanks, sand dunes, mangroves, salt marshes, lagoons and sea-grass beds and maritime grasslands.Thousands of migrant birds arrive in Sri Lanka, making landfall in the Mannar region including Vankalai. Similarly when leaving the country at the end of the season, they use Vankalai as their last staging point. The Ceylon Bird Club has recorded 149 species of birds at Vankalai.Many birds including the very rare migrants the Spot-billed Duck, the Comb Duck and the Gadwall; the rare migrant Long-toed Stint and the uncommon migrants the Peregrine Falcon, the Common-ringed Plover, Temminck’s Stint and the Red-necked Phalarope have been spotted at Vankalai, says Ceylon Bird Club Committee Member Udaya Siriwardana.Before getting ready for excursion, we always inquire trusted locals to know which kind of birds we will be able to spot on that particular period. According to the season, result always defers. Thereafter proceed to visit the Adam’s Bridge Adam’s Bridge is a thin strand of shoals, some only feet below the sea, stretch from India to Sri Lanka. The British Empire made a sort of steampunk Chunnel, going from rail to steamship, a century ago. Plans to blast open the rocks for shipping have run aground on something unexpected: religious Hindus who believe Adam’s Bridge to be a relic from the Ramayana epic. The story goes that Rama set an army of monkeys to work building a bridge to the island redoubt of the demon king Ravana. It may sound far-fetched to secular ears, but there are records from as late as the Medieval era that describe an international walking path. India’s ruling party has refused to permit construction of the shipping channel.Satellite imagery is undeniable; a filament connects the landmasses just under the surface. Photographs or videos aren’t enough to make any case closed. Religion or obstruction, history or myth, it’s in the eye of the analyst, but the underwater land link is definitely there. Return back to the hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in The Palmyrah House, Mannar

DAY 05 - Driver to Jaffna – Cycling Excursion in Jaffna

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Jaffna and check in to your hotel. Jaffna is a city on the northern tip of Sri Lanka. Nallur Kandaswamy is a huge Hindu temple with golden arches and an ornate gopuram tower. By the coast, star-shaped Jaffna Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 17th century and later occupied by the Dutch and British. Jaffna Public Library is a symbol of the city’s post-war regeneration. Jaffna Archaeological Museum has Dutch cannons and pre-colonial artefacts. In the afternoon enjoy a Cycling Excursion organized by the hotel. Return back to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in The Thinnai Organic Farm House, Jaffna

DAY 06 - Jaffna City Tour

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full day Jaffna City Tour organized by the hotel.

SCHEDULE
  • 08.00 Hrs – Pick up at hotel and travel by road to Keerimalai
  • 08.20 Hrs – Arrive in Keerimalai
  • 08.30 Hrs – Visit to Keerimalai Holy pond & Naguleshwaram Kovil
  • 09.30 Hrs – Visit to Maviddapuram Kovil
  • 09.45 Hrs – Commence journey to Dambakolapattuna
  • 10.00 Hrs – Visit Dambakolapattuna
  • 11.00 Hrs – Travel to Cashurina Beach & enjoy a Sea bath
  • 13.45 Hrs – Visit to Hammehiel Restaurant for Lunch
  • 15.15 Hrs – Travel to and visit Anjaneyar Kovil
  • 15.45 Hrs – Travel to and visit Jaffna Fort / Library
  • 16.30 Hrs – Visit Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil
  • 17.00 Hrs – Return to hotel and relax

Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in The Thinnai Organic Farm House, Jaffna

DAY 07 - Farming Experience – Dining Experience

Breakfast at the hotel. Experience a day at the organic farm organized by the hotel. Guests can participate in several activities organized by our farm animators, specially created to alleviate our guests’ spirits through fellowship with friends and loved ones. Be the first to find all the herbs in our ‘Herb Hunt’ and ‘Veg hunt’ games. Enjoy a relaxing game of croquet on the farm’s expansive lawns. Learn to cook a complete Jaffna meal as a part of our Culinary adventures with guidance from Thinnai Organic’s expert kitchen staff and earn a prize for ‘Best Cook.’ Be the first to catch a fish and to cook it in our ‘Fish to Dish’ game. Be a farmer for a day, prepare the soil, weed, sow some seeds under the expert guidance of our farm animators. In the evening enjoy a dining experience organized by the hotel. Pick fruit, vegetables and herbs from Thinnai Organic’s expansive gardens and make your own pick-me-upper. Need some protein? No problem, Thinnai Organic will get it in for you from its livestock farm nearby and prepare it while you relax reading a book in one of the Gazebos. Feel like some fish? Catch one yourself in our pond and our kitchen will prepare it for you.

Overnight Stay in The Thinnai Organic Farm House, Jaffna

DAY 08 - Train Ride to Anuradhapura – Drive to Sigiriya

Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Jaffna railway station and hop on to the morning train to Anuradhapura To travel in an authentic way in Sri Lanka means to travel by train once. Today, like many of your Sri Lankan fellow travellers, you take the newly-reconstructed connection from Jaffna to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's first royal city. During the trip, perhaps you can have a conversation with fellow travellers and get to know their experiences travelling by train in Sri Lanka. You can also enjoy the view of the changing landscapes. This train journey would last for about 4 hours. As you arrive in Anuradhapura train station, you will be picked up by your chauffeur guide and transferred to your hotel in Habarana. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana - Room Category – Superior

DAY 09 - Sigiriya Rock Fortress – Minneriya National Park

Breakfast at the hotel In the morning, proceed to Sigiriya & visit Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft.) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best- preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. In the afternoon proceed to Minneriya for a Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park. As the drought in the Sri Lankan dry zone heightens every year in June and most national parks in the area are parched; there remains only one oasis - "Minneriya National Park". A01bundant grazing land and water draw many herds from the surrounding forests, which converge at Minneriya National Park during the months prior to the rains which are expected in September, resulting in an amazing GATHERING of over 300 elephants. An incredible experience.... Return back to your hotel in Sigiriya. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

DAY 10 - Drive to Kandy en-route Dambulla Cave Temple

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Kandy En-route visit Dambulla cave temple. Dambulla is the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m (520 ft.) over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. Continue your journey to Kandy and settle down in your hotel.

Overnight Stay in Bougainvillea Retreat, Kandy - Room Category – Luxury Double

DAY 11 - Waterfall Swim – Picnic Lunch / (Optional visit to Temple of the Tooth)

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a Waterfall Swim and Picnic Lunch organized by the Polwaththa Eco Lodge Kandy You start with a 30 minutes tuk-tuk ride or jeep ride to the footpath leading to the waterfall. The walk to this secluded waterfall is about 1km in the jungle covered by large trees, rocks and waterways. The pool area is large and fairly deep. The water is clean and safe to bathe in a temperature of around 20ºC. DURATION: 3.5 hours IDEAL FOR: Those loving the natural beauty of a waterfall creating a natural pool in the jungle, combined with an easy walk. TERRAIN: Flat and narrow foot path most of the way. The last 250 meters to the waterfall is a real jungle path on uneven surface where you have to walk carefully. Thereafter an authentic picnic lunch will be organized for the guests by the side of the waterfall. Return back to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure Or (Optional visit in the evening to the Temple of the Tooth) Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site mainly due to the temple. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight at Overnight Stay in Bougainvillea Retreat, Kandy

DAY 12 - Transfer to Colombo

Breakfast at the hotel and proceed to Colombo. Colombo- Sri Lanka's capital up to recent times, Colombo is a fascinating city with a cozy mixture of the past and present. It is still the commercial centre of the country. The original trading settlers - the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have all left in their wake churches and monuments, names and religions, costumes and food and smatterings of their languages which have been absorbed into the speech of the Sri Lankan. Enjoy some last-minute shopping in the buzzing streets of Colombo. Dinner at the hotel.

Overnight Stay in Colombo Court Hotel - Room Category - Deluxe

DAY 13 - Departure Transfer

Drive to Bandaranayake international airport for departure


Inclusions & Exclusions
The above cost include:
  • 14 Nights accommodation. Half board basis at all hotels except the in Colombo, Trincomalee, Galle and Negambo
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle with the services of an English-Speaking driver/guide.
  • All entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Jeep hire to access the Horton plains
  • Jeep hire for 01 safari of Yala National Park
  • Jeep hire for 01 safari of Minneriya NP
  • Hotel service charges and VAT
The above cost does not include:
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Tips and other expenses of a personal nature
  • Compulsory Christmas Supplements and New Year Supplements
Avaialbiltity at hotels is subject to confirmation of the tour and travel dates
Price
Description Price
PRICING (US$) for 2 Pax
01 Nov 2019 - 10 Dec 2019 Per person sharing double room USD 2140
11 Dec 2019 - 10 Jan 2020 Per person sharing double room USD 2290
11 Jan 2020 - 30 Apr 2020 Per person sharing double room USD 2150
• Compulsory Christmas eve dinner supplement – per person (24th Dec) USD 75
• Compulsory New Year’s eve dinner supplement – per person (31st Dec) USD 100
Optional visit to the Temple of the Tooth – Per Person USD 15
Payment Policy

Please note we require 50% of the payment on confirmation and the balance 02 weeks prior to arrival. Or the full payment can be settled on confirmation.

  • All above hotel rates are subjected to revision as and when government taxes are revised, when respective hotel managements revise rates or due to any currency fluctuations experienced at a given time.
  • Bars, Clubs or similar entertainment is prohibited during “Poya” Days. As such liquor will not be served in public areas of the hotels during this time.
  • Kindly note that check in time to all hotels will be at 1400 hrs. and check out is at 1200 noon.
Payment methods
  • On-line payment using a personal credit card (Amex/Visa/Master). Log in details will be sent on confirmation.
  • Bank transfer.
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The legendary Temple of Tooth Relic
Inside the intricate Dambulla Cave temple
Elephants graze in the lush  green grasslands
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