Run by: Selective Asia
Reference number: Sri Lanka: Beyond The Ordinary
Designed to venture off the well-travelled tourist path, Sri Lanka: Beyond The Ordinary is ideal for those wanting to discover a side to the country that most visitors haven't even heard about. We’ve thrown in a few key sites for good measure, as let’s face it they’re ‘key’ for a reason, but this isn’t a fly and flop holiday for the masses: it’s about exploring and experiencing real life.
You’ll experience Colombo’s food scene through the eyes of a local; get back to nature for a couple of nights at the 'Mudhouse' eco-retreat in Anamaduwa; and spot for wildlife both on land in Wilpattu National Park, and on the sea off the island’s west coast.
Four nights will be spent in Jaffna, the island’s northernmost region, only recently reopened to travellers after years of civil war and one of the oldest habitation sites in South Asia. Decades of war have deeply affected the region and its people, but there is now a sense of optimism in the air. And four nights of downtime is included on the unspoilt beaches of the Kalpitiya Peninsula, which attract far fewer tourists than the beach resorts to the south.
A perfect choice between May and October, when the south-west of the country is experiencing the monsoon.
Day 1 - arrive Colombo, Foodie Experience
Day 2 - Colombo, The Mudhouse Anamaduwa
Day 3 - The Mudhouse Anamaduwa activities
Day 4 - Anamaduwa, Vavuniya, Omanthai, Elephant Pass, Jaffna
Day 5 - Jaffna Sightseeing: Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, Manthri Manai, Jaffna Fort, Nilavarai Well, Point Pedro
Day 6 - Jaffna Sightseeing: Kandarodai, Kayts, Punkudutivu
Day 7 - Jaffna Sightseeing: Keerimalai Hot Springs, Tea with a local family
Day 8 - Jaffna, Kalpitiya
Day 9 - Kalpitiya
Day 10 - Kalpitiya, Dolphin Spotting
Day 11 - Kalpitiya, Wilpattu National Park Safari
Day 12 - Kalpitiya, Kaleliya
Day 13 - depart Colombo
As with all our holidays, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - Your holiday, your way!
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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