TAPROBANE TOURS AND TRAVELS
Tour 7 - Visit Jaffna ( 9 Nights/ 10 Days )

1st Day - AIRPORT - NEGOMBO

On arrival at the Colombo International Airport, you will be welcomed By a representative of Taprobane Tours and Travels and transferred to a Hotel in Negombo.


Evening at leisure.


Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Negombo.


2nd Day - NEGOMBO - ANURADHAPURA

After breakfast leave fo Anuradhapura and check in at Hotel.


Evening at leisure.


Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Anuradhapura.


3rd Day - ANURADHAPURA

After breakfast commence city tour of the ancient city of Anuradhapura. From 4th Century BC, it was the Capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of 11th century AD. The ancient city, considered sacred to Buddhists world over, is surrounded by monasteries and stupas covering an area of over sixteen square miles. Anuradhapura is a city of archeological and historical interests which includes Isurumuniya,the first Temple in the island, Sri Maha Bodhi Tree with an authenticated history of more than 2300 years, which has been planted from a sapling from the original tree which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Ruwanweli seya, the largest stupa in the island, Jethawanaramaya and Abhayagiriya, which in their original form have been equivalent in size to the pyramids in Giza and have thus been declared as world heritage sites,the twin ponds, Thuparamaya, the first Stupa to be built in Sri Lanka enshrining the left collar bone of Lord Buddha, the Samadhi statue with a meditating posture etc. Thereafter, visit Mihintale and the Avkana Temple.


Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Anuradhapura.


4th Day - ANURADHAPURA - JAFFNA

After breakfast leave for Jaffna in the Nothern Province via Vavuniya.


Evening at leisure.


Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Jaffna.



5th Day - JAFFNA

After breakfast commence city tour of Jaffna, includingthe Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, Nallur Kovil, Naga Deepa Purana Vihara, Murukkandy Pillayar Shrine, and the Jaffna Fort.


About Jaffna


Jaffna District, the northernmost region of the Island of Sri Lanka, is one of the oldest habitation sites in Lower South Asia, populated by Tamil speaking people. Jaffna is situated within ten degrees of latitude to the north of the equator. It is in close proximity to the sub-continent of India and separated from it by the Palk Strait and the Bay of Bengal.


The peninsula is actually almost an island; only the narrow causeway known as Elephant Pass - for once elephants did wade across the shallow lagoon here connects Jaffna with the rest of Sri Lanka. Jaffna is low lying; much of it covered by shallow lagoons, and has a number of interesting islands dotted offshore. In all it covers 2560 square km (999 square miles). With just under 900,000 inhabitants, the district of Jaffna is one of the most densely populated areas of Sri Lanka, second only to Greater Colombo.


Most of the area is dry and sandy, and the most common tree is the palmyra palm with its elegant fan-like fronds. Locals here tap it for toddy, the sap from its cut flowers; like the sap of the coconut or kittul palms, this liquid can be distilled to make arrack or processed into jiggery, palm sugar. The leaves of the fan palm may be skillfully folded to make a beaker for toddy, but you more often see them serving as decorative fences around almost all the settlements.


The flat Jaffna Peninsula is made of limestone, unlike most other parts of Sri Lanka. The porous stone absorbs the rain very quickly and conveys it to the water table. This forms a specifically lighter layer, "swimming," as it were, on the salt water of the Indian Ocean that permeates the rock on all sides up to sea level. Open tanks are not practicable here, and fresh water has to be obtained from wells.


Jaffna has it all, friendly people, a rich culture, salubrious climate and a picturesque environment go to make it a veritable traveler's paradise. Now that the guns have fallen silent and peace is in sight, domestic tourism in this long forgotten northern retreat is gradually catching on. After almost 20 years, travelers now can reach Jaffna either by land or air. The flight, from Colombo to Jaffna, is just under one hour



6th Day - JAFFNA - TRINCOMALEE

After breakfast leave for Trincomalee and check in at hotel.


Evening at leisure.


Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel in Trincomalee.


7th Day - TRINCOMALEE

Leisure at beach.


Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.



8th Day - TRINCOMALEE - NEGOMBO

After breakfast leave for Negombo and check in at a Hotel.


Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.



9th Day - NEGOMBO - AIRPORT

After breakfast leave to Airport for departure flight.


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* Families with children welcome.
* A special activity package free for groups of over five.
* A complimentary gift for all our travelers.
* Air-conditioned Car / Van or Mini bus with English speaking Driver / Guide
* All Airport transfers