Compared to its vast neighbour, Sri Lanka is a relatively straightforward country to navigate across, allowing visitors a chance to have a varied experience even when time is short. From rolling lush green tea hills and golden sandy beaches, to ancient cities and world class wildlife, Sri Lanka is a destination that never disappoints. Follow our lead and stray away from the usual well-trodden route and you will be rewarded with unforgettable experiences and life-affirming encounters. We can help you delve deeper into the culture and connect with the country's heart as you take a slower look at what makes this island so special. Sri Lanka can be enjoyed all year round and gives the perfect taste of adventure for families and couples alike.
For those wanting to add further adventure to their trip, or for anyone that is interested in the Tamil culture of Sri Lanka, then Jaffna is the place to come. With a beautiful untouched coastline and colourful Hindu temples, Jaffna and the northern tip of the country has a rich culture that is just waiting to be explored. Since the end of the civil war in 2009, there is still some military presence in the region but don't let that put you off as Jaffna is safe and welcomes visitors with friendly open arms. Now is the time to venture north to discover the area before everyone else does. This private extension trip can be added to your itinerary and tailored accordingly.
Best time to visit: All year round (November has the highest rainfall)
Day 1 - Leave the hustle and bustle of Colombo behind and travel to the northern city of Mannar. En route, visit the interesting coastal town of Udappu. Udappu is a traditional Tamil fishing village with a close knit community made up of 2500 families. Very few tourists visit the village, so it is a the perfect place to experience a preserved traditional way of life, and meet fishermen working on their prawn farms as well as witness colourful Hindu festivals. Once at Mannar, venture across to the legendary Adam's Bridge where you can step away from the main Sri Lankan land mass and enjoy the spectacular surroundings.
Day 2 - Spend the morning with the host of your guesthouse, where he will show you around the grounds to see the woodapple trees. Continue the journey north, where you will get to see the impressive 100 meter hanging bridge which is located in the village of Kunchukulam. Afterwards, enjoy a ride on a fishing catamaran before sitting down for a hearty traditional lunch overlooking lush green paddy fields. The day will conclude with the final drive up to Jaffna.
Day 3 - Start the day exploring the village of Karainagar to learn the process of collecting palm wine, which is more commonly known as 'toddy'. Afterwards, you will get the opportunity to meet a 70 year old palmyrah artisan, who will talk all about his passion for his craft. After a delicious Jaffna crab lunch, continue exploring the area and learn more about how organisations in the region are helping children who were displaced by the civil war, along with visiting the celebrated Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil temple.
Day 4 - An early start to travel to the coastal town of Mullativu where you will get the rare chance to meet with an ex-LTTE cadre, who joined the group as a child soldier. Learn his story about how he grew up within the terrorist organisation before turning his life around through a rehabilitation program. After the insightful meeting, the day will continue with learning how to make a traditional northern Sri Lankan curry.