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Northern Explorer

14 nights/15 days

Idyllic north Sri Lanka holidays will include visits to many stunning destinations that are enveloped in a charm that is unique to the region. You will be able to enjoy the rich cultural experiences offered in this region for sure!

Our exclusive 14 nights and 15 days tour in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka is an insightful tour that gives you the chance to visit and admire many stunning appeals in this majestic region. You will be covering cities and towns like Jaffna, Trincomalee, and Mannar extensively during your stay. Places like Koneswaram Temple, Jaffna Fort, Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, Muruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, The Doric at Arippu, Mannar Fort, Pigeon Island, and Nilaveli Beach will be explored during your stay in the northern region of Sri Lanka. As it is our desire to give each of our valued guests a well-rounded travel experience, we have included places like Nuwara Eliya, Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Ritigala Sanctuary in this epic tour. Have a blissful vacation in the gorgeous paradise island of Sri Lanka and create exquisite memories!

Colombo

Nuwara Eliya

  • Nuwara Eliya city
  • Tea factory and tea plantation tour
  • Waterfalls
  • Horton Plains National Park/ World’s End
  • Pidurutalagala Mountain

Cultural Triangle

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Polonnaruwa ancient city
  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Ritigala Sanctuary
  • Village trekking

Jaffna

  • Nallur Kandaswamy Temple
  • Jaffna Fort
  • Sangiliyan Statue
  • Muruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple

Trincomalee

  • Nilaveli beach
  • Snorkelling and scuba diving
  • Whale and dolphin watching
  • Pigeon Island
  • Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee city tour

Mannar

  • Mannar Fort
  • The Doric at Arippu
  • Adam’s Bridge
  • Vankalai Sanctuary

Anuradhapura

Negombo

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Colombo
Day 1

Arrival and Transfer

You will arrive at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. A representative of Tangerine Tours will meet you there. You will then come to Colombo, the commercial capital of the island. Spend the day relaxing and resting as exciting adventures await you!

Day 2 - Nuwara Eliya
Day 2

Transfer from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya

We will be travelling to the misty Hill Country of Sri Lanka today right after you have breakfast at the hotel. The city of Nuwara Eliya will be reached in approximately five hours. Once you reach the hotel you can check-in and get some rest. We will be arranging an insightful tea factory and tea plantation tour to give you the chance to learn about the tea culture of Sri Lanka today. Return to the hotel and get some rest in the evening.

Day 3 - Nuwara Eliya
Day 3

Explore Nuwara Eliya

Spend the full day exploring the myriad of attractions in Nuwara Eliya today. We will be visiting the world famous Horton Plains National Park, where the World’s End is located. Several waterfalls will also be visited today. The day will end with a tour to the Pidurutalagala Mountain, which is the tallest mountain in Sri Lanka. Return to the hotel after your adventurous day and enjoy some rest.

Day 4 - Cultural Triangle
Day 4

Transfer from Nuwara Eliya to Cultural Triangle

Your next destination is the beautiful Cultural Triangle where a myriad of attractions awaits to be explored! We will start travelling as soon as you have your breakfast. The little village of Sigiriya will be your destination for the day. Once you arrive at the hotel, you can get some rest and then prepare to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which was built by King Kasyapa who ruled between 477-495 CE. Return to the hotel in the evening and relax.

Day 5 - Cultural Triangle
Day 5

Explore Cultural Triangle

You will be spending the full day in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka today. The iconic Polonnaruwa ancient city will be explored in the morning. There are several well-preserved ruins that can be admired here. Dambulla Cave Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site will also be included in your itinerary. A village trek, Ritigala Sanctuary tour as well as a safari tour in the Minneriya National Park where large herds of wild elephants roam, will all be arranged today.

Day 6 - Jaffna
Day 6

Transfer from Cultural Triangle to Jaffa

The famous northern city of Jaffna will be explored today. Have an early breakfast as we will be travelling to this magnificent city to discover its myriad of unique appeals. Once you reach the hotel you can spend a few hours relaxing. Then set off to visit the many wonderful attractions the city has.

Day 7 - Jaffna
Day 7

Explore Jaffna

The full day will be spent in Jaffna today. You will get the chance to visit several key attractions and points of interest in the city during your exploratory tour. Places like Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, Jaffna Fort, Sangiliyan Statue, Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple will be included in the itinerary of the day. Return to the hotel in the evening and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 - Jaffna
Day 8

Explore Jaffna

This is the third and final day that you will be spending in the stunning city of Jaffna. You can embark on an insightful city tour today too if you wish. You can even opt to spend the day relaxing at your hotel.

Day 9 - Trincomalee
Day 9

Transfer from Jaffna to Trincomalee

The famous city of Trincomalee will be your next stop in your journey in Sri Lanka. You will be able to reach the city in four hours. Once you arrive at your hotel in Trincomalee, check-in and spend some time relaxing. You can then embark on a delightful city tour to discover the rich appeals of the area. The Koneswaram Temple which is a prominent pilgrimage site for the Hindus will be visited today. The evening will be spent in the pristine Nilaveli beach.

Day 10 - Trincomalee
Day 10

Explore Trincomalee

The full day will be spent in the beautiful territories of Trincomalee today. We will take you to the famous Pigeon Island, which is one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka. Here you will be able to indulge in the pleasures of snorkelling and diving. A delightful whale and dolphin watching tour will also be arranged within the day. Return to the hotel in the evening and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 11 - Trincomalee
Day 11

Explore Trincomalee

You will be staying all day in Trincomalee today too. You can spend the day relaxing or go out and explore its attractions.

Day 12 - Mannar
Day 12

Transfer from Trincomalee to Mannar

You will be leaving your hotel in the morning after breakfast to travel to the town of Mannar. The journey will take you approximately three hours. You will be embarking on a tour of the town today and visit its prime attractions like Mannar Fort, The Doric at Arippu, Adam’s Bridge and Vankalai Sanctuary. Return to the hotel in the evening and spend the rest of the day as you wish.

Day 13 - Anuradhapura
Day 13

Transfer from Mannar to Anuradhapura

You will leave the hotel in Mannar after breakfast to reach the famous city of Anuradhapura which was the very first capital of ancient Sri Lanka. There are many attractions that portray the glory of its golden days that you can visit once you arrive in the city.

Day 14 - Negombo
Day 14

Transfer from Anuradhapura to Negombo

Have breakfast at the hotel and prepare to travel to the western coast of Sri Lanka. The city of Negombo will be your next destination. You will reach the golden shores of Negombo from Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Once you arrive at the hotel, get some rest and then set off to explore its beautiful beaches and stunning attractions. You will be able to add the perfect flavour to your holiday as you dine at the famous beach restaurants in the city!

Day 15 - Bandaranaike International Airport
Day 15

Transfer from Negombo to Bandaranaike International Airport

You will be leaving Sri Lanka today after your exciting adventure! We will pick you from the hotel in Negombo and take you to the airport in time for your flight. We hope to see you again very soon!

  • To make changes to the above, select the itinerary and request for the relevant amendments to be made.
  • If this itinerary seems satisfactory, accommodation options can be provided on request.
  • Once your itinerary is ready to be finalised, specific lodging options from categories such as various star hotels (3-5 star), or special options (large resorts, camping, tree houses, boutique hotels etc.) will be recommended.
  • Payments are made possible through our secured online payment gateway or through bank transfers.
  • Please refer our Cancellation Policy and Terms & Conditions for reservations.
  • Being greeted by a Tangerine Tours representative on arrival at the airport
  • Accommodation at the selected hotels with respective meal basis.
  • All transfers & sightseeing in private transport with the services of an English-speaking driver
  • 24-hour monitoring of ground operations.
  • Early check-in & late check-out to the agreed hotels
  • Camera & video permits. (There are places that you are not allowed to get photographs such as Sigiriya Frescos, Dambulla cave temple due to the light sensitivity of the paintings were done thousands years ago. Please note that special permission need to take if you are planning to use Drone cameras in Sri Lanka)
  • Any expenses of personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned in inclusions
  • Entrances fees. (Most of the entrance fees will not added to the total prices unless requested. We would suggest you to buy the entrance tickets at the entrance with the assistance of your driver. We will make pre reservations in advance when needed.)
  • Flights & air transfers
  • Tips & portages

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