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 artifacts.
Day 1 Kuala Lumpur – Colombo (MOB)
Upon arrival at Sri Lanka airport, meet our representative and proceed to Negombo/Colombo for overnight.
Day 2 & 3 Negombo – Jaffna (Distance 372 km, estimated time 06 hrs 57 min) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Jaffna to visit Mannawari Temple Rama is believed to have installed a shiva lingam, an icon of Lord Shiva, at Manawari Kovil in Chillaw. Later to Munneswaram Kovil is one of the three celebrated ancient Isvarams of Lord Siva the other two being Thirukethiswaram near Mannar and Konneswaram in Trincomalee taking us back to Ramayana the story of Rama and Sita.
Jaffna District is 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.
Nagapoosani Temple (Nainatheevu), Jaffna: The Nagapoosani Temple (Nainatheevu) is a must visit while Sightseeing in Jaffna. Yearly festivals take place here and Hindu worshipers from the nearby areas flock to this place to pray. This ancient temple is resided by a 5 headed cobra. This shrine was constructed by the Nagas. The Nagapoosani Temple (Nainatheevu) in Jaffna was built to worship the Serpent God.
Nallur Temple, In 948 A.D. Bhuvanekabhahu, the chief minister to Chola Kulangai Arya, built the Nallur Temple in Kurukkal Valavu in the town of Nallur for the first time to worship Lord Kumaran. However, in 1450, the General of Parakramabahu, Senbaha Perumal conquered Jaffna and demolished the temple. To make amends for his action he rebuilt the temple in 1457 in Muthirai Chanthai. When Jaffna was invaded by the Portuguese the temple underwent demolition. Later it was built for the third time in Muthirai Chanthai. When Jaffna was under the rule of the Dutch, the Nallur Temple, and Jaffna was built in the original site that is in Kurukkal Valavu by Krishna Subbiah and Ragunatha Mapana Muthaliyar.
Karainagar Sivan Kovil, also known as Eelaththu Chithamparam, is situated in Thinnaipuram, on the North of Karainagar. According to the legend, when Siva devotee Ambalavi Murugar was building the Siva temple, lord Siva came in the dream of his devotee Murugar and guided him to choose the Sivalingam, which was enshrined in the sanctorum of the temple. The presiding deity is called Lord Sunthareswar. Annually three festivals are celebrated grandly in the temple. The Thiruvembavai festival for 10 days in December and Thiruvathirai festival are two of the very popular festivals.
Keerimalai Naguleswaram Temple which is also known as Keerimalai Naguleswaram Kovil is dedicated to main deity in Shaivism namely Lord Siva. This temple is one of the five ancient Sivan temples in Sri Lankais situated close to the well-known mineral water spring called Keerimalai springs which believed to have healing power. This temple has a bitter history of Portuguese occupation in Sri Lanka.
Jaffna Fort Situated on the south side of the Jaffna peninsula at the water’s edge of the lagoon, the ancient fort in Jaffna is the second largest existing fort in the Island. Originally built by the Portuguese in 1619 and re-built and expanded by the Dutch during the second half of the 17th and the 18th centuries to facilitate trading activities of Sri Lanka’s northern region indicate not only of Jaffna’s strategic importance to Europeans but its significance throughout Sri Lanka’s history. The five sided inner defence works consist of thick and high ramparts and bastions with a wide and deep moat around it. Overnight at Jaffna.
Day 4 Jaffna - Trincomalee (Distance 235 km, estimated time 03 hrs 50 min) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Trincomalee and visit the Koneswaram Kovil is found on Swami Rock, just above Fort Frederick. Forgive my lack of knowledge of Hinduism, but apparently this rebuilt temple is dedicated to Siva. The unbelievably intricate designs of Hindu temples, with their ornately carved figurines, are an incredible sight and this one is no exception. It's very colourful and you can walk around the grounds. The temple is built on top of the cliff, tottering right on the edge of the Indian Ocean, and there are fantastic views of the narrow strip of land that is Trinco town. Among the sights of the place are the seven hot springs of Kanniya, on the road to Trincomalee. About a mile on a side road branching from the main route, the springs are worth a visit. A high wall assembles all the seven springs in a rectangular enclosure. Each enclosed in a dwarf wall forms a well of its own. The water is mildly hot; the temperature varies but slightly in each. Overnight at Trincomalee.
Day 5 Trincomalee – Kandy (Distance 223 km, estimated time 04 hrs 25 min) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Kandy and visit Spice Garden in Matale to see the different spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed. Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum & Temple of Tooth Relic. Kandy the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism's influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple's shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess' hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka's most prized possession. By the night experience a colourful show where you will be taken to mind blowing Sri Lankan culture extravaganza… Get ready for Heavy drumbeat and acrobatic act. Overnight at Kandy.
Day 6 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (Distance 84 km, estimated time 02 hrs 30 min) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Nuwara Eliya and visit Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple at Ramboda. On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja’s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman temple. The image of Lord Hanuman here is 16 feet. Seetha Amman temple the stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashok Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. About a century ago of three idols was discovered in the stream, one of which was that of Sita. It is believed that the idols have been worshipped at this spot for centuries. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. Lunch at Restaurant. Enjoy “Tea experience”, which involves a visit a plantation to observe first-hand the process, starting from the plucking field where it all begins with the picking of “two leaves and a bud” to the factory where the processing begins. Originally introduced to the island around 1850 by the British, Ceylon Tea is world famous for its high quality and has remained a major contributor to the island’s economy for generations. Currently, Sri Lanka is one of largest exporter of tea worldwide. The high altitudes produce the best flavours, so Sri Lanka’s hill-country is the ideal environment to grow the most flavoursome tea. A guided tour around a Tea Factory is an enlightening experience.
Nuwara Eliya the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. En route visit Ramboda Falls. Overnight at Nuwara Eliya.
Day 7 Nuwara Eliya – Kataragama (Distance 142 km, estimated time 03 hrs 50 min) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Kataragama which is a popular pilgrimage destination frequented by adherents of all religions in Sri Lanka. The main shrine devoted to Skanda popularly described in eulogies as God having six faces and twelve arms whose assistance is sought for worldly gain. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC. The annual procession held in July or August is the main event of the shrine with fire walkers and Kawadi dancers. Offering to the got are made at 4.30am 10.30am and 6.30pm daily. Overnight at Kataragama.
Day 8 Kataragama – Galle (Distance 167 km, estimated time 03 hrs 45 min) (B)
After breakfast, proceed to Galle world heritage site. (Optional – US$ 40/- per person including JEEP Safari) At dusk, visit the Yala National Park with a total protected area of 126,768 hectares, Yala consists of scrub plains, lagoons and rocky sections and offers the broadest cross-section of the country’s flora and fauna. In terms of game-viewing this is probably the best place to see all of the ‘big three’: elephant, leopard and water buffalo. It is estimated that Yala is home to about 35 Leopard making it one of the world’s densest leopard populations. Countless other animals including sloth bear, deer, wild boar, crocodiles, monkeys and numerous species of birds can also be seen. One of the most iconic scenes you’re bound to see in Sri Lanka is stilt fishing. An old tradition around Sri Lanka, stilt fishing had disappeared after the devastating tsunami that hit the country and other parts of the Indian Ocean, but soon the people returned to their customs, and now you can spot them sitting on their uncomfortable stilts, hoping to catch something. Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally built by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British, covers nearly four sq. km, and is protected by 12 bastions and connecting ramparts. During the early 18th century the Old Dutch Gate was the entrance point to the Fort. Subsequently the British built the Main Gate which is still used today. Buildings of interest include the Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel (formerly the New Oriental Hotel), and the lighthouse and bell tower. Overnight at Galle.
Day 9 Galle – Colombo – Airport (Distance 130 km, estimated time 02 hrs 10 min) (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Colombo and visit to Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple in Dehiwala, which is the only Temple in the world to have a chariot for Anjaneyar. Hanuman’s mother is Anjan. Hanuman is known as Anjan + Aiyar = Anjaneyar in South India (Hanuman in North India). Colombo a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens, Visit Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha & the Independence Square. Start shopping in Colombo, Visit ODEL, House of Fashion, Arcade Independence square, Race Course, and Beverly Street, visit bargain market in Colombo Pettah. Late evening transferred to the Airport for flight back home.
Ground Tour cost valid till 30 September 2020
COST PER PERSON IN MYR:
- Accommodation on twin/triple sharing/single supplement/CWB/CWOB basis as per itinerary
- Daily breakfast
- Private tour and Transportation as per itinerary with English Speaking guide
- Entrance fees, government taxes and service charges including toll, parking & fuel Cost
- Explore UNESCO World Heritage sites
- Return international flight ticket
- Tipping for guide and driver
- Travel Insurance VIP Plan – MYR 60 per person
- Lunch and Dinner
- Camera fee etc. not specified
- Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages
- Porterage & restaurant trip.
- Optional tour any other expenses or services not mentioned in inclusions
- Price valid till 31 March 2020
- 15 Nov – 20 Dec 2019 – Peak + 10%
- 21 Dec 2019 – 05 Jan 2020 & CNY 2020 – Super Peak + 15%
- Rate and itinerary subject to change without prior notice