Places Visited: Colombo, Puttalam, Wilpattu, Mannar Island, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Negombo
If you’ve visited Sri Lanka before and seen the main sights, or merely wish to explore some of the island’s lesser frequented corners, this adventurous two-week tour could be perfect for you.
It focusses mainly on the northwest, which only a decade ago was closed to foreigners by the civil war, and includes a three-day live-aboard catamaran cruise around Palk Bay and the chimeric Jaffna Peninsula. You’ll get to experience some of the forgotten monuments of the UNESCO-listed Cultural Triangle, and head out on safari through Sri Lanka’s largest area of pristine wilderness at the Wilpattu National Park. There’s even a beach interlude at one of the last truly unspoilt coastal areas on the island, the wind-lashed, wildlife-rich Kalpitiya promontory, a hotspot for whales and spinner dolphins.
Plans are afoot for a major re-development of the region, so experience its distinctive atmosphere while you can on this ground-breaking adventure, which features some of our all-time favourite properties on the island.