North East Explorer

<br>Extracting the very best bits of the North and the East, the North East Explorer invites you to discover the magical charm of Sri Lanka. Your engaging journey will have you exploring key locations such as Kandarodai, the Nallur Temple, Pigeon Island, Koneswaram Temple and more. To enhance your experience, we went ahead and padded your itinerary with visits to World Heritage Sites such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya.

A comprehensive expedition that unveils the grandeur of North and East, the North East Explorer encourages you to savour the fusion of cultures that makes Sri Lanka a dazzling paradise.

13 Nights 14 Days
Highlights
  • City tour in Jaffna
  • Ferrying to Delft Island
  • Snorkeling in Pigeon Island National Park
  • A visit to the Koneswaram Temple
  • The Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • A visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
DAY 01
Marawila
Ruwanwelimaha Stupa in Anuradhapura
On arrival, the clients will be met by the Steuart Holidays chauffeur guide and will be transferred to Marawila.

Located in the coastal district of Puttalam, Marawila provides for an ideal stopover for the traveller. Encompassing a picturesque shoreline, the Marawila Beach is best for the ultimate relaxing getaway. A suitable spot for the curious wanderer, Marawila is the ideal base to visit important cultural sites such as the Munneswaram Temple.

Overnight stay in Marawila.
DAY 02
Anuradhapura
Ruwanwelimaha Stupa in Anuradhapura
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Anuradhapura.

The first and the longest reigning kingdoms in the history of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encompassing a vast number of vestiges, tanks, gardens and more, the city is a haven for the culture thirsty traveller. As its heritage is linked with the very institution of Buddhism, there are several sacred sites for you to discover.

Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
DAY 03
Jaffna
Beach Views of a Sri Lankan Beach
Enjoy a delicious breakfast, check out and proceed to the city of Jaffna. En-route you will be able to do a little more sightseeing of the enigmatic city of Anuradhapura.

Overnight stay in Jaffna.
DAY 04
Jaffna
Hindu Kovil in Jaffna
After breakfast, proceed on a city tour in Jaffna.

The serene city of Jaffna is a captivating feature of the North. Complete with history and mystical tales, the region is set to enthrall both the native and the global holidaymaker. Significant sites in the region include the famous Nallur Temple, the Nilavarai Bottomless Well, the series of Stupa’s in Kandarodai and more.

Overnight stay in Jaffna.
DAY 05
Jaffna
Kadurugoda Temple Jaffna
After breakfast, proceed to Kurikadduwan, the KKD jetty which is on the Punkudativu Island. Here you will be ferried to the beautiful Delft Island.

Referred as Neduntivu by locals, the island of Delft is known for their resident wild ponies. Displaying a picturesque coastal strip, Delft islet requires nearly an hour of a ferry ride from the jetty. The interior of the island boasts of a few key edifices including a Portuguese Fort that is believed to be made out of limestone and coral.

After your enchanting visit, you have the choice chartering a ferry to Nagadeepa.

Overnight stay in Jaffna.
DAY 06
Trincomalee
Hindu Kovil in Jaffna
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Trincomalee.

Exuding history and oceanic splendour, the region of Trincomalee is visually mesmerising. Preserving a natural deep-water harbour, the city since early times was known to be a commercial city. Blessed with few of the most beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka - Passikudah and Kalkduah, Trincomalee is the idyllic exotic escape for the summer loving vacationer.

Overnight stay in Trincomalee.
DAY 07
Trincomalee
Koneshwaram Hindu Temple in Trincomalee
After breakfast, proceed on your tour. Visit important sites such as the Dutch Fort, the Koneswaram Temple, Lovers Leap and the Kanniya Hot Wells.

Overnight stay in Trincomalee.
DAY 08
Trincomalee
Hindu Kovil in Jaffna
After breakfast, proceed to the Pigeon Island National Park.

A notable marine national park in Sri Lanka, Pigeon island is a spectacular treat for the global traveller! Positioned about a kilometre from the Nilaveli Island, Pigeon Island is surrounded by crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean. Comprising of a large and small island, the national park boasts of a distinct marine ecology that hosts over one hundred species.

Overnight stay in Trincomalee.
DAY 09
Polonnaruwa
Ancient Ruins in Polonnaruwa
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Habarana. En-route, stop at Polonnaruwa to explore its remnants.

Exhibiting a keen selection of well-preserved edifices, Polonnaruwa is a riveting excursion for visitors. Succeeding the Anuradhapura Kingdom, Polonnaruwa was the second reigning ancient capital. Showcasing the state-of-the-art hydraulic prowess of the rulers of Polonnaruwa realm, the region is complete with a vast number of tanks and pools.

Overnight stay in Habarana.
DAY 10
Sigiriya
Sigiriya Rock from Hiriwaduna Lake
After breakfast, proceed to Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Fascinating both the native and international traveller, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a magnificent example of early military architecture. Built on a boulder, the citadel is finished with gardens, water pools, mirrored walls, murals and poetry. Consumed with an intriguing tale of patricide, war and fear, Sigiriya is a bewitching adventure for anyone!

Conclude your exciting day by visiting Hiriwaduna Village. Here, you will be able to experience the everyday life in a Sri Lankan village. Learn to make a delectable Sri Lankan meal utilizing fresh ingredients, traditional crockery and cooking methods, still used by inhabitants of the locale.

Overnight stay in Habarana.
DAY 11
Kandy
Cave Temple in Dambulla
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Kandy. En-route, visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.

Tracing its lineage to 3rd century BC, the Dambulla Cave Temple is a vital cultural site. There are five caves here and each of them maintain a vast number of statues of Lord Buddha, Brahmi inscriptions and more. Revered as a world heritage site, the Dambulla Cave Temple hosts exemplary Buddhist Architecture.

Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 12
Kandy
Night View of the Dalada Maligawa
After breakfast, proceed on your tour of Kandy.

The last stronghold of the Sinhalese kingdom, Kandy retains a vibrant heritage. Conserving a distinct cultural identity, the art and architecture found here is unique and exquisite. The region is most famous for being the home of the sacred tooth relic. As a result, Kandy is referred to as the culture capital of Sri Lanka.

Your schedule will consist of visits to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Peradeniya Botanical Garden and the cultural dance show later in the day.

Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 13
Colombo
Red Mosque in Colombo
After breakfast, check out and proceed to Colombo.

A multicultural hub, Colombo is the commercial capital of Sri Lanka. The city along with a unique identity maintains a prolific past. Finished with historical and contemporary buildings, Colombo is an interesting haul for travellers. For a variety of cuisine both local and international, bars, cafes and night club, make your way to Colombo.

Overnight stay in Colombo.
DAY 14
Departure
Night View of the Colombo City
After breakfast, check out and leave for the airport to meet your departure flight.
Dolphin Watching in Sri Lanka
Trincomalee – Hub of the East Coast
Sigiriya from the Pidurangala
Sigiriya – The Rock Fortress
Ancient Ruins in Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa – Sri Lanka’s Medieval Capital
Temple of Tooth Relic Kandy
Kandy – Cultural Center of Sri Lanka
Women Dressed in Traditional Kandyan Saree
Temple of the Tooth
The Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists.
Habarana – Serenity with Stunning Scenery
Boasting of an accessible position in the district of Anuradhapura, Habarana provides to be the ideal base for your excursions.
Cave Temple in Dambulla
Dambulla – Fascinating Buddhist Architecture
According to chronicles, Dambulla was initially referred to as Jambukola or Jambukolalena. The most significant area of the city are the Dambulla Caves.
Night View of the Colombo City
Colombo – Sri Lankas Commercial Capital
Ruwanwelimaha Stupa in Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura – The City of the Ancients
Encapsulating visitors with its prolific past, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka is an intriguing city. One of the ancient capitals of the country, Anuradhapura is located in the north central province of Sri Lanka. Complete with ruins, irrigation systems, and temples, Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.