Beach Tour 03

08DAYS 07NIGHTS

Day 01

AIRPORT/ANURADAPURAYA (Approx. 04 ½ hours drive – about 170 KM )

Greeted by Mac Travels English speaking Driver/Guide at the Airport and then transfer to Hotel in Anuradapuraya. Check-in and relax at the hotel .

Overnight stay at Anuradapuraya palm Garden village

 

Day 02

ANURADAPURAYA/JAFFNA (Approx. 03 ½ hours drive – about 200 KM )

After Breakfast leave for Jaffna. Visit the lagoon, world famous Hindu temple, Sangupiddy Bridge, Fort and Jaffna library (view at outside only) etc.

Jaffna

Jaffna District, 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. Jaffna is low lying; much of it covered by shallow lagoons, and has a number of interesting islands dotted offshore. In all it covers 2560 square km (999 square miles). With just under 900,000 inhabitants, the district of Jaffna is one of the most densely populated areas of Sri Lanka, second only to Greater Colombo.

Jaffna peninsula is blessed with a beautiful beach. Jaffna lagoon is a large lagoon, an area of 4000 square kilometers. Palmyra lagoon is surrounded by coconut plantations and rice fields trees.


Casurina Beach
Casuarina Beach is in Karainagar, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka, about 20 kilometers from Jaffna. The Casuarina Beach in Karainagar is also called and written as Casoorina, Cashoorina and few other variants. This is considered to be the best beach in the Jaffna Peninsula with white sand.
The beach got its name due the Casuarina Trees along the beach. The beach lies about 20 km off Jaffna and may take about 45 minutes to travel by a vehicle.

Sangupiddy Bridge (Changkupiddy Bridge) is a road bridge across Jaffna Lagoon in northern Sri Lanka. It connects Sangupiddy in Kilinochchi District to Karaitivu in Jaffna District. It is one of only two road bridges connecting the densely populated Jaffna Peninsula with the mainland.

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil or Nallur Murugan Kovil is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna District of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It stands in the town of Nallur. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan in the form of the holy Vel. The idol of the Nallur Devi or goddess was given to the temple in the 10th century CE by the Chola queenSembiyan Mahadevi, in the style of Sembian bronzes.

Jaffna Fort is a fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Philip De Olivera following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. It was captured by the Dutch under Raiclop Van Goins in 1658 who expanded it. In 1795, it was taken over by the British, and remained under the control of a British garrison till 1948. As the only large military fort in the country, due to the presence of only government and military buildings within its ramparts, it was garrisoned by a detachment of the Ceylon Army.
With the onset of the Sri Lankan Civil War it came under siege on several occasions and was the scene of pitched battles. From 1986 to 1995 it was under the control of the LTTE and was recaptured by the Sri Lanka Army in 1995 after a 50 day siege during Operation Riviresa. Today it remains garrisoned by a detachment of the Sri Lanka Army with limited access to visitors and is under renovation.Buildings inside the fort include the Governor's residence, Queen's House, Jaffna, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era.

Overnight stay at Jaffna Heritage hotel

DAY 02

ANURADAPURAYA/JAFFNA (Approx. 03 ½ hours drive – about 200 KM)

After Breakfast leave for Jaffna. Visit the lagoon, world famous Hindu temple, Sangupiddy Bridge, Fort and Jaffna library (view at outside only) etc.

Jaffna

Jaffna District, 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. Jaffna is low lying; much of it covered by shallow lagoons, and has a number of interesting islands dotted offshore. In all it covers 2560 square km (999 square miles). With just under 900,000 inhabitants, the district of Jaffna is one of the most densely populated areas of Sri Lanka, second only to Greater Colombo.

Jaffna peninsula is blessed with a beautiful beach. Jaffna lagoon is a large lagoon, an area of 4000 square kilometers. Palmyra lagoon is surrounded by coconut plantations and rice fields trees.


Casurina Beach

Casuarina Beach is in Karainagar, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka, about 20 kilometers from Jaffna. The Casuarina Beach in Karainagar is also called and written as Casoorina, Cashoorina and few other variants. This is considered to be the best beach in the Jaffna Peninsula with white sand.

The beach got its name due the Casuarina Trees along the beach. The beach lies about 20 km off Jaffna and may take about 45 minutes to travel by a vehicle.

Sangupiddy Bridge (Changkupiddy Bridge) is a road bridge across Jaffna Lagoon in northern Sri Lanka. It connects Sangupiddy in Kilinochchi District to Karaitivu in Jaffna District. It is one of only two road bridges connecting the densely populated Jaffna Peninsula with the mainland.

Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil or Nallur Murugan Kovil is one of the most significant Hindu temples in the Jaffna District of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It stands in the town of Nallur. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan in the form of the holy Vel. The idol of the Nallur Devi or goddess was given to the temple in the 10th century CE by the Chola queenSembiyan Mahadevi, in the style of Sembian bronzes.

Jaffna Fort is a fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Philip De Olivera following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. It was captured by the Dutch under Raiclop Van Goins in 1658 who expanded it. In 1795, it was taken over by the British, and remained under the control of a British garrison till 1948. As the only large military fort in the country, due to the presence of only government and military buildings within its ramparts, it was garrisoned by a detachment of the Ceylon Army.

With the onset of the Sri Lankan Civil War it came under siege on several occasions and was the scene of pitched battles. From 1986 to 1995 it was under the control of the LTTE and was recaptured by the Sri Lanka Army in 1995 after a 50 day siege during Operation Riviresa. Today it remains garrisoned by a detachment of the Sri Lanka Army with limited access to visitors and is under renovation. Buildings inside the fort include the Governor's residence, Queen's House, Jaffna, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era.

Overnight stay at Jaffna Heritage hotel

Day 03

JAFFNA/TRINCOMALEE (Approx. 04 hours drive – about 250 KM )

After breakfast, take the ferry to Nagadeepa Buddhist temple. (15 minute boat ride). Later afternoon drive to Trincomalee. (About 04-05 Hrs long drive), Rest at the hotel

Nagadeepa Purana Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Jaffna district of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is among the country's sixteen or seventeen holiest Buddhist shrines (Solosmasthana). According to contemporary history, the Gautama Buddha visited the site after five years of attaining Enlightenment to settle the dispute between two warring Naga kings, Chulodara and Mahodara.

Ancient history according to the Mahavamsa chronicles and the Tamil Buddhist epic Manimekalai mentions a gem-studded throne and a stone with the Buddha’s footprint at the island Nainativu, (also known as Nagadeepa) which pilgrims from India visited

Overnight stay at Trincomalee Chaaya Blue

Day 04

TRINCOMALEE

At leisure at the beach resort.

Optional: Boat ride to Pigeon Island or boat ride to watch Whales/Dolphins- recommended period : during May to October only. 

Evening proceed to visit Kinniya Hot water springs and Koneshwaram Kovil.

Overnight stay at Trincomalee Chaaya Blue 


Day 05

TRINCOMALEE/PASIKUDAH (Approx  02 ½ hours drive – about 125 KM )

After Breakfast proceed to Passikudah. Spend time at leisure at the beach resort.

Overnight stay at Pasikudah Amaya beach 

Day 06

PASIKUDAH

Spend time at leisure at the beach resort.

Optional : City tour at Batticaloa.

Overnight stay at Pasikudah Amaya beach 

Day 07

PASIKUDAH/NEGOMBO (Approx  06 hours drive – about 335 KM )

After Breakfast leave for Negombo. Check-in and rest at the hotel.

Negombo

Negombo is a laidback coastal city in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast of the island and at the mouth of the stunning Negombo Lagoon. Located in close proximity to the international airport, Negombo is the perfect place to stop over while on transit or on a very short stay. The coastal belt is adorned with hotels and restaurants serving some of the island’s best sea food. Once a trading port for the Portugese and the Dutch, this vibrant town is an ideal place for those who want quick access from the airport. Attractions in the city are the old Dutch fort gate built in 1672 (now a part of the prison), the Dutch Canal which was then a supply route to the Dutch administration, beautiful old churches and fishing villages

Overnight stay at Negombo Goldi Sands

 

Day 08

NEGOMBO/AIRPORT  (Approx. 25 minutes drive – about 15 KM )

After Breakfast transfer to the airport for departure. (You have to be at the Airport 03 hrs before the flight time in time to catch the flights which leaves at …… Hrs)


 

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