*Pricing is land only, based on 2024 hotel rates. 2025 Hotel subject to availability. No flights included.
Journey To Jaffna
We always look for different things to do on everyAustralian Cricket Tour. Starting our Australian Cricket Tour to Sri Lanka 2025 with our Sea-Tea-Sea Road Trip from Colombo to Arugam Bay, we end with a 6 night journey to the very-unique Jaffna.
Your Journey To Jaffna Includes:
Travel From Colombo
6 Nights Hotel
All Entrance Fees
Ferry Rides As Required
Sightseeing Jaffna Peninsula
Sri Lanka Tourism Accredited Guide
Transfer To Colombo Airport From Negombo
*We no longer offer twin-share unless you book to share a room with someone you know. If you are travelling alone, you must book SINGLE or phone a friend.
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Two nights in Jaffna on our Four Points Road Trip 2022 was enough to know we wanted more time in this grand region, city, and people completely detached from the unrest plaguing the rest of Sri Lanka in 2022.
After crossing the Indian Ocean at Elephant Pass, the gateway to the north, we entered an entirely different world. When the rest of Sri Lanka was bereft of life due to shortages of fuel & essentials, Jaffna District was filled with vibrancy.
Auto-rickshaws, cars, trucks, motorbikes, and buses travelled the streets of the city bustling with people, going about their business as if nothing was wrong. There was a very relaxed and cool vibe.
It wasn't wholly immune to the crisis with the fishing industry aground, and boats unable to ferry to the islands. So, much of our time in 2025 will be spent visting sights offshore, which we couldn't in 2022.
It's a long day, made much easier by train, but reaching Jaffna in one hit will let us see more of the things we missed and things we did see in 2022.
The far north is a raw coast, lined with seemingly more catholic churches than Rome. Just a few hundred metres apart, church after chapel after stations and cemeteries line the peninsula to Pedro Point; the northern-most point of Sri Lanka. We will tick the box on this again as you can't go this far and not look north to India.
Visiting Pedro Point is as significant as visiting the islands that make Jaffna District such as Punkudutivu, Kayts, and Delft; the latter only reached by boat. In 2022, bridges to Punkudutivu & Kayts were closed, leaving only the bridge to Karainagar. All being better, we will get further in 2025 to see more of Jaffna.
Jaffna's primary attraction is Jaffna Fort, a legacy of Portuguese occupation, best seen on your own city walk. A walk that should include the Jaffna Clocktower, marina, library, St Mary's Cathedral, St James' Church, and street markets.
We will take you to Nallur Kandaswamy Hindu Temple, ruins of King Sangiliyan's Residence, King's statue, and Nilavarai water-well, which never dries up.
We'd love to cruise the island that is Jaffna District, watered by Palk Bay, Palk Straight, Bay of Bengal and the tiniest body of Indian Ocean. It may be too big, but we are working on this and more to make this adventure special.
Jaffna has a world of awesome things to see, foods to eat, history to absorb, and places to feel. We already feel 4 nights may not be enough.
We hate rushing, but not everyone has time to lazily travel Sri Lanka, especially after 17 nights for two test matches, and a Sea-Tea-Sea Road Trip.
We will see a lot in 3 full days in this eye-opening region, before having 1 night in Kalpitya (western-most point of the mainland) and 1 night in Negombo, to refresh before your departing flight.
We may go straight to Negombo, but we'll confirm everything well-before this awesome Journey To Jaffna that will include all travel, hotels, breakfast, dinner, and sightseeing.