Your day-by-day itinerary

Arrival at Wilpattu & Jeep Safari

Day 1

Arrival at Wilpattu & Jeep Safari

Today you’ll head North, past rice paddies to Wilpattu National Park. Only reopened in the last few years, this park is the largest in Sri Lanka. Once you’ve arrived at your tented safari accommodation and freshened up, you’ll head out on an afternoon jeep safari. Keep your eyes peeled for leopards, sloth bears and elephants hiding in the park’s dense jungle. In the evening you’ll enjoy a BBQ around the campfire – the perfect end to your safari experience.

Mihintale & Anuradhapura

Day 2

Mihintale & Anuradhapura

To escape the midday heat you’ll head out early to visit Mihintale, a mountain peak and popular pilgrimage site, known for being the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. You’ll check into your next hotel that overlooks a large lake and the afternoon is yours to explore Anuradhapura’s ancient ruins. Walk through the sprawling complex and take in the archaeological wonders, crumbling temples and the old Royal Palace. Then head to Sri Maha Bodhi for some shade – the oldest tree in the world. It’s over 2000 years old and many pilgrims make the journey here daily to make offerings.

Houwing Statues of Anuradhapura

Day 3

Departure from Anuradhapura

Today after breakfast you’ll head to your onward destination. You can carry on heading further North and visit the undiscovered city of Jaffna. Alternatively, you can head to the beaches of the East Coast, or carry onto Polonnaruwa for some more culture and nature.

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Speak to our Sri Lanka specialist, David

“There’s nowhere like Sri Lanka. Having travelled all over the country, it wasn’t long before I fell completely in love with its beaches, tea hills, wild rainforest and national parks. Oh, and did I mention the spicy curries? They knocked my socks off!”

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