Colours of Jaffna

Jaffna 3-Day Cultural City Tour - Sri Lanka

Prices from £248 pp

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Duration3 days / 2 nights (flexible)


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Only opened up to tourists in recent years, the northern city of Jaffna is a melting pot of cultures, religions and cuisines. Cycle around the battered ramparts of Jaffna Fort, sneak a peek into a Hindu temple and light a candle at the Cathedral. Let the hubbub of local fish market envelop you then visit a local home to see palmyrah being made and enjoy a traditional local lunch. With a distinctive culture all of its own, Jaffna is sure to leave you enchanted.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by private car with driver
  • Local guide
  • Cycling excursion
  • Local lunch
  • Palmyrah production excursion

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Arrival in Jaffna

You’ll arrive in Jaffna early afternoon and after freshening up at your hotel head out to explore Jaffna’s main landmarks. Meet your local Thamil guide at Jaffna Fort, hop on a bike and start pedalling around, discovering Jaffna’s hidden gems and well-known sites! Your final stop is Nallur Kandasamy Kovil, the most important Hindu temple in the region, and you will get here just in time for the evening ceremonies! The rest of the evening is free for you to keep exploring the town or enjoying the peace and quiet of your hotel.

Arrival in Jaffna


Today there’s plenty more sight-seeing to be done. After an early rise, you will visit one of the fishing villages to check out the catch of the day at a bustling fishermen market (and source the main ingredient for your lunch!). After breakfast back at your hotel, you’ll venture further into the countryside to see a palmyrah production village, common for the area. This plant is incredibly important to the people in the north as it’s used for all sorts of typically Sri Lankan products such as carpets, mats, juices and even flour. If you have jaggery in your tea during your stay in Jaffna, it’s most likely come from one of these cottage industries.


Next, your guide will take you to his home in Jaffna, where you’ll meet his family and help them prep traditional lunch. You’ll all sit together on the floor and sample local dishes, typical for the area. The only challenge you might face is lack of cutlery – now is your chance to master curry eating with your bare hands! After lunch the time is yours to do as you please – you may want to explore Jaffna’s other sites, such as Point Pedro, Kadurugoda temple of the famous Nilavarei well, or take it easy and laze around the pool at your hotel.

Departure from Jaffna

After breakfast you can head to St Mary’s Cathedral built by the Portuguese in 1794. Many Sri Lankans are descendants of these early settlers and you might notice that the surname Fernando is surprisingly common. After your visit you’ll hop back into your private car and journey onwards to your next destination.

Departure from Jaffna
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