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Jaffna private tour from Kandy : 3 Nights 4 Days

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Day 1: Kandy - Dambulla - Anuradhapura - Jaffna

Stop At: Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka
Dambulla Cave Temple is also quite commonly referred to as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, owing to the large, golden statue of Lord Buddha. Towering 160m in height, ascend the stone steps until you reach the summit, where approximately 153 statues of Buddha are held inside the caves. You’ll also find statues of gods, goddesses and local kings. The cave temple has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka
Take a stroll back in time as you walk through historic ruins of buildings, Buddhist shrines, kingdoms and cities! Anuradhapura was one of the most notable ancient capitals in Sri Lanka and has been marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Known to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, Anuradhapura offers curious travellers an insight into the island’s rich history and diverse culture. The ‘sacred city of Anuradhapura’ is believed to be home to the Sri Maha Bodhi, a sapling taken from the main Peepal Tree in Bodhi Gaya, India, under which Lord Buddha was said to have attained enlightenment. Some of the other significant places to visit are the Ruwanweliseya; a pristine, towering, Buddhist shrine, the Abhayagiri Monastery; found around 109 BC, a stunning 2m Samadhi statue of the Buddha carved during the 4th

century and the wondrous Kuttam Pokuna; ancient twin ponds.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Fox Resorts Jaffna (boutique hotel)

Meal plan : Half Board

Day 2: Neduntheevu (Delft Island), Velanai Island & Nagadeepa Purana Vihara

Stop At: Nagadipa Purana Vihara, Nagadipa / Nainativu Island, Jaffna 40000 Sri Lanka
Nagadeepa Purana Vihara is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Jaffna district of Northern Province, Sri Lanka. It is among the country's sixteen holiest Buddhist shrines. 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.

The site is known as the place where Lord Buddha came during his second visit to Sri Lanka, after five years of attaining Enlightenment, to intervene and mediate in settling a dispute between two Naga Kings, Chulodara and Mahodara over the possession of a gem-studded throne.

When Buddha arrived and saw the Naga Kings prepared for fighting, Budhha used psychic powers to appear in the sky performing miracles. This made the Nagas astonished and happy. After having listened to the Dhamma sermons displaying Buddha's masterly knowledge of unity and harmony, meththa and compassion, the Naga kings paid homage to Budhha with overwhelming faith. The throne was offered to him in unison and they became pious devotees.

A deity named Samiddhi Sumana, who had made the banyan tree his abode, accompanied him to Thathagatha while in Jetavanarama, holding the uprooted tree (Rajayathana tree) as an umbrella (parasol) to him. The Naga King Maniakkitha, ruler of Kelaniya, moved by the compassion of the Buddha, thanked him profusely for settling the dispute. He further pleaded for a souvenir to worship and consequently the Buddha offered him the Rajayathana tree and the throne.

The Nagadeepa Vihara has been reconstructed, and developed in the times of king Devanampiya Tissa and Dutugemunu and to convert it into a sacred place.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Jaffna - Pannai Old Community Centre, Kayts, Sri Lanka
Velanai Island, also known as Leiden in Dutch, is a small island off the coast of Jaffna Peninsula in the North of Sri Lanka. Received per-historic archaeological evidence of ancient life in Saatti suggested that there was a well-organized civilization emerged in this island. Velani is located at 9.40°N 79.54°E. It is surrounded by the Palk Strait and at a distance of 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south-west of Jaffna town. Though most of Velani district is a level plain and also has maximum elevation of 15 metres (49 ft) above mean sea level. The total area of this island is nearly 36 km2.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Neduntheevu (Delft Island), Jaffna 40000 Sri Lanka
Neduntheevu or Neduntivu (also known by its Dutch name Delft) is an island in the Palk Strait, northern Sri Lanka. This island is named as Delft in the Admiralty Chart unlike the other islands, whose names are Tamil. The island's area is 50 km² and it is roughly oval-shaped. Its length is 8 km and its maximum width about 6 km.

Neduntivu is a flat island surrounded by shallow waters and beaches of coral chunks and sand. It is home to a small population of Tamil people, mostly living in quiet compounds close to the northern coast. The vegetation is of a semi-arid tropical type, with palmyra palms, dry shrubs and grasses that grow on the pale Grey porous coralline soil. Papayas and bananas grow close to the local people's homes. In the western coast of the island there are remains of a 1000-year-old temple[citation needed built by the Chola Dynasty, as well as the ruins of a Dutch colonial fort. The water is slightly brackish, and it is taken from shallow wells using buckets made from palmyra palm leaves. There are feral ponies on the island, descendants of forebears abandoned there in the Dutch period.

The island was named after the Dutch city of Delft by Rijckloff van Goens. He named the eight most important islands after Dutch cities.

Duration: 9 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Fox Resorts Jaffna (boutique hotel)

Meal plan : Half Board

Day 3: Jaffna & Casuarina Beach

Stop At: Nallur Kovil, Jaffna Sri Lanka
Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil is a significant Hindu temple, located in Nallur, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. The presiding deity is Lord Murugan or Katharagama Deviyo in the form of the holy 'Vel' in the Sanctum, the primary shrine, and in other forms, namely, Shanmugar, Muthukumaraswami, Valli Kaanthar with consorts Valli and Deivayanai, and Thendayuthapani, sans consorts in secondary shrines in the temple. The original, Kandaswamy Temple was founded in 948 ad.

The temple is a socially important institution for the Sri Lankan Tamils Hindu identity of north Sri Lanka. In the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora, many temples have been built in Europe and North America using the same name as a cultural memory. Thanks to its Administration and strict decipline admired and revered by the devotees, Nallur Kovil is the epitome of punctuality, order and neatness, and provides a model for all Saiva temples. Above all it is the manner in which religious ceremonies are conducted with such impeccable timing and strict discipline that makes it a favourite amongst devotees.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Jaffna Fort, Jaffna Sri Lanka
Jaffna Fort is a fort built by the Portuguese at Jaffna, Sri Lanka in 1618 under Phillippe de Oliveira following the Portuguese invasion of Jaffna. The fort is located near Karaiyur. Due to numerous miracles attributed to the statue of Virgin Mary in the church nearby, the fort was named as Fortress of Our Lady of Miracles of Jafanapatão (Fortaleza de Nossa Senhora dos Milagres de Jafanapatão). It was captured by the Dutch under Rijcklof van Goens 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 during this time the LTTE destroyed several of key features to stop the Army getting control due to the site being used to stage attacks but it was recaptured by the Sri Lanka Army in 1995 after a 50-day siege during Operation Riviresa. It was also vandalised by locals to rebuild houses damaged from the war .Today it remains garrisoned by a detachment of the Sri Lanka Army with limited access to visitors and is being renovated with Dutch funding.

Buildings inside the fort include the Governor's residence (King's House), Queen's House, Kruys Church, the Garrison Parade Ground, Police quarters and several buildings from the Portuguese era.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Jaffna Archaeological Museum, Navalar Road, Jaffna 40000 Sri Lanka
Jaffna Archaeological Museum is located in Nallur, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The land was given to museum by Arumuga Navalar Foundation, and front portion has Navalar Cultural Hall. The museum houses a rare collection of antiquities. Buddhist and Hindu religious collection are in big collection, which are in various forms of metal, wood and stone. The excellent collections begin in time from the period of ancient period Sri Lanka to the colonial era. Also, some of the archaeological excavations findings of Kandarodai can seen at this museum.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Sangiliyan Statue, Jaffna Sri Lanka
The Sangiliyan statue was dedicated to Cankili II a Tamil martyr and the last king of Jaffna Kingdom. The statue is seen as a landmark of the city of Jaffna. The Sangiliyan statue was built 1974 at Muuirai junction Nallur and declared open by then Jaffna Mayor Alfred Duraiappah. On 2011 was the statue removed and a new statue was built at the same place.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Ruins of King Sangiliyan's Minister's Residence, Jaffna Sri Lanka
The Jaffna kingdom was centered around this city before it was destroyed by the Portuguese. This place is a land mark of ancient history of Sri Lanka.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dutch Kachcheri Building, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Protected ruins of a building constructed during Dutch rule of Sri Lanka & a historical landmark.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Jaffna Market, Jaffna Sri Lanka
Visit Jaffna market and buy local products while enjoying the simple life style of local people.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, Madagal, Jaffna Sri Lanka
The Port of Jambukola or Dambakola Patuna is an ancient port to the north of Jaffna.

History

After Mihindu Maha Thero brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka in 250BC, his sister, Theri Sanghamitta arrived in Sri Lanka with a Sacred Bo Sapling one year later to this port. The temple Samudda-panasala (Jambukola Viharaya) was built commemorating the arrival of the Bo sapling by King Devanampiya Tissa (250-210 BC). Later, the same king planted one of the first eight shoots of the Sri Maha Bodhi, on the same place where he kept the original tree before bringing it to Anuradhapura. King Vijayabahu I (1070–1110) has restored this site. The remains of the vihara, such as the Buddha footprint stone and vatadage seen up to recent times no longer exist there.

This port gradually faded in importance while port Mahathiththa/ Mahathota/ Mantota (now Mantai) located at the mouth of Malvatu oya developed as a key intersection of sea-routes and the Dambakola Patuna Viharaya was lost in time. The Great Chronicle of Sri Lanka, the Mahavamsa and Samanthapaasasdika mention pilgrims coming from "Yonaka" country to Jambukola to worship the Jambukola Viharaya in the ancient times.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Keerimalai Hot springs, Jaffna 40000 Sri Lanka
The Keerimalai springs is a renowned mineral water spring that is believed to have healing properties. Unlike other natural springs in the island, this spring forms two swimming pools with separate entrances for women and men. Dating back several centuries, Keerimalai springs is shrouded by local folklore of a Pandyan princess who built the Hindu kovil located nearby when she was cured of her horse shape head after bathing at the spring.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hammenhiel Fort, 40000, AB17, Kalapoomy, Sri Lanka
Fort Hammenhiel is a fort built around a small island between the islands of Kayts and Karaitivu of Jaffna Peninsula in Northern Sri Lanka. The Portuguese built the fort, to guard the entrance to the Jaffna peninsula, in the mid 17th century of quarried coral naming it Fortaleza do Caes (Fort Royal). The Dutch, under the command of Captains Cornelies Reb, Piester Waset and N. van der Reede, captured the fort in March 1658 and subsequently renamed it Hammenhiel (Heel of the Ham), as they considered that shape of Ceylon resembled a smoked ham and the fort was located at the point where the shank bone projects. The Dutch rebuilt the fort in 1680, constructing a stone breakwater, filling in the hollow ramparts, replacing the upper floor with a stone vault and building a brick lined reservoir to the north of the fort. The prison has nine large dungeons to store gunpowder. The Dutch maintained a garrison of about thirty soldiers under the charge of a Lieutenant or Ensign.

The British used the fort firstly as a maximum security prison and then as an infectious diseases hospital. Having plenty of space and the proper location to detain prisoners, it was used thereafter by the Sri Lanka Navy to detain sailors accused of wrongdoings. Now it has been transformed into a tourist hotel run by the Sri Lanka Navy.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Casuarina Beach, Beach Road Karainagar, Jaffna 40000 Sri Lanka
Spend hours resting relaxing and enjoying sunset in pristine beaches of Sri Lanka.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Fox Resorts Jaffna (boutique hotel)

Meal plan HB

Day 4: Jaffna - Departure (We will drop off you to any location in Sri Lanka)

Stop At: Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, Jaffna Road, Jaffna 40000 Sri Lanka
Kadurugoda Viharaya is an ancient Buddhist temple situated in Chunnakam, Jaffna District, Sri Lanka. The temple is located in a small hamlet called Kandarodai and it is one of the few Buddhist temples remaining in Jaffna today. Currently this temple has been declared as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka. The history of Kadurugoda Vihara goes back to the Anuradhapura era. During the time period of King Devanpiya Thissa, theri Sangamitta arrived to Dambakolapatuna in Sri Lanka with a sapling of Sri Maha Bodhi. It is said that the road to Anuradhapura from Dambakolapatuna was through this Kadurugoda Vihara area anToday there are about 20 stupas and a number of stupa foundations can be seen in the Vihara premises. The smallest stupa is about 8 feet in diameter and the largest is about 23.5 feet. The stupas possess unique features that cannot be found anywhere else in Sri Lanka. They have been made of gray colored coral stone and have a very distinguished pattern with small holes all over them. Another special feature of these ancient stupas is that they do not possess the standard square shape parts (Hathares Kotuwa and Dewatha Kotuwa) above the dome and instead they have umbrella shaped fixed pinnacles.

Duration: 30 minutes

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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We will pick up you from your hotel in Kandy. Please do share your hotel details when you book the package.
Departure Time
8:30 AM
Duration
4 days
Inclusions
  • 3x Breakfast
  • 3x Dinner
  • Accommodation included: 3 nights
  • Jaffna private tour from Kandy : 3 Nights 4 Days as mentioned in itinerary
  • Accommodation on Half Board as mentioned in itinerary
  • Transfer by air conditioned car / van, tuk tuk (In Delft Island) and boat / ferry
  • English speaking driver
  • English speaking guide for Jaffna excursions
  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • 1000 ml water bottle per person per day
  • King coconut refreshments
  • All taxes
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Entrance tickets to Dambulla cave temple and Anuradhapura sightseeing (As depend on your interest)
  • Meals not mentioned under Inclusions
  • Drop of charges from Jaffna to your next location on day 04 (Prices depend on your location)
  • Anything NOT mentioned under Inclusions
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Ruwanwelisaya
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Reviewed 30 July 2019

We had a great tour in Sri Lanka. We stayed during last couple of weeks. Jaffana tour from kandy was great. We visited dambulla cave temple and Anuradhapura kingdom on our way to jaffna. We stayed over 3 nights in jaffna. Jaffna (north Sri Lanka)...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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yohanchathurangad, Owner at Nefelibata Travels (Pvt) Ltd, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2019

Thank you very much for your amazing review for Nefelibata Travels ! It is great pleasure for us to offer you an amazing and memorable experience in Sri Lanka. You are most welcome again and happy to offer you best service and memorable experience again...More

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