Customised holidays for curious travellers.
 
 
 

THE OTHER SIDE OF SRI LANKA

 
 
 
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Founders Notes…

“This immersive holiday uncovers the delightful culture of Jaffna and the beauty of north and east through the eyes of local people. Discover inspiring traditions. Take intriguing heritage walks through famous cultural sites as well as some hidden gems of Sri Lanka. Mingle with humble jungle farmers and hardworking women entrepreneurs, people we know personally from diverse ethnicities who love to celebrate our nations pride in heritage, faith and cuisine. Enjoy a private safari in the island’s largest wildlife park, cook mouth-watering Tamil and Sinhalese cuisine and relax by the stunning east coast known to us locals as the best beaches in Sri Lanka.”

Chamintha & Rajindra, Founders & Chief Explorers

 
 
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Image © Scott M Salt Photography

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Itinerary at a glance

Days 1 and 2: Vibrant Colombo City

Days 2 and 3: Wilpattu National Park

Days 4, 5 and 6: Ceylon’s first Royal Kingdom of Anuradhapura

Days 7, 8 and 9: Jaffna and the North

Days 10 and 11: Sigiriya

Days 12, 13 and 14: Stunning Pasikuda beach

- Duration: 14 days or tailor-made


 
 

Map

Click here to view a map of exciting locations you can explore on this North Sri Lanka route.

Privately Guided

Private driver and local guides are included throughout.

Pricing

All trips are tailor-made and private, based on individual client needs and are priced accordingly.

 
 

TRAVEL TIPS

Ideal itinerary for travel between end April to September. This is when the lovely east coast beach in Pasikuda is in season with its shallow, calm Indian Ocean waters and its selection of fabulous luxury resorts, or visit Trincomalee to spot Dolphins. A domestic flight is essential to connect from the east coast direct to the international airport. Early April could be extremely hot.

 
 
 

“My husband and I are international travellers and I would rate our tour with Ayu in the Wild as one of our best and most memorable. Chamintha and her husband truly want to show people their wonderful Sri Lanka.”

Vivian and Allen Lord, USA

 
 

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What you can experience on this tour:

 
 

Culture

You will be inspired by our local community-based guides as you enjoy sunset walks through the Jaffna Fort and sunrise treks to the famous Sigiriya Lion Rock; absorb the same fervour of faith during poojahs (religious ceremonies) in the sacred city of Anuradhapura and at the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna and explore hidden gems of the mysterious northern peninsular on heritage walks.

Wildlife

We take you through a quiet entrance to the heart of the ‘Villus’ (saucer shaped lakes) in Wilpattu which is the most game rich parts of the park and know you will absolutely love our African styled private safaris with insights on animal behaviour inside Sri Lanka’s most beautiful and largest national park. Wilpattu is famous for leopards, birds, crocodiles, sambur deer and more. We could even include walks along the bird rich saltpans of Mannar or guided boat safaris to spot Dolphins in Trincomalee.

Beach

Enjoy the most spectacular East coast beaches in Pasikuda or Trincomalee, indulging on the vast uncrowded soft sands. Spend your time snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing on yachts at sunset or doing nothing.

Wow Moments

Meet women entrepreneurs kickstarting their livelihoods and try your hand at their craft. Immerse yourself in traditional northern dance, learn art and sign language with speech and hearing-impaired kids and explore the Jaffna markets. We take you inside the homes of locals to try Sri Lankan cooking where you experience Sinhalese cuisine with a humble jungle farmer in Anuradhapura and learn Tamil cuisine with a delightful Jaffna resident. First, be ready to rub shoulders with big trucks on tiny streets on our ‘Other-Side-of-Colombo’ Street Food Tour. Spend a day exploring inland and coastal routes of the Jaffna peninsula where cycling, Cricket crazy kids and the red soil will delight you.

 

 
 
Stay in Kalundewa on customized itineraries with Jaffna travel experiences
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Stylish Accommodation that works well with this itinerary:

 
 

This itinerary can include a handpicked mix of luxurious and unique properties like Ulagalla Resort, Kalundewa Retreat, Fox Resorts Jaffna, Jetwing Jaffna, the Backwaters Lodge, Palmyrah House Mannar, Vil Uyana, Uga Bay, Maalu Maalu, Uga Residence,Tintagel and Galle Face Hotel. Walawwa and Casa Haleconia are best for a night closer to the Airport.

We work closely with a range of stylish properties across the island. All hotel and villa recommendations are independent of any affiliations and are based on the finer details of each, to make your holiday just right.

 
 
 

 
 

Ceylon Concierge by Ayu

With our personal contacts to Sri Lanka’s top experts we make extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences possible. Be guided by a Palaeontologist and his insights on fossils locked in ancient sedimentary rocks, be awed by a conservationists’ views of the evolutionary relationships of our wild species, see blue whales off the coasts in the company of a famed author on marine mammals or fly to the mountains for a magical evening with a Michelin starred chef, accompanied by Ceylon’s acclaimed musicians.

We’re always pushing boundaries to add on to our expanding collection of innovative and inspiring luxury travel experiences for our guests. Enquire with your interests. Pricing varies based on your requirements.

 

 

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