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Activities to do in North Sri Lanka

Glamping in Wilpattu National Park, Exploring fort Jaffna, Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, Taking the local train to Vavuniya, Safari in Kaudulla National Park, Chundikulam National Park and many more.

Exploring the unique city of Jaffna, dolphin watching tours in Kalpitiya, wildlife and bird watching in the lush green landscapes of Wilpattu National park, North Sri Lanka has endless opportunities to explore. With so many things to do in North Sri Lanka you will be on your toes throughout your journey. Snorkeling at the beaches is a popular activity and the beaches in Negombo and Trincomalee provide for amazing spots to enjoy this unique activity in North Sri Lanka.

For the explorer, there are so many activities to do in North Sri Lanka. A tour to the Jaffna city, tourists will find a glimpse of Indian culture blended in its day to day life. The fort Jaffna is one of the most spectacular sights spread across vast landscapes. Another beautiful structure to visit in the city is Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, a 15th century temple built to worship Lord Murugan.

A trip to the northern province is incomplete without taking the local train to Vavuniya - friendly faces and scenic route will keep you entertained all the way. Enjoy the gorgeous landscapes and heritage of North Sri Lanka in its entirety with so many places to visit.

Here are some of the best things to do in North Sri Lanka :

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Visit one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka- Wilpattu National which is very much popular and world-renowned for its leopard population. This adventure and the fun-filled tour includes breakfast, picnic lunch, and round transportation. 

About the tour:
-You will be picked up from your hotel at 5:45 am and drive to Wilpattu national park by customized game viewing vehicle.
-As you reach there, your safari will begin at 6:30 am. A safari in Wilpattu is very different from any of the other major national parks. The unique feature of this park is the existence of Willis (Natural lakes) - Natural, which gives Wilpattu a wonderful, and genuine, wilderness feeling.
-Around 12:30 pm, picnic lunch will be served.
-After having lunch, now it's time to explore the afternoon adventure of the national park. Here you can also find huge swathes of dense, dry country woodland, masses of birds and, with a little luck, an impressive array of wildlife including leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, wild pigs, and crocodiles. Whilst enjoying the game drive, you will be able to have a light breakfast and refreshments.
-As the safari concludes, you will be taken back to your hotel in Anuradhapura.

Timings: 5:30 am - 6:00 pm
Duration:10 - 12 Hours
Starting/Ending Point: Your Hotel from Anuradhapura.

-Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour.
-Maximum 6 people are required to book this tour.
-Children of age 5 years and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult.
-All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Exploring Fort Jaffna

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Jaffna is a unique town, with a major influence of Indian culture. Recovered from a 30 year war, today the town is blooming again and one of the things to do in North Sri Lanka is visiting this site. Exploring fort Jaffna is a great way to understand the history and culture of Jaffna and the northern regions. Built in 1968 by the Portuguese rulers, the fort has been a seat of power for Dutch and British companies in India and is now made of corals.

The fort is scattered on vast lands and includes various buildings like the Governor's residence, Queen's House, Jaffna, the Garrison Parade Ground and the Police quarters. The fort has undergone restructuring and now attracts tourists from around the world to witness the marks of history it carries.

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Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil

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The Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil is one of the most gorgeous temple structures in Jaffna and also holds a lot of significance amongst the Hindu's in Sri Lanka. As the most important temple dedicated to worshipping God Murugan, this 15th century structure was rebuilt in 1734.

Visiting the gorgeous temple is definitely on our list of activities to do in North Sri Lanka. The beauty of the grand airy space shelters, the intrinsic murals, the pillared halls, golden ochre, stepped well of holy water - the temple is a mesmerizing structure. Every year during the months of July or August the temple hosts a 25 day Hindu festival, which is spectacular and ends with a day of parade of floats.
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Taking the Local Train to Vavuniya

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Taking a local train in Sri Lanka is definitely something that you shouldn't miss. While exploring the northern regions, Taking the local train to Vavuniya is one of the most mesmerizing things to do in North Sri Lanka.

It takes you on a journey to the deepest parts of the lush green landscapes of Vavuniya and is for sure an incredible experience. The scenic view in the background and friendly locals around you is what makes the entire ride amazing. However, the trains do not have digital signs so keep an eye out for the name of your destination at the platform.

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Time Out on the Beach at Trincomalee

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Trincomalee is a beautiful port city that has the most beautiful beaches in the northeast coast. Take a time out at Trincomalee, spend 2-3 days relaxing and enjoy other activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming or just sunbathing.

The beaches of Trincomalee offer a great number of things to do in North Sri Lanka and are major tourist attractions in these regions. The best time to visit this tourist destination is between May and October. Take a boat trip to watch the spinner dolphins and blue whales among other marine life.

Price: Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour - $31 USD and onward for one person
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Spotting Blue Whales and Snorkelling With Turtles

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One of the fun activities to do in North Sri Lanka or just anywhere with a beach in Sri Lanka is - Snorkeling. Recently the country has emerged as a major attraction for Snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sport activities.

While at the Trincomalee coast, you will find many beaches that will provide you the experience, but travel to the Pigeon Island where you will see the best of marine life underwater. If you wake up early, you can also enjoy a boat ride tour to spot blue whales before snorkeling with turtles.

$36-$41 USD (Boat ride + snorkeling equipment rent)
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If you are an animal lover then book this wildlife tour around Kaudulla National Park. Enjoy a game drive and watch for elephants, deer, and other creatures in the scrub and grasslands. additionally, you can scan the reservoir waters for Indian black turtles, pelicans, lesser adjutants, and other species. 

About the tour:
-You will be picked up from your hotel and drive to Kaudulla National Park.
-As you reach there, start your game drive at the National Park.
-On completion of the game drive, you will be dropped off to your hotel.

Timings: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Time duration: 4 Hours
Starting/Ending Point: Hotel in Dambulla 

-Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour.
-Maximum 6 people are required to book this tour. 
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Chundikulam National Park

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Sri Lanka is rich in flora and fauna, offering great views with a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. A safari tour to the Chundikulam National Park is one of the most exciting and thrilling things to do in North Sri Lanka for nature lovers and bird watchers. You can also try your hands at photography and enjoy the sightings of animals in their natural habitat.

$15 USD for adults $8 USD for children age 6-12

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Gateway to the wonder of Sri Lanka, Colombo has a rich colonial heritage and boasts of having some very scenic and popular attractions. You would want to relax, try local food or indulge in leisure activities, Colombo has it all. Get a chance to head out of the city and go on an incredible journey with Sigiriya Rock Fortress day tour with village experience.

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Explore the beautiful Lion's Rock Fortress:
Sigiriya or Lion's Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and locals call it Eighth Wonder of the World. Sigiriya Rock Fortress day tour allows you to explore the ancient palace and fortress complex with significant archaeological importance.

Climb up 1,200 Steps to See the Magnificent Views:
This Lion-like structure has a lot to offer. Begin your 1,200 steps climb up to the top of the fortress to bask in the awesome view of the surrounding area. An open-air spiral stairway leads to a long, sheltered gallery in the sheer rock face awaits you on the halfway.

Join the Daily Tasks of Hiriwadunna Village:
a bullock cart ride to cooking class and a fishing trip, experience all of it with Sigiriya Rock Fortress day tour. Engaging in the daily activities of the villagers will help you have an insider look at the culture and traditions of the place.

Get Driven to Sigiriya In a Comfortable Vehicle:
Sigiriya Rock Fortress day tour with village experience comes with hassle-free transfer service. Get transferred to the location in an air-conditioned and spacious car that will keep you at complete ease. Book the package for perfect Sri Lanka memories.

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Pick-up Timings: 5:40 am (within Colombo city limits)

Vehicle Options:
- Car (up to 3 people): Toyota Axio, Prius Hybrid, Premio/Honda Fit Shuttle or similar
- Mini Van (4-7 people): Toyota KDH/Nissan Caravan or similar

- Children aged 4 - 11 years can avail child ticket.
- Infants under the age of 3 years can avail the package for free.
- A minimum of 2 people are required to book this tour.
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Negombo, in Sri Lanka refers to a peaceful town, which is situated on the west coast of Sri Lanka. The location is occupied with beautiful white sandy beaches and sparkling blue water bodies. Apart from being one of the commercial hot spots of Sri Lanka, the location is famous for its wide range of seafood items and its rich cultural composition.

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With this package, grab the opportunity of exploring Sri Lanka’s typical fishing village Negombo on Tuk tuk. Don't miss out the chance of witnessing fishermen’s living style and see hundreds of fishermen working for their daily bread in harmony.

Experience the hustle and bustle of the Sri Lankan town and learn the techniques of bargaining in the markets. You also get to visit other prominent spots such as Dutch Fort, Angurukaaramulla Temple and its 6m-long reclining Buddha, St. Mary’s Church with the charming ceiling paintings that adorns the nave and many such spots.

The package comes with comfortable hotel pickup and drop off with water bottles and refreshment. The package also provides with cycles and helmets in addition to backup vehicles and first aid. You shall also be provided with the service of a cycling guide. The package is inclusive of all government taxes.

Timings: The duration of the package is 4 hours which starts from 8.30 am and ends at 12.30 am.

Starting/Ending Point:
  The package provides a comfortable pick up and drop-off facility from your hotel in Negombo.

Note: Minimum number of people required to book this package is 2.

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People Also Ask About Sri Lanka

  1. Which are the best places to visit in North Sri Lanka ?

    1. Delft: the Forgotten Island: Dleft is situated in the remote corners of Sri Lanka and is nothing less than a magical Island. The entire island is made of corals and lies between the northern regions of Sri Lanka and a province of Tamil Nadu India. It has a magical glow of the sun and the best way to explore the island is a guided jeep tour on the bumpy roads.

    2. Jaffan:
    This city is known for the religious culture and spiritual atmosphere. The Nallur Kovil is one the most beautiful and prestigious temples of the Hindu God Murugan and therefore attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world. The city has more influence from Indian culture than anywhere else in Sri Lanka.
    In addition to its spiritual atmosphere and temples, the city has a grand fort - which is made entirely of coral. The fort gives an insight about the history of this region and everything it has seen in the past.

    3. Trincomalee City:
    The coastal city is a popular tourist spot offering amazing things to do in North Sri Lanka. It's many beaches are great for enjoying adventure activities and watersports in addition to boat rides for catching a glimpse of dolphins, whales and some other amazing marine life creatures. Tourists also like indulging in scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling and other activities.
  2. Which are the best national parks to visit in Sri Lanka ?

    1. Yala National Park: A Wildlife Safari tour to the Yala National Park is one of the most liked things to do in Sri Lanka by tourists and visitors. It's Sri Lankan Elephants and leopards are the highlight of this beautiful landscape, which includes sandy beaches, thorn forests, and grasslands. The national park also has two famous pilgrimage sites, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara. If you are lucky, and due to their plenty numbers in the park - a leopard sightseeing will hopefully make your day.

    2. Udawalawe National Park:
    The lush green landscapes of this National park are dominated by plains and marshes with a few mountains creating a gorgeous backdrop. The entire place brings together a very beautiful view, with birds in the sky, Sri Lankan Elephants wandering in their natural habitat and the gorgeous hilly backdrop.

    3. Wilpattu National Park:
    The Wilpattu National Park is an untouched and untamed territory that provides tourists with a raw mesmerizing experience of the wild. With 60 lakes in its boundaries, the place has perfect conditions for flourishing flora and fauna. Take a tour to watch the Sri Lankan Elephants, leopards, water buffalo, and sloth bear roaming through the dense forest.
  3. How many days are enough to visit North Sri Lanka ?

    If you are looking forward to exploring the untouched and less crowded Northern region of Sri Lanka, keep your itinerary of at least 5-6 days to enjoy every corner of this beautiful land. Amazing wildlife and beautiful beaches, laid together with a plethora of historical architecture, cultural heritage and activities to do in North Sri Lanka - the province is opening its doors for travelers and tourists.
  4. What is North Sri Lanka famous for ?

    The untouched and fascinating lands of North Sri Lanka have a very vast history and rich cultural heritage. The beautiful landscape and wildlife of the Northern Province is still untamed and offers a scenic tour.
  5. How to reach North Sri Lanka ?

    The Northern Province of Sri Lanka is not connected to the other countries by direct flights or any other means of transport. To reach there, you will have to take a flight to Colombo from where the Northern Province is 290kms approximately and can be reached by train.
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