Khiri Travel has launched 4-day/3-night trips to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka.
In an area still recovering after a civil war that lasted until 2009, the tour will take in historical, cultural and culinary attractions of the area with guests who will travel by train, bicycle, jeep and catamaran.
Khiri Travel Sri Lanka general manager Gonzalo Gil Lavedra said: “Our aim is to share the wonderful seafood, curry, architecture, beaches and friendliness of the Jaffna people with guests who share a passion for discovery.
“We are providing an itinerary that is not only groundbreaking in terms of the destination and experience, but has been designed with the people of Jaffna in mind.”
On the first day, guests travel three hours by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna, passing the Vavuniya. In Jaffna, guests stay in a four-star hotel. After a Tamil lunch, visitors ride bicycles to see a fort, churches, parks, temples and a statue of the last king of Jaffna.
On the second day guests visit the Nallur Hindu temple and learn about Jaffna’s culture, before a prawn curry lunch served on a banana leaf, and time to relax on Casuarina Beach.
The third day includes a 24-hour round trip by catamaran to Delft Island, with its wild horses, baobab tree, Dutch fort and coral. A seafood lunch will be prepared by a local family. Guests stay overnight in a private cabin on the catamaran.
On day 4, guests eat breakfast on the catamaran and swim in the sea at Delft. Guests arrive in Jaffna around midday then move onward to, for example, Trincomalee in northeast Sri Lanka.