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Trinco Explorer

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Introduction

The Trinco Explorer is ideal for those travelling during the summer holidays from about May to September. During this time, the seas off Sri Lanka’s North East coast are in season and perfect for snorkelling, surfing and even whale and dolphin spotting. Visit the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya where the ruins of two great cities bring history alive. Enjoy the white sandy beaches of Trincomalee. We have selected fabulous boutique hotels and beach resorts in magnificent locations for this tour. As always, the itinerary is flexible and we are happy to make changes to suit your needs.

Highlights
Experience Negombo’s fishing villages and catamarans
Explore the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura
Lie on the palm-fringed beaches of Kuchchaveli
Go whale and dolphin spotting in the deep seas off the north east coast
Go snorkelling around Pigeon Island
Take in the scenic views of Trinco’s natural harbour
Immerse yourself in the rural surroundings of Vil Uyana
Climb the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Stay in characterful boutique hotels and beach resorts

Day 01

Upon arrival, transfer to the luxurious Wallawwa located just 15 minutes from Colombo’s international airport. Relax in the beautiful hotel gardens or have a pampering massage at the Z Spa. If you are feeling adventurous, explore the coastal town of Negombo with its colonial architectural heritage, fishing villages, and catamarans with their bellowing sails.
Accommodation
The Wallawwa
The Wallawwa is a stylish boutique hotel nestled amidst lush tropical gardens and situated just 20 minutes from the International Airport. This peaceful and luxurious setting is an ideal first or last stop on a holiday to Sri Lanka. The sandy beaches of Negombo are just 30 minutes away and the capital city of Colombo is one hour away. The Wallawwa is en route to the Cultural Triangle, hill country and the southern coast. The Wallawwa is easily accessible yet entirely secluded

Day 2  & 3

Journey to the north central town of Anuradhapura – Sri Lanka’s first capital which was the greatest monastic city of the ancient world. Anuradhapura was a royal capital for more than 100 Sri Lankan kings, and was also home to thousands of monks from dozens of monasteries. Originally founded in the 4C BC, it became the capital of Sri Lanka two centuries later. Anuradhapura is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore Anuradhapura’s magnificent ruins and temples including the ruins of Mahavihara – the first Monastery, which served as the seat of Theravada Buddhism; Thuparamaya and Ruwanwelisaya. The ancient Bo Tree, which was originally a branch of the Bo tree in Budda Gaya under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment and brought to Sri Lanka by Emperor Asoka’s daughter, Princess Sangamiita, also is in Anuradhapura. We recommend you stay two nights at Ulagalla Resort, a luxurious holiday resort set amidst a 58 acre plantation.
Accommodation
Ulagalla Resort
Ulagalla Resort is a luxurious holiday retreat set amidst 58 acres of lush woodland, paddy fields and the Ulagalla Reservoir in the rural village of Tirappane near Anuradhapura. This tranquil eco-retreat is located 20 kms away from the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura and is an ideal base from which to explore the Cultural Triangle sites of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya. Minneriya National Park and the Wilpattu National Park can also be accessed from here.

Day 4, 5 & 6

Travel east to the fishing village of Kuchchaveli just 30 minutes north of Trincomalee. Stay the next three nights at Jungle Beach, an upmarket eco-retreat set on 10 acres of shrub jungle that leads to a secluded bay. Immerse in the sun and the turquoise seas. Take a boat ride to Pigeon Island, a breeding site for Blue Rock Pigeon and ideal location for half-day snorkeling excursions. The waters around Trincomalee are also home to the gigantic Blue Whales, Sperm Whales and dolphins. A whale and dolphin spotting excursion into the deep seas is possible during the season when the waters are calm. Explore Trincomalee town. Visit Fort Frederick, first used by the Portuguese in 1624, followed by the Dutch and later by the British. At the northern tip of Fort Frederick is Swami Rock which drops 110 metres into the sea. On its top-most pinnacle is the Tirukonesvaram Hindu Kovil. Colourful “Poojas” or religious services are conducted here at dusk. The view of the natural harbour and the Indian Ocean is breathtaking from this location.
Accommodation
Jungle Beach
Jungle Beach is an upmarket eco-retreat set on 10 acres of shrub jungle leading to the turquoise seas in the remote village of Kuchchaveli in the North East. Located 27 kms north of Trincomalee town, Jungle Beach fronts a secluded bay at one end and the tranquil Periyakarachchi lagoon at the other. The seas here are perfect for swimming and snorkelling during the season from March to October.

Day 7 & 8

Today you head back to the Cultural Triangle and spend two nights at Vil Uyana, an eco-friendly boutique hotel situated just minutes away from the magnificent Sigiriya rock fortress. Rise early and climb Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most dramatic, inspiring and beautiful historical locations in the world. Worthy of being called the “eighth wonder of the world”, Sigiriya is Sri Lanka’s answer to the Taj Mahal and will astonish anyone with its outstandingly beautiful views, staggering engineering and peerless design.
Accommodation
Jetwing Vil Uyana
‘Vil Uyana’, meaning a garden of ponds, is an evocative lifestyle hotel with splendid eco credentials located just minutes away from the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The historic sites of Dambulla, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa are all nearby. Vil Uyana is about a four-hour drive from Colombo’s international airport

Day 9

For your final night’s stay, return to The Wallawwa, situated just 15 mintues away from Colombo’s international airport. Relax by the poolside or indulge in a sumptuous final dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation
The Wallawwa
The Wallawwa is a stylish boutique hotel nestled amidst lush tropical gardens and situated just 20 minutes from the International Airport. This peaceful and luxurious setting is an ideal first or last stop on a holiday to Sri Lanka. The sandy beaches of Negombo are just 30 minutes away and the capital city of Colombo is one hour away. The Wallawwa is en route to the Cultural Triangle, hill country and the southern coast. The Wallawwa is easily accessible yet entirely secluded