Welcome to Trincomalee

Trincomalee’s superb deep-water port has made it the target for all manner of attacks over the centuries: by the British takeover in 1795, the city had changed colonial hands seven times. It's easy to spend a day or more exploring the ins and outs of the myriad waterfronts and the fort and its famous temple.

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$953 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Awesome 14-Day-round-the-Island-Tour

1st day - Pick up from airport or 8.30 from hotel, drive from Colombo/Negombo to Habarana, visit Dambulla cave temple, overnight stay in Habarana2nd day – Visit Sigiriya rock (UNESCO-protected site), after breakfast climb Sigiriya lion rock, in the evening climb and see sun set from Pidurangala rock, overnight stay in Habarana3rd day – Drive from Habarana to Polonnaruwa, sightseeing of the ancient city, in the evening visit Minneriya national park and enjoy wild-elephant- safari, overnight stay in Habarana4th day – Drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura, visit the sacred cities of Anuradhapura and Mihintale, overnight stay in Anuradhapura5th day – Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side6th day – Early morning boat tour to Pidgeon Island and diving there, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel 7th day – Visit Trincomalee with Koneswaram temple, Fort Fredrick, Novel museum, Kanniya hot springs, overnight stay in Uppuveli beach front hotel8th day – Drive from Trincomalee to Kandy, route via Nalanda Gedige temple, visit spice garden in Matale, Aluvihare  rock temple and Matale Hindu temple, overnight stay in Kandy9th day – Visit Kandy, Tooth Relic temple and Royal Botanical garden in Peradeniya, evening walk around Kandy lake, overnight stay in Kandy10th day – Going from Kandy to Ella by train (6-hour-tour), enjoying view of hills and tea plantations, overnight stay in Ella11th day – Visit 9-Arch-Bridge and Ella Water falls, small hiking tour, overnight stay in Ella12th day – Drive from Ella to Yala, early morning leaving from Ella, visit Yala national park, overnight stay in Yala13th day – Drive from Yala to Galle, stop at most southern point Dowundara  with lighthouse, visit Galle Fort (UNESCO-protected site) and Dutch quarter, overnight stay at Unawatuna beach front hotel for relaxing and enjoying beach side 14th day – Drive from Galle/Unawatuna to Colombo airport, if schedule allows (depending on flight departure time) visit gem producer in Galle or Turtle hatchery in Kosgoda

$250 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ramayana trail tour Sri Lanka 05 days

Tour Itinerary in detail  Day 1 Airport > Rumassala > Ussangoda > Kataragama Arrival to Sri Lanka , Paging & Welcome by our office representative at the airport, (Refreshment can be arrange in a hotel near by to airport - on request) Proceed & Visit to Vibhishana temple in Kelaniya [01 & 1/2 hours] (30 Km) Proceed to Rumassala [03 hours] (151 Km) Visit Rumassala mountain & Galle Dutch fort, Proceed & visit to Ussangoda [103 Km] (2 & 1/2 hours) Proceed to Kataragama [2 hours] (64 KM) Day 2 Kataragama > Rawana waterfall > Diwurumpola > Seeta Eliya > Nuwaraeliya Breakfast in hotel Visit Kataragama temple Proceed to Ella [02 hours] (90 Km) Visit Ravana waterfall / Suggest to visit Ravana Cave Proceed & visit Diurumpola temple [02 hours] (40 Km) Proceed & visit Seetha amman temple [45 Min] (14 Km) Few hours for city tour in Nuwara eliya Visit Golfing, Race course, Gregory's lake, Single tree hill in Nuwara eliya Day 3 Nuwaraeliya > Hanuman temple > Kandy > Sigiriya Breakfast in hotel Proceed to Hanuman temple in Ramboda [1 & 1/2 hours] (27 KM) Visit Hanuman temple in Ramboda Proceed to Kandy [02 hours] (41 Km) City tour in Kandy - Visit Temple of tooth relic & royal palace, Upper lake view point, Art & craft, Gem & Jewelry, Silk & batik show rooms, Proceed to Sigiriya [95 Km] (03 & 1/2 hours) Day 4 Sigiriya > Koneshwaram > Shakti peetam > Sigiriya Breakfast in hotel Proceed to Koneshwaram temple in Trincomalee [01 & 1/2 hours] (100 Km) Visit Koneshwaram temple & Shakti peetam Afternoon proceed to Sigiriya [1 & 1/2 hours] (100 Km) Evening visit to Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress (Ravana's palace) Day 5 Trincomalee > Manavari > Munneshwaram > Airport Breakfast in hotel Proceed to Munneshwaram temple [3 & 1/2 hours] (142 KM) Visit Munneshwaram temple in Chillaw Proceed to Manavari temple [15 Min] (10 Km) Visit Manavari temple Proceed to Airport [02 hours] (63 Km) (Refreshment can be arrange in a hotel near by to airport - on request) Reach to Airport before 02 hours to Departure flight Departure flight from Sri Lanka Departure points - We can drop you to Colombo airport for departure flight or hotel in Colombo/ Negombo/ Katunayake

$741.18 Cultural & Theme Tours

8 Day Cultutral and Wildlife tour around Sri Lanka

08 days tourDay 1  Picking you from the Colombo airport by our guide.1st night at Negambo hotel.Leaving next day to Wilpattu.Day 2Tour to -Willpattu.Safari in the Willpattu park in the evening (to see the leopards)Night at the hotel in Wilpattu.Day 3Tour to Anuradhapura with site seeing.(Tempals,Ancient Bhodi tree,Ancient Castles,Ruines)Cycling - around Anuradhapura ancient sites.Night at the hotel in Anuradhapura.Day 4 & Day 5Tour to TrincomaleeVisiting Trincomalee Nilaweli beach.Site tours to Hindhu Temples, pigeon island and Marble beach.(2 days tour and 2 nights)Day 6Visiting Sigiriya and Dambulla.Climbing Sigiriya rock, Pidurangala Temple.Watching spice gardensNight at the Hotel in Dambulla.Day 7 & Day 8Visiting Kandy.Temple of The Tooth Relic , Waterfalls & city tour around Kandy city.Pinnawala Elephant orphange.Night at Kandy.Visiting Nuwaraeliya.2nd Night at Kandy again. Follwing next day Return to Colombo.

$220 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4 Days Tour to Kandy, Sigiriya & Nuwara Eliya

DAY 01 : NEGOMBO – PINNAWALA – KANDYThe 1st day of your tour will be Elephant orphanage in Pinnawala. This orphanage is the home for about 60 elephants, out of which many are baby elephants found, abandoned or orphaned in the wild. They are being cared, fed and trained by the wild life authorities.After that Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings, which is a world heritage site. In Kandy Visit Temple Of Tooth, Kandy Lake, Tea Factory & Botanical Garden.End of your tour you will be relaxing in Kandy Hotel for Overnight Stay.DAY 02 : KANDY – DAMBULLA – SIGIRIYA2nd Day early morning after breakfast travelling to Sri Lanka's Largest Rock Dambulla Cave Temple built on a 600 feet high Rock Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level rises a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla of 600 feet high and over 2000 feet in length.Afternoon your destination will be Sigiriya Rock The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft.) high. After that will be going on technical tours to see the crafts of some of the traditional artisans of Sigiriya such as the wood carvers and batik makers. You will get to see the process of how the they do their work, and will be able to purchase some great souvenirs (if you wish) too. Once you completed your tour overnight stay in Sigiriya Hotel.DAY 03 : SIGIRIYAEarly Morning Jungle Safari at Minneriya - Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 millions in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo.Late Afternoon Village Safari - Experience the best of Srilanka inside the Village with Kingfisher Tours Srilanka and get the unique experience on a village life style by a Tuk Tuk, Cow Cart , River Boat and Taste the Srilankan Food with many more activitiesAfter the Tour Head to Nuwara Eliya to the HotelDay 4 - Nuwara Eliya - Colombo or Airport (CMB)You will have a City tour in Nuwara Eliya visiting the New Zealand Farm,Cheese Factory,Lover's Reef,Strawberry Farm and Head to Colombo or your Drop Off Location

$33 Outdoor Activities

Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya

You will begin your Great Elephant Gathering Safari at the entrance gates of Minneriya National Park at 2:30pm in the afternoon. If you are staying in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gate of Minneriya, you will be receiving a complimentary pickup.Sri Lanka has a very high count of Asian elephants. It is believed that there are over 4000 elephants spread over many areas of the island, with over 2500 being in protected areas. The North Central Province has a fairly large concentration of the animals.Minneriya National Park, which is one of the main areas where elephants can be seen, was formed around the artificial reservoir created by King Mahasena in the third century AD. Over the ages, the area around the reservoir became a haven for wildlife and was later declared a wildlife sanctuary and national park.SKU: LK50100000During the months from August to October the water levels of the reservoir goes down, allowing a fresh growth of plants to rise from the newly revealed ground. During this season elephants from the areas around Minneriya, such as Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Matale and Kaudulla, make their way to Minneriya National Park in order to feed on the fresh growth. This results in a large influx of elephants gathering on the banks of the reservoir. At the peak of the Great Elephant Gathering, it is believed that over 200 elephants gather at the same place, making it the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.You will be visiting the banks of the reservoir in a jeep, and watching from a safe distance. As the sun sinks in the sky, you will see the awe-striking sight of large numbers of huge elephants flowing in from all directions. You can watch from mere feet away as whole families of the mammals feed and play. Watch the giant pool party where large glistening bodies roll in the water, and spray it into the air. See the most incredible sight that you can never see anywhere else in the world.In addition to the elephants, other wildlife such as various species of deer, monkeys, the Sri Lankan sloth bear, crocodiles and many different species of birds can also be seen in Minneriya National Park. You will be finishing your safari at 5:30pm at the entrance gates. If you stay in a hotel within a 5km radius of the entrance gates you will be entitled to a complimentary drop off right at your hotel.

$190.95 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

The Giant Loop Cruise in Trincomalee

You will be starting your cruise from Trincomalee between April to September. At 0630 hrs you will be met by the captain at the piers and taken on board. Your ship, the Pearl, is a catamaran designed for the tropical climate of Sri Lanka. It comes equipped with devices such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, life rafts and inflatable boats. It also has a well-trained and certified crew and a lifeguard.Whales and dolphins tend to travel together in pods. And the spot where you will be watching has a very high chance (over 90% according to some reports) of whale sightings. You may be catch sight of blue whales, Bryde whales, sperm whales, dolphins and an occasional orca. Your boat will be halted at a safe and responsible distance while you watch. Please maintain caution and respect to the animals, and avoid flashes during photography.After this awe-striking session, you will move the Back Bay and the catamaran will be an anchor for few hours in front of Koneswaram Temple in Back Bay. You will be able to have a lot of fun here with the snorkelling, swimming and floating. At approximately 1200 hrs a scrumptious lunch will be served. The meals are cooked on board the catamaran itself by the talented chef on board. You can take a shower and change from your salty suits before you dig into your meal. You will start sail back to Dutch Bay at about 1300 hrs.