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What’s included

  • An English speaking Sri Lankan leader
  • All meals included from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 16.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation, full board, twin share basis
  • All hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • All road journeys in a private vehicle
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight inclusive option
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms high quality micro fleece.
  • Public ferry to Nainativu Island

Northern Sri Lanka Explorer

Tour

Sri Lanka | Tour

New for 2017
Northern Sri Lanka Explorer

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 7 days (optional)

Flight inclusive from £2,445,
Land only from £1,895

Book now or call 01453 844400

Discover the rich culture, natural beauty and authentic way of life of this little-explored region.

Highlights

  • Discover authentic Northern Sri Lanka, before mass tourism arrives
  • Spot wildlife in Wilpattu National Park
  • Explore the ancient ruined cities of Mihintale, Anaradapura and Polonnaruwa
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock and visit the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy
  • Enjoy some easy walks to experience the peaceful rural areas and bird life

Reviews          

Visiting the north of the island while it still has few tourists was a privilege and greatly interesting and enjoyable. It was an authentic experience and to be encouraged for anyone who is not afraid to go off the beaten track a bit.
Liz Noakes MK Operations Manager

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Our journey through Northern Sri Lanka takes in the most significant cultural and natural sights of this relatively undiscovered and engaging region. We visit the ruined cities of Mihintale, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, venture into the wildlife-rich environs of Wilpattu National Park, explore the many attractions of the Jaffna peninsula and chill out on the enticing, golden beaches of Trincomalee.

Close to southern India, and shaped by many historical influences, the north has retained a unique character and culture. It has an intriguing blend of Hindu and Buddhist, Tamil and Sinhalese, Sri Lankan and colonial which is evidenced in the contrasting language, cuisine, architecture and traditions we encounter. Far less developed than the south, the roads are quieter, the pace of life is slower and transport is still largely by bike. To visit now is an opportunity to experience life little-touched by mass tourism or the 21st century.

We end our tour in the cooler, central highlands with visits to the impressive Lion Rock of Sigiriya, a tea estate and the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.


At a glance

Duration:  16 days from the UK  
Walks on: 7 days (optional)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Colombo

Accommodation types: Hotels

Meal arrangements: All meals included from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 16.

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-3
Fly to Colombo. Drive to Ranweli. Take a boat trip around the lagoon and a guided forest walk. Drive to Wilpattu.
4-5
Morning game drive in Wilpattu National Park. Tour of Anuradhapura and Mihintale. Drive to Mannar.
6
Walk and birdwatching on the Mannar peninsula. Drive to Jaffna.
7
Visit the temples at Nainativu Island on foot. Evening walk around Jaffna Fort.
8
Explore Jaffna and its surrounds.
9-11
Drive to Trincomalee. Visit Fort Frederick. Nature walk to Buddhist ruins. Optional whale watching, snorkelling or beach day.
12
Drive to Polonnaruwa. Visit ruined city.
13-14
Climb Sigiriya. Drive to Kandy. Tea Plantation visit and Temple of the Tooth.
15-16
Drive to Colombo. Guided tour by bus. Fly back to the UK.
Leader: Local leader, Sri Lanka
Local leader, Sri Lanka

Your Sri Lankan guide will have an in-depth knowledge about the culture, history, flora and fauna of this beautiful island which they will be very happy to share with you.  By nature they will extend a warm welcome to their country and they will also speak good English.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Colombo

    Depart London by overnight flight for Colombo.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Colombo, drive to Ranweli (30-45 minutes). Evening lagoon boat trip.

    You will arrive in Colombo and be met on arrival for the short drive north to Waikkal. Just outside the village, and set between the sea,a lagoon and 2 rivers, lies the unique Ranweli Holiday Village. The final part of your journey to the hotel will be a short passenger ferry across the river. Once you have checked in you will be free to relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel and their lovely grounds.

    In the evening there will be a boat trip around the lagoons and if lucky experience a wonderful sunset.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Ranweli Holiday Village Or Similar, Waikkal
  3. Day 3 - Guided forest walk. Drive to Wilpattu. (approx. 2 – 3 hours).

    This morning you can enjoy a two hour guided walk through the mangrove looking at all the flora and fauna. There are a myriad of spices and plants whose uses will be explained to you by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide as you stroll around the gardens and along wooden walkways through the mangrove swamps. The area is home to 130 species of birds some of which you may be able to spot and 9 species of amphibians, not to mention the Water Monitor Lizard.

    Later you will start your journey to the north of the country. Today you drive to Wilipattu National Park area and your hotel for the night which is a short drive from the Park itself. Once you have left the busy area around the coast the roads become quieter and there is much to see from the vehicle as you go along.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Palm Garden Village, Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - Early morning game drive. tour of Anuradhapura.
    northern sri lanka explorer anuradhapura dagoba.

    Early in the morning, whilst it is still cool, you will drive to the entrance gate of the park to board your safari vehicle and embark on a morning's game drive. Wilpattu is Sri Lanka's largest and oldest national park with an area of 130,000 hectares. It has only recently been reopened after several decades of closure due to the armed conflict in the country. There aren't many visitors at the moment, especially compared to Yala in the south, meaning less vehicles driving around and thus less crowding when a sighting occurs. The main draw are leopard and sloth bear sightings but there are also many other mammals, birds and reptiles to feast your eyes on. A unique feature of Wilpattu national park is that the entire park is dotted with large sand rimmed natural lakes known as "Villus". The Villus collect rain water and tend to attract wildlife especially during the times of drought.

    After the game drive you will return to your hotel for a late breakfast before setting off on the short drive to Anuradhapura and its ancient city. Established in the 4th Century BC, Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka's first capital and remained so for many hundreds of years. After a turbulent later history, the city was largely abandoned in the late 10th Century and over subsequent years its palaces and monasteries were reclaimed by thick jungle. Now a World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura once again enjoys both historic and religious status. The location of the city was originally determined by the planting of a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment' (the famous fig tree of Buddha) and today the area is a major attraction for visiting Buddhists. This afternoon you will visit the principal sights including the Sacred City and of course the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree.

    After the tour you will return to your hotel for the night.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Palm Garden Village, Or Similar
  5. Day 5 - Morning tour of Mihintale. Drive to Mannar (approx. 3- 4 hours).

    Just a few minutes' drive from Anuradhapura is the sacred mountain of Mihintale. It was here in 247 BC that Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka - King Devanampiya Tissa was converted to the faith by the visiting son of the Indian Buddhist emperor Ashoka. This morning you'll take a walk to see some of the temples and shrines that adorn the slopes of the mountain. The summit is reached by a climb of around 1,840 stone steps and offers great views of the surrounding countryside. It is best to go early before it gets too hot for this climb, although a lot of it is shaded to some degree. Once at the site you are required to remove your shoes to walk around inside. This is on sand and rock and can be very hot underfoot if the sun is shining. It can be a good idea to wear socks to protect your feet for this visit.

    After lunch you will drive north to Mannar Island. The island was long famous for its pearl banks which were exploited from antiquity right up to the colonial period. In 1905 alone some 5,000 divers found 80 million oysters here in a single season. Arab traders were present here and introduced donkeys - an animal virtually unknown anywhere else in Sri Lanka and also planted baobab trees, which have become a distinctive feature of this island.

    The journey takes approx. 3 - 4 hours. Just before you reach the causeway out to the island, flanking the main highway, is Giants tank. Built by King Dhatusena (455-473) it was one of the many ancient reservoirs built to irrigate the country. These tanks can be found all over Sri Lanka especially in the north. There are many birds found here and you can stop to stretch your legs and wander along the path which runs alongside the tank on a bank above the road. Don't forget your binoculars!

    There is a 2km bridge linking Mannar Island, a long thin finger of land sticking out into the sea pointing towards India, to the mainland. Initially you will reach Mannar town, the islands principal settlement with its main sight being the crumbling Portuguese fort. This is found on your right as you enter the town and you can stop and explore what is left of its walls. It is worth a wander for the views over the water from the highest point on the ramparts.

    The town itself is a small, fairly tatty trading town with nothing much to see. As you pass out the other side you will be in flat open countryside and can see remnants of the war and tsunami damage. Up until 1983 there was a railway across the island to Talaimannar which linked with a ferry to Rameshwaram in India. It was suspended in 1983 and although the railway line to this port is being restored, with the idea of recommencing the ferry service at some point in the future, nothing has happened yet.
    Your hotel for the night is approx. 12 km from town and has a nice swimming pool to refresh you after the journey.

    Overnight iconOvernight: The Palmyra House, Mannar Or Similar
  6. Day 6 - Early morning walk or birdwatching. Afternoon drive to Jaffna (approx. 2-3 hours).
    northern sri lanka explorer stork egret mannar birdlife l noakes.

    An early start is needed to undertake a walk before it gets too hot. You will be taken into the rural backwaters of this sleepy island through the forest and along a sandy beach visiting a local village where you might get the chance to meet a 'toddy tapper'. Toddy is a local drink made from coconut palms. The toddy is 'tapped' from the coconut flower and can be drunk fresh with little alcoholic content or after fermentation when it becomes something vaguely like cider. The tapper climbs the tree to obtain the liquid which is the drunk in the villages. It is not usually available commercially.

    You will probably also come across some of the donkey population as they still roam wild on the island and encounter one of the small fishing villages dotted along the coast. The beaches here are long, sandy and windswept with virtually no development. Just bird life, waves and perhaps the occasional local dog or fisherman.

    Later you will continue heading north to Jaffna a drive which takes around 2 ½ hours on quiet roads. You will pass through small villages, past lagoons with many birds in evidence, mangroves and other verdant vegetation. Just as you approach Jaffna you will cross a causeway climbing over a tall bridge to enable boats to enter the Jaffna lagoon.

    Jaffna is the biggest town in northern Sri Lanka and has a real Indian feel to it being closer to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu than Colombo. This is evident in its culture with a predominance of Hindu temples and the sounds of Tamil being spoken, instead of Sinhala. From 1983 to 2009 the entire region was engulfed in the civil war, the impact of which is all too evident, with ruined homes, bombed churches, and buildings pockmarked by bullets. Around one in five of the city's structures suffered war damage. The city is surprisingly green and leafy, with attractive palm-shaded colonial-era suburbs and beautiful temples and churches. The centre however is busy with traffic congested streets, cyclists weaving around and cows block the roads. There is a local market place selling everything you might need and also historic buildings juxtaposed with new building work.

    Depending on your arrival time you might take a walk around some of the quieter suburb streets around your hotel or venture into the centre to watch the world go by. Once home to many old British cars you can still see the occasional Austin A30, Morris Oxford, Morris Minor and Austin Cambridge in various states of repair on the streets of the town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Jaffna Heritage Hotel Or Similar
  7. Day 7 - Trip to Nainativu island. Return to Jaffna and visit fort.

    Another early start is needed today to drive over the causeway out of Jaffna towards the islands straggling out into the waters of the Palk Strait. The journey starts by passing fishing nets and numerous wading birds in the shallow waters. The road which starts with a good surface soon deteriorates the further from Jaffna you get. Passing small villages, Hindu temples, cyclists and cows, ruined houses, boats and palm trees, Buddhist shrines, colourful buses and boys playing cricket on bits of scrub land you drive across the islands watching life going on.

    After crossing another causeway you reach the island of Punkudutivu before arriving at the tiny, busy jetty where you will board a small public ferry for the short crossing to the island of Nainativu, home to two important religious shrines. The Island itself is only about 4km long and barely a kilometre wide, but despite its diminutive size it is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The crossing takes only 15-20 minutes and as you approach the island you will see the huge multi coloured Hindu temple - Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, sacred to the goddess Ambal and where new-born babies are brought to receive a blessing. A 10 minute walk along the coast from here is the Buddhist temple of Nagadeepa Vihara which marks the spot of the Buddha's second visit to Sri Lanka.
    Both these temples receive many pilgrims especially on the 'poya' or full moon days when the island becomes very busy with visitors.

    You will visit both temples and take a walk to explore around the quiet streets of the island.

    A return ferry will then be taken back to your waiting vehicle and you will drive back to Jaffna. Later in the early evening, as the temperatures drop and the sun sets, you will visit the old Dutch Fort situated by the coast. This is the largest Dutch fortress in Asia and was built on the same site as the former Portuguese stronghold. It is built in the characteristic star shape as favoured by the Dutch, the idea being that the pointed bastions offered greater protection against hostile cannon fire. Completed in 1792 it was surrendered to the British just 4 years later and after 200 years without action it was finally pressed into military service during the civil war. The once battered fort is now being restored and there is a small visitor display upon entering. You can wander around on the walls and enjoy the views of the Jaffna lagoon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Jaffna Heritage Hotel Or Similar
  8. Day 8 - Explore Jaffna town and Peninsula.

    After breakfast you will have a tour of the main sites of the town including the small archaeology museum, situated in an attractive old building and displaying a selection of statues and artefacts from the area. A few kilometres from the centre is the magnificent Nallur Kandaswamy Temle, Jaffna's most notable sight and the most impressive Hindu temple in the country, rivalling the great shrines of India. The complex is enclosed within red and white striped walls and there is a steady stream of visitors especially for the six daily pujas. As with most temples shoes must be left at the gate to the complex and men must remove their shirts to enter the temple itself.

    Further out of the town on the peninsula passing through rural scenery you come across the dagobas of Kantharodai in a very peaceful, rural setting. This curious archaeological site, dating back at least 2,000 years, consists of 56 (so far excavated) miniature dogobas crowded onto a small plot. No one can quite explain the exact purpose although the popular theory is that the dagobas contain the remains of some 60 Buddhist monks killed here.

    Continuing to the north of the peninsula you will arrive at the Buddhist beachside temple of Dambakola Patuna. A serene and peaceful location housing a brilliant white temple, it is said to be the place where Theri Sangamitta is believed to have landed, bringing the sacred Bo tree Sapling to Sri Lanka.
    Returning to town you can explore the market area, old library, clock tower and perhaps stroll around the small park area by the causeway.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Jaffna Heritage Hotel Or Similar
  9. Day 9 - Drive to Trincomalee (approx. 4-5 hours) via Elephant pass and Kilinochchi. visit Fort Frederick.

    Departing Jaffna you will take the road heading east and after about an hour will cross over Elephant Pass, a place known for 2 major battles fought here in 1991 and 2000 during the civil war and where there is now a memorial to the war and its victors. Further along the road you come to Kilinochchi a small town which served as headquarters for the Tamil Tigers. The town was largely destroyed in 2008-9 during the fighting and siege and is now re-built leaving a huge ruined water tower as a reminder of the devastation brought about by war.

    Continuing south the road takes you past a real mixture of images including lagoons, tropical vegetation, villages, ruined houses riddled with bullet holes, cycles and trucks laden with produce, children in spotless uniforms going to school, markets, multi coloured temples, small towns with shops lining the roads spilling their wares onto the pavements and many birds of all types and colours.

    Trincomalee has been known since antiquity for its deep water harbour, one of the best in Asia, serving as the main port during the Anaradaphura and Polonnaruwan periods and later used by all the colonial powers. The town itself, which suffered during the war, has a largely Tamil population and a distinct Indian feel. On arrival you will be driven to your beach side hotel where you can take some time to settle in before an early evening excursion to Fort Frederick. The beaches here on the east coast, Nilaveli and Uppuveli, form a long strip of gorgeous sand with low level hotel development along them together with local fishermen going about their business hauling in their nets to inspect the daily catch. The further north you go from Trincomalee (or Trinco as it is known for short) the less development and the emptier the beaches. This coastline is still relatively unspoilt and a great place to relax for a few days.

    As the day cools down you will drive the short distance into town and to the old Fort Frederick whose buildings spread across the narrow peninsula jutting out into the sea east of the town. It has a mottled history, originally built by the Portuguese, then captured by the Dutch, then the British, the French, back to the British, the Dutch and finally the British again! You can walk up through the Fort past military buildings and numerous stalls selling various souvenirs to Koneswaram Kovil, the large Hindu shrine dedicated to Shiva situated at the end of the peninsula and where you can witness regular puja ceremonies.
    Next to the shrine is 'Lovers Leap' the highest point on Swami Rock, a towering clifftop view point where trees cling to the rocks adorned with prayer flags.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Nilaveli Beach Hotel Or Chaaya Blue, Trincomalee Or Similar
  10. Day 10 - Morning walk to Velgam Vihara. Afternoon - free time.

    An early start is advised to walk in the relative cool of the early morning. The walk is a great opportunity for bird watching and you will spot numerous species along the way. There are many houses around here with plaques noting that they were re-built, post war, with various funds from NGOs. Arriving at the ancient Buddhist site of Velgam Vihara there is a small visitor centre with a short video about the site. Next to the centre you should find a tiny tea stall selling herbal tea and small bits of jaggery - a form of unrefined sugar from palm tree sap - which you can sample. The temple itself dates from the Anuradhapura period and has 4 entrances with ruined stupas and statues. It was abandoned when the capital moved from Anuradhapura in the 10th century and was lost into the jungle until it was re-discovered in the 18th century.

    Nearby is a large tank which has much bird life where you can stroll along a shady path around its shores.

    You will return to you hotel for an afternoon free to enjoy the beach or laze by the pool.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Nilaveli Beach Hotel Or Chaaya Blue, Trincomalee Or Similar
  11. Day 11 - AM. Optional whale watching or Pigeon island visit. PM. Walk to visit temple. May – September only.

    In the morning you can chose to go on a whale watching excursion or boat trip to Pigeon Island for snorkelling (not included). Sri Lankan coastal waters are very rich in nutrients and therefore sea life, as a result of the heavy inflow of river waters during the monsoon rains. Many of the waters lie on the migratory path of the whales and conditions are ideal for whale watching. As well as the giant blue whale and sperm whales, dolphins are also commonly seen.

    If these do not appeal then the morning is free to relax further at the hotel or on the beach.

    Later in the afternoon there will be a short easy walk (around 2 miles) round a beautiful peaceful lake to visit a Buddhist temple. The birdlife here is very active and the surrounding area lush with vegetation. At the temple there is a huge startlingly bright white Buddha statue right by the lakeside.

    October to April - This day will be taken on the west coast as Day 15.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Nilaveli Beach Hotel Or Chaaya Blue, Trincomalee Or Similar
  12. Day 12 - Drive to Polonnaruwa (approx. 2 ½ hours) via Kanniya hot springs. Visit ancient ruined city.
    northern sri lanka explorer polonnaruwa city.

    Leaving the coast you will drive south to Polonnaruwa stopping first on the outskirts of Trincomalee to visit the Kanniya hotsprings. Supposedly created by Vishnu himself they date to the Anuradhapura time and are popular with Hindu visitors, various tiled tubs contain different temperatures of water - some are very hot!

    Continuing on you will reach the old capital of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is the ruined 12th century capital of Sri Lanka, and beautifully set on the man-made Parakramabahu Samudra. Before visiting the ruins, you will visit the modern museum which gives an excellent insight into the history of the old city. The highpoint for many visitors to Polonnaruwa is the Gal Vihara (Stone Shrine). Four Buddha statues have been carved from the same huge slab of rock and originally were part of a monastery complex. The reclining Buddha is 14 metres long and supremely ethereal. It is one of the most famous sights in Sri Lanka. If time you can take a gentle countryside walk, a great opportunity to observe day to day life in rural Sri Lanka. The predominant activity here is Chaina cultivation (slash & burn farming). This involves villagers cutting and then burning patches of jungle to create clearings for short-term cultivation of crops, such as rice and vegetables. Water is a precious resource so farming operations are kept small scale with farmers typically only working two or three small plots at any one time. On your walk you will doubtless see numerous wooden tree-houses where villagers take it in turns to stay at night keeping watch over their crops, lest they fall prey to wild elephants or other animals.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Deer Park Hotel, Girithale Or Similar
  13. Day 13 - Early morning climb of Sigiriya. drive to kandy (approx. 4 hours). Visit botanical gardens.
    northern sri lanka explorer sigiriya rock l noakes.

    Another early start is needed to climb the giant rock of Sigiriya before the heat and crowds become too much. The citadel at Sigiriya rose to importance in the 5th Century AD when Prince Kassapa murdered his father, the King and built a castle on top of Sigiriya Rock in anticipation of the backlash against him. 500 years later the site was abandoned, and was largely forgotten until rediscovery by the British in 1828. The rock is a World Heritage site and is much visited by tourists. It is worth arriving at the site early to walk through the peaceful water gardens to the start of the climb up the main rock. The walkway up the rock is astonishing and the rock is covered in notches and grooves cut for alternative routes to the top. From the summit the jungle extends seemingly endlessly in all directions.

    You will then drive to Kandy the last bastion of independent Sri Lanka before falling to the British in the 19th century. The city has distinctive Sinhalese culture and architecture, is the second largest city and considered the cultural capital of the island. It is a busy place with too much traffic but still retains its charm with many old colonial style buildings all situated in the scenic highland setting. It will feel pleasantly cool after the north and coastal areas of the island.

    Upon arrival, if time, you will visit the beautiful botanical gardens near the centre and in the evening you
    can take a walk around the lake which is right outside your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Suisse Or Similar, Kandy
  14. Day 14 - Visit a tea plantation and the Temple of the Tooth.

    This morning you will drive up into the surrounding hills to visit a tea plantation. Tea estates dot the southern highland area, they were developed by the British in the early 19th century and became a big industry for Sri Lanka. You will be able to see how tea is produced and walk around the plantation to view the tea bushes and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

    Returning to Kandy you will visit the much revered and very holy Buddhist shrine - The Temple of the Tooth. Said to have been brought to Sri Lanka over 2,000 years ago in the hair of a Princess, the tooth is the island's most important Buddhist relic housed in a temple dating from 1687, situated on the lakeside.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Suisse Or Similar, Kandy
  15. Day 15 - Drive to Colombo (approx. 4 hours) guided tour.

    The drive from Kandy to Colombo is on fairly busy roads and takes around 4 hours. On arrival in Colombo you will have a tour by bus around the main sights of the city. Colombo is a modern bustling capital city and stretches 50km along the western seaboard in a long urban straggle.

    You will be staying at the city's most famous hotel - Galle Face, situated on the oceanfront it is slightly quirky and has lots of character. As evening sets in you can stroll up the seafront promenade beside Galle Face Green where a small night market sets up selling snacks and where you can watch the locals and tourists alike taking a turn.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Galle Face Regency Or Similar, Colombo
  16. Day 16 - Transfer to airport. Fly Colombo to London.

    You will be transferred to the airport, a drive of around an hour, for your flight home.

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What’s included

  • An English speaking Sri Lankan leader
  • All meals included from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 16.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation, full board, twin share basis
  • All hotel/airport transfers by private vehicles
  • All road journeys in a private vehicle
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight inclusive option
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms high quality micro fleece.
  • Public ferry to Nainativu Island

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Sri Lankan airport departure taxes
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions – whale watching or snorkelling


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Away from the crowds          

Visiting the north of the island while it still has few tourists was a privilege and greatly interesting and enjoyable. It was an authentic experience and to be encouraged for anyone who is not afraid to go off the beaten track a bit.


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