Northern Sri Lanka, Off the Beaten Track
Off limits during the civil war but now open, the north of Sri Lanka still remains wonderfully unspoilt and little visited. Here, in the company of your private driver cum guide, you can find hidden gems such as Wilpattu National Park with its large leopard population, sloth bears and deer, plus Minneriya National Park which plays host to an annual gathering of hundreds of elephants. Trincomalee is blessed with white sand beaches, snorkelling and great whales and Ranweli combines beaches and wildlife viewing on a fresh water lagoon. You can now snorkel with up to three species of great whale: blue, Bryde’s and sperm – a truly breathtaking experience. The cultural sites of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla complete the perfect balance of wildlife, beaches and culture in the quiet north.