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Day1
Program:
Transfer to Jaffna by intercity luxury train, Lunch in Jaffna, after lunch Visit Kadurugoda Temple, Point Pedru, Bottomless well, Dambakola Patuna & Keeramale Pond
Route:
Colombo Fort > Jaffna
Distance:
approx: 395 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 6 hours drive
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Point Padro Lighthouse

Point Padro Lighthouse

Point Padro light house lies in the North Eastern corner of Sri Lanka. Built in 1916, this is 32 m (105 ft) tall. Access to the light house was restricted for the last 30 years due to the Tamil Terrorists in the area. After the defeat of the last strong holds of the terrorists in end 2009, the public can now have access to this area. Currently this lighthouse is inside a Naval Base and is used as watch tower.

Dambakola Patuna

Dambakola Patuna

Dambakola Patuna or Jambukola Patuna is an ancient port in the north of Jaffna which was used during pre christian times. After Arahath Mahinda brought Bhuddhism to Sri Lanka in 250BC, his sister, Theri Sanghamitta arrived in Sri Lanka with a Sacred Bo Sapling one year later to this port. The temple Samudda-panasala ( Jambukola Viharaya) was built commemorating the arrival of the Bo sapling by King Devanampiya Tissa (250-210 BC). Later, the same king planted one of the first eight shots of the Sri Maha Bodhi, on the same place where he kept the original tree before bringing it to Anuradhapura. King Vijayabahu I (1070-1110) has restored this site. The remains of the vihara, such as the Buddha footprint stone and vatadage seen up to recent times no longer exist there. This port gradually faded in importance while port Mahathiththa/ Mahathota/ Mantota (now Mantai) located at the mouth of Malvatu oya developed as a key intersection of sea-routes and the Dambakola Patuna Viharaya was lost in time. The Great Chronicle of Sri Lanka, the Mahavamsa and Samanthapaasasdika mention pilgrims coming from "Yonaka" country to Jambukola to worship the Jambukola Viharaya in the ancient times. Unfortunately today there is nothing on the temple which shows any antiquity. Most of the structures in the temple including the stupa which has been completed in a record 65 days have been done by the Sri Lankan Navy. Even the current bo tree was planted in 1998 by the Navy.

Day2
Program:
After breakfast Day tour to Nagadeepa (Nainathive Island), lunch at Hammen Heil Fort & visit Casurina Beach
Route:
Jaffna > Nagadeepa > Casurina Beach > Jaffna
Distance:
approx: 74 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 3 hours drive
Meal Plan:
Bed & Breakfast
Places that can visit on this day:
Hammenhiel Fort

Hammenhiel Fort

The fort of Hammenhiel was built by the Portuguese in mid 17th century of quarried coral and was named Fortaleza Real (Fort Royal). The Dutch renamed it as Hammenhiel (Heel of the Ham) and was rebuilt by them in 1680. The fort is built around a small island between the island of Kayts and Karaitivu of Jaffna Peninsula.

Casuarina Beach

Casuarina Beach

The Casuarina Beach in Karainagar is also called and written as Casoorina, Cashoorina and few other variants. This is said to be the best beach in the Jaffna Peninsula. You can walk a long way in the deep blue water with gentle waves moving towards the land. The beach probably got its name due the Casuarina Trees along the beach. The beach lies about 20 km off Jaffna and may take about 45 minutes to travel by a vehicle.

Day3
Program:
After breakfast Jaffna city tour. Afternoon transfer to Colombo/ Anuradhapura by intercity luxury train, lunch in the train or at Jaffna city
Route:
Jaffna > Train Station > Colombo / Anuradhapura
Distance:
approx: 395 Km
Drive Time:
approx: 6 hours drive
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