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Seven days sailing across Sri Lanka’s undiscovered north

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The mysterious Palk Strait is the body of water that sits between the state of Tamil Nadu in India and the Northern province of Sri Lanka. Once a popular ferry route between the two countries, transport between India and Sri Lanka was discontinued amid rising fears over ethnic tensions during the 30 year civil war. As the war continued, tourism ceased to exist within this devastated area. In fact, the entire North of the country became a no-go for travelers and remained so until the end of the war in 2009. Visitors to this part of the island will be pleasantly surprised and warmly rewarded for taking a step well and truly off beaten track. The people living in these Northern areas, who lived for years through a devastating war, are optimistic in the face of a new future, and keen for an increase in tourism to the areas to help an economy that was shattered by war. Undertake one of the most unique adventures in the country: a seven day sailing trip through the most untouched part of Sri Lanka. Explore rugged coastlines, wild landscapes, and forgotten villages, living for a full week on board a luxurious sail boat. This is truly an unforgettable and authentic experience, offering you unparalleled access to Sri Lanka’s most remote locations.

Experience Overview

You’ll be warmly greeted by the crew at Tailaimannar, who will give you a safety briefing and discussion about your home for the week, a beautiful custom-built catamaran designed and constructed in Sri Lanka itself. The boat is fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy your trip: there is snorkeling equipment so that you won’t miss out on the beauty of these untouched coral reefs, there is also fishing equipment should you wish to catch your own dinner, and stand-up paddle boards, just for fun! You’ll sail across Palk Bay, stopping in Palitivu, Jaffna, Nainativu island, Delft Island, Kachchaitivu, and Adam’s Bridge, allowing you to visit the many fascinating historical sites in this area, with plenty of time left over to relax on the beautiful isolated white sandy beaches too. Meals be served on board or sometimes specially arranged on land, and you’ll have your own private chef cooking for you on the boat. On the last day you will sail back to Tailamannar for a drop off just after breakfast at 10am.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

either the entire boat or a cabin on the boat, depending on your choice. Also included are experienced crew and skipper, snorkeling gear, stand up paddle board, on board guide, all meals.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

7 days

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Moderate. We categorize this as Moderate because of occasionally rough seas which may cause sea sickness at certain times of year.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Yes, children will love it. Young children may not be so interested in historical sites but they will enjoy the freedom of being out at sea.

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

4pm on day 1 until 10am on day 7.

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Cool, light clothing, a cap, sunscreen, your camera, sea sickness tablets, a jumper as it can get a little windy on the boat at night, and a real sense of adventure!

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

You will be visiting some of the most isolated areas of the island and therefore it is important to be respectful of local culture. Covering arms and legs when visiting the towns and taking shoes off when visiting temples is a must.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is not private unless you book out the entire boat (4 cabins)




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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