Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Beauty and Justice

A magical country emerging from a dark period, full of beauty and still searching for justice. Join our first trip in July 2019!


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Starts At
$3,400

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Length
13 days




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Your Itinerary


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Tour Highlights

  • Visit Jaffna and the north, understanding the devastating impact of atrocities committed and the ongoing search for justice
  • Tour the spectacular beaches and remote fishing communities of the eastern coast
  • Walk with elephants, descend in the Dambulla Caves, and witness the majesty of Sigiriya
  • Meet unionizing tea workers in the verdant green hills of tea country, and journalists fighting to shine a light on abuses of the past and the present
Day Briefing

Arrive to Bandaranaike International Airport and transport to hotel.

For early arrivals, some sightseeing in Colombo around the hotel. In the evening, a group welcome dinner.


Day Briefing

In the morning, breakfast with with a local activist to learn more about recent history and human rights in Sri Lanka. After a midday rest to avoid the heat, a brief city tour to Pettah Market, famous mosques and temples, and the beachfront at sunset.

Early dinner and early night! Rest up, big day tomorrow 🙂


Day Briefing

We depart at dawn to beat the heat and the traffic.

On the road to Jaffna via Mannar, we will visit the Madhu shrine (the most famous Catholic shrine in the country, which was also the site of a refugee camp), a monument for a catholic priest, the site of mass grave in Mannar, and the Baob tree – said to be the widest in all of Asia.

We will stop at strategic place for sunset, and reach Jaffna around 7pm.


Day Briefing

We leave the hotel at 8am to take a boat to Nainatheevu Island, an amazing spot off the coast of Jaffna.

We return early afternoon for a delicious vegetarian lunch at a restaurant close to the famous Nallur Hindu temple.

After lunch we will visit a local newspaper and meet with journalists there. This newspaper was attacked during the war for reporting on the reality of violence, and their mission continues during peace time.


Day Briefing

We will start the day with a walking tour of Jaffna. We will visit the famous Nallur Hindu temple, the Jaffna Fort, several monuments for Tamil leaders, and the city market.

Traveling south on the A9 road, we will visit Elephant Pass and Kilinochchi (time permitting), a military site and the former headquarters of the LTTE, respectively.

We reach Mullaitheevu around 6pm for a sunset walk on the beach before arriving at the hotel.


Day Briefing

Today we explore the unexplored, the hidden north-eastern coast of Sri Lanka. We will stop in villages and beaches along the jungle route, getting to see a side of the country that few outsiders do.

After a late lunch in Trincomalee, we will reach Batticaloa around 6pm.


Day Briefing

After a few intense days of travel and learning, today will be relaxed! We will have breakfast with an Eastern coast NGO, to discuss the protection of local fishing villages and culture.

Afterwards, some can stay at the hotel or wander around town, while others can ride a short distance out of town to the stunning beach at Pasikudah. There is also the option for a boat ride around the Batticaloa lagoon.

 


Day Briefing

Today we will delve into painful history around the civil war – on all sides. We will visit a memorial for Tamil civilians killed by the Army, then a mosque attacked by Tamil forces, a memorial for Buddhist Monks killed by Tamil forces, and meeting with a local community group fighting for justice.

We reach Polonnaruwa for dinner at the hotel.


Day Briefing

In the morning we’ll walk around Pollonaruwa to see the beautiful temples and ruins spotted around town.

After lunch, we spend the rest of the day in Kaudulla park watching the majestic Sri Lankan elephants during the early part of their annual gathering.

Return to Polonnaruwa in the evening.


Day Briefing

In the early morning, we will drive to the majestic Sigiriya rock for photos. Afterwards we visit the spectacular Dambulla caves, dive into the cool depths, and have lunch in Dambulla.

We reach Kandy by 4pm, and have some time to walk around the park, the lake, and the famous Temple of the Tooth.

That night we will have dinner with tea worker union organizers, fighting for fair wages in the tea industry.


Day Briefing

In the morning we’ll drive to the tea workers museum for a short visit, and then on to Nuwara Eliya, a gem in the middle of tea country. We’ll have a relaxed afternoon there to explore the green hills outside of town. In the evening, you’ll have a choice: return to Kandy with a scenic train ride, or stay to climb nearby Adam’s Peak at night and return to Kandy in the morning.


Day Briefing

On our last full day, we will have an easy morning and then a closing lunch to talk about everything we saw, heard, and learned on the trip.

Departures to airport for those leaving at night. Travel to hotel near airport for those leaving in the morning.


Day Briefing

Departure for those flying from Colombo in the morning


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Country Representative
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Our Sri Lanka country representative will be with you throughout the tour, an expert in Sri Lanka past and present. Other local hosts will join in different cities and towns.

Transportation
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All ground transportation included, using modern, air-conditioned vehicles

Hotels
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All hotels included, at 3- and 4-star hotels with air conditioning

Food
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All breakfasts included. Some lunches and dinners included.

International Flights
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You must purchase airfare from your home country to and from Sri Lanka. Please ask for advice on flights!

Travel Insurance
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You must purchase travel insurance separately

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Departure dates

Prices displayed below are based on per person, double occupancy.

Start End Price Action
Tuesday
July 9, 2019
Colombo
Monday
July 22, 2019
Colombo
$3400
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an amazing country, an island gem that sparkles with natural beauty and a completely unique culture. Yet for twenty six years it was also the site of atrocities committed by the military government against the Tamil people. 2009 brought an end to violence, but not the true establishment of justice and reconciliation that many were hoping for. Tourism has brought prosperity to some - Sri Lanka is now one of the hottest tourism destinations in the world - but many human rights issues remain unaddressed and victims' voices unheard.

Justice Travel will lead its first tour to Sri Lanka in July 2019, an unforgettable experience through the north, east, and center of the country. We will travel through the areas worst affected by the war, meeting with activists and journalists seeking to finally bring justice to their communities. We will visit spectacular beaches and verdant green hills, ancient monasteries and colonial ruins, getting a window into local culture that few outsiders ever do. Join us on this unique trip to a country full of beauty, and still searching for justice.

Email tours@justice.travel for more information.

Learn more:

Wikipedia

40 of the Island's Best Dishes

Sri Lanka's Killing Fields (documentary)

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