Khiri Travel launches first itinerary to war-torn Jaffna

Kathurogoda Ancient Vihara in the Jaffna district, Sri Lanka

BANGKOK-based Khiri Travel has introduced a tour itinerary to the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, one of the first agencies to do so now that the the surrounding region has recovered from civil conflict.

According to a statement by Khiri, the 4D/3N package is now being launched as the area has returned to normalcy, allowing travellers to explore the place whether by train, bicycle, jeep or catamaran.

“Our aim is to share the wonderful seafood, curry, architecture, beaches and friendliness of the Jaffna people with guests who share a passion for discovery,” said Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, general manager of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka, who inspected the area and created the trip.

“We are providing an itinerary that is not only groundbreaking in terms of the destination and experience, but has been designed with the people of Jaffna in mind.”

Highlights of the itinerary include a train ride aboard the Queen of Jaffna that passes through the main conflict region, a visit to Casuarina Beach, a full-day ride on a catamaran to nearby islands, and many more.

“If there is a place in Sri Lanka that has remained hidden, it is Delft island. With its unique people, coral walls, fort, feral horses, food, temples and lovely beaches, I could go on and on. But the best way is for the clients to see it for themselves,” said Gil Lavedra.

“The area is perfectly safe. The time is right for tour operators to add Jaffna to their Sri Lanka itineraries.”

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