12 Day Sri Lanka & Maldives

Combine the best of both with our Sri Lanka & Maldives package. Tour the stunning island of Sri Lanka; visiting all the highlights including Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Negombo, Kandy & Bentota and then relax for a few days in an award winning resort in the breathtaking Maldives. 

 

This package includes an 8 night guided tour of Sri Lanka, complete with English speaking guide and driver, followed by 3 nights at the Sun Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives. If you wish to stay longer, this package has the flexibility to add as many pre or post tour nights as you wish. Plus maximum  group size is only 10!

DAY 1: Arrive Columbo, Sri Lanka

On arrival at Colombo International airport, you will be welcomed by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo, a 30 minute drive away. 

 

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: 3* Paradise Beach Hotel / 4*Amagi Aria Hotel, Negombo

 

DAY 2: Negombo ~ Pinnawela ~ Habarana ~ Cultural Hotel

After breakfast you will proceed to the Cultural Area, on your way you will have the option to visit the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, while in the Orphanage you will have the chance to feed milk to the baby Elephants (09.30-11.00am) followed by river bathing (optional). The orphanage is a remarkable project that began in 1972 which was created to protect abandoned or orphaned wild elephants who would not otherwise have survived in the wild. From the banks of the river you can watch these gleeful herds of elephants splashing around freely on the river. AFter we continue to the cultural area where we check into our hotel and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. 

Alternatively you can take an optional village tour to discover Hiriwaduna Village where an Authentic Sri Lankan Lunch will be provided. Take a ride in a bullock cart swaying from side to side on an unpaved trail, enjoy a nature walk through a scrub jungle, and wade through a local stream with low hanging branches and cross a lake in an ‘oruwa’, the traditional mode of over water transport. Spend time with a farmer harvesting crops under his guidance and taste authentic village cuisine prepared by the farmer’s family with freshly picked produce and local herbs cooked in clay pots over an open hearth fuelled by firewood you are welcome to participate in the cooking process.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3* The Lake Hotel, 4* The Deer Park Hotel, Cultural Area

OPTIONAL: Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage Entrance $20 per person / Hiriwaduna Village Tour $18 per person

 

DAY 3: Cultural Hotel ~ Sigiriya ~ Minneriya

After an early breakfast in the morning you will climb the “Sigiriya”, the Lion Rock a UNESCO world heritage site, the unique icon of Sri Lanka. A testimony to the inventiveness of the ancient civilizations of the land, the once impenetrable stronghold of King Kassapa, ‘Sihagiri’ or Lion’s Rock as it was called then, is considered to be the 8th wonder of the world today. The feats of artistry, architecture and engineering at Sigiriya continue to impress visitors with their utter magnificence, even thousands of years on. Intricately landscaped pleasure gardens sprawl out below the rock, giant lion paws hewn in stone mark the entrance to the fortress at its foot and a highly polished mirror wall still carries the scrawled writings of ancient poets. A somewhat treacherous climb up the rock is well worth it to see the impressive ruins of a once glorious city at the summit – 370m high. And the 360-degree view from the top is equally astounding. (optional). You will then have a chance to have lunch.

 

In the evening take the option of an exclusive Jeep Safari through the Minneriya National Park which is highly famous for its elephants and wildlife. Minneriya National Park is home to one of the most spectacular natural events in the world – the Elephant Gathering, sometimes you will see up to 300 majestic Asian elephants. Visitors can also look forward to sighting of other mammals such as Sambar, and Sri Lanka’s two endemic species of monkey, the Purple-faced leaf monkey and Toque Macaque. Although rare, there have been sightings of the Sri Lankan Leopard and Sloth Bear as well as the Gray Slender Loris. The Minneriya National Park is also an ideal location for bird watchers as it attracts many endemic and migrant species. Large flocks of birds are a common sight, especially water birds such as Cormorants, Pelicans, Painted Stork and Lesser Adjutant Stork. (optional)

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3* The Lake Hotel, 4* The Deer Park Hotel, Cultural Area

OPTIONAL: Minneriya Safari $60 per person / Sigiriya Climb $49 per person

 

DAY 4: Cultural Hotel ~ Dambulla ~ Matale ~ Kandy

After breakfast you will proceed to Mahiyanaganaya via Kandy visiting the famous Dambulla Rock Temple (optional). Standing approximately 100m high, the approach to the entrance of the caves entails climbing up the face of the rock, although stone steps have now been cut to make the climb easier. Whilst climbing to the entrance of caves, take time to stop and enjoy the view of the surrounding area, which is truly breathtaking. 

On the way to Kandy we visit a spice Garden in Matale, as well as also enjoy a complimentary Head massage. There are shops where you can purchase different spices of Sri Lanka.

After lunch we visit the Silk factory & Gem Museum in Kandy. Kandy is famous for precious gems where you can purchase the world-famous Ceylon Blue Sapphire worn by the British Royal family.  Just north of the lake, the golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth Houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. The entire temple complex covers a large area, and as well as the main shrine there are numerous other temples and museums within the complex. (optional)

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3* Serene Kandy Hotel, 4* Randholee Resort & Spa, Kandy

OPTIONAL: Dambulla Cave Temple $15 per person / Tooth Relic $15 per person

 

DAY 5: Kandy ~ Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast at hotel and then proceed to Nuwara Eliya, driving through scenic lush valleys tea plantations. You have the option to take a train ride from Baudulla to Nanu Oya and meet up with your guide at the other end. We stop for lunch with a view en route to Nuwara Eliya and then visit a local Tea Factory Plantation to witness the process how the world-famous Ceylon Tea is made.

Hidden away high in the central mountains at an altitude of over 6000 feet, Nuwara Eliya is the resort capital of the hills – and a world away from the hot tropical beach atmosphere of the coast, not just in climate but in its character too. The British planters who flocked to the region to grow tea in the mid-19th century developed Nuwara Eliya as their summer retreat. Created as an exact replica of an English town it is often called ‘Little England’; and with its primarily colonial architecture, the stately Victoria Park, golf course, racing track, boating lake and grand period style hotels – and the cold, frequent showers of rain adding to the illusion, you could well be in an old English country town. This is the heart of the tea country, and is also a good base for excursions to discover other attractions of the hills.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3* Ashley Hotel, 4* Ripon Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya

OPTIONAL: Train ride from Baudulla to Nanu Oya $19 per person [must be booked at least 30 days prior]

 

DAY 6: Nuwara Eliya ~ Bentota

After breakfast at the hotel you will drive to the west coast for your last couple of nights in Sri Lanka.  On arrival, you will check into the hotel and spend the day at your leisure.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3* Arena Hotel, 4* Earl’s Reef Hotel, Bentota

 

DAY 7: Bentota Free Day

Enjoy a full day at leisure to relax and soak up the sun at this stunning destination. There is an optional tour for the Balapitiya River Cruise where you are able to see beautiful small uninhabited islands and also visit Kosgoda turtle hatchery.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3* Arena Hotel, 4* Earl’s Reef Hotel, Bentota

OPTIONAL: Balapitiya River Cruise & Turtle Hatchery $30 per person

 

DAY 8: Bentota ~ Colombo

After breakfast at the hotel we return to Colombo for an overnight stay. On arrival we will check in to the hotel and you can have the rest of the day exploring the city at your own leisure or take an optional afternoon city tour. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel Colombo

 

DAY 9: Colombo ~ Malé, Maldives

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Malé [not included]. Upon arrival in Malé, go to the hotel reservation desk and they will arrange your transfer by domestic flight and speedboat to your island of bliss for the next few nights. Sun Island is the biggest resort in the Maldives, measuring 1.6Km long X 440m wide. Located at the Southern tip of South Ari Atoll, just 113Kms from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport, approximately 17 minutes by domestic flight.

 

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sun Island Resort & Spa 4* 

 

DAY 10: Maldives

Free day at your own leisure to take advantage of the resort and surroundings. Relax on the beach, sip cocktails and simply soak up the sun, or for the more adventurous, take part in some included activities such as snorkelling along the colourful reefs, kayaking or sting ray feeding!

 

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sun Island Resort & Spa 4* 

 

DAY 11: Maldives

Another free day at lesiure to enjoy this fabulous island and resort.  There are many options for optional actitvies such as swimming with Whale Sharks, fishing, full or half day island hopping tours or you can relax the body and awaken the senses at Araamu Spa, a sanctuary of undisturbed tranquility within Sun Island Resort & Spa.

 

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: Sun Island Resort & Spa 4* 

 

DAY 12: Departure

This morning after breakfast and check out you will be transferred back to Malé by speed boat and domestic flight. Your package has come to an end. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

 

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2020:

May: 1, 5, 9, 12, 20, 24

June: 2, 4, 9, 13, 16, 19

*July: 2, 5, 11, 16, 21 

**August: 1, 6, 9, 14, 19, 21

*September: 2, 5, 9, 17, 20, 24, 30

*October: 1, 4, 9, 15, 21

 

Months marked with * or ** incur surcharges. Please purchase correct voucher for month of travel

 

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