14 Day Sri Lanka Wildlife Tour & Blissful Maldives Escape

Sri Lanka was voted Lonely Planets #1 destination for 2019 and we are so excited to bring you this epic new package: 14 Day Sri Lanka Wildlife Tour & Blissful Maldives Escape. This amazing package gives you the best of Sri Lanka, including an exhilarating Jeep Safari in Wilpattu National Park - The best place to spot leopards - followed by the highlights of Sigiriya and the Cultural Area, the "World's Most Scenic Train Journey" from Nanu Oya to Ella, and sightseeing around lush beautiful Ella including stunning Ravana Waterfalls and Adams Peak. To top it off, the package ends with 5 nights in a 5 Star Award Winning Maldives resort where you can relax in pure bliss on your very own tropical island. 

 

Wilpattu National Park covers an area of over 131,000 hectares and is less accessible than other national parks in Sri Lanka, making it unspoilt and uncrowded.  Take a jeep safari to see wild elephants, leopards, buffalo, sloth bear and more. 

 

This package includes 13 nights quality accommodation, daily breakfast on tour, full board in Maldives, wildlife safari, train journey, airport transfers, a professional guide, all sightseeing, island transfers in the Maldives and much much more. Please see our "Included" section for a full list.

DAY 1: Arrival Colombo

On arrival at Colombo international airport you will be met by our tour representative and transferred to your hotel in Negombo. 

 

MEALS: None

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Negombo

 

DAY 2: Negombo ~ Anuradhapura 

Have breakfast and the hotel and then we drive to Anuradhapura (approx. 3.5 hours driving). The ancient capital of Anuradhapura reigned supreme for over a millennium as one of the greatest monastic cities of the ancient world famed for Buddhist culture and architectural achievements across Asia and Europe. Ruled by 113 successive kings and 4 queens, Anuradhapura was a majestic sprawl of magnificent palaces, ornate pleasure gardens, exquisite sculptures, and vast Buddhist temples. The three main ‘dagabas’ are amongst the biggest architectural creations of the ancient world smaller in size only to the pyramids at Giza. Take an optional afternoon tour of these amazing ruins or spend the day at your leisure. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Anuradhapura

OPTIONAL TOUR: Sightseeing around ancient city of Anuradhapura ($35)

 

DAY 3: Anuradhapura ~ Wilpattu National Park

Early start this morning as we take our packed breakfast and proceed to Wilpattu for an exhilarating jeep safari in Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu National Park declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1905 and is one of Sri Lanka’s oldest national parks.  It covers an area of over 131,000 hectares stretching from the north western coast to the north central province, and comprises a complex of lakes called ‘Villus’ surrounded by grassy plains, set within scrub jungle.  Although the biggest attraction at Wilpattu is the elusive Leopard, all of the `big game’ in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted dear are found in abundance here. Being less accessible than the other national parks, Wilpattu remains unspoilt and uncrowded – a haven frequented by true nature lovers.  After the safari we continue to the cultural area where you will spend the night. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Cultural Area

 

DAY 4: Sigiriya ~ Hiriwaduna ~ Minneriya 

In the morning you have the option to climb “Sigiriya” or Lion's Rock a UNESCO world heritage site, the unique icon of Sri Lanka. It is a steep climb with many steps and a decent level of fitness is required. 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. 

 

Late morning we visit Hiriwaduna for a local Village tour. Take a fun 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. In the afternoon you have the option to take another jeep safari through the Minneriya National Park which is highly famous for its elephants and wildlife and especially the famous Elephant Gathering where you can see up to 300 majestic Asian elephants at once. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Cultural Area

OPTIONAL TOUR: Climb Sigiriya ($49) / Minneriya Elephant Safari ($60) 

 

DAY 5: Cultural Area ~ Dambulla ~ Matale ~ Kandy

After breakfast we travel overland to Kandy stopping at the famous Dambulla Cave Temple. 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 you can visit a spice Garden in Matale, as well as also enjoy a Head massage. There are shops where you can purchase different spices of Sri Lanka.

In the evening visit the sacred Temple of the sacred tooth relic (optional). 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.  

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Kandy

OPTIONAL TOUR: Temple of The Tooth ($22)

 

DAY 6: Kandy ~ Nuwara Eliya ~ Train Ride to Ella

Experience the beautiful countryside as we travel to Nuwara Eliya today, also known as "Little England". Once here we take a short city tour before catching the train at Nanu Oya for the famous scenic train journey classed as one of the World's best! Sit back and relax as the 2.5 hour journey glides through rolling hills and over bridges until you get to Ella in the heart of the country. Once in Ella, check in to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your own leisure. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Ella

 

DAY 7: Ella Sightseeing

Enjoy a full day sightseeing around stunning Ella today, including Little Adams Peak, Nine Arches Bridge, Ravana waterfalls and Ella Gap. The main attraction of Ella is the breath-taking view from the ‘Ella Gap’ – looking out between the towering bulk of Ella Rock on the right and through a gap in the hills to the plains far, far below. While the village itself may not offer much in the way of attractions the locality certainly makes up for it. The majestic Ella rock looming over the village provides an arduous but rewarding hike – and the views from the top are well worth the effort. The beautiful Ravana Ella waterfall is an impressive cascade – the widest in Sri Lanka, is also a sight not to miss. The nearby caves are steeped in legend according to which, the ancient king Ravana held the Indian princess Sita captive in them. Enjoy your second night in Ella.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Ella

 

DAY 8: Ella ~ Colombo

Quite a long drive today as we head back to the bustling city of Colombo. (approx. 5.5 hours) On arrival, check in to your hotel and the remainder of the day is at your own leisure. 

 

MEALS: Breakfast

OVERNIGHT: 3 or 4 Star Hotel, Colombo

 

DAY 9: Colombo ~ Malé ~ Sun Island Resort & Spa

After breakfast you will be transferred to Colombo airport for your flight to Malé [FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED]. On arrival at Malé international airport you will be met by a resort representative and transferred to Sun Island Resort & Spa by seaplane. 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.

 

OVERNIGHT: 5* Sun Island Resort & Spa

MEALS: Dinner

 

DAY 10: Maldives Free Day

Escape to an exotic world of breathtaking possibility, where adventure and relaxation are equally within reach. At Sun Island Resort & Spa – a flowering jewel among Maldives family hotels – every moment is free to shape into your personal version of paradise. Cruise along our stunning sapphire lagoons by jet-ski, canoe, windsurf or catamaran.

 

OVERNIGHT: 5* Sun Island Resort & Spa

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 11: Maldives Free Day

Sail the turquoise seas with our Maldives catamarans at Sun Island Resort & Spa, water isn’t just a source of life – it’s a source of adventure. Our water sports center is located on the east side of the island, and offers both rental equipment and lessons by our professional staff. Learn the art of Maldives windsurfing from the safety of our shallow, tranquil lagoon. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you speed through the water on a pair of water skis. Or, let yourself be guided by the wind as you explore the island from a Maldives catamaran rental. Other water activities available at the resort include: Catamarans

Jet skis

Windsurfing

Diving and snorkeling

Water-skiing

Canoes

Knee boarding

Speed boats

 

OVERNIGHT: 5* Sun Island Resort & Spa

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 12: Maldives Free Day

Sun Villa: Escape in to our lush Sun Villas in this very cozy ambiance. Awaken your senses in this retreat hidden in the dense gardens of Sun Island Resort.

Water Bungalow: Set on stilts above the tranquil turquoise lagoon, our Maldives water bungalows truly embrace the island atmosphere of Sun Island Resort & Spa. Large and richly furnished, these exclusive accommodations are accessed by a wooden jetty, creating the sense of a secluded hideaway apart from the rest of the resort. Take in the vast horizon from your personal sundeck, offering either sunrise or sunset views. Walk down your private staircase to enjoy a refreshing soak in the warm ocean water, which ebbs and flows just below your floor. Offering a truly unique approach to island living, these Maldives beach bungalows offer one of the world’s most remarkable lodging experience.

 

OVERNIGHT: 5* Sun Island Resort & Spa

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 13: Maldives Free Day

Explore the spectacular local scenery and unique Maldivian culture with excursions to neighbouring islands. Or, simply let the ocean breeze caress you to sleep as you sway gently in your hammock.

 

OVERNIGHT: 5* Sun Island Resort & Spa

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 14: Departure

After breakfast and check out you will be transferred back to Malé to catch your onward flight home. Organise your transfer time directly with the resort.

 

MEALS: Breakfast

 

 

 

DEPARTURES 2019:

August: *4, *11, *18, *25

September: 1, 8, 15, 22

September: 29 (SOLD OUT)

October: 6, 13

October: 22 (SOLD OUT)

 

Dates marked with either * incur a high season surcharge:

  • * $100 per person - add to cart

 

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