We hate picking favourites, but if you are looking for a perfect 2 week holiday with lots of Adventure and plenty of time to relax by some of the most scenic destinations on the planet.... This is it!!
If you are wondering of how best to spend a 2 week holiday from your daily routine, look no more.
This Unique Tour of Sri Lanka & Maldives is the right combination of Adventure & relaxation in two of the most exotic travel destinations in the world.
In Sri Lanka we will do some heavy touring from feeding and bathing with Elephants, to visiting sacred monasteries, roaming through tea estates to setting out on Jungle Safaris and much more.
Finally wind up in the beautiful Maldive islands, where you can recoup and have 4 - 5 days of pure relaxation amongst the crystal clear waters of the Maldive Islands.
Ayubowan!! and Welcome to Sri Lanka
You will be greeted by our representative at the airport and transferred to Colombo.
Colombo the Capital of Sri Lanka offers a plethora of tourists destinations that include museums, architectural wonders, historic temples, Kovils, Mosque’s, Anglican churches built by the British empire, shopping haunts, entertainment plaza’s, a wide array of fine dining restaurants and spectacular night life.
This commercial hub will be the starting point of your tour and hence this day has been left for you to relax and recoup after your long flight.
If time permits and you are up for it, it could be arranged for you to do some sightseeing around Colombo and even check the night life of the cosmopolitan city.
After an early breakfast, you will begin travelling towards the Cultural Triangle of the country. En-route visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. This elephant orphanage which stretches over a 24 acre estate is also breeding place for elephants. Between 1975 and 2012, sixty-seven animals were born here and if you are lucky you might even be able to bathe and feed these beautiful giants.
After Pinnawela proceed to Dambulla. Here you will climb to the famous Dambulla rock temple. The five temples built alongside this rock is a great testimony to the strong Buddhist culture which was present in the ancient years of Sri Lanka.
After visiting the Cave temple in the evening proceed to your hotel in Habarana.
In the morning after an early breakfast, we will proceed to Sigiriya.
Sigiriya a famous landmark of Sri Lanka, was once the fortress of king Kashyapa in the year 470 – 490 CE. This rock citadel which was his safe haven from the rest of his father’s empire stands today a marvel to all, because of the astounding architecture of the rock. The climb will take approximately 3-4 hours and is a definite must see for any tourist visiting Sri Lanka.
Afterwards in the afternoon we will proceed to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. This city which has been declared a UNESCO world Heritage site remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers.
After a complete tour of the ancient city proceed back to Habarana and if time permits you could go on an Elephant back ride close to the hotel.
After breakfast proceed to Kandy, the Hill Capital of the island. Enroute to Kandy you will make a quick pit stop at the Matale Spice & Herbal Gardens. Here you will be taught on how ancient medicines were made with herbs & spices during the medieval times, and also be given a demonstration of its healing powers by way of a refreshing massage.
Continue journey to Kandy with sightseeing along the way. Once you check in at your hotel visit the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the tooth relic). This is one of the most prominent temples in the country. It is home to the Buddha’s Tooth and annual ceremonies’ such as the Esala Perahera and the Dalada Perahera which is celebrated in July or August every year.
After visiting the temple in the evening enjoy the Kandyan Cultural Show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya passing through acres of lush green tea plantations through winding roads and mountainous hill slopes. Enroute take a brief stop at the majestic Ramboda waterfall which is 109 metres high and the 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka.
Nuwara Eliya once referred to as “little England” resembles much of our colonial rulers in the cool climate of the city, the lush greenery of the highlands and the cottage lifestyle of the people. In Nuwara Eliya you may visit the Hakgala Botanical gardens, which is home to over 10,000 different species of flora, and one of the many Tea factory’s built by the British which still functions to this date. Most importantly be sure to stop by the strawberry farms and indulge in some of the freshest strawberries in the Asian region. If time permits you could also visit the Ambewela dairy farm.
This day is at your leisure to travel around the city of Nuwara Eliya. If you wish you could visit the Horton Plains national wild life park, where you will be able to spot Deer and Samba and a number of Birds. Afterwards climb to the famous World’s End Point to enjoy the spectacular view of the Hill Country.
In the evening you may return to Nuwara Eliya and do a quick city tour and even go on a Boat ride on Lake Gregory.
After an early breakfast travel towards the southern coast of the Island, Yala.
Yala National Park one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourist destinations is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose and crocodiles. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds in this park. Yala has a high concentration of leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck.
In the morning you could enter the park for an early safari. This is recommended as the best time to enter the park as the chances of spotting bear and leopard are high.
The rest of the day will be at your choice of hotel where you could have a dip in the Pool and try out one of the many nature excursions which the hotel has to offer, and simply relax.
In the morning at your leisure you may proceed to the Southern Coast of Galle. This city once the capital of our Dutch rulers shows the interaction between European architecture and South Asian traditions. The Galle fort declared a UNESCO world heritage site is the largest remaining fortress built by the Europeans remaining in Asia.
At your leisure you may check out of you hotel and depending on the scheduled time of your flight to the Maldives, you could either make a pit stop in Colombo for some last minute shopping or proceed straight to the Airport in time for your flight to Malé.
Soak up the sun, dive amongst the beautiful corals and relax in the serene beauty of the Maldive Islands. These five days have no itinerary set for you as it is meant for you and your family to get that well deserved relaxation by the beach in luxury comfort.
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