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Sri Lanka & Maldives Tour | 12 Days

Duration
12 Days
Tour Type
Honeymoon & Romantic, Leisure, Luxury & Family
Rating

Overview

BEST OF SRI LANKA AND MALDIVES

Two bucket list countries in one fantastic tour. From the capital city of Colombo to the ancient temples of Kandy and Dambulla, from the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya to the sun-kissed beaches of Maldives, this 12-day package will give you a lifetime of memories to make it an amazing and fulfilling holiday. Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle and beyond, this dazzling discovery tour will showcase all the highlights of Sri Lanka. Explore the Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla, home to an impressive golden Buddha; discover the rich tea culture of Sri Lanka in the hillside plantation of Nuwara Eliya; spend a night in spiritual Kandy, home of the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic; and enjoy a guided tour in the Dutch colonial city of Galle. Then, slow things down with four nights stay in Maldives. Slip into holiday mode with cozy accommodation. Spend your days swimming with a rainbow of marine life, relaxing under a palm tree with a good book, or taking advantage of the amazing optional activities offered on the island. The package also includes the international flight between Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Itinerary

We have carefully planned out each day to give you the best possible experience. From exploring historic landmarks to tasting delicious local cuisine, each day is packed with adventure and excitement. Join us as we take you on a journey through some of the most fascinating destinations in the world.

AYUBOWAN-! Welcome to Sri Lanka, one of the most fascinating destinations in the whole world. Upon arrival at Katunayake CMB Airport, you will meet your tour leader and then you will be transferred to your hotel. The capital city of Colombo has an interesting history running back to the fifth century. Even in ancient times, this was an important port city in the East-West sea trade. Nowadays it has become a bustling modern town with a unique atmosphere. The colourful streets, restaurants and modern shopping malls attract hordes of locals and tourists alike. In Colombo, you have the opportunity to visit the most highlighted places in the city.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  COZY CITY HOTEL AT COLOMBO

ACTIVITIES:

  • Arrival to Sri Lanka, Colombo (Katunayaka) International Airport
  • Greetings by BH Lanka representative
  • Proceed to Colombo

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| FAIRWAY COLOMBO OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | CINNAMON RED COLOMBO OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | MARINO BEACH COLOMBO OR SIMILAR

After enjoying a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea or a coffee, you will take a journey across the stunning Sri Lankan countryside towards Dambulla city, which is the central point of the cultural triangle in the island. En-route, you may also visit the Millenium Elephant Foundation, originally created in order to protect and look after the wild elephants found wandering in and around the forests of Sri Lanka. It is always a pleasant experience to give them a bath at the nearby river.

Upon arrival at Dambulla, you’ll enjoy a wonderful cultural village tour while exploring the beautiful countryside (INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE). It will start with a Bullock Cart ride, one of the most ancient and prime transportation systems in Sri Lanka, still used in some villages. While on the tour you will also enjoy a canoeing boat ride across the lake and a TukTuk drive, finally you will reach a farmer’s house where you will experience the typical Sri Lankan countryside hospitality.

Thereafter, you will visit famous Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE), where you may capture the beautiful scenery of sun setting. King Kasyapa (477 – 495 BC) built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes . Sigiriya refuses to reveal its secrets easily; in fact you have to climb a series of vertiginous staircases to reach the top. On the way you’ll pass quite remarkable frescoes and a pair of colossal lion paws carved into the bedrock.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  NATURE-FRIENDLY RESORT AT SIGIRIYA

ACTIVITIES:

  • Elephant feeding and bathing
  • Sigiriya Ancient Rock Fortress visit
  • Catamaran boat ride – Included in the package
  • Cultural Village Tour – Included in the package

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| SIGIRI ASNA NATURE RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | HOTEL SIGIRIYA OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | AMAYA LAKE DAMBULLA OR SIMILAR

In the morning, you will visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). In 1070 King Vijayabahu chose this place as his kingdom, one of the most ancient in the history of Sri Lanka. Cycling through Polonnaruwa ancient sites is a wonderful experience (INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE).

Afterwards, your tour leader will take you to Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park for an afternoon 4×4 jeep safari, since it is the best time to spot wild elephants on their natural habitat. If you’re up for a serious rumble in the jungle, then Minneriya/Kaudulla is your ideal destination! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this park is mainly a sanctuary for elephants, but it is also home to herds of deer, bulls, wild boars and colorful birdlife. It is always a pleasure to watch baby elephants playing with water by the main lake of the park. This place is well known as the largest elephant gathering place in the world.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  NATURE-FRIENDLY RESORT AT SIGIRIYA

ACTIVITIES:

  • Minneriya Wildlife safari
  • Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be arranged
  • Bicycle tour around the ancient city – Included

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| SIGIRI ASNA NATURE RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | HOTEL SIGIRIYA OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | AMAYA LAKE DAMBULLA OR SIMILAR

After enjoying a delicious breakfast with a hot cup of Sri Lankan tea or a coffee, visit the Royal Cave Temple and the Golden Buddha Statue (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). Dambulla has the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. It has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. The rock towers 160 meters over the surrounding plains and houses 5 cave temples with some of the most unique and significant historical drawings. Thereafter, you will visit Matale Spice Garden. Afterwards, proceed towards Kandy, the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom. It’s set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and bio diverse rainforests. Kandy is also famous for its sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth Relic. In the afternoon, you’ll enjoy a walk around Kandy’s busy city centre, including a tour of the Central Market, before engaging with a cultural dance show which is inspired by Sri Lankan arts, traditional dance and cultural heritage.

OVERNIGHT STAY : COZY MOUNT VIEW HOTEL AT KANDY

ACTIVITIES:

  • Dambulla cave temple
  • Temple of Tooth Relic visit
  • Kandy city tour (local markets/view point)
  • Organic Spice garden- Included in the package
  • Traditional dancing show – Included in the package
  • Early morning Pidurangala rock hike can be arranged

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| RANDHOLEE RESORT & SPA OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | HOTEL TOPAZ  OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | THE GOLDEN CROWN HOTEL OR SIMILAR

The morning Visit a gem museum in the morning for a tour and to learn more about the most important and well-known gems and jewelry from Sri Lanka.

Your next stop is the Peradeniya Royal botanical garden which is known for being one of all Asia’s high biological gardens. Its spirited and wealthy diversity of flora and fauna may be a heaven of the many natural wonders. Explore the land of the garden that has over 240 species of plants, three hundred totally different species of orchids, an imposing avenue of royal palms, and Sri Lanka’s longest river the Mahaweli that flows beside the garden. It’s an exquisite chance for nature lovers.

Thereafter, you’ll experience a great journey through the tea region of Nuwara Eliya as you take in the beautiful scenery of the mountains, waterfalls, and lush green tea estates. It is frequently referred to as “Little England”, because so many of the city’s structures date back to the British colonial era, such as the Queen’s Cottage, the General’s House, the Grand Hotel, the Hill Club, and the Town Post Office. This wonderful city includes a cool climate all year round thanks to its mountainous location. Visit a tea plantation and explore the chilly and foggy hills that host lush inexperienced blankets of tea plantations. Make sure to cap off your factory tour in style with a cup of tea that has been expertly prepared.

You might use your free time in the afternoon to you could spend your free time walking through Nuwara Eliya city center and the vegetable and fruit market. Try some snacks around lanes filled with ‘cultural eats’, street-food possibilities, and bustling local eateries.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  COZY MOUNT VIEW HOTEL AT NUWARA ELIYA

ACTIVITIES:

  • After breakfast proceed toward Nuwara Eliya
  • En route to Nuwara Eliya, visit a gem museum
  • Visit Royal Botanical Garden
  • Visit Tea Factory
  • Evening, Walk around the Nuwara Eliya City Tour (Vegetable & Fruit Market)

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| HEAVEN SEVEN HOTEL OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | THE LYNDEN GROVE  OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | GALWAY HEIGHTS HOTEL OR SIMILAR

In the morning, you will enjoy a spectacular train journey from Nanu-oya station to Ella village. It is known as one of the most picturesque hill country train journeys in the world. Ella is everyone’s favorite hill country village due to the fact that it’s a wonderful nature-friendly location. The Nine Arch Bridge, a major tourist attraction in Ella, is a massive bridge built entirely of solid rocks, bricks and cement without using a single piece of steel. Ella is a great place for walking and climbing and its most famous trekking route is to “Little Adam’s Peak”.

Afterwards, continue your journey towards Yala National Park, the largest and most stunning national park in Sri Lanka. Thanks to a river running through it, Yala National Park is divided into two sections. Because the river makes crossing to the other side difficult, Yala is really treated as two separate parks. But that doesn’t change the fantastic offerings! Encompassing a range of diverse ecosystems, the park has an impressive variety of wildlife, including sloth bears, leopards and lots of colorful birds. Enjoy a 4×4 jeep ride searching for leopards hanging on trees or whispering through the bushes, crocodiles patrolling the river or wild elephants drinking water and playing around.

OVERNIGHT STAY : COZY SAFARI TRANSIT RESORT THISSAMAHARAMA

ACTIVITIES:

  • Rawana Waterfall
  • Yala National Park jeep safari
  • Ella Village walk (Nine Arch Bridge)
  • Spectacular train journey into the mountains – Included

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| HOTEL TAMARIND TREE OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | CHAARYA RESORT & SPA   OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | ROCK WILD YALA OR SIMILAR

After breakfast, you’ll be continuing your journey along the beautiful south coast towards Galle, a city well known for its Fort (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE). It is the intersection where classic Dutch and British architecture meets a tropical setting, creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk through the streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions nowadays flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Historical Galle Lighthouse stands proudly on the southeast tip of the fort.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  BEACH RESORT AT BENTOTA

ACTIVITIES:

  • Galle fort & city visit
  • Leisure & relax in the beach

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| THE PALMS HOTEL BERUWALA OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | CINNAMON BEY BERUWALA OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | THE EDEN BERUWALA OR SIMILAR

After breakfast, you will check-out from your hotel and you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to Male (flight time-13.30 pm), Maldives (approx. 1.5 hours flight). After a wonderful tour around Sri Lanka now slow things down with a four-night relaxing beach stay in the Maldives. Upon arrival to Male, you will meet a hotel representative, who will transfer you to the hotel by a shared speed boat.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  BEACH RESORT AT MALDIVES

ACTIVITIES:

  • Leisure & relax in the beach

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| KAANI GRAND SEAVIEW OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | ERIYADU ISLAND RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | MEERU ISLAND RESORT AND SPA OR SIMILAR

After breakfast, if you are up to it, you will enjoy a full-day or half-day island hopping. Your day starts with a speed boat ride that will take you to 3 different spots, perfect for going snorkelling and dolphin watching. As you snorkel in these unbelievably beautiful reefs, you will come across an abundance of marine life and a multitude of colourful fish. Manta rays, turtles and even sharks may be the highlight of the trip. Experience the thrill of a tiny desert beach, surrounded by crystal clear waters and the coral reef with the ultimate privacy. A packed lunch and bottled drinks are served to each guest on the sandbank. NOTE: This is an optional experience, thus it can be purchased separately from the resort.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  BEACH RESORT AT MALDIVES

ACTIVITIES:

  • Dolphin watching
  • Snorkeling session
  • Swimming with sharks

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| KAANI GRAND SEAVIEW OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | ERIYADU ISLAND RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | MEERU ISLAND RESORT AND SPA OR SIMILAR

After breakfast, if you are up to it, join a snorkeling trip. It is a fun and relaxing way to view the colorful and fascinating world just beneath the ocean’s surface. Snorkelers use a clear plastic mask and a short tube to breathe while floating face-down on the surface of the water. This way you can observe coral and marine life without scaring away the fish with your movements and without having to come up for air every minute. Just floating and being immersed in the underwater scenery is enough to escape the hurdles we encounter in everyday life. There are different locations where you can see a totally different environment with different fishes and sea creatures. NOTE: This is an optional experience, thus it can be purchased separately from the resort.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  BEACH RESORT AT MALDIVES

ACTIVITIES:

  • Scuba-diving
  • Sorkelling
  • jet-ski
  • kayaking
  • Evening fishing

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| KAANI GRAND SEAVIEW OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | ERIYADU ISLAND RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | MEERU ISLAND RESORT AND SPA OR SIMILAR

It’s a free day: after breakfast, you could spend your time relaxing on the beach or exploring the underwater sea life. Optional: explore the historic city of Male, capital of the Maldives, and get a sense of ordinary life for the locals. Male is one of the smallest capitals in the world with several great local and cultural attractions such as the Male National Museum, Mulee-aage Palace, Male Friday Mosque and local markets, among others. NOTE: This is an optional experience, thus it can be purchased separately from the resort.

OVERNIGHT STAY :  BEACH RESORT AT MALDIVES

ACTIVITIES:

  • scuba-diving
  • snorkelling
  • jet-ski
  • kayaking
  • Evening Fishing

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS :

  • STANDARD HOTELS (3 STAR)| KAANI GRAND SEAVIEW OR SIMILAR
  • DELUXE HOTELS (4 STAR)      | ERIYADU ISLAND RESORT OR SIMILAR
  • SUPERIOR HOTELS (5 STAR)  | MEERU ISLAND RESORT AND SPA OR SIMILAR

Today is your last day in beautiful Maldives. After breakfast, you will check-out from the hotel and you will be transferred to the airport by a shared speed boat.

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