Sri Lanka & Maldives Tour - 11 days / 10 nights
This private tour proposes 6 days / 5 nights in Sri Lanka packed with cultural, panoramic and fun highlights. It will take you, from the ancient cities of the cultural triangle, to the tea plantations country and to Colombo. Along the road, you will have the opportunity to see a few of Unesco World Heritage Sites. The main features of this tour are the rock fortress of Sigiriya which will unveil beautiful sites and panoramas, a safari in the Kaudulla or Mineriya national park, the visit of Kandy and its Temple of the Tooth Relic, the Ramboda area which is a tea plantations region and finally have a short visit of Colombo, the capitale.
After Sri Lanka, you will fly to the Maldives and enjoy 5 nights your preferred hotel.
Day 1: Arrival / Thirappane
You will be met by your private chauffeur-guide upon your arrival at Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport.
You can either chose to drive to your first hotel (4h30 to 5 hours) following a road where you will be able to see great landscapes with palms, pineapples and rice plantations or you can chose to fly to Sigiriya and to drive to your hotel from there (1h30m drive)
Transfer and check-in at your hotel which will be the superb Ulagalla Resort.
Day 2: Thirappane / Sigiriya / Hiriwadunna / Thirappane
In the morning, you will visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. The cultural aspects as well as the breathtaking views make this excursion a must.
You will then drive to Hiriwadunna and explore the traditionnal village, see its inhabitants. You will be taken to drive around the village by ox carts and experience a short river cross over on a typical boat.
You will end the a day with a safari in the national prc of Kaudulla or Mineriya to observe wild elephants and other animals.
Night at your hotel the Ulagalla Resort.
Day 3: Thirappane / Dambulla / Matale / Kandy
The day will start with another Unesco World Heritage Site, Dambulla. The Dambulla rock hosts famous cave temples. It is a complex featuring 5 caves with Buddha colorfully painted on walls. The 600 feet height of the Dambulla rock enable stunning views of the surrounding.
En route to Kandy, you will then have the opportunity to visit a spice garden in Matale. You will be shown the different spices Sri Lanka is well-known for and informed on how they are cultivated and processed.
In the afternoon, you will arrive in Kandy another stunning Unesco World Heritage Site built around a beautiful lake.
Night at your hotel the Kandy House.
Day 4: Kandy / Ramboda / Kandy
Departure to Ramboda (about 2 hours drive).
You will have the opportunity to discover the tea regioin, a tea plantation and factory. You will be shown how tea is cultivated and processed. You will of course be able to have a cup of the famous pure Ceylon tea!
Back to Kandy
You will visit the town, a gem museum and of course in the very important temple of the Tooth Relic where one of Buddha’s tooth is preserved.
In the evening, you will visit the theater of the Tooth Temple and enjoy a dance and fire walkers show.
Back to your hotel in Tuk-Tuk (rickshaw).
Night at your hotel the Kandy House.
Day 5: Kandy / Peradeniya / Colombo
Departure to Peradeniya (about 30 minutes drive)
You will visit the 147 acres Peradeniya Botanical Garden which is famous for its collection of superb orchids and its amount of species of plants.
Departure to Colombo (3 hours drive)
Short visit of the capital of Sri Lanka with the fort, the lighthouse, a hindhu temple, the residential and Pettah area, the parlament...
Transfer to your hotel the Residence by UGA.
Day 6: Colombo / Maldives
Morning at leisure.
and transfer to the airport.
Flight to the Maldives
Arrival at the Male Airport & Transfer to your hotel
Overnight stay at the chosen hotel
Day 7 to 11: Maldives
Days at leisure
On day 11, you will be trasnferred back to the Male Airport and fly home.