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Sri Lanka & Maldives

 Holiday Length: 12 days
 Start City: Colombo
 End City: Male
 Departures: Daily
 Private Holiday

Combining Sri Lanka's fascinating culture and Maldives' surreal beauty, this private holiday is the perfect choice if you are looking for a mix of cultural discovery, wildlife encounters and relaxing time on a beautiful Indian Ocean beach.  Conclude this memorable holiday in Sri Lanka with a relaxing stay in your island resort in the Maldives.


Day 1
  Colombo arrival
    Upon arrival meet, greet, assist and transfer you to hotel in Negombo.
   
Day 2
  Colombo – Pinnawala – Dambulla – Sigiriya (150 km)
    Drive to Sigiriya. Stop en route to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Continue to the Cave Temples of Dambulla, a city which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Discover the numerous paintings and golden Buddha statues and continue to Sigiriya for overnight. (B)
     
Day 3
  Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya (100 km)
    This morning climb up to the summit of the Sigiriya rock fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fortified settlement atop Sigiriya dates back to the 5th century AD and is a stupendous architectural achievement.  Admire the beautiful Sigiriya mural paintings hidden in the caves of the fortress. Later, continue to ancient Polonaruwa, the medieval capital & crown jewel of King Parakramabahu. Explore the ancient ruins including stupas, resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals, Hindu sculptures and stone carvings. Return to your Sigiriya hotel for overnight. (B)
   
Day 4
  Sigiriya – Matale – Kandy (100 km)
    This morning drive to Matale, a region whose story is woven around spices. Explore a local spice garden, have a cup of herbal tea and wander around town. Continue to Kandy the last royal capital of Sri Lankan kings before the city went under British rule. Visit the Temple of the Tooth, where according to the ancient Kandyan legacy, the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha is preciously kept.  Explore Kandy City Centre, its bazaar, and the colourful fresh fruit & vegetable market. This evening attend a traditional music & cultural show. (B)
   
Day 5
  Kandy – Nanu Oya - Nuwara Eliya
    This morning, scenic train ride to Nanu Oya through the misty mountains of the 'hill country'. Upon arrival, visit a tea plantation and learn about the traditional making process of the prestigious Ceylon Tea. End your visit over a perfectly blended cup of pure Ceylon Tea. Continue to Nuwara Eliya and take a short tour of the city. Once governed by English & Scottish planters, Nuwara Eliya has retained colonial bungalows, hedgerows & one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in the world. (B)
   
Day 6
  Nuwara Eliya – Uda Walawe N.P. (100 km)
    Today drive to Uda Walawe National Park and explore the Elephant Country! Hop into a safari jeep and head into the park which is famous for its large herds of elephants and is one of the best places to observe them in their natural habitat. You may also spot deer, water buffalo and jackal. Overnight in the park. (B)
     
Day 7
  Uda Walawe N.P. – Ratnapura – Colombo (170 km)
    This morning visit Ratnapura, famous for its gems. Visit the gem museum and watch how the stones are cut & polished into perfection. Continue to Colombo and take a city tour upon arrival. See the crystal white Race, the Floating Market and the 'Arcade,' a colonial masterpiece which today hosts many trendy boutiques & shops.  Overnight in Colombo. (B)
   
Day 8
  Colombo – Malé, Maldives
    Departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Male, Maldives (flight not included). Upon arrival you will be met by a resort representative and transferred to your resort by speedboat. Check in and reminder of the day at leisure. (B,D)
   
Day 9 - 11
  Maldives
    Three days at leisure to take advantage of your resort's facilities. Relax, swim and unwind in one of the world's most idyllic places! Daily breakfast and dinner are included. (B,D)
     
Day 12
  Maldives departure
    Departure transfer by speedboat for your outward flight. (B)
     

INCLUSIONS






• Private air conditioned transfers and transportation
• Jeep safari in Uda Walene (non private)
• Accommodation in your choice of tourist, first of deluxe class hotels
• Private English-speaking chauffeur guide throughout the programme
• Private sightseeing, activities, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Arrival & departure speedboat transfers in the Maldives


     
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