Discover two of the most beautiful islands destinations in the Indian Ocean! In Sri Lanka, soak in a blend of ancient history as you visit sites such as Kandy with its Buddha Temple, and UNESCO-listed Sigiriya that dates back 5,000 years! Sample bustling Colombo with its colonial and local influences and then head on to the Maldives, where your luxury island getaway awaits. End your trip on silken white sands, unwinding in your beachside accommodation, snorkeling, diving, and picnicking on sandbars!
Do you wish to extend your time in Sri Lanka or the Maldives and experience more of these islands? We’ll be happy to tailor the itinerary to all your interests and wishes – get in touch!
Negombo is a bustling beach town with plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation! Nestled on the rim of Negombo Lagoon, the town boasts a long stretch of buzzing yet beautiful beach, and is located close to Colombo.
Personalized Tour of Negombo Including Fish Market Discover the sights and sounds of Negombo, a seaside town that showcases Sri Lanka’s lively culture and heritage. Soak in the morning sea breeze as you saunter around its famed beaches, making your way to the 17th century Dutch Fort that now houses a prison. Walk past the picturesque Negombo lagoon till you arrive at the vibrant fish market where the day’s first catch of crabs, lobsters and prawns is auctioned off to the accompaniment of lively bargaining and customary jostle. Stroll along the historic Hamilton canal built by former Dutch rulers to facilitate trade and transport. Take in more of the city’s architectural heritage with a visit to St Mary’s Church that bears the distinctive Neoclassical mark of its Portuguese history. (Half Day; Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Please note that best time to visit fish market is 0630 hrs; Fish Market is partially closed on Sundays and Christmas Day)
Sigiriya is the ideal location if you wish to venture back in time! Unearth this UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back 5,000 years to the Mesolithic period.
Highlights of Sigiriya Rock Sigiriya, which translates to Lion’s Rock, is aptly named as it juts out of a granite peak, standing tall at 180 meters and dominating the surrounding dense jungle. Witness Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is uniquely shaped and can be seen from great distances. You can also discover the fascinating rock paintings and frescoes of Sigiri apsaras (mythical dancing damsels), painted inside the cavity of the western rock face. Discover the style of 7th to 10th century graffiti by visiting the Mirror Wall! Kindly note that this activity requires a good level of physical fitness due to the steep steps to reach the fortress. (TOTAL DURATION: 5 hrs; Private Activity; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1 hr; TIMINGS: 08:30 hrs – 16:30 hrs; NOTES: The climb is rather difficult with lots of steep steps.)
Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit Encounter the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka during this one hour visit! Dating back to the 1st century, the Dambulla rock caves became a Buddhist temples when they were converted into residential quarters for monks. You will be amazed by the five caves that sit under a vast overhanging rock. Each one now acts as a shrine room and contains numerous images of Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses. Mural paintings line the walls, depicting Buddha’s journey to enlightenment and his teachings. Throughout the centuries, this has been a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists.(Duration – 1 hr Activity Type excluding drive Timings; Private Activity Type ; Private Transfer)
Kandy was established in the 14th century and was the last independent city and capital of the Singhalese kingdom.
Highlights of Kandy Delve into regality as you explore the last royal capital. Venture to Dalda Maligawa, the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth, which houses the most sacred Buddhist relic, a tooth of Lord Buddha. Observe the many pilgrims conducting pujas (prayers) throughout the temple complex. Surrounded by aromatic tea plantations, magnificent hills and set by a lake, you can also enjoy some wonderful scenic views. Take a leisurely stroll around Lake Kandy, a protected lake where fishing is banned. Sip up the history of tea drinking pioneers like Lipton and Taylor at the Ceylon Tea Museum, a 1920s vintage tea factory. Enjoy traditional dance performances that capture the imagination and connect audiences to the tribal roots of the performers. (TOTAL DURATION: 5 hrs;TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 45 mins;TIMINGS: 08:30 – 16:30; Private Activity; NOTES: During Kandy Perhera Festival Temples will be closed in the Evening(JUL – AUG))
Half Day Kandy Temples Tour Explore a Sri Lankan jewel! Located at an altitude of almost 500 m above sea level, the ancient capital city of Kandy offers a rich amalgam of ancient wonders. Visit centuries-old famous temples and architectural marvels on a pleasant Kandy loop, past three 14th century Hindu-Buddhist temples and back through Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. Embekka Devalaya, Lankatilaka Vihara and Gadaladeniya Temples are among the other famous sites in the city. Discover fascinating traditional and contemporary motifs and colors during your visit to a local batik printing factory, before you return to your hotel.
Half Day Visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (from Kandy) Spend a half day at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a three hour drive (80km) from Negombo. Witness the biggest herd of captive pachyderms in the world who journey to the river twice a day to bathe. Managed by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department, Pinnawala encourages both breeding and aiding the recovery and release of injured wild elephants back into the forest. The little jumbos, orphaned as their parents were victims of poachers/accidents, also splash about. Learn how they are tamed, reared and trained by their human keepers (known as mahouts) who bottle feed and bathe them. (USP: Bottle feeding is one of the highlight for this Orphanage; Duration: 1-2 hrs; Times (if specific): Milk Feeding:Daily at : 9.15am – 9.45am / 01.15pm-01.45pm, Bathing: Daily at : 10.00am – 12.00pm / 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Fruit Feeding: 09.00am – 09.45am / 12.00pm – 1.45pm; Time of Day : Open between 8:30hrs till 18hrs; Shared activity; Private Transfer)
Colombo, the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka, has something for everyone! A strategic port on the ancient Spice Route, the city is a potpourri of colonial influence, from the British to the Portuguese and Dutch.
Highlights of Colombo Discover the cosmopolitan capital on this leisurely walk through shaded boulevards, spotting heritage buildings and iconic landmarks. Excursions to various parts of Colombo are possible depending on the time available to you. Explore the Fort with its distinctive colonial architecture, before ambling down to the lively local markets at Pettah. If the streets are crowded, worry not! Your car is available to transport you to the varied attractions so you can avoid the rush. You can stroll along Sea Street or stop by Hindu temples and Muslim mosques that stand next to each other in this neighborhood. There is also the option of visiting the city’s landmark Town Hall and Old Parliament buildings, near Lipton Circle and Independent Square, for a better understanding of the history of this island nation. Take in the city’s posh neighborhoods around Cinnamon Gardens if you have time, or head straight for the beaches along the waterfront at Galle Face Green. (TOTAL DURATION: 3.5 hrs; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1 hr; TIMINGS: 08:00 hrs- 17:00 hrs).
Board your flight from Colombo to Male (Duration: 1.5 hrs)
Upon arrival at Maldives airport you will be met by the representative carrying the resort paging board, please proceed towards the representative. The Representative will guide you to your resort’s counter at the airport, after the check in formalities you would be escorted by the hotel staff to board you speedboat. Speedboat time will be decided only 24 hrs prior to your arrival, depending on the occupancy on the boat you might have to wait at the lounge to board your speedboat. Your departure speedboat time from the resort will be passed on by the hotel staff 1 day prior to your departure.
Male finds mention in almost every traveler’s wish list for being the gateway to the incredible Maldives’ islands. Compared to the relaxed ambience within the islands surrounding Male, the bustling city is something extraordinary!
On your final day, transfer to the airport for your international departure.
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Option 1 From $ 2,590 /person
Option 2 From $ 3,190 /person
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