This private beach vacation in Sri Lanka and the Maldives is coupled with rich cultural experiences and serene moments in nature, ideal if you are looking for variety. Once you’ve delved into historic worlds in Sri Lanka, why not indulge in leisurely luxury at the Maldives?
You can personalize this vacation to match your interests and preferences in each destination that you visit. Get in touch with us and start planning your trip itinerary right away!
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.
Dutch Canal Boat Ride Enjoy the sights and sounds of life in Sri Lanka with a boat ride along the Dutch-made Hamilton Canal. Once a supply route for the Dutch administration, old churches and fishing villages, this 100km long still used Dutch Canal running through the town, is an ideal way to gain insight of the area from a different perspective. Along the way, see water monitors, crocodiles, monkeys, varieties of fish and birds. Visit Muthurajawela and take a nature trip to Negombo lagoon in a small boat.
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)
Day Trip to Polonnaruwa (from Sigiriya) Polonnaruwa..the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, was the second capital city of the country after the destruction of the ancient city of Anuradhapura in 993 (from 10th-12th century AD). Note ancient Sri Lankan architecture from the 12th Century..see Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas and the monumental ruins of the garden city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. Visit the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, the Royal Pavilion, the Vatadage Relic House, Kiri Vehera and Gal Vihare; see Art, Architecture and Sculpture at Gal Viharaya, Thuparamaya Image House and Lankatilaka Image House. (DURATION: 3 hrs ; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1 hr ; TIMINGS: 08:00 hrs – 16:00 hrs; )
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)
Sri Lanka’s very own “Little England”, this is decidedly a trip to a surrealistic hill station with swirling mists and tumbling waterfalls!
Half Day Hike to Horton Plains Adventure seekers can go hiking at an altitude of 2,134m to the ‘World’s End’ – a sheer 1,000 feet vertical escarpment, a unique feature of Horton Plains. The scenic beauty impresses even the most discerning traveler. If lucky, catch a glimpse of the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Sri Lanka Magpie, Black-throated Munia, Black-napped Hare and Giant Squirrel. (DURATION: 6 hrs;TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 1.5 hrs;TIMINGS: 05:30 – 10:30; Private Activity; NOTES: Best time to visit is in the morning / Guest must be physically fit because lot of walking is involved.)
Scenic Walk to Bambarakanda Falls from Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, set out from Nuwara Eliya for the picturesque Bambarakanda Falls, Sri Lanka’s highest waterfalls. On the way, you’ll meet village folk and watch locals picking tea leaves as you pass by expansive colonial estates with planters’ bungalows. Take a break at Lanka Falls, enjoy a swim, and nibble on delicious picnic snacks. Enroute, traverse the Devil’s Staircase, a steep and narrow section of the trail with three hairpin bends. Reaching the falls, admire the silvery cascade that drops between Mount Welihena and Mount Bambaragala. Sit on benches and laze about the platforms that offer pleasant views of the surroundings. Take a refreshing dip in the plunge pool at the bottom of Bambarakanda Falls before heading back. (Half Day; Duration: 6 hours; Private activity & transfer; Fitness level: Easy; Maximum: 6 pax; Notes: Wear comfortable clothing and trekking shoes)
Yala National Park is a sprawling natural paradise teeming with wildlife, in southeastern Sri Lanka.
Half Day Private Jeep Safari in Yala National Park Safari in style with an unforgettable adventure on a morning or evening jeep safari through the forests of Yala National Park. You can enjoy an upfront and close encounter with the abundance of wildlife who live here. There are about 44 species of mammals, including elephants and deer, and many reptiles and lagoon fauna. If you enjoy birdwatching then there are 125 bird species to be spotted, particularly around the wetlands where waterbirds and waders have made a home. The park is home to the endangered subspecies of the Panthera Pardus Kotiya, which is only found in Sri Lanka. Kindly note that Yala sometimes closes during the months of September and October for maintenance. (DURATION: 5 hrs; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: 3 or 4 hrs only for the Safari. Consider the time taken to reach the safari shot from the hotel; ACTIVITY TYPE: Must do/ Private; TIMING: Best to be done (Before Breakfast) or (by Sunset)CLOSED: Mid Sep – Mid Oct Park will be closed due to rainy season; NOTES: Only 1 Safari per day)
Shared Safari by Hotel by Chena Huts Embark on exhilarating jungle safaris in Yala National Park while you stay at Chena Huts. Discover the abundant bird and wildlife of Sri Lanka’s second largest national park, in the company of your naturalist guide from the accommodation. On your first day, arrive at the jungle camp by the afternoon, just in time for a delicious lunch. Take an afternoon safari to sight the many elephants, wild buffalo, crocodiles, primates and birds, across the Park’s parklands, lagoons and jungles. Return to your camp by sundown and relax with delicious cocktails and refreshments until your al fresco dinner is served. Turn in early and wake up in time for the dawn safari that offers some of the best opportunities to view animals in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky, you may even spot the endangered Sri Lankan leopard! The park is known for its wildlife conservation efforts, especially for its native population of elephants, leopard and buffalo. After a morning well spent, return to breakfast. (Half Day Shared Safaris; Time of Day: Morning & Afternoon; Duration: 3.5-4 hrs; Please bring comfortable clothing and shoes, don’t forget your binoculars and cameras; Note: Park closed during Sep–Oct).
Galle offers a unique historical and cultural perspective into the development of Sri Lanka during its colonial era.
Highlights of Galle Fort Unearth history and glance into what life in a 16th century port city would have been like as you experience the legends and myths of Galle Fort as you amble around. There are many archaeological artefacts on display at the Maritime Museum, including 800 year old items salvaged from shipwrecks. Witness how today’s locals live within this colossal Dutch fortress and UNESCO World Heritage site. There is an abundance of chic and boutique shops, where you can purchase gems, handmade lace and antiques. Unwind in pretty garden and terrace cafés, and admire the coastal beds of pure blue ocean and coral reefs. (TOTAL DURATION: 2 hrs; TRAVEL TIME TO ACTIVITY: Walking; Private Activity; NOTES: Activity in walkable distance. Avoid afternoon since this is the walking tour and afternoon it gets hot. )
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).
Day 11 - 15
Transfer to Colombo Airport
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.
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 4,590 /person
Option 2 From $ 7,390 /person
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