Great Sri Lanka Tour + Maldives (18 Days)

On arrival in Sri Lanka you will be met and assisted by our Airport Representative, who will direct you to your very own Chauffeur who will transfer you to the Hotel in Colombo, the commercial capital of the country. Once you check in at your hotel relax and recover from any jet lag.

Day 01 – Airport / Colombo

After breakfast drive through the commercial and city center known as the “Fort”, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century where grand colonial era buildings stand alongside modern office structures. See the vibrant markets and bazaars of Pettah, and the National Museum with its fine collection of lovely antiques and art of Sri Lanka. You could visit a Buddhist temple and a Hindu Kovil to experience the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the people. Alternatively you may indulge in some shopping.

Overnight Stay – Colombo – Ramada Colombo

Day 02 – Colombo

After breakfast visit the Zoological garden. After visiting the Zoological Garden you may indulge in some shopping.

Overnight Stay – Colombo – Ramada Colombo

Day 03 – Colombo / Anuradhapura

After Breakfast leave for Anuradhapura and visit the sacred ancient city founded in the 04th century B.C a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. It has the largest number of ancient monuments of the great Sinhala civilization which flourished in this region. You will see some of the most famous as well as the tallest dagobas of Sri Lanka, Ruwanweliseya Dagoba, 2nd century BC with its famous elephant walls and the 3rd century BC Thuparama Dagoba. Ruins of ancient royal palaces specially the pillars of the Brazen Palace, which once had nine storeys, temples, the image of the Samadhi Buddha one of the finest pieces of Buddhist sculpture, monasteries, the twin ponds, guard stones and the moonstone. The ‘Sri Maha Bodhi’ or the sacred Bo tree is over 2200 years old grown from a branch of the very tree under which “The Buddha” attained enlightenment – the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

Overnight Stay – Anuradhapura – Palm Garden Village

Day 04 – Anuradhapura / Mihintale / Aukana / Habarana

After breakfast leave for Mihintale. Visit the ancient remains of Mihintale, a sacred place which is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 meters wide leads to the summit with its splendid views of the surrounding countryside.

Proceed to Aukana to see the statue of the Aukana Buddha. This is undoubtedly the most magnificent undamaged ancient image in the island. The 5th century statue ascribed to King Dhatusena is 13 meters high standing beneath a recently constructed brick shelter.

After sightseeing leave for Habarana, a small village with excellent hotel accommodation, a central location for all the ancient city sites. Check in at your hotel on arrival and spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight Stay – Habarana – Chaaya Village 3.5-Stars

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Day 05 – Habarana / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

After breakfast leave for Sigiriya. Begin the morning by climbing the rock fortress of Sigiriya – a 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky”. Built by King Kassapa the fortress was a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. The lion rock (A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SIGHT) is a citadel of unusual beauty, rising 200 metres from the scrub jungle. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and rampart and extensive gardens including the renowned water gardens. The majestic Lion’s Paw picturesquely guards the stairway of the palace on the summit. See the famous frescoes of the “Heavenly maidens” of Sigiriya in a sheltered pocket of the rock and the 10 foot high Mirror Wall.

Then continue to one of the ruins of ancient Ceylon – the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the Capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to 13th century. A well-planned medieval city defended by enclosing walls (around 5 km. which still remain), graced by palaces, shrines, monasteries, pavilions, parks, ponds and irrigation lakes. Polonnaruwa is strewn with ruins in a resplendent state of preservation.

The ‘Gal Vihara’ which consists of statues of the recumbent, standing and seated Buddha have been cut from a single granite wall and rank among the true masterpieces of Sri Lankan Art.

Overnight Stay – Habarana – Chaaya Village 3.5-Stars

Day 06 – Polonnaruwa / Nilaveli

After breakfast leave for Nilaveli located in the north east coast of the country, is well known for its fine sandy beaches and ice blue waters, which in contrast to many of the beaches in the South and West are exceptionally shallow. This distinctive seascape surrounded by corals provides great snorkeling and diving opportunities.

Overnight Stay – Nilaveli – Chaaya Blue 4-Stars

Day 07 – Nilaveli / Dambulla / Kandy

After breakfast head for Dambulla and explore the famous Golden Rock cave temple which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, a vast isolated rock mass with its five caverns is the largest best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka.

The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 sq. meters) are of particular importance as are the 157 statues including a 47 foot long statue of the recumbent Buddha.

Continue on to Kandy. En route you will visit a spice garden in Matale. You will check in at your hotel on arrival and once you are rested, continue on to your tour of Kandy!

Kandy, the bustling hill country capital is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for the pink painted Temple of the Tooth which houses the most sacred religious relic, the tooth of the Buddha, the Kandy Lake built in 1807 which is an attractive centerpiece to the town.

In the Evening you will visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic. Thereafter enjoy the Kandyan Cultural show at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre. The show features the graceful and rhythmic dancers and drummers culminating in an impressive fire walking display.

Overnight Stay – Kandy – Mahaweli Reach Hotel 5-Stars

Day 08 – Kandy / Ratnapura

After breakfast visit the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical exotic and indigenous flora including the famous Orchid House could be viewed.

On completion leave for Ratnapura and commence a sightseeing tour of the city of. Ratnapura is the world’s richest treasure house of gems. Rare sparkling precious and semi-precious stones are found in the rich soil that covers the entire district. It is a city set amidst a mix of paddy fields, rubber and tea plantations which give a scenic backdrop to this legendary city of a thousand gems.

Overnight Stay – Ratnapura – Ratnaloka Tours Inn

Day 09 – Ratnapura / Sinharaja

After breakfast leave for Sinharaja Forest Reserve, It is the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forest remaining in Sri Lanka. It is a treasure trove of endemic species including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Because of the dense vegetation wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry zone national parks as Yala. Bird watching is particularly interesting as it is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka.

Overnight Stay – Ratnapura – Ratnaloka Tours Inn

Day 10 – Ratnapura / Udawalawe / Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast leave for Udawalawe. UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK lies south of the central hills in the island’s dry zone. An important eco-tourism destination, the Park consists of dry lowland forest, riverine forest, thorny scrublands and grasslands. One special attraction of the park is the Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River which flows through the park. It is most famous for the many elephants that live in the park besides the elephants it is also home to water buffalo, spotted & barking deer, wild boar, sambar, jackals, mongoose and more. Though the leopard, jungle & fishing cats have been spotted in the park sightings are very rare. This fascinating park is also a great location for bird enthusiasts.

On completion leave for the beautiful town of Nuwara Eliya, set in the heart of Tea country and situated 1890 meters above sea level, is where the British succeeded in creating an English countryside with homes in styles from Georgian to Queen Anne.

Overnight Stay – Nuwara Eliya – Grand Hotel 4-Stars

Day 11 – Nuwara Eliya / Arugam Bay

After breakfast leave for Arugam Bay located on the East Coast of the country. The wide sweeping sandy beach is an attraction for swimming all year-round. . Arugam Bay is a place for water sports fanatics, wildlife enthusiasts and Surfing. It is listed as one of the top ten surf points in the world. The surfing season in Arugam Bay starts in April and ends in October. During the season the wind is predominantly offshore.

Overnight Stay – Arugam Bay – Star Dust Beach

Day 12 – Arugam Bay / Yala National Park

After lunch descend from sunny beach to the jungles Yala. Yala National park one of Sri Lanka’s premier eco tourist Destinations and is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably its many elephants. It is also home to the spotted deer, sambar, wild buffalo, sloth bear, jackal, mongoose and crocodiles. The peacock is easily the most famous of the birds in this park. Yala has a high concentration of Leopards although seeing these nocturnal carnivores still requires some luck.

Overnight Stay – Yala – Chaaya Wild Hotel

Day 13 – Yala / Galle / Bentota

Early morning or afternoon commences a jeep safari in the Yala National Park by private jeep accompanied by a tracker.

Afterwards leave for Galle. The capital of the southern province and is a city with a colourful history. A UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. A 300 year old Dutch colonial atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British.

On completion depart for Bentota, delightfully located along one of the finest beaches on the South West coast. Spend the afternoon at leisure watching the waves as they bounce off the sun-kissed sands.

Overnight Stay – Bentota – Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

Day 14 – Bentota

Blissfully spend your time as you wish whether it be indulging in fine spa treatment or relaxing by the beautiful Indian Ocean.

Overnight Stay – Bentota – Avani Bentota Resort & Spa

Day 15 – Bentota / Airport

Your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your flight to Maldives.

Day 16 & Day 17 – Maldives

Enjoy the Maldives, a string of Islands scattered haphazardly in the translucent turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Beaches of sparkling white sands and unexpected coral reefs teeming with exotic marine life.

Day 18 – Maldives Airport

Now that you are at the end of your journey with us, after breakfast your chauffeur will comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your departure flight.

Package Includes

Meet and assist on arrival & assist on departure
Accommodation on half board basis at the mentioned hotels or hotels with similar standards.
Transportation
– A/C car (English speaking chauffeur driven)
– A/C micro van (English speaking chauffeur driven)
– A/C mini coach with an English speaking local guide
Entrance fees at all visiting sites as per the given itinerary.
Porterage at the airport and at all hotels.
Applicable jeep hires

Package Excludes

Lunches
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages at all hotels
Gratuities
Items of personal nature such as, laundry, telephone calls, tipping etc.
Supplements at all hotels.
Other services that are not mentioned in the program.
New Year and Christmas supplements at hotel

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