Combined Sri Lanka and Maldives tour
This tour combines the culture and amazing nature of Sri Lanka with the heavenly beaches of the Maldives, which is perfect for wonderful and relaxing holidays! Discover the magnificence of Sri Lanka, with its colonial vestiges, national parks and tea plantations, and finish nicely with few days in the Maldives, on a white sand beach.
Inclusive / Exclusive
PER PERSON EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
- Private transport in A/C vehicle with English speaking chauffeur-guide
- Daily breakfast included
- 24/7 Colombo office assistance
- Second class train ticket (subject to availability)
- Overnight in hotels in double room
- Government Taxes
- Cooking class with locals in Ella
- Biking tour in Galle with English speaking guide
- White Water Rafting excursions at Kithulgala
- Visits and activities not mentioned in “included”
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Beverages during meals
- International flights
- Visa fees
- Lunches and dinners except mentioned in "included"
Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike Airport, you are greeted by your driver and the tropical air of this magical island. You will soon be driven to your first destination, Galle, a charming city in the south of Sri Lanka and depending on your arrival time, you can discover the highlights of Galle. You can choose to take a stroll around the fort by foot or let your chauffeur drive you around. Check out the famous lighthouse, the fort's central landmark and observe the curious snake charmers and the brave cliff jumpers. Amble through the narrow alleyways, where many cosy restaurants and jewellery shops can be found and enjoy the fascinating atmosphere during sunset and relax yourselves with a cocktail by the sea. Dinner at leisure.
Ride a bicyle around and explore the outskirts of Galle, starting out from the beach and taking you past paddyfields, fruit/vegetable markets as well as a bird sanctuary. During a break at a private jungle garden you will be served king coconuts to refresh yourselves, The tour is around 12 km and will take around 1.5 hours to complete. In the afternoon you will be driven to Udawalawe where you will experience an amazing elephant safari. A nature guide will lead you in a safari jeep through the Udawalawe national park where many wild elephants reside. With luck, you will also come across crocodiles, buffaloes, eagles and other exotic birds. The picturesque landscape makes it a perfect adventure. Dinner at the hotel (included).
After breakfast, you can visit the elephant transit home in Udawalawe, where you can observe how orphaned elephant babies are fed from an observation deck. Afterwards, the journey takes you into the hill country town of Ella, a small and very popular area in the highlands, in one of the largest tea cultivating regions in the world. On your way to Ella you can stop by at the Ravana waterfalls as well as the fabled Ravana caves. In the evening you can visit a tea factory and experience how the famous Ceylon tea is manufactured. You can also walk through the tea plantations and appreciate the lush greenery of the mountain panorama. In the midst of the tea plantations you will come across the colorfully dressed tea plucking ladies and you can observe their traditional methods of plucking tea. Dinner at the hotel (included).
This morning, we recommend one of the many trekkings in the area, the hike of the Little Adam's Peak. It takes 2 hours return in average. If you desire a more strenous hike you can do the "Ella Rock" trek, you will follow the railway for 30 min, before climbing up towards the stop. You will then cross the eucalyptus forest before going down towards the Heeloya station. Many villagers use this path, so this is the perfect opportunity to meet them. This trek takes from 4 to 5 hours. In the afternoon, you will be attending a cooking class organised by a Sri Lankan housewife who will show you how a traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry is prepared. You can join in and help preparing the meal in and lunch all together. After this tasty meal, you can finish the day with a short hike to the famous and beautiful "Nine Arches Bridge", constructed in the 1920s during the colonial era. Dinner at leisure.
You will leave Ella after breakfast and embark on a train journey that takes you on a scenic ride through some of the most beautiful highland countryside areas in Sri Lanka. You will meet locals and can observe the rural life through the open windows while breathing in the clean mountain air. Upon arrival at the Nanu Oya railway Station, your driver will be there to pick you up and drive you to Kitulgala. Get ready to jump headfirst into an adventure with white water rafting. Experience a wild journey through the Kelani River with 5 large and 4 smaller rapids, the journey is around 5km. The river and its surroundings will cast a spell on you and no doubt make it an unforgettable part of your trip. Dinner at leisure.
Today you will be driven to the capital city Colombo, which is bubbling with activities. You have the opportunity to discover the city and its main attractions with your driver who will take you off the beaten path to help you discover the real facets of this cosmopolitan city. You will discover the main attractions of Colombo: the district of the fort, the district of Pettah, with its bazaar and its mosque, the district of City Hall with its colonial buildings and its Buddhist temple. You will be able to taste many specialities. Dinner at leisure.
Early in the morning you will be driven to the airport where you can board a flight to Malé, Maldives where you will be greeted by our representatives and transported to your hotel in a speedboat. Your amazing holiday continues in this heavenly isle.
Your hotel, encircled by lush vegetation and an exceptionally beautiful reef, offers you a serenely private atmosphere to relax and unwind.
The heavenly isles of Maldives boast of gorgeous sandy beaches and unbelievable diving and snorkelling opportunities. Your hotel will organise sea excursions for you that are full of new discoveries and emotions.
Today, a speedboat will take you back to the airport in Malé. Your amazing holiday ends here and you will board your flight home with many lovely memories of your experience in the indian ocean.
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