Sri Lanka + Maldives

14 DAYS OF LUXURY COMBINATION

Explore the best of Sri Lanka & Maldives

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Route:

AIRPORT – NEGOMBO- SIGIRIYA –KANDY –NUWARA ELIYA – COLOMBO - AIRPORT

Polonnaruwa City Tour(OPTIONAL)
Sigiriya Rock Fortress(OPTIONAL)
Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park(OPTIONAL)
Matale Spice Gardens
Dambulla Cave Temples
Temple of the Tooth
Train Ride
Visit to Tea plantationa and factory
 
 
 
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DAY 1

AIRPORT/ NEGOMBO.
 
Upon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by a Representative of Silver Tree Norway. You will then be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to Negombo.
Check in to the hotel.
 
The true life of Negombo can be easily observed at its fish markets.   These markets are always full of life and are at their peak with much action taking place in the early hours of the day when the fresh catch is brought in, as the vendors voice their prices at the top of their lungs and the buyers bargain for the best deals. 
 
Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
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Day 2

NEGOMBO / DAMBULLA.

After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla. On route you will visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla. A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.

Arrive at your hotel. You can either stay at our signature Ayurvedic resort to revitalize your body & soul or stay in one of our selected hotels situated in the wilderness. At leusure for the rest of the day. Check in at hotel for overnight.
 
 
 
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Day 3

DAMBULLA / SIGIRIYA/ MINNERIYA/ DAMBULLA.

After breakfast, you have the option to either visit the Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa or the Lions Rock in Sigiriya

“Polonnaruwa” was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century. Built alongside a large ancient artificial lake there are well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, ‘Stupas’ and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha at the “Gal Vihara” Start with a visit to the museum which, although small, is excellent..

Ancient City of Sigiriya. The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the 'Lion's Rock', which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.

Optional: Safari
Enjoy a jeep safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla, later in the afternoon.
 
Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as Sambhur deer and elephants.  However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd century AD by King Mahasena). This tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
 
Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
 
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Day 4

DAMBULLA/MATALE/ KANDY.
 
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed to Kandy.
 
Afterwards your next stop will be at a spice plantation in Matale where they grow a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg, for which Sri Lanka was renowned and initially colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.  You could also visit a batik factory and watch the production of the artistic fabric.
 
Arrive in Kandy. Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom.  It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations.  Set in the mountainous area of the island, there are fantastic views over the city from some of the hotels. 

Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha in the late afternoon.
Ever since it was founded in the 16th Century, it has housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth. 
 
Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones.  Sapphires of all colours, rubies, tourmalines and spinnels can all be found here.  Visitors are also invited to have a look around their workshop, where they will be able to see the design, and cutting, polishing and setting processes.
 
Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.
 
 
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Day 5

KANDY/NUWARA ELIYA BY TRAIN- JOURNEY TIME 4 HOURS.

Take the train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya through the valleys which you will see this magnificient landscape and plantations. This is known to travellers as one of the best scenic adventures in the world. Once you arrive in Nanu Oya train station, you will be transfered to your hotel by your chauffeur. Afterr a brief relax you can take a city tour and visit the Tea factory and plantation in which they will explain about the tea manufacturing process. 

Ovrnight at hotel.



 
 
 
 
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Day 6

NUWARA ELIYA/COLOMBO - drive time today 4 hours

After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Colombo. Colombo, Sri Lanka‘s bustling commercial hub, is located on the country’s west coast and is by far the country’s biggest city, as well as the most developed. Its natural harbour at the mouth of the Kelani River was a magnet for successive traders and conquerors – initially the Arab merchants, then Portuguese, Dutch and British imperialists.

The city is a jarring mix of old and new, with a central cluster of high-rise office blocks and hotels overshadowing red-tiled colonial-era buildings and sprawling street markets which overflow with high-piled fruit and vegetables, colourful silks and cottons, and deliciously fragrant spices. On its crowded streets stand places of worship, symbolic of Sri Lanka‘s multiethnic heritage: graceful Buddhist viharas (temples), for instance, stand close to extravagant temples encrusted with Hindu statuary, along with Muslim mosques with minarets scattered along Colombo’s streets. There is a lively nightlife at a number of International standard hotels, clubs, pubs and dining venues while it is limited mainly to the high end customer. During the day, Colombo’s colourful street markets, colonial-era buildings, museums and galleries, churches, mosques and temples, and the lovely Viharamahadevi Park with it beautiful trees, makes it a great place to explore on foot.

Originally named Kolomthota, Colombo was the main seaport of Kotte, the country’s 15th and 16th century capital. Known to Arab traders as Kalamba, the city attracted the rapacious Portuguese as early as 1505 and became the bastion of their rule for almost 150 years. Surprisingly little remains to attest to this era, apart from a scattering of Portuguese surnames in the telephone directory and a handful of Roman Catholic churches and seminaries depicting their architecture.

The central area of the city is still known as Fort, but the remnants of the colonial battlements have long since been demolished, or incorporated in newer buildings. There are more mementoes of the British period, including the neo-Classical old parliament building, the Victorian-era President’s House (still often called ‘Queen’s House’), and the grandly mercantile brick facade of Cargill’s, a splendid 19th-century department store that has changed little since the 19th-century heyday of Sri Lanka‘s British tea planters.

City tour and a shopping experience is designed for you to take back memories of your travel.

Over night at Colombo

 

 
 
 
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DAY 7

COLOMBO/AIRPORT/MALDIVES

Depending on the flight departure time you will be transfered to the airport to board the flight to Maldives. Once you arrive in the Maldives you will be greeted by our partners and transfered by speed boat the resort of your choice. 
 
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MALDIVES

The Maldives, a tropical paradise of pristine beaches, are an archipelago of 1,192 coral islands grouped into 26 coral atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts) in the Indian Ocean. They lie south-southwest of India and are considered part of Southern Asia​. We have resorts from Luxury to affordable Luxury in the Maldives – which are located on many islands in the atols that has pristine white sandy beaches facing the clear lagoon. 

The Maldives is renowned for its incredible diving opportunities. The crystal clear water and shallow lagoons are perfect for snorkelling, while the reef walls offer a kaleidoscope of sea life for more experienced divers. The Maldives have an amazing diversity of sea life, with corals and over 2000 species of fish, ranging from reef fish and reef sharks to moray eels, rays and whale sharks. The island's many sheltered lagoons also provide the perfect destination to enjoy an adventure-filled family holiday or romantic getaway for two.

Once you have enjoyed your stay, you will be then transfered to Male International Airport for your flight back home.
 
 
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