The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Combine Sri Lanka’s ancient heritage, its tropical wilderness, its green-mantled tea hills with five days of relaxation on the escapist beaches of the Maldives. A short flight from Colombo to Malé allows you to experience the best of both worlds. As ever, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there.
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer directly to the Cultural Triangle and then rest up after your flight. The next morning, explore Polonnaruwa’s ancient ruins. Polonnaruwa became Sri Lanka’s royal medieval capital in 1073 and remained the capital until the late 13C. Explore Dambulla’s cave temple with its rock ceiling of ancient frescoes. This cave temple has the largest number of Buddha statues all housed in one place, including a 14 meter recumbent Buddha carved out of the rock. Located nearby is the Sigiriya Rock Fortress built in the 5C by King Kasyapa, considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. Go elephant spotting in Minneriya game park.
Today you journey to Sri Lanka's hill capital, the small lakeside city of Kandy. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined since 4C AD. The temple has decorative walls, a golden roof and fine woodwork. Religious services are held daily at dawn, midday, and in the evening where guests can participate. The services are accompanied with traditional music and drumming. Many other experiences can be discussed on request.
Travel on into Sri Lanka’s tea-growing highlands. Temperatures in Sri Lanka's hill country are akin to an early English summer's day and you can go trekking, cycling, canoeing or just soak up the magnificent scenery. An all-night climb up Adam's Peak is another that we could offer by special request.
Leave after breakfast for Colombo, Sri Lanka's laid-back capital city, one of the greenest in Asia and an interesting stopping point before your stay in the Maldives. You may wish to go on a city tour in late afternoon, spend an hour or two shopping or perhaps pamper yourself at a Spa. In the evening, consider dinner at the wonderful Gallery Café.
Depart early in the morning for your flight to the Maldives and a five night stay in your preferred Maldives resort. A host of water-based activities are available plus other pleasures of life to make your stay a memorable one.
Lake Lodge, a 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of the cultural triangle, is surrounded by the peaceful gentle hills of Kandalama, and the lake beyond. Accommodation is in six two-storey chalets, with balconies on the upper floor, opening out to picturesque jungle and mountains views
Cinnamon Citadel offers some of the most luxurious accommodation in Kandy. Now part of the highly-reputable Cinnamon brand, it provides tranquil riverside surroundings a 15-minute drive from the bustle of Kandy centre. Days begin to birdsong and perhaps a warm mist rolling away from the river.
Adaaran Select Hudhuran Fushi is a large mid-range island resort situated on its own island on North Malé Atoll. With `Hudhu’ meaning white and `ran’ meaning gold, it is no surprise to discover that this island of white gold is a tropical paradise. The resort is ideal for an active holiday and is a popular destination for water-sports, scuba diving and snorkelling.
Dickoya by Jetwing is a refurbished colonial period planter’s bungalow that has been converted into an appealing four-bedroom guesthouse. Set over 4,000 ft above sea level, the bungalow is on an extensive tea plantation surrounded by picturesque mountains.
Galle Face Hotel, originally constructed in the 19th century, incorporates traditional Victorian features with stylish contemporary design. It is an attractive alternative to Colombo’s modern business hotels: the stately wooden panelling and staunchly Victorian rooms are resonant of a bygone age.
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