Combine Sri Lanka’s rich history, modern-day culture and tea-carpeted central hills with five days relaxation on the pristine beaches of the idyllic Maldives. The short flight from Colombo to Malé allows you to experience the best of both worlds during one holiday. As ever, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there or change the accommodation.
The ultimate beach escape particularly suited to honeymooners.
- Explore the ancient wonders of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle
- Experience Kandy, a blend of old and new
- Take in the inspiring scenery of Sri Lanka’s highlands
- Tour Sri Lanka’s fascinating commercial capital, Colombo
- Soak up some sun on the idyllic beaches of the Maldives
- Indulge in a range of water-sports
- Accommodation in a shared double / twin room
- Chauffeur-guide and vehicle for the duration of the tour (including leisure days)
- Both airport transfers
- Expert advice and support prior to and during the tour
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Price shown is a starting price and is subject to change, depending on travel dates / the number of people travelling etc.
- Price shown is based on two people sharing a double / twin room
- See our Booking Conditions for more details
Day 1, 2 & 3 Kandalama, Cultural Triangle
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer directly to the Cultural Triangle and then rest up after your flight. The next morning, explore the impressive ruins of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s medieval capital, and the ancient Dambulla Cave Temple with its awe-inspiring ceiling frescos and statues. Begin the following day by climbing to the top of Sigiriya Rock, which is crowned by the ruins of a fortress-palace built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century and offers mesmerising views across the surrounding landscape. In the afternoon, spot elephants in Minneriya National Park.
Accommodation: Lake Lodge Kandalama
Recommended Activities: Dambulla Cave Temple , Polonnaruwa , Sigiriya Rock Fortress , Minneriya National Park
Day 4 Kandy
Today you journey to Sri Lanka's hill capital, the small lakeside city of Kandy. Spend the afternoon exploring the city’s highlights, which include the central markets, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Temple of the Tooth – so named because it houses a tooth relic thought to have belonged to Lord Buddha that has been enshrined in the island for over 1,500 years. Many other activities can be discussed on request, and you may wish to add another night here.
Accommodation: Theva Residency
Recommended Activities: Temple of the Tooth , Royal Botanical Gardens
Day 5 & 6 Hatton, Hill Country
Travel on into Sri Lanka’s tea-growing highlands. We recommend taking the train which still follows the tracks laid down by the British and provides extraordinary views of this enchanting landscape. Temperatures in Sri Lanka's hill country are akin to an early English summer's day, so you can spend these two days walking and cycling through the hills to your heart’s content. Alternatively, visit a tea factory, or simply enjoy the sensational views.
Accommodation: Camellia Hills
Recommended Activities: Kandy to the Hill Country by train
Day 7 Colombo
After breakfast, leave for Colombo, Sri Lanka's laid-back capital city. 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 one of the many restaurants here – our favourite is the wonderful Gallery Café.
Accommodation: Galle Face Hotel
Recommended Activities: Colombo's Hidden History , Colombo Restaurant Guide
Day 8 to 13 Maldives
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 spa treatments, to make your stay a memorable one.
Lake Lodge Kandalama
Kandalama, Cultural Triangle
Lake Lodge is a 12-room boutique hotel that enjoys scenic surroundings of gentle hills and Lake Kandalama beyond. Accommodation is in six two-storey chalets - upper floor rooms have with balconies opening out to picturesque jungle and mountains views
Theva is a uniquely-designed boutique hotel offering luxurious accommodation overlooking the Hantane Mountains in Kandy. The building has been constructed to provide breath-taking mountain views from each and every space in the hotel and the interiors are light and airy and contemporary in design, with a mix of glass, wood and polished cement floors.
Hatton, Hill Country
Camellia Hills is a modern interpretation of a tea bungalow. Offering accommodation in five ensuite rooms overlooking the majestic Castlereagh reservoir and surrounding tea plantations, the bungalow is great for relaxation and operate on all-inclusive basis.
Galle Face Hotel
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.
Following are recommended optional activities
Minneriya National Park
Habarana, Cultural Triangle
Minneriya National Park is a small but popular wildlife park home to a wide range of Sri Lanka’s wildlife. It is also the site of the world-renowned wildlife event ‘The Elephant Gathering’.
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dambulla, Cultural Triangle
The most famous cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, the ancient Dambulla Cave Temple boasts the largest number of Buddha statues to be housed in one place, as well as stunning ceiling paintings.
Polonnaruwa, Cultural Triangle
Sri Lanka’s medieval capital from 1073 until the late 1200s, the ruins of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa are incredibly well-preserved and include magnificant granite sculptures of Lord Buddha.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Sigiriya, Cultural Triangle
Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most majestic, awe-inspiring and stunning historical locations in the world, built in the 5th century AD by ‘mad’ King Kasyapa.
Temple of the Tooth
Tradition relates that a sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha was brought to Sri Lanka in 4th century A.D. and has been enshrined in the Dalanda Maligawa, or Temple of the Tooth, since the late 1500s.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest of its kind in Sri Lanka and the finest in Asia. Explore the beautiful surroundings with an expert, or simple enjoy a relaxed stroll in the sun.
Kandy to the Hill Country by train
Praised as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world, the train ride winds out of Kandy and up through the Hill Country, providing panoramic views of the spectacular tea-covered hills.
Colombo's Hidden History
Walk through the city of Colombo, the commercial hub of Sri Lanka, with an expert guide and find out about the history hidden within these streets.
Colombo Restaurant Guide
Explore Colombo’s wide range of restaurants, cafés and street food options, which offer a wide range of traditional local dishes as well as cuisine from around the world.