The Maldives + Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and an exciting place to explore. Sri Lankans are warm, hospitable people, proud of their country and keen to share its riches with visitors. Just one hour flight from Male, Sri Lanka's culture, jungle and verdant hills make a superb combination with a Maldives holiday. With a wealth of beauty, culture and wildlife Sri Lanka has something to suit all travellers, including such wonders as the Rock Fortess of Sigirya, the Dambullah Cave Temple and of course the world-famous Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
Why not combine your Maldives holiday with a tour of the fasinating and beautiful island of Sri Lanka.
Depart London Heathrow 2135hrs, arriving Colombo 1250hrs.
Cultural Tour of Sri Lanka, including visits to the Elephant Orpanage, Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Dembulla Cave Temple, Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha and a fasinating tour of a working Tea Factory and Plantation.
Depart Colombo at 1345hrs, arriving Male at 1440hrs and transfer to Sea Queen or Sea Spirit for 7 days great diving!
Depart Male at 0855hrs for London Heathrow
Where To Stay
We have a great selection of tours which may be booked with standard or deluxe accommodation depending on your preferences. Tours include Elephant Safaris, Whale Watching, Cultural Tours, Surfing Packages, Beach Stays, Hiking and Canoeing and many more. Or you may choose to book a car and driver and make up your own itinerary as you go along!
A Maldives / Sri Lanka combination holiday costs from £2297 plus £136 departure taxes per person.
In Sri Lanka this includes a 7 day Cultural Tour in standard accommodation with breakfast and evening meal, transport in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle with an English speaking chauffeur/guide, entrance fees to all the tourist sites included in the programme, any other local assistance or service that may be required, airport transfers.
In the Maldives this includes 7 nights onboard Sea Queen or Sea Spirit, airport to liveaboard transfers, full board accommodation in a twin/double en-suite, air-conditioned cabin, canned soft drinks, drinking water, teas, coffees and snacks, all diving, use of tanks and weights and various excursions and economy class flights with Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow to Male with a permitted stop-over in Colombo.
With a rich cultural history and stunning coastline Sri Lanka is a fascinating and beautiful island to explore. Amongst the many places of interest, you can visit the Dambulla Cave Temples, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Polonnaruwa Buddha, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, the Ancient capital of Anuradhapura, a Ceylon Tea factory & plantation and the sacred city of Polonnaruwa.
There is also the opporunity to see some of Sri Lanka’s abundant wildlife including the orphaned elephants at the famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. The elephants make the journey to the river twice a day to bathe and at regular feeding times, visitors are often invited to assist feed babies with warm milk from super-size bottles. The motherless calves are raised by human foster parents in an effort to help preserve Asia's dwindling wild-elephant population.
There is also the opportunity to relax on one of Sri Lanka’s fabulous beaches. Sri Lanka’s best coastline extends from Negombo in the northwest to Trincomalee in the northeast.
Whale Watching, specifically Blue and Sperm Whales, is also possible between November to April on the south west coast from Kalpitiya to Mirissa. This is a protected zone by the International Whaling Commission and there is 95% chance of spotting Sperm Whales and great chances of spotting Blue Whales on their migration path.
For the more active, there are many options for hiking and trekking, through the jungle, across paddy fields and up mountains. Adam’s Peak is Sri Lanka’s highest mountain and considered a holy place by Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians and is a popular pilgrammage site, with 4800 steps to the top.
There is also a wide range of excellent Surfing locations on both the east and southwest coast with beautiful, peaceful and uncrowded beaches. Arugambay, on the east coast, even hosts an annual International Surfing Competition.
Sri Lanka’s rivers flow through wild tropical jungles making it the ideal setting for white water rafting, from beginners to high-adrenaline, there is something to suit everyone!