Spiritual Sri Lanka & Tranquil Maldives
Embrace Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage and Unesco World Heritage sites located in Central and North Sri Lanka. End your journey by spending the last few days enjoying crystal clear waters and wonderful beaches in the Maldives.
Surrender yourself to the pampering and warm hospitality, wonderful cusine at the small boutiqe properties and explore the Islands rich cultural heritage in Sigirya, Dambula, Kandy and Colombo.
Indulge your senses on the Coco Island Resort at the Maldives, explore the wonderful house reefs and enjoy the organic cuisine and be rejiuvinated at the end of this wonderful holiday.
What To Expect
10 Days / 9 Nights
Dambulla cave temple, The ancient capital of Polonnaruwa, The Sigiriya rock fortress, The "Temple of Tooth" in Kandy, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
DAYS 1: Arrive Negombo/Horathapola
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International airport, you will be warmly greeted by your very own chauffeur guide. Your guide will transfer you to the Horathapola Estate, where you will spend the day relaxing and enjoying the hotel facilities.
Horathapola Estate lies hidden in the beautifully lush landscapes of rural Sri Lanka. Its grand plantation bungalow dates from the early 1900. It has been beautifully restored to host five spacious luxury guestrooms. Horathapola Estate is a fully functioning organic coconut estate of roughly 50 acres. It sustains the livelihoods of about 30 families living in the neighbouring village.
Spend one night at Horathapola Estate. Accommodation is in a Standard room with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 2 : Horathapola / Sigiriya
After a leisurely breakfast you will be transferred to Sigiriya (approx. 5 hour drive) the cultural triangle that is home to the historical vestiges of Sri Lanka. En route, explore the beautiful Dambulla Cave Temple, the largest cave monastery in the country with a history going back to the 1st century BC.
Statues and paintings in the Dambulla caves date back to the 1st century BC. But the paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in 11th, 12th, and 18th century AD. The caves in the city provided refuge to King Valagamba in his 14 yearlong exile from the Anuradhapura kingdom. Buddhist monks meditating in the caves of Dambulla provided the exiled king protection from his enemies. When King Valagamba returned to the throne at Anuradhapura in the 1st century BC, he had a magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla as a gratitude to the monks there.
Spend two overnights at Jetwing Vil Uyana. Accommodation is in Paddy / Marsh Dwelling with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed & breakfast basis.
DAY 3: Sigiriya / Pollonaruwa / Sigiriya
This morning we will visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa (approx. 2hrs drive) - the ancient heart of Sri Lanka. This important royal capital, with its well-preserved 12th century ruins and impressive stone culture, recalls an inspired past - although, nearly 1000 years old, it is much younger than Anuradhapura and generally in better repair. The monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting and their development is easier to follow.
Spend the afternoon visiting the spectacular Sigiriya rock fortress (15 minutes/5 km), with its rocky abode and water gardens. Sigiriya is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrubland, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. In the 5th century King Kashyapa domesticated the Lions Rock, by building a palace atop its summit. Sigiriya commemorates some of the turbulence of Sri Lanka’s history.
This evening, relax at the pool, viewing the rock fortress from far, or go for a walk to explore a nearby village where you will have the opportunity to view a traditional village setup. You will spend the evening at the lovely Jetwing Vil Uyana.
DAY 4: Sigiriya / Kandy
After a wholesome breakfast, you will be driven to Kandy (approx. 2 ½ hrs drive), where you will check into the charming Kandy House.
Spend the day at leisure before a late afternoon excursion to the Temple of the Tooth. This is said to be the resting place of the country's most precious Buddhist relic. You can enjoy the evening Puja ceremony that starts around 7.00pm.
Spend two nights at Kandy House. Accommodation is in Deluxe Room with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 5: Kandy
Today, you will be driven to Peradeniya to experience the area’s spectacular Royal Botanical Garden. The gardens are renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids and include more than 4 000 species of plants. Attached to the garden is the National Herbarium. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres.
In the evening attend the spectacle of Kandyan dancing.
DAY 6: Kandy / Colombo
After tucking into a delicious breakfast, you will be driven to Colombo (approx. 3 hr drive). En route you will visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela. The best time to visit is in the morning between 9.15 – 9.30am and 1.15 – 1.30pm when the elephants are being fed, and then taken for bathing from 10am-12noon and 2pm – 4pm.
Spend one night at Tinntagel. Accommodation is in a Superior Suite with lovely ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 07: Colombo / Maldives
Today you will be driven to the airport (approx. 1 hour drive) to connect with your flight for Male.
The Maldives is an idyllic ring of islands famous for its white sandy beaches, turquoise water and sunshine. Perfect for a romantic getaway or spending time with your friends and family, you will have the opportunity to fill your days with spa treatments, diving/snorkelling or just relaxing by the lagoon.
Upon your arrival you will be warmly welcomed for your transfer to Coco Island (approx. 45 Min by speed boat).
Coco Island by Como is an intimate Maldives resort with 33 spectacular overwater suites - allowing you to slip right into the turquoise lagoon to explore an exceptional house reef. Encircled with powder white sand, the carefree, understated luxury experience includes holistic wellness treatments at COMO Shambhala Retreat; South Indian influenced cuisine and world-class diving.
Spend three nights at Cocoa Island by Como. Accommodation is in a Dhoni Suite or one bedroom Villa with ensuite facilities. Your stay is on bed and breakfast basis.
DAY 08 to 09: Maldives
Your days can spent at your leisure enjoying independent activities.
DAY 10: DEPART MALDIVES
Today, we wave a fond farewell as you enjoy the last boat trip back to Male Airport for your flight home.
- WildlifeToque Macaques, elephant and marine life.
- Travelling with ChildrenSuitable for Children, as many of the activities can be adapted for them.
- &Beyonds TreatNot Applicable
- Don't Leave withoutWalk around the Temples at Pollonaruwa with a reasearcher, observing the troups of Monkeys. Cooking Classes at Vil Uyana Resort at Sigirya. Deep sea diving or snorkeling in the maldives.
Where to Stay
Rates & Terms
- Accommodation on DOUBLE / TWIN OCCUPANCY in the hotels specified.
- All transfers as mentioned in a private vehicle, and sightseeing
- Sightseeing tour will be provided as per the itinerary with the English speaking and in a private Vehicle
- All entrance and monuments fees.
- Visa fees for Bhutan only
- All current taxes as on date – subject to change as per hotel/airline/Government policy.
- Ari fare as mentioned in the quote above.
- FULL BOARD IN AMAN INCLUDES- all meals, soft beverages, house wines, tea/coffee, laundry only
We have many activities to keep you busy during your stay. See our destination pages for more information.
Enhance Your Experience With
- Whale watching
- Galle Fort
- Set your taste buds on fire by taking a culinary cooking
- Old Colombo Walkabout
- Architectural tour of Kandy
- Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
Ready to start planning your adventure?
This 9 night itinerary, combines the discovery of the 400-year old Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.