Maldives & Sri Lanka “Highlights Tour” | 12 Days / 11 Nights
Day 1: Arrival maldives airport. Transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Free day at the resort.
Day 3: Free day at the resort.
Day 4: Transfer to airport and fly to Sri Lanka. You will be welcome at the Airport and transfer you to Habarana.
Day 5: Elephant Ride A jungle trek on elephant back is an adventurous experience. Accompanied by the mahout - the elephant handler, you set off for a ride of a lifetime along jungle paths and across shallow rivers. Evening at leave for Sigiriya & climb the fortress in the sky.
Sigiriya is home to the 5th Century ‘Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within it triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft.
On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.
Day 6: Habarana /Kandy
After breakfast leave for Kandy. En route visit Spice Garden.
Spice Gardens- at Matale – You will see many spice gardens at Matale and in Mawanella on the Colombo-Kandy road where Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them in food preparations.
* Head & shoulder massage for 10-15 Mins. Kandy the hill capital is another “World Heritage Sites”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during th e Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (Maha Wasala), Palle Wasala- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, Meda Wasala where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated. The Bathing Pavilion (Ulpenge) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.
Day 7: Kandy City Tour.
After breakfast do a city tour in Kandy. You may visit Royal Botanical Garden, Gem Museum & finally witness a cultural show. Peradeniya Royal botanical Gardens- 147 acres in extent; Started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the Kings of Gampola and Kandy. There are more than 5,000 species of trees, plants and creepers. Some rare and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world are found in the gardens. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourists. There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue. Visit Gem Museum.. Witness a Cultural dance performance featuring various dance types of Sri Lanka. Duration.
Day 8: Kandy / Bentota
After breakfast leave for Bentota.
Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.
Day 9: Stay Leisure at the Beach
After breakfast, free time to enjoy the beach
Day 10:– Bentota / Colombo
After breakfast leave for Colombo.
Day 11: Colombo City Tour
After breakfast do a city tour.
Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte which is only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour during the British period and became the capital in 1815 after Kandy was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period and the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas.
Day 12: Colombo/ Airport
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