Sri Lanka & Maldives Melange - 10 Days

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Trip Duration –  9 Nights / 10 Days

Sightseeing Highlights

  • River Safari on Madu River
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
  • Ashok Vatika (Hakgala Botanical Gardens) & Sita Amman Temple
  • Nuwara Eliya City Tour
  • Tea Plantation at Kandy
  • Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
  • Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic
  • Cultural Dance Performance at Kandy
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Colombo City Tour
  • Stay at Maldives
Day 1
Arrival in Sri Lanka-Bentota

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Our representative will meet you at the Bandaranaike International Airport and then you’ll be transferred to Bentota. Bentota is the city of the Golden Beaches. You will be able to relax and feel the spirit of the sea and the warmth of the soft sand. The day is divided in between swimming in the water and bathing in the sun. Bentota provides the perfect turf for unfurled vacation at the beach. While enjoying the sun, sea and sand the water sports lovers can enroll themselves in various water sports bringing in the unique pleasure of this locale. Upon arrival, check-in the hotel and spend the rest of the day at liesure. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2
Bentota - River Safari + Turtle Hatchery

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, we proceed for River Safari on Madu River. The Madu River Lagoon is popularly known as the Madu Ganga. The Madu Ganga wetland with its estuary and mangrove islets makes up a coastal wet-land-eco-system. It is home to about 303 species of plants and 248 species of vertebrate animals. It is considered one of the last expanses of immaculate mangrove forests in Sri Lanka. The island citizens of these islets produce peeled cinnamon and cinnamon oil and you are sure to have the opportunity to experience this indigenous production. Later visit a Turtle Hatchery in Bentota. Kosgoda is famous for its turtle hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3
Yala - Yala National Park

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, we proceed for Yala. Upon arrival, enjoy the Jeep Safari on Yala National Park. Yala National park is Sri Lanka’s most visited wildlife reserve. Yala covers an area of 1260 square kilometers. The park’s dry-zone landscape is strikingly beautiful and the park’s wildlife has its own distinctive charm, with huddles of colorful painted storks perched on the incongruously conjoined sight of elephants marching sedately through the bush while rabbits scamper through the undergrowth. Leopards, sloth bears and elephants are the “big 3” here although crocodiles, jackals and the many variety of birds are also a huge draw to this park which is the largest national park in the country. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4
Nuwara Eliya - Ashok Vatika + Sita Amman Temple + City Tour

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, we proceed for Nuwara Eliya. Upon arrival, visit the Ashok Vatika (Hakgala Botanical Gardens) & Sita Amman Temple. Sita’s captivity at Ashok Vatika (also known as Ashoka/ Asoka Vanam)

Ashok Vatika is a garden where Rāvana held Sita captive. This is in the area of Sita Eliya, close to the city of Nuwara Eliya. The Hakgala Gardens located at the base of the Hakgala Rock forms part of the famed Ashok Vatika. The Sita Pokuna is a barren area atop the Hakgala Rock Jungle where Sita was kept captive. Sita Devi is set to have bathed in a stream at Sita Eliya. The Sita Amman Temple is located at this spot.

Search for Sita : Sugriva, (also spelled Sugreeva) ruler of the Vanara or monkey kingdom, ordered his monkey armies to search for Sita in all four corners of the earth. Hanuman, Angada, Jambavan and other heroes traveled southwards. Hanuman was the only one strong enough to cross the ocean to reach Lanka. Whilst crossing the ocean, Hanuman was tested by Surasa Devi, the Naga maiden en-route to Lanka. This place is now called Nagadeepa. Hanuman meets Sita at Ashok Vatika and is captured by Rāvana

Hanuman after meeting Sita at Ashok Vatika, decided to test the strength of king Rāvana and his army of Rakshas. He invited battle by uprooting trees and destroying the garden. Upon being captured by the Rakshasa guards, Hanuman was brought in the presence of Rāvana. As a punishment, Hanuman’s tail was set on fire. Hanuman in turn set fire to the houses in the city. Ussangoda is one such torched area. Hanuman on the way back to India rested at Mani Kattuthar. Nearby is the village of Kondagala, known as Kondakalai in Tamil, where Sita is said to have deranged her hair whilst passing the place. The village also contains Sita Gooli which are rice balls offered by Ravana to Sita; which she refused and threw away.

Enjoy the city tour in Nuwara Eliya : Nuwara Eliya meaning “the city of dawn” is the town at the highest elevation (about 2000m above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Pidurutalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous “Ceylon Tea” is brewed. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5
Kandy - Tea Plantation

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, we proceed for Kandy. En-route visit to tea plantation.

Rolling hills in Sri Lanka are carpeted with some of the best tea plantations in the world. Very popular all over the world, the Ceylon tea or the Black tea was brought to the Srilankan hills by the British, who found the hilly region tailor-made for the plantation of tea. The British found the hilly areas of Srilanka suitable for the plantation of coffee and rubber. By the middle of the 19th century, Ceylon tea or Black tea had become very popular all over the world. Most of the tea companies in Sri Lanka were owned by the foreigners till 1971. Land Reform Act was brought was reclaim the land in foreign hands. Now, both the state-owned and private companies are in the fray. Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the best tea in the world is produced. Here you could observe all about the process of manufacturing tea. You can also see how tea is graded. Taste a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6
Kandy - Kandy City Tour

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, proceed for Kandy city tour. Enjoy the sightseeing tour of Kandy which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The historic city about 480m above sea level surrounded by mountains was known to Sri Lankan as Kanda Uda Rata, which means the hill country. Kandy was home to Sri Lanka’s last independent Kingdom, which survived two centuries of colonial incursion before finally falling to the British at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Visit the Temple of the tooth, The Royal Botanical Gardens, the Peradeniya University campus and catch a panoramic view of the picturesque town from Upper Lake Drive.

Temple of the Tooth: According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father’s kingdom in India. It immediately became an object of great reverence and was enshrined in a series of nested jeweled reliquaries. The tooth was brought out for special occasions and paraded on the backs of elephants, which are sacred to the Buddha. Where it survived numerous attempts to capture and destroy it. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to the new city and placed in temples built to honor it. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portuguese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone. In January 1998 Hindu Tamil separatists bombed the temple, damaging its facade and roof. Restoration began immediately afterward.

Witness Cultural Dance Performance at the evening. Kandyan Dance Performance: The Kandyan dance has become most distinctively Sinhalese and is readily associated with the idea of a National Dance. This development can be explained by the fact that the Kandyan Kingdom was the last of the Sinhala kingdoms to fall under foreign rule (1815). Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7
Colombo - Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage + City Tour

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, proceed for Colombo. Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage: The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist attractions. The orphanages population has now mushroomed to around 65, making it the world’s largest collection of captive elephants. The elephants here range in age from newborns to elderly matriarchs, and include orphaned and abandoned elephants, as well as those injured in the wild.

Proceed Colombo & Enjoy the city orientation tour. Enjoy a city tour of Colombo which is the largest city and former administrative capital of Sri Lanka and is a busy and vibrant city with a mixture of modern life and remnants of a bygone colonial era. Due to its large harbor and its strategic position along the East-West sea trade routes, Colombo was known to ancient traders 2,000 years ago. However it was only made the Capital of the island when Sri Lanka was ceded to the British Empire in 1815. The main city is home to a majority of the Sri Lanka’s corporate offices, restaurants and entertainment venues. On this tour you will visit many of the historical, religious and commercial sites of Colombo including the historic and bustling Fort and Pettah, the elite residential Cinnamon Gardens, the Galle face Green, Viharamahadevi Park and much more. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 8
Departure from Sri Lanka - Arrival at Maldives

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, enjoy the day at liesure. Later, proceed to the airport for your flight to Maldives. Welcome to the tropical paradise of Maldives! After reaching there, get transferred by a speedboat to your resort and check-in to your room. Spend the day relaxing and admiring the views of crystal clear waters ebbing sandy beaches. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 9
Maldives

After a hearty breakfast today, we have many recommendations for you. You may choose to take a sun bath on the beach, go for a swim or do absolutely nothing! If adventure is what you like, opt for some water sports like snorkelling, wind surfing or have fun on a banana boat ride. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 10
Departure

After enjoying sumptuous breakfast, enjoy the day at liesure. Later as per flight timing, proceed to airport to take a return flight to their hometown. Tour Concludes.

Inclusions

  • 02 nights' accommodation at Bentota
  • 01 night accommodation at Yala
  • 01 night accommodation at Nuwara Eliya
  • 02 nights' accommodation at Kandy
  • 01 night accommodation at Colombo
  • 02 nights' accommodation at Maldives
  • Sri Lanka return airport transfers
  • Sri Lanka internal transfers
  • Sightseeing & transfers by Air-Conditioned vehicle
  • River Safari on Madu River
  • Turtle Hatchery
  • Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
  • Ashok Vatika (Hakgala Botanical Gardens) & Sita Amman Temple
  • Nuwara Eliya City Tour
  • Tea Plantation at Kandy
  • Kandy City Tour
  • Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden
  • Kandy Temple of Tooth Relic
  • Cultural Dance Performance at Kandy
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Colombo City Tour
  • Sri Lankan Taxes
  • Maldives return airport transfers by speed boat
  • Maldivian Taxes
  • GST

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Sri Lanka & Maldives Melange