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Sri Lanka Romantic adventure in the Indian Ocean 

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Escape to the exotic paradise of the Indian Ocean’s perfect romantic island getaway. The crystal-clear waters await you in a combination of some of Sri Lanka’s and Maldives’ alluring resorts. Discover the classic highlights of Sri Lanka while staying in cozy boutique hotels with personalized service. Go on an action-packed discovery of Sri Lanka’s natural wonders, see the sunrise from the top of A...

Escape to the exotic paradise of the Indian Ocean’s perfect romantic island getaway. The crystal-clear waters await you in a combination of some of Sri Lanka’s and Maldives’ alluring resorts. Discover the classic highlights of Sri Lanka while staying in cozy boutique hotels with personalized service. Go on an action-packed discovery of Sri Lanka’s natural wonders, see the sunrise from the top of Adam’s Peak, go rafting on Kelani River, hiking in the Knuckles Range, trekking to the famous World’s End and Ella Rock, rock climbing, cycling, surfing, yoga: there is an adventure for everyone! Take a seaplane on the way to a luxurious water villa on stilts in the Maldives, a true lovers’ paradise for diving and snorkeling in the colorful coral reefs. You are sure to make some of the best memories of your lifetime!

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Tour itinerary includes
  • Snorkeling and diving
    Snorkeling and diving
  • Train
    Train
  • Yoga
    Yoga
  • Local population
    Local population
  • Mountain
    Mountain

Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to Sri-Lanka!

• At your arrival, you will be greeted by a driver and the tropical air of this magical island!
• Your first destination your drive to Negombo, a beautiful beach town, nicknamed “Little Rome”, close to the airport and therefore ideal to recover from your long flight. Settle into your hotel. • Depending on the time of your arrival, you can go for a walk around the town, you can see beautiful colonial churches, but also fish and vegetable markets. You can also go for a boat ride along the Muthurajawela canal, the longest in Sri Lanka.

Visited:
Negombo
Accomodation
Night at Goldi Sands Hôtel (Negombo)

Day 2: Giant Buddha & ancient cave monastery

• In the morning, drive to the cultural triangle. On the way, admire Sri Lanka’s landscapes, driving along paddy fields, palm trees, and beautiful hills.

• Make a stop for lunch in the town of Kurunegala, bustling with life under the watchful gaze of a giant Buddha statue seen high above in the distance.

• Continue to Dambulla, where you visit the famous cave temples, a UNESCO heritage site, with incredible Buddhism mural paintings arranged in a system of five caves. Here you can imagine the monks praying in all seclusion of this mesmerizing location with magnificent views of the surrounding area.

• Continue to Polonnaruwa where you spend the night.

Visited:
NegomboKurunegala District, DambullaPolonnaruwa
Accomodation
Deer Park (Polonnaruwa)

Day 3: King Kassapa’s fortress & demoiselles

• Early in the morning, in order to avoid long lines, visit Sigiriya, where you can climb the famous “Lion’s Rock” with its magnificent frescoes, gardens, natural caves and ruins of the royal palace, dating back to the 10th century.
• Then, you can visit Polonnaruwa with its multiples sites featuring many of this ancient capital religious and architectural remains, with Gal Vihara as its main attraction, a group of four marvelous Buddhas carved in granite stone.
• Rent a bike and go for a fun ride around the area which stretches more than 5km. Both locations have been placed under the protection of UNESCO World Heritage. 

Accomodation
Deer Park (Polonnaruwa)

Day 4: Temple ruins & spice garden cooking class

•Travel to the mountain region of the Knuckles Range. On the way, visit the temple of Nalanda Gedige, one of the most ancient Hindu temples in the country.

• Then continue with a visit of a spice garden in Matale, where you can learn about the many cosmetic and therapeutic uses of spices and herbs.

• Here, you can take a cooking class and enjoy a delicious lunch. Upon reaching the Knuckles Range, enjoy breathtaking views of the mountains from the premises of your unique luxury eco-lodge.

Visited:
PolonnaruwaMataleMadulkelle
Accomodation
Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge (Madulkele)

Day 5: Hiking in the Knuckles range & Kandy city tour

• In the morning, you can go for a half-day trek in the Knuckles Mountains. The way here winds through the giant and dwarf tree forests, with spectacular views of beautifully ridged mountain tops resembling the shape of the knuckles, thus giving this natural zone its peculiar name.

• Continue to Kandy, where you can go for a visit of this royal capital, the last abode of the Sri Lankan kings.

• The city center, still imbued in an atmosphere of aristocracy, features the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square and the Gem Museum. Afterward, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic.  It is located in the royal palace complex which houses the Relic of the tooth of Buddha. Continue to Kitulgala where you spend the night.

Visited:
Madulkelle, KandyKitulgala
Accomodation
Night at Borderlands (Kitulgala)

Day 6: White water rafting on the Kelani River

In the morning, go for a fun white water rafting adventure on the Kelani River. The level is not difficult, so you will have ample time to enjoy the undulating landscapes on the way of your 7km rafting excursion.

• From Kitulgala, get on the road toward the region of Maskeliya, known for its beautiful landscapes made of never-ending tea plantations. Arrive at your hotel located at the foot of Adam’s Peak, a must-see of Sri Lanka, with amazing views of the rising sun from the top of this sacred mountain.

•Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at the hotel and take a late-afternoon nap to prepare for the nighttime climb of the mountain. 

Visited:
Kitulgala, Hatton, Maskeliya
Accomodation
Punsisi Rest (Maskeliya)

Day 7: Sunrise from Adam’s Peak & train journey to Nuwara Eliya

• Around 2 am, begin the ascension of some 5,000 steps toward the peak of the mountain, also known as “Sri Pada”, or Sacred Foot, commemorating the legend that Buddha himself visited the top of this mysterious mountain. 

​• Return to the hotel for a quick shower and breakfast before you embark on a scenic train journey from Hatton, a colorful mountain town mostly populated by tea estate workers. The train journey is a great time to enjoy the tea country landscapes.

• Once you arrive at the small but charming hill station of Nanu Oya, your driver will pick you up and you can continue with a visit of Nuwara Eliya. This colonial town in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country is also called “Little England” for its clusters of bright roofed cottages, colonial-style clubhouses, and chilly weather. It’s surrounded by never-ending green tea plantations and mountains. Following the British manner, horse racing is popular there as well.

Visited:
Maskeliya, Adam’s PeakNuwara Eliya
Accomodation
Jetwing St Andrews (Nuwara Eliya)

Day 8: World’s end in Horton plains & tea country’s waterfalls

• Before sunrise, transfer to Horton Plains National Park. Enjoy a leisurely hike of 2000 meters to the top of the plateau. It is not difficult, so you can enjoy the landscape and maybe spot some deer and exotic birds.

• Here, the must-see is a big cliff called World’s End with bird’s eye views of the beautiful valleys beneath. Bring a picnic breakfast and enjoy the stunning landscapes. 

• Continue for a visit to a tea factory, where you can meet the factory workers and learn about the process of plucking the tea - “two leaves and one bud” to be exact, as well as the processing of the tea leaf to achieve that signature Ceylon tea flavor.

• Upon reaching your destination, visit Bambarakanda Falls, the highest waterfall in the country. Or, go for an unforgettable hike of Little Adam’s Peak, Sri Pada’s little sister located near the hikers’ beloved town of Ella. The sunset hour views are magnificent here. 

Visited:
Nuwara EliyaHorton Plains, Bambarakanda, Haputale
Accomodation
Melheim Resort (Haputale)

Day 9: Ella rock & elephants in Udawalawe National Park

• Ella is the hikers’ paradise, with many prestigious treks and scenic destinations. You can go for a climb to Ella Rock. 

• Continue through the eucalyptus forest with the possibility of reaching the Rawana Falls and taking a refreshing swim here and a picnic lunch by the water.

• ​Then, leave the greenery of the tea country to get on the road to the dryer zones of Udawalawe National Park.

• Here, go for a fun afternoon jeep safari through the landscapes made of high-grasses, known for its large population of elephants. See a variety of other wild animals such as crocodiles, giant lizards, and a variety of aquatic birds!

Visited:
HaputaleElla
Accomodation
Night im Kalu’s Hideaway (Udawalawe)

Day 10: Surfing & yoga in Talalla

• In the morning, travel to the beaches of the South.

• Enjoy a day at leisure at the hotel, where you can go surfing in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. For yoga lovers, take a rejuvenating session of relaxing exercise and meditation.

• Explore the coastline and look for small creeks where you can swim in safety. The south coast is lined with a great number of natural wonders, the giant blue whale being among them, this is what gives Sri Lanka is well-deserved name as the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”.

• Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious grilled fish in one of the local beachfront restaurants.

Visited:
Udawalawe, Talalla South
Accomodation
Night at Talalla Retreat (Talalla South)

Day 11: Cycling in paddy fields & rock climbing

• Late in the morning, meet up with your bike guide for a leisurely cycling trip through the countryside. Ride past rice fields, charming villages, and beautiful gardens.

• Take a break to enjoy a refreshing sip of coconut water. The cycling trip will take about an hour and a half. 

• Continue along the coast to Galle. Upon reaching the fort, go for a tour. It’s a truly photogenic town to explore that has cute boutique shops, ramparts for walking, historic churches, museums, and a beautiful white lighthouse. 

​• Take the highway in the direction of Colombo, where you can go rock climbing. The level is not difficult, so even a beginner can enjoy the spectacular views of the lush countryside once atop the rock. Continue to Colombo for overnight before your early departure the next day to Maldives.

Visited:
Talalla South, GalleColombo
Accomodation
Ceilao villa (Colombo)

Days 12 to 16: Exotic paradise in the Maldives

• Continue to the airport for your flight to the Maldives Islands where you spend the next few unforgettable days on the powder white-sanded beaches! 

We hope you had a fabulous time and to see you soon!

Visited:
ColomboMalé
Accomodation
Night at the Fun Island Resort & spa (Maldives)

Negombo Kurunegala District Dambulla Polonnaruwa Sigiriya Matale Madulkelle Kandy Kitulgala Hatton Maskeliya Adam’s Peak Nuwara Eliya Horton Plains Bambarakanda Haputale Ella Udawalawe Talalla South Galle Colombo Malé

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Season Price Per Adult
Prices Starting From
January 2020 to December 2020 £1,630

Included in price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • In-trip ground transportation
  • Activities according to your customized trip
  • Airport transfers
  • 24/7 local agency support
  • Trip creation with an expert local agent

Not included in price:

  • Arrival and departure flights
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Personal expenses
  • Service gratuities
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
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