Sri Lanka active and Maldives
Get ready to explore Sri Lanka in your first week through the nature with rainforests, safari and rafting. Thereafter the focus lies on the more imposing culture.
On the Maldives you stay on a magnificent atoll.First of all the necessary action and then relaxing. Good right?
You depart for your holiday in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and come the next day to the island Sri Lanka
Day 2 Airport - Bentota
Arrival in Sri Lanka and after a warm welcome transfer to the hotel in Bentota. Bentota is located on a lagoon on the West coast of Sri Lanka. The river springs out into the sea here. Bentota has a lively center and it is well suitable for you after long flight to Sri Lanka. Your small-scale hotel is right next to the sea. Immediately the beautiful beach is right next to your door.
Day 3 Bentota - Tissamaharama
Via the tsunami photo museum in Telwatta and the tourist town of Hikkaduwa we drive through to Galle. The "Dutch fortified city of Galle" is known because of the star fort built here in the time the European colonizations. Thereafter along the beautiful south coast we drive you to Tissamaharama. From the hotel in Tissamaharama you will have an evening safari in the nearby Yala national park.
Day 4 Yala - Sinharaja
Sri Lanka also has a very different other side, and we let you get to know it today. The rain forest of Sinharaja. We drive through the green inland and in the late afternoon you go inside the forest with a guide. Fortunately, your guide knows the way and he can tell you a lot about the nature of this UNESCO nature reserve. You stay amidst the greenery in a simple small eco guesthouse.
Day 5 Sinharaja - Kitulgala
You perhaps know about The bridge over the river Kwai and probably remember the movie of the same name. The film is not only filmed in Thailand but also here in Sri Lanka in the Kitulgala town. It is a green area, and popularly known because of the movie, but also because of the outdoor activities. In the vicinity of the bridge, you go up the river for white water rafting. This is also suitable for families with children. You stay in Kitulgala.
Day 6 Kitulgala - Ella
You take a ride through beautiful scenery to Ella. In Ella you have a lot of guesthouse to start various hiking trips. It is a village that is visited by many backpackers and there is a good atmosphere. You have local restaurants here where you can not eat delicious rice and curry for very little money. You stay in the area of Ella amidst beautiful nature surrounding the mountains.
Day 7 Ella - Nuwara Eliya
You take a ride by train through beautiful scenery. This beautiful journey takes you through tea plantations, along waterfalls and always beautiful mountain landscapes. You make this trip together with the locals according to the normal train timetable. During the ride you will definitely get in touch with a friendly fellow traveler. Sometimes music is made by Sri Lankan travelers, so do not look strange when you are asked if you want to join in. Your driver will wait for the station and bring you to the hotel for the following night. You stay in the vicinity of Nuwara Eliya amidst beautiful mountain nature. In Nuwara Eliya you probably will visit the evening bazaar where winter and ski clothes are sold in Sri Lankan market. You will find the most famous brands. Best handy to buy a sweater if you have not taken a sweater because it may be sometimes be cold in Nuwara Eliya due to its high location. Nuwara Eliya was once the courtyard for the wealthy English magistrates who needed rest and wanted to escape the warmth of the coast. The influence of the English is still to be found until today in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya
Today you go to the highlands Horton Plains. Horton Plains is an isolated plain on the high altitude of 2000 meters. British hunters went from Nuwara Eliya to Horton Plains to hunt for wild elephants and leopards. You can make beautiful walks through nature. the Wild animals mentioned are not to be found anymore. There is a beautiful walk to World's End, a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the lowland of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon we will return you to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 9 Nuwara Eliya - Kandy
Kandy, the second city of Sri Lanka, is the center of traditional culture in Sri Lanka. It is located in the middle of the mountains at an altitude of 525 meters. On one of the mountains, a huge white buddha looks over the city. During the afternoon you will arrive here and you will visit the Temple of the Tooth and see a dance show.
Day 10 Kandy
Today you make a trip to Pinnawela where about 60 elephants have found shelter in the government-created orphanage. The rest of the day you have free time to spend in Kandy. This is where you stay this night too.
Day 11 Kandy
Today you explore Kandy in all its facets. You visit some temples and the beautiful botanical garden. Kandy is beautifully situated at 525 meters altitude in a valley between the surrounding mountains and has an average temperature of 25 degrees . It is a pleasant Asian city to taste the atmosphere. The beautiful city lake and the lively market in the center of town are within walking distance.
Day 12 Kandy - Giritale
Today, on the way to Giritale, visit the Dambulla rock cave temple. Here we see the picturesque caves full of pictures, wall and ceiling paintings, the oldest of which are over 2000 years old. In addition to sitting, lying and standing statues of singhalese kings and gods, you will especially notice many brightly colored buddha images. Because the caves are about 350 meters high, you have a beautiful and expansive view of the surroundings. The caves and ruins of Ritigala show you how monks sought isolation from the earth without the usual rituals and Buddhas images. You overnight in Giritale.
Day 13 Giritale - Polonnaruwa - Giritale
You visit the royal city of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is the second, younger, royal city of Sri Lanka. Gal Vihara with four rock-cut images is such a place to sit on the rocks opposite the statues and mingle for hours.The round statue of Vatadage has beautiful moonstones and seated Buddha statues. By the evening you can make a safari in the Minneriya Park. Overnight in Giritale.
Day 14 Giritale - Sigiriya - Giritale
This day is a sign of elephants and lions. You make a visit to Sigiriya. Sigiriya's famous lion rock is already seen from afar. Around the rock were the residential areas for the ordinary people and the king lived on top of the rock in his castle. Half past your climb to the top you will pass beautiful 5th-century frescoes. The real climb begins between two huge lion paws, the reward is a beautiful view of the area. You stay again in Giritale.
Day 15 Giritale - Negombo
You depart today to Negombo, which is lying on the coast, for your last night in Sri Lanka, Tomorrow you will be within 1 hour in the Maldives
Day 16 Negombo - Airport - Male - Bandos Island
Transfer to airport for your flight to Male. You will be welcomed, and from the airport you will go by speedboat to your resort. You stay at Bandos Island in a Deluxe bungalow.
Day 17, 18, 19 and 20 -Bandos Island
You will spend four whole days at Bandos Island. We reserve the Deluxe room here for you, it is a great room near the beach. At Bandos you can go diving, snorkel or relax. If you want to upgrade to the Jacuzzi beach villa or a waterfall this is possible. An upgrade to All inclusive is also possible. It is paradise here! Just a few steps away is the beautiful sea full of beautiful underwater life.
Day 21 Hotel-Airport
Today you are being brought back to Male by speed boat and you take the flight back to your home country.