If you’re looking for a castaway-style, idyllic beach holiday then you need to look no further than the Maldives, but why not combine your week on a desert island with a week in Sri Lanka too? You could of course choose a beach resort to stay at in Sri Lanka, like one at Negomba or further south in Bentota, but whilst you are on this stunning island why not explore more of it? Have an adventure; visit the colourful temples, spot rare wildlife and take tea at a hillside plantation – Sri Lanka is beautiful, unique and filled with fascinating culture and history.
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7 Nights – Sri Lanka
7 Nights – Maldives
✈ UK – Sri Lanka (7 Nights): After your flight to Sri Lanka from the UK airport of your choice you will land in Colombo. If you have chosen to stay at a beach resort whilst in Sri Lanka you will be transferred straight to your resort. With beautiful golden sandy beaches edged with palm trees you are sure to have a wonderful week with attentive and friendly hotel staff.
However, if you would like to explore the island for a week we will provide you with a private guide and driver who will be on hand for your entire week, taking you to each destination, stopping at tourist attractions and giving you a fascinating insight into the local culture and way of life. Your guide can also adapt your week to your requirements, fitting in as much or as little as you want.
Starting with a night in the busy sea-side capital of Colombo, enjoy some of the great local food, visit the busy markets and admire the shady boulevards and restored colonial architecture.
The next day head inland to Habarana where we recommend you stay for 2 nights. From here visit the Minneriya National Park, one of the best places on the island to see wild elephants as well as large aquatic birds. The next day, if you’re feeling particularly active, climb to the summit of Sigiriya rock where you will be rewarded with incredible views over the jungle and ruins of the ancient city below. If you would rather not take the tough climb, you can visit the ruins of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka’s medieval capital by car.
Head on to Kandy and stay 2 nights here to make the most of this bustling city. Spices have been grown on this island for hundreds of years and exported all around the world so do visit the exotic Spice Garden and Botanical Gardens. The beautiful Embekka Temple with its wooden carvings is well worth a visit and the city’s most famous attraction is the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is said to house the tooth of Lord Buddha. You can then relax at your hotel or visit more of the city and its many temples.
Driving south through stunning hill country you will then come to Nuwara Eliya, renowned for its tea production this is a wonderful place to stay for a night. Visit a tea factory and follow the tea trails to see the fascinating manufacturing process. You can also visit Horton Plains, Sri Lanka’s highest plateau to admire the incredible views.
Then head back east to Mount Lavinia for your final night where you can relax on the golden coast.
If you have more time, you can add an extra 2 nights to your stay in Sri Lanka and visit the Yala National Park. Here you can go on jungle safaris to spot the indigenous wildlife. Known as ‘leopard country’ Yala has one of the world’s highest density of leopards so you’ll have your best chance of spotting one of the elusive creatures but there are also Sri Lankan elephants, sloth bears and salt-water crocodiles to look out for.
✈ Sri Lanka – Maldives (7 Nights): After your week in Sri Lanka you will fly onto the Maldives, and depending on the resort you choose, you will be met at the airport and be whisked off in either a speedboat or seaplane onto your chosen island.
With fine white sand, palm trees and crystal clear blue waters the Maldives really are the ultimate exotic beach escape. With tiny boutique hideaways to all-inclusive resorts, and contemporary hotels to rustic retreats, there are a plethora of hotels to choose from and each one enjoys the exclusivity of its own island.
Along with outstanding spas and fantastic gourmet restaurants the Maldives is the ultimate romantic destination where you can totally chill out and at the end of the day enjoy sundowners savouring the most beautiful of Indian Ocean sunsets.
✈ Maldives – UK: After a week on paradise you will be collected by speed boat or sea plane and taken back to the main island of Male where you can fly back to your chosen UK airport.
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