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? With a Maldives and Sri Lanka multi centre holiday, you can combine the picturesque beachscapes of the Maldives with the rich cultural experience of Sri Lanka. 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.

14 nights, From £1,695*

Price is a guide for this multi-centre holiday including all your flights, hotels and transfers.

* Prices are only to act as a guide

  • Itinerary
  • Things to Do

Itinerary

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 seaside 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 sundowns, savouring the most beautiful of Indian Ocean sunsets.

Maldives – UK: After a week on paradise you will be collected by speed boat or seaplane and taken back to the main island of Male where you can fly back to your chosen UK airport.

 


 

Why choose a Maldives & Sri Lanka Multi Centre Holiday?

A Maldives & Sri Lanka multi centre holiday offers the best of both worlds! Spend a week taking the rich history and culture of Sri Lanka before kicking your feet up and relaxing on an idyllic island in the Maldives.

Begin your multi centre holiday in Sri Lanka. The small Indian Ocean island is dotted with historic cultural attractions, some dating back thousands of years, including Buddhist temples, spice markets, as well as bustling cities. Additionally, Sri Lanka is home to an array of wildlife, from elephants and leopards to crocodiles and water buffalo. With so much to do and explore, you’ll never have a dull moment during the Sri Lanka leg of your Maldives and Sri Lanka multi centre holiday. And if you do want to relax, worry not, because after a week in Sri Lanka, you’ll hop on a plane to…

The Maldives. This nation of islands is home to some of the world’s most picturesque beaches. Once you’re transported to the island of your choosing, you’ll have all week to spend enjoying the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean and expansive white sand beaches. If you’re up for it, the Maldives offers world-class SCUBA diving and snorkelling, with vibrant coral reefs and colourful fish. Or take a day trip to one of the thousands of other islands that make up the Maldives. The choice is yours when you’re in paradise during your Maldives and Sri Lanka multi centre holiday.

 

Things to Do

Does Sri Lanka have good beaches?

Yes, Sri Lanka has a number of world-class beaches. Unawatuna beach, outside the city of Galle on the southwest end of the island, is known for its pristine golden sand beaches and scenic palm trees. There is also snorkelling and SCUBA diving right from the beach. Another popular beach is Mirissa beach, which is known for surfing and seasonal whale watching. Mirissa beach also has a number of delightful seafood restaurants nearby serving up fresh seafood daily. Additionally, Ventura beach, on the western coast, features sprawling white sand beaches and is popular for those wishing to participate in water sports or snorkelling.

What temples can you visit in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is home to many temples worth visiting during your Maldives and Sri Lanka multi centre holiday. In the city of Kandy, there is the Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, which is said to hold the relic of the tooth of Buddha, a sacred relic in Buddhism. Another Buddhist temple in the Kandy region is Lankatilaka Vihara. The Anuradhapura region is also home to a number of temples worth visiting. These include Mirisaveti Stupa, Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, and the sacred bo tree Sri Maha Bodhi, located in the Mahamewuna Garden.

Is there wildlife to see in Sri Lanka?

Yes, Sri Lanka is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including many species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Popular animals to see in Sri Lanka include elephants, sloth bears, leopards, and water buffalo. There are several locations to see wildlife in Sri Lanka, including Yala National Park, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and Udawalawe National Park. Sri Lanka is also home to a number of exotic birds, including parrots, peacocks, and kingfishers. For those wishing to see sea animals, Sri Lanka is home to world-class whale watching.