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Itinerary:  Buddhas & Beaches

 

Overview

A rousing shorter cultural tour of Sri Lanka which serves up exciting experiences of this tropical island, followed by a week of leisure and relaxation in the Maldives.

This tour is designed to bring you home feeling enlightened and refreshed.


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Day 1 - Fly

to Sri Lanka


Day 2 - Colombo / Sigiriya

Arrive in Colombo airport and drive to Dambulla Overnight at Amaya Lake Resort


Day 3 - Sigiriya

Excursion to Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya Rock Fortress . Sigiriya was no mere fortress, gloomy and forbidding. At the brief height of its glory – it was a royal citadel for more than 18 years, from 477 to 495 AD and on of the loveliest that have graced this land. There are many interpretations of the Sigiriya period, history replete with legend, love and betrayal. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. Overnight at hotel


Day 4 - Sigiriya / Kandy

Visit the rock caves at Dambulla and a spice plantation before driving to Kandy. Kandy - the hill capital. Venue of the annual Perahera. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of Buddhism's influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple's shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere. To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the world, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the "Sri Dalada Maligawa" - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.Overnight at Amaya Hill Resort


Day 5 - Kandy

Tour of the unique elephant orphanage in the morning. Kandy city tour in the afternoon. Visit the Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Center and the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Also visit the Botanical Gardens


Day 6 - Kandy / Nuwara

Drive to Nuwara Eliya (80 Kms, 2-3 huours) enroute visiting a tea plantation cum factory. The cultivation and manufacture of tea is presently a highly skilled, scientific and technical process, with Sri Lanka producing some of the most fragrant teas in the world. Overnight at hotel


Day 7 - Nuwara / Colombo

Morning drive to Colombo. Afternoon tour of the city. A drive through the city will take you to Fort and Pettah - the commercial area of the city and tree-lined Colombo - 07 Cinnamon Gardens. Colombo 3, 4, 5, 8 are the prime residential areas of the City. Visit Fort, and Pettah for Shopping. The Hindu Temple at Sea Street, lined with goldsmith's shops, the Dutch Church at Wolfendaal, dating back to 1749. The historic Davatagaha Mosque, Independence Hall, B.M.I.C.H, see the replica of Avukana Buddha and the Independence Square. Overnight at hotel


Day 8 - Colombo / Maldives

Fly to Male in the Maldives. Transfer to hotel by speed boat or sea plane. Remainder of the day at leisure to soak in the sun and rest. Overnight at Adaaran Club Rannalhi or Taj Exotica & Spa


Day 9 - Maldives

At leisure to enjoy a beach holiday. Most of Islands resorts in Maldives offer water sports and have a spa.


Day 10 - Maldives

At leisure to enjoy a beach holiday.. Most of Islands resorts offer water sports and have a spa.


Day 11 - Maldives

At leisure to enjoy a beach holiday.. Most of Islands resorts in Maldives offer water sports and have a spa.


Day 12 - Maldives

At leisure. Most of Islands resorts offer water sports and have a spa.


Day 13 - Maldives

At leisure. Most of Islands resorts offer water sports and have a spa.


Day 14 - Maldives / Departure

Transfer back to Male airport for your flight back home.


Note

Upgrade to hotel marked with**will be additional.

**Transfer from/to Male airport to/from hotel by Sea Plane will be additional

- Peak period supplement will be applicable at Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya

Suggested Adaptations to this tour

You can decide the number of days you spend in the Maldives or perhaps visit Kerala in South India before Sri Lanka.

November to April

 

TOFTThe Hotels covered in this Itinerary are:
Amaya Lake Resort
Amaya Hill Resort
Adaaran Club Rannalhi / Taj Exotica & Spa

Amaya Lake Resort

The raban drum heralds your arrival. Four older women, flashing beautiful Sri Lankan smiles, encircle a large barrel drum where they pound out a hearty rhythm. Flowing white vesak lanterns hang from the high ceilings of the open air lobby. Meander down a forested path to discover your villa, or continue to the Warichchi Village and begin a weeklong journey in the Ayurvedic Spa.


Amaya Hill Resort

A palace in the hills. Architecture and details that embody the spirit of the ancient Kingdom of Kandy . A cool retreat perched high above a town renowned as the most beautiful in Sri Lanka.


Adaaran Club Rannalhi

Rannalhi was a favourite transit destination for islanders, being the final fresh-water landfall on the journey south from Khaafu Atoll in the Maldives. Known as ‘the measure of gold’ (ran means gold, nalhi is a unit of measure) for its beauty and fertility, Rannalhi island is now home to an all-action fun resort where good times and friendship make for unforgettable tropical holidays.


Taj Exotica & Spa

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives, is an exclusive, private and romantic island resort lush with tropical plants and encircled by clear blue waters of one of the largest lagoons of the Maldives.

 

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa spreads idyllically along a pristine beach and the serene lagoon. The award-winning resort, now re-launched, seamlessly extends the magic of the island’s blessed natural beauty in its design even as it offers the finest contemporary luxuries and services. Jiva Grande Spa, an authentic Indian spa, offers a range of signature wellness experiences. A choice of gourmet cuisine, water sports, and recreation make for a complete and exclusive destination.

The resort is only 15 minutes by a private luxury speedboat, available 24 hours, from Malé International Airport.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly
Day 2 - Colombo / Sigiriya
Day 3 - Sigiriya
Day 4 - Sigiriya / Kandy
Day 5 - Kandy
Day 6 - Kandy / Nuwara
Day 7 - Nuwara / Colombo
Day 8 - Colombo / Maldives
Day 9 - Maldives
Day 10 - Maldives
Day 11 - Maldives
Day 12 - Maldives
Day 13 - Maldives
Day 14 - Maldives / Departure

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