You might ask why combine Sri Lanka with the Maldives, we would answer for the pure indulgence of it. Sri Lanka is a journey of exploration with your days often filled with fascinating and varied discoveries. The Maldives is reserved for relaxing, snorkelling and just feeling the sand beneath your feet.
The journey starts with one of Sri Lanka's most beloved properties, the Wallawwa, a mere 15 minutes from the airport and the perfect spot to relax after the flight. From here travel northwards to the verdant hills and forests of Wilpattu National Park - home to Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris. From forests to history and the Buddhist UNESCO sites of Anuradhapura, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, where frescoes, ancient stupas and stone carvings are found. Travel by train from Kandy along the scenic route laid during British rule, to Haputale and on by car to Living Heritage Koslanda. This new property described simply as ‘genuinely breath taking’. Here there is a chance to stop, unwind and explore the rural setting of this laid back retreat. Finish with a few days to discover the cultural and vibrant town of Galle, either in a small hotel or a private, fully staffed villa before heading off to the Maldives on the short flight from Colombo.
As the flight comes into land it skims over small desert islands, dotting the ocean like tiny sand dollars, the Maldives is truly an island paradise. The open sided airport is home to a fleet of seaplanes and sleek speed boats, ready to whisk guests to their awaiting utopia. Here, at your chosen island resort there is nothing more to focus on than the snorkelling, fresh seafood bbq's and choosing from the spa menu – this is bliss in every sense of the word.
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Fly London to Colombo overnight
Travel from Colombo airport to Kotugoda
A journey of approximately 30 minutes.
Kotugoda is a small town a stones throw from the airport and home to one of our favourite hotels, the Wallawwa. While often used at the start or end of a trip, it is a relaxing spot and with new roads, makes visiting Colombo easy.
You will be staying at The Wallawwa, Bed & Breakfast
Travel From Kotugoda to Wilpathu National Park
This morning drive to Wilpathu National Park, approximately three and a half hours by road.
Wilpattu is the largest national park in Sri Lanka, and is fairly unknown still to tourists due to being off limits during the civil war. It has the largest sloth bear population in the country, and leopard sightings are possible, although the exact numbers are unknown. Wilpattu means 'Land of Lakes' and is named due to the large number (nearly sixty) of natural lakes spread across the national park.
Afternoon Safari in WilpattuAfternoon game drive in Wilpattu National Park with your private naturalist-guide.
You will be staying at Noel Rodrigo Leopard Safaris Wilpattu, Full board
Morning and afternoon jeep safarisEnjoy morning and afternoon Jeep safaris inside the park. Please note that the morning game drives begin early, before sunrise. You will return to the lodge for breakfast, lunch and a rest in the afternoon before heading out again for the late game drive. Other activities are available and game drives, although included in the cost of your stay, are not compulsory.
Transfer from Wilpattu to Anuradhapura
The drive today between Wilpattu National Park and Anuradhapura will take approximately 1.5 hours.
Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka's major cities and the capital of the north central province. One of the ancient capitals it is now famous for the site of the well-preserved ruins of the former capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will be staying at Ulagalla, Bed & Breakfast
Morning Climb up to Sigiriya Rock FortressTravel to the ruins of the ancient city of Sigiriya, dominated by a towering escarpment that erupts from the flat landscape. Climb up this rock column, which is surrounded by verdant royal gardens. Designated a World Heritage Site, the smooth summit was once home to King Kasyapa's fifth-century palace. Colourful frescoes decorate the cliffs below and a set of enormous lion's paws remain as a reminder of the vast stone lion that once guarded the entrance to the palace. Later, a Buddhist monastery was built here and flat meditation stones can still be seen.
Visit PolonnaruwaExplore Polonnaruwa's ruins today. The city was the second capital of Sri Lanka, after Anuradhapura and is home to one of the countires most important cultural sites. It is possible to see the ruins by bicycle, foot or car. The tour will take approximately three hours.
Full Day to AnuradhapuraThe sacred city of Anuradhapura was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', Buddha's fig tree, which brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again. Time can be spend walking around the site, have a blessing at the temple and soak up the atmosphere of families picnicing and flying kites. Bikes can be hired for the day if preferred. The tour will last approximately three hours.
Anuradhapura to Kandy with visit to Kandy City
The drive to Kandy should take approximately four hours.
Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka after Colombo and is home to some of the most famous sites in the country. The Botanical Gardens, which are the second largest in the world after Kew in England, house an amazing collection of flowers and trees aswell as a world famous orchid house. It is also possible to see the outside of Lord Mountbatten's colonial house within the gardens. Temple of the Tooth, which is also found in Kandy is believed to house a tooth of Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to the new city and placed in a temple built to honour it. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portuguese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone.
You will be staying at Kandy House, Bed & Breakfast
Travel by train from Kandy to Haputale
The train journey to Haputale will take around three hours. You depart Kandy at 10:50 and arrive into Haputale at 13:30. Please note that although we endeavour to purchase first class expo tickets for the train, these can only be confirmed 14 days before your journey and are subject to availability.
Drive from Haputale to Koslanda (Road Journey)
The drive from Haputale train station to Koslanda will take around an hour.
You will be staying at Living Heritage Koslanda, Bed & Breakfast
Free Day at Living Heritage KoslandaToday is left free to allow time to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings of Living Heritage Koslanda. There is a menu of activities one can take advantage of such as walking to the local Diyaluma waterfall, join a cooking class or visit a nearby tea plantation. Some additional excursions are available at a cost or do note your driver/guide will be staying nearby so visits further afield can be planned.
Drive from Koslanda to Galle (Road Journey)
The drive to Galle will take around 5 hours
Galle is considered the most important town in the south and has managed to retain its colonial atmosphere. The Portuguese, Dutch and British have all made their mark on this interesting port and it is well worth spending time exploring the town within the fort walls, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
You will be staying at Fort Bazaar, Bed & Breakfast
Full Day Exploring GalleGalle is considered the most important town in the south and has managed to retain its colonial atmosphere. Watching the sunset from the Fort Walls will give a genuine local feel and exploring the shops, galleries and restaurants that scatter this charming town is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Visit the Dutch Church, the spice warehouses and the lighthouse on the sea wall, all of which are best done on foot.
Travel Between Galle and Colombo
Travel to Colombo, a journey of approximately three and a half hours.
Fly Colombo to Male
You will be staying at Baros, Bed & Breakfast
Free to relax at Baros
Fly Maldives to Colombo
Fly Colombo to London
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