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The idyllic islands of the Maldives are what holiday dreams are made of, while exotic Sri Lanka offers scenic splendour and great cultural encounters. Combined they bring together the best of the Indian Ocean. Begin in Sri Lanka at the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya, often described as the eighth wonder of the world, before visiting the giant recumbent Buddhas of Polonnurawa, bathing elephants at Pinnawala and exploring Kandy, the country's cultural core. Then indulge with seven nights on a Maldives Resort island, in a stylish villa beside a turquoise lagoon.

  • Days 1 - 2

    Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

    Accommodation: 5* Bed & Breakfast

    Arrive in Sri Lanka and transfer to the Jetwing Vil Uyana near the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
    After breakfast, climb UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock, a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200m from the scrub jungle. In the afternoon, visit Polonnaruwa, the second capital of Sri Lanka, also honoured by UNESCO.
  • Days 3 - 4


    Accommodation: 5* Bed & Breakfast

    Start with a visit to the 1st century Dambulla rock temples. It's hard to know what to admire most, the complex of five painted caves, the giant rock Buddha that stands at the entrance, or the lines of devotees who come to place offerings in a haze of insence.
    In the afternoon you'll continue to Matale where you'll visit a spice garden where you'll learn more about Sri Lanka's famed spice industry. From there you'll head to Kandy, Sri Lanka's cultural capital, and check into The Kandy House. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, either relaxing at the hotel or exploring the city at your own pace.
    Transfer from The Kandy House to Peradeniya (approx 45 minutes), where you'll vist Royal Botanical Gardens. This beautiful garden was first built by a Sinhala king and later expanded by the British. It covers approximately 147 acres and is something of a walker's paradise with extensive lawns, pavilions, an octagon conservatory, fernery, a giant Javan fig tree and numerous flowerbeds, as well as a spectacular orchid house.
    Return to Kandy in the afternoon for a city tour. The name 'Kandy' conjures visions of splendour and magnificence and the city - a UNESCO World Heritage site - was in fact the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is packed full of historical treasures. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive today, and you'll see much evidence of this as you tour through the city this afternoon. The tour includes a drive around Kandy's beautiful lake, built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798, as well as a visit to the town's bazaar, an arts & crafts centre and a gem museum / lapidary. You'll also visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the country's most important historical sites, before enjoying an evening cultural show.
  • Day 5


    Accommodation: 5* Bed & Breakfast

    Today you'll head to the renowned elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, which offers visitors the best chance to see Sri Lankan elephants in large numbers, and at close quarters. The orphanage was established in 1975 and began with just seven orphaned elephants. Assisted by local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala began a successful captive breeding program and the first baby elephant was born at the centre in 1984. Feeding time offers a unforgettable opportunity to see the baby elephants being bottle fed, before the entire herd heads for a bath in the river near by.
    In the afternoon you'll make your way to Kotugoda where you'll check in to the Walawwa where you'll spend the night.


    Jetwing Vil Uyana is situated among reed beds and paddy fields and over the first man-made lake since the era of Parakramabahu I. Situated in the historic rock fortress of Sigiriya.It was inspired by the habitat creation at the London Wetland Centre by the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust.   ...


    This Kandy hotel is well-placed to spend time to relax as well as explore a broad selection of Sri Lanka's primary destinations in and around Kandy, the Cultural Triangle and Tea Country. The house can also be booked as a whole for important celebrations with friends, or just for the peace of mind of a group having total privacy away from the...


    The Wallawwa offers colonial charm and service within five acres of tropical landscaped gardens. The 17 tastefully furnished bedrooms and suites, Z spa, a la carte restaurant and dedicated team of butlers ensures your every wish is catered for.   The proximity to Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport, only 15 minutes aw...

We can tailor a Liveaboard and Resort stay itinerary in the Maldives for you for almost any Maldives liveaboard with any Island Resort, and any duration.
From experience we have found that there is no set order for this. Some guests prefer to acclimatize in resort with a little land based diving before joining their chosen boat. Others prefer to dive straight in and embark on the liveaboard followed by a week chilling out and sampling the facilities of their chosen resort.

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Itinerary Overview

Days 1 - 2 Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Days 3 - 4 Kandy Day 5 Pinnawala

Price Includes

- private transfers
- accommodation
- guided tours

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Minimum 2 passengers (or single supplement will apply) 

Guide price per person: £890 / excl. sports

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