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Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure

This 14-day combo trip brings together the best of Sri Lanka's cultural highlights and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail the islands of the Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni boat. Experience a safari in Yala National Park, discover cultural treasures of Negombo and Kandy, and then spend an entire week sailing from one tiny and perfect atoll island to another, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters and stretching out on blazing white-sand beaches. From culture to paradise, this tour's got it all.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 153375
  • Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Finishes: Male, Maldives
You will Visit
  • Negombo
  • Male

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Negombo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Negombo/Kandy (1B)

Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Later, visit Temple of the Tooth before enjoying the folk dances of a local cultural group.

Included Activities:
Spice Plantation Tour
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour
Kandyan Cultural Dance

Transport:
Private Vehicle

03

Day 3: Kandy/Kitulgala (1B)

Visit a tea planation and savour a cup before continuing on to Nawalapitiya by train then by private vehicle to Kitulgala. Enjoy rainforest camping at an eco-lodge. With some free time, opt to hit the rapids for some whitewater rafting.

Included Activities:
Tea Plantation Visit
Rainforest Camping

Transport:
Local train
Private Vehicle

04

Day 4: Kitulgala/Udawalawe (1B)

Drive to Udawalawe and visit the Elephant Transit Home. Enjoy a nature walk before spending the night in a tented camp on the border of the Udawalawe Reserve.

Included Activities:
Elephant Transit Home Visit
Overnight in Tented Camp

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Udawalawe (1B, 1D)

In the morning, enjoy a guided meditation session in a local temple before visiting Kataragama. Enjoy an afternoon Jeep safari in Yala National Park and an evening cooking demonstration.

Included Activities:
Guided Meditation Session
Kataragama Visit
Yala National Park Safari
Sri Lankan Cooking Demonstration

06

Day 6: Udawalawe/Ahungalla (1B)

In the morning travel to Galle for a tour of the fort and the city. Later continue onwards to Ahungalla for some beach time.

Included Activities:
Galle Fort and City Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 135km)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 45km)

07

Day 7: Ahungalla/Colombo (1B)

Head to the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, and get to know the city with some free time.

Transport:
Private Vehicle

08

Day 8: Colombo/South Malé Atoll (1L, 1D)

You will be met by airport representatives who will transfer you to the Malé town for a tour before going to the waterfront to meet our boat captain and crew. Once settled into our cabins, we will depart.

Cruise south for 2-3 hours through the Vaadhoo Canal to a nearby island in South Malé Atoll; probably Guraidhoo, a small inhabited island where the plan is to moor in (or just outside) the small harbour for the first night on board.

Transport:
Plane
Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)

09

Day 9: South Malé Atoll/Ambara (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue to the southernmost point of South Malé Atoll before crossing the channel to Felidhoo Atoll. The main industry here is fishing and there is typically an opportunity to see traditional boat-building on at least one of the islands.



Included Activities:
Snorkelling in the Maldives

Transport:
Dhoni (3.00-4.00 hours)

10

Day 10: Ambara/Fenboa Finolhu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cruise south for 2-3 hours, crossing to Meemu Atoll. As with the rest of the journey, stick close to shore (weather permitting) and cruise close to many of the stunning islands.

Meemu Atoll has 34 islands of which 25 are uninhabited. Here more than anywhere, we are likely to experience the true Maldivian way of life.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling in the Maldives

Transport:
Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)

11

Day 11: Fenboa Finolhu/Dhiggaru (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head east towards the island of Djiggaru, stopping along the way to snorkel on a reef, arriving in the late afternoon. Spend the evening enjoying the laid back pace and traditional way of life of the locals. With some luck, get an invitation for an evening performance of Bodu Beru (Big Drum), the traditional folk music of the country.

Included Activities:
Dhiggaru Bodu Beru Performance

Transport:
Dhoni

12

Day 12: Dhiggaru/Felidhu Atholhu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head back to Felidhoo Atoll and its administrative centre, Felidhoo. Take time to wander through the village and learn something new about the lives of the islanders.

Transport:
Dhoni

13

Day 13: Felidhu Atholhu/Eboodhoofinolhu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy the longest journey of the trip back through the islands of Felidhoo and South Malé atolls. There are plenty of opportunities to swim and snorkel or to explore the islands en route. The day's destination is Emboodhu Finolhu, one of the northernmost islands of South Malé Atoll.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling in the Maldives

Transport:
Dhoni

14

Day 14: Eboodhoofinolhu/Male (1B)

In the morning, make the short crossing to Malé. The tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport.

Additional Notes:
Your CEO can offer assistance with any onward travel you may require.

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Dhoni

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Spice plantation visit
    • Kandyan cultural dance performance
    • Temple of the Tooth visit (Kandy)
    • Tea plantation visit (Giragama)
    • Rainforest stay (Kitulgala)
    • Elephant Transit Home visit (Udawalawe)
    • Nature walk (Udawalawe)
    • Guided meditation session (Udawalawe)
    • Kataragama visit
    • Yala NP safari
    • Cooking demonstration
    • Galle City and Fort tour
    • Seven days aboard a traditional dhoni boat
    • Snorkelling and swimming opportunities
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Standard hotel (4 nts), rainforest camping (1 nt), tented camp (2 nts), traditional dhoni boat (6 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, trains, 4x4, walking, plane, traditional dhoni boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer, skipper/CEO, crew
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Tour Highlights:
  • Search for wildlife on a safari
  • Gain insight into the national heritage at a tea plantation
  • Cruise through some of the world's most beautiful islands
  • Uncover isolated beaches
  • Swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean
  • Savour local cuisine