Sri Lanka & Maldives Round Tour
Highlights of the Tour
- Muthurajawela Wetland
- Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Pidurangala Rock Hike
- Ritigala Forest Monastery
- Spice gardens in Matale
- Aluvihare Rock Temple
- Temple of the tooth relic
- Udawattakele Forest Reserve
- Royal botanical gardens Peradeniya
- Tea factory in Nuwara Eliya
- White water rafting tour
Trip Summary – Sri Lanka
|1||Airport||Negombo||BB||Transfer from Airport to Negombo. Boat tour to Muthurajawela wetlands.|
|2||Negombo||Sigiriya||BB||Transfer to Sigiriya. Afternoon climb Sigiriya Rock.|
|3||Sigiriya||Sigiriya||BB||Morning hike to Pidurangala rock. Then excursion to Ritigala Forest Monastery.|
|4||Sigiriya||Kandy||BB||Transfer to Kandy via Aluvihare rock temple & spice gardens in Matale. Explore Kandy.|
|5||Kandy||Kandy||BB||Morning visit temple of tooth relic & then the Udawattakele forest reserve.|
|6||Kandy||Nuwara Eliya||BB||Proceed to Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and a tea factory.|
|7||Nuwara Eliya||Kitulgala||BB||Transfer to Kitulgala. White water rafting tour in Kitulgala.|
|8||Kitulgala||Airport||Departure transfer to Airport.|
Trip Summary – Maldives
|8||MLE Airport||Maafushi||BB||Arrive at the Male airport and transfer to Maafushi Island by speed boat.|
|9||Maafushi||BB||Free for leisure at the hotel or by the beach.|
|10||Maafushi||BB||Free for leisure at the hotel or by the beach.|
|11||Maafushi||MLE Airport||Speed boat transfer from Maafushi island to Male Airport. Then departure.|
Airport | Negombo
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport. Clients will be welcomed by the Representative of Reliance Tours / Chauffeur guide and transfer to the hotel in Negombo.
Negombo is a famous fishing village North of Colombo. It is one of the famous commercial hubs in the country. Negombo is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries old fishing industry. Negombo has a large bilingual population of Roman Catholics.
Boat ride to Muthurajawela Wetland Sanctuary is a Wetland area of 2,000 hectares between Colombo and Negombo, set aside as a unique tropical wetland, with its flora and fauna of marshes, waters and mangrove forests.
Visitors can set sail on guided boat rides through the different ecological settings of the marsh sanctuary and the lagoon, or walk in nature trails and watch birds. Some 40% of the vertebrates of Sri Lanka are recorded here.
Plant life is also rich-the marsh vegetation includes mangroves, ferns and many grasses and sedges.
Birds are numerous. Commonly sighted species includes Cormorants, Storks, Bee-eaters,
Kingfishers, Grey Herons, Purple Coots, Little Green Herons, Yellow Bitterns, Black Bitterns, Moorhens and White-breasted Waterhens.
Evening walk in the streets on either side of the Hotels are dotted with Souvenir Shops, Restaurants etc.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Negombo.
Negombo | Sigiriya
Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Sigiriya. Climb the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Sigiriya – is a world heritage site built in 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the fortress. Within its triple-moated defence the huge rock rises almost to a sheer height of 500ft. On its summit are the foundations of what was once a great and sumptuous palace and gardens complete with swimming pool. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original color.
Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya.
Sigiriya | Pidurangala | Ritigala | Sigiriya
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Pidurangala and hike to the rock.
Pidurangala is an ancient Buddhist temple constructed on a massive rock called Pidurangala, which is located a few kilometers north of the historical fort Sigiriya.
The history of Pidurangala goes back beyond to the first and second century BC. From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 – 495 AC).
It is a hike of 30 minutes to the top of the rock and you get to the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock. Climbing will start with stairs and the later parts of the path will be a little bit off road.
Then excursion to Ritigala and visit the Buddhist monastery.
Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. According to popular belief, non-human Lord Hanuman of supernatural powers, traveled over Ritigala, and, by accident, dropped a chunk off a mountain of the Himalaya range he was carrying from India to Lanka for its medicinal herbs. Lord Rama’s brother, Prince Lakshmana was mortally wounded in battle and only a rare herb in the Himalaya could save his life.
The ruins of Ritigala monastery are located on the eastern side of the mountain at the foot of the gorge which separates the main peak from the northern ridge of the range. The ruins cover an area of 24 hectares (59 acres).
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya.
Sigiriya | Matale | Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel. Then proceed to Kandy via Matale.
Visit Aluvihare rock temple and the spice garden on the way.
Aluvihare Rock Temple is a sacred Buddhist temple surrounded by hills situated 30 km north of Kandy.
The history of Aluvihare Rock Temple is traced back to the 3rd Century B.C to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. It is believed that the King built the dagoba, planted the Bo sapling and founded the temple after the introduction of Buddhism to the country during his reign.
Aluvihare Rock Temple was the historic location where the Pāli Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. Many monastery caves, some of which exhibit frescoes are situated near this temple.
Spice Gardens at Matale – You will see Cinnamon, Cardamom, Pepper Creepers and all other spice trees, plants and creepers are planted for visitors to see them. Spice products are also available for those who would like to buy them. At all Spice Gardens visitors are taken round explaining each tree and plant and at the end explaining the use of them food preparations.
Afternoon you will witness the city of Kandy including upper lake drive, market square, arts & crafts center and the gem Museum.
Kandy is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally the British in 1815.
To the Buddhist of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha.
Today Kandy is the center of Buddhism, Arts, Crafts, Dancing, Music and Culture. Visitors can see these Dance & Music at the daily Cultural Performances held at several places in the city.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Kandy.
Kandy | Udawattakele | Peradeniya | Kandy
Breakfast at the hotel. Then visit the Temple of tooth relic in the morning ceremony.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession.
It is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient times, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.
Then visit the Udawattakele.
Udawatta Kele Sanctuary of Kandy is situated on the hillside behind the Temple of the Tooth Relic. This forest is about 257 acres and it has a long history of centuries ago. Surrounding areas of Kandy had been a Rain Forest and then humans took place to be settled during the era of King Panditha Parakramabahu in 1371 AD.
Government declared it as a forest reserve later in 1938. Important places to see in the sanctuary are the water Pond, Highest peak “Kodimale”, The Senkanda Cave, the Garrison cemetery and also several Buddhist temples.
There are 33 different species of Trees, 07 endemic birds out of 23 species of birds, 01 endemic mammal out of 06 species of mammals which can be discovered in the forest reserve.
Afternoon visit the royal botanical gardens in Peradeniya.
Royal Botanical Gardens – 147 acres in extent: started in 1374 as a pleasure garden of the King’s of Kandy. There are more than 5000 species of tree and plants. Some and endemic as well as flora from the tropical world, Spice garden and Orchid House are popular with Tourists.
There are 5 Palm Avenues beautifying the gardens, the earliest and tallest Palm Avenue (Royal Palm Avenue) was planted in 1905 and the Double Coconuts from the Seashells Island, with the largest seed of all plants in the world is one such avenue.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Kandy.
Kandy | Nuwara Eliya
Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
(Optionally clients can decide to have a train journey between Kandy to Nanu Oya however reserved seats will be subject to availability)
Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions.
The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park.
Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (March to May) and the fall (August and September). These are the “seasons” when low-country folk flock to Nuwara Eliya to escape the sea level heat and humidity.
Then visit a tea plantation and a tea factory.
Tea Plantations – Tea was first planted in Sri Lanka in 1824 at the Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, when a few plants were brought from China. More were introduced from Assam in 1839.
In 1867, a Scottish Planter named James Taylor planted tea seedlings in an 8 hectares of forestland, in the Loolkondura Estate.
In 1873, the tea export industry of Sri Lanka began with a modest 23 lbs. being shipped to London.
Tea will grow only on rolling terrain and is classified by elevation into low grown, medium grown and high grown into 3 main groups. Today more than 200,000 hectares in highlands and other areas are under Tea and around 300 million Kilograms, with a 15% of world tea exports are done by Sri Lanka as one of the World’s largest Tea exporter.
Thereafter proceed to the hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya | Kitulgala
Breakfast at the hotel. Then transfer to Kitulgala.
The experience of White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, there are 7 rapids covering 3 major rapids and 4 minor rapids (Grade 2 -3 rapids). Every rapid gives you great fun…epic excitement…! Kitulgala is a paradise for Sri Lanka adventure travelers. Rafting activity can be experience anyone above the age of 8 years and for this activity safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 7 KMs and duration of White Water Rafting experience would be approximately two hours (subject to Kalani River water speed).
The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting tour in Kitulgala.
Then proceed to the hotel in Kitulgala.
Kitulgala | Airport | Maldives
After breakfast transfer to the Colombo airport for departure.
Arrive at the Male airport and transfer to Maafushi Island by speed boat (shared transfer).
Proceed to the hotel in Maafushi.
DAY 09 & DAY 10
Free for leisure at the hotel or by the beach. (Optional excursions / activities can be booked)
Maafushi | Airport
After breakfast transfer to the Male airport for departure.
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Cost & Terms
Cost: – Staring from USD 820 per person
Sharing double room on BB basis including the excursions and entrance fees (Conditions apply)