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Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure
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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 tiny and perfect atoll island to island, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters and stretching out on blazing white-sand beaches. From culture to paradise, this tour's got all of it.


Duration: 14 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
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. En route, visit a spice plantation. Later, visit Temple of Tooth and opt to enjoy the folk dances of a local cultural group.



Included Activities:
Spice Plantation Tour
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle

03

Day 3: Kandy/Kitulgala (1B)

Continue 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 with whitewater rafting.


Included Activities:
Rainforest Camping

Transport:
Local train
Private Vehicle

04

Day 4: Kitulgala/Kudaoya (1B)

Drive to Udawalawe for a visit to the Elephant Transit Home before continuing on to Kuda Oya. Enjoy a nature walk before spending the night in a tented camp.

Included Activities:
Elephant Transit Home Visit
Overnight in Tented Camp

Transport:
Private Vehicle
Private Vehicle

05

Day 5: Kudaoya (1B)

In the morning, visit Kataragama and the Maligawila Temple. Enjoy an afternoon Jeep safari in Yala National Park.

Included Activities:
Maligawila Temple Visit
Yala National Park Safari
Kataragama Visit

06

Day 6: Kudaoya/Hikkaduwa (1B)

In the morning travel to Galle and take a city tour. Opt to visit Hikkaduwa for some beach time.

Included Activities:
City Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle

07

Day 7: Hikkaduwa/Colombo (1B)

Visit the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo and get to know a bit of the city. Opt to explore 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 directly 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 Dhiggaru, 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
    • Temple of the Tooth visit (Kandy)
    • Rainforest stay (Kitulgala)
    • Elephant Transit Home visit (Udawawle)
    • Nature Walk (Kuda Oya)
    • Maligawila Temple visit (Katargama)
    • Safari (Yala NP)
    • Galle City Tour
    • Galle Fort visit
    • 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)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 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.