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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Kotugoda, Cultural Triangle, Hill Country & Maldives

An exciting, varied and in depth tour of the best that this tropical paradise has to offer, including the cultural center of the ancient Buddhist heartland and the beautifully scenic highlands, finishing up on a stunning Maldivian island.

At a Glance

  • One of the best honeymoon 'twin-center' itineraries you can do offering a perfect mix between culture and beach

  • Your own driver/guide throughout your time in Sri Lanka giving you flexibility to explore the sights at your leisure

  • Fantastic boutique hotels in Sri Lanka that are ideal for a honeymoon

  • All your entry fees for the sights are including meaning you don't have to keep on forking out for the many attractions you can visit

  • Finish at Baros where children under 12 are not allowed and ideal for couples wanting a quiet end to their itinerary

Adventure, Beach, Couples, Culture

Description

Your journey begins with a short stop off at the Wallawwa which is an ideal bolt-hole after the 10 hour flight to Colombo being only 15 minutes from the airport.

You will then be driven to The Cultural Triangle (about 4 hours), an area in the middle of Sri Lanka where you will discover the main focus of the island’s Buddhist heritage, through the ruined ancient capitals of Polonnuruwa and Anuradhapura, the Sigiriya Rock Fortess and the Dambulla Cave Temples.

From Dambulla, you continue down to Kandy, the capital of Sri Lanka’s hill country and home to the Dalada Maligawa, which houses Sri Lanka’s most prized religious relic - the sacred tooth of Buddha. Here you can explore the Old Royal Palace, Royal Botanical Gardens and further major Buddhist temples surrounding the city, contrasting with Hindu shrines found in the center - an example of both the Sinhala and Tamil heritage which dramatically merge in the center of this fascinating country.

Continuing south to the Bogawantalawa Valley, also known as the Golden Valley of Tea, you will step back in time to the country’s colonial era, staying in one of four beautifully restored plantation bungalows, each with its own distinct character, where high tea is still served on the veranda and butlers will run your bath after waking you with a cup of the country’s local and greatest export. Here we suggest you unwind in the beautifully kept gardens, indulge in a visit to a local tea factory or for the more active, take advantage of the cycling and trekking available.

Upon returning to Colombo, you will take a short flight to The Maldives and transfer by speedboat to Baros, to indulge in a little island life on the last leg of your trip. A fantastic island on the North Male atoll, Baros offers wonderful accommodation, food and service, plus an excellent spa, making it the ideal destination to relax before returning home.

Please see our itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs. We can of course tailor this for families blending the experiences and hotels for younger guests.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Colombo
1 night

Kotugoda, Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa
3 nights

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Vil Uyana
2 nights

Hatton, Sri Lanka

Ceylon Tea Trails
Fly from Colombo to Male
5 nights

North Male Atoll, Maldives

Baros
Fly home from Male

Location & Directions

Kotugoda, Cultural Triangle, Hill Country & Maldives

The Wallawwa is near the town of Kotugoda, 10km east of Colombo airport, and about 60 minutes' drive northeast of Colombo city center. The beaches of Negombo are 30-minutes away. You will then head to Vil Uyana, located in Sigiriya within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, 169 km from Colombo. Then to the Ceylon Tea Trails situated around the Castlereagh Reservoir, near Hatton in the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea. Finally it's a short flight to the Maldives to the north of Male Atoll, Baros island is a stunning reef-ringed island with white sandy shores. Just 25-minutes gentle cruise by speed boat from Male International Airport.

When to go

From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to Sri Lanka's southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C.

The Maldives has a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons, or monsoons: the dry northeast monsoon from December to March, and the wet southwestern monsoon from May to November, with more strong winds and rain. April is a transitional period noted for clear water and heat. The temperature remains remarkably consistent at around 30°C.

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