Romantic Sri Lanka & Maldives Honeymoon

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 14

From: UK - Colombo

To: Male - UK

From

£2,710

Inc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Overview

This 2 week honeymoon takes you to both the culturally significant country of Sri Lanka and the island paradise of the Maldives! Spend 6 days exploring the cultural centre of Sri Lanka before heading to the Maldives for a week of sun, sea, sand and relaxation! Visit the famous Golden Rock Cave Temple in Dambulla, take a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, learn how tea is made at a traditional tea plantation and relax on the white sands on this honeymoon of a lifetime.

Your trip begins in the beautiful country of Sri Lanka where you will explore the cultural centre taking in the stunning cities of Sigiriya, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. You will visit an elephant orphanage and a sacred pilgrimage site as well as take part in a Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park before heading to one of the most important religious and cultural monuments in Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Tooth, said to hold the tooth of Lord Buddha. After Sri Lanka it’s time to jump on a plane for the short journey to the paradise islands of the Maldives. You will get to spend a week swimming and relaxing on the white sandy beaches in this idyllic destination.

This Sri Lanka & Maldives holiday includes:

  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • All transport
  • Activities as mentioned in the itinerary

Highlights

  • Witness elephants taking their daily bath at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • Visit the famous Golden Rock Cave Temple in Dambulla
  • Take a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park
  • Learn how tea is made at a traditional tea plantation
  • Relax on the white sands in the Maldives
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Colombo
  • 2 nights Sigiriya
  • 1 night Kandy
  • 1 night Nuwara Eliya
  • 6 nights Maldives

 

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK today from your chosen airport

Included: International flight

Day 2: Arrive Colombo

On arrival into Sri Lanka you will be greeted and taken to your hotel in Colombo.

After checking in and freshening up you will take a city tour where you will get the chance to visit both the town hall and Independence Square. You can also visit the National Museum and explore the religious and cultural sites of the Gangarama Temple, the Seema Malakaya and a Hindu Kovil. These sites represent the diversity of religion, ethnicity and customs of the Sri Lankan people.

Included: Arrival transfer, city tour & hotel

Day 3: Colombo to Sigiriya

After breakfast you will be collected and taken to the famous Golden Rock Cave Temple in Dambulla, a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries this cave monastery with its 5 caverns is the largest, best preserved cave monastery in Sri Lanka.

Once you have finished here it is only ½ drive to your final destination, Sigiriya.

Included: Breakfast, car & driver guide & hotel

Day 4: Polonnaruwa & Minneriya National Park

After breakfast you will be taken to Polonnaruwa. Approximately 1½ hours away this city was the medieval capital of Ceylon during the 11th-13th centuries. Once here you can explore this once majestic city, the surrounding walls are still standing as are the remains of palaces, shrines, monasteries, parks and ponds. The statues of Buddha located here are considered to be masterpieces of Sri Lankan art.

In the afternoon you will head to Minneriya National Park where you will get to take a jeep safari. Minneriya is home to many animals including deer, sambar, leopards, sloth bear and elephants.

Included: Breakfast, car & driver guide & hotel

Day 5: Sigiriya to Kandy

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and head over to ‘Lion Rock’. This UNESCO world heritage site was once home to a ‘fortress in the sky’, built by King Kassapa the fortress was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. The base of the rock is ringed by a moat and extensive gardens, there is also a majestic stone ‘lion’s paw’ guarding the stairway to the palace. Be sure not to miss the frescoes of the ‘heavenly maidens’ and the 10 foot high mirror wall.

From here it’s on to the bustling city of Kandy with a stop at the spice gardens en route.

After checking into your hotel it’s time for a tour of the city, take a drive to the top of the hill for a stunning bird’s eye view of the city. You will then get a chance to enjoy a traditional cultural evening at the Kandyan Arts & Cultural Centre where you will watch dancers, drummers and fire-walkers before heading to the sacred ‘Temple of the Tooth Relic’, said to hold the tooth of Buddha – here you will get to watch monks conducting their prayers and performing their daily rituals.

Included: Breakfast, car & driver guide & hotel

Day 6: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast you will check out of the hotel and travel 3 hours to the town of Nuwara Eliya. En-route you will visit a tea plantation and tea factory and witness the manufacturing process from the plucking of the leaves to the packing of the tea for exportation.

On arrival into Nuwara Eliya you will check into your hotel before beginning a tour of this beautiful city. Set in the heart of tea country Nuwara Eliya is like a piece of the English countryside complete with Georgian style homes and well-kept lawns and hedges.

Included: Breakfast, car & driver guide & hotel

Day 7: Depart Sri Lanka for the Maldives

Once you have had breakfast you will be collected by your driver and taken to the airport for your flight to Male.

Welcome to paradise!

On arrival you will be greeted and taken by car and speedboat to your island resort.

Included: Half board, departure transfer, international flight, arrival transfer in Male & hotel

Day 8-12: Maldives

Now is the time to sit back and relax! After all the activity in Sri Lanka this will be a well-earned rest.

Soak up the sun, swim in the clear waters and take advantage of the spa in your hotel!

Included: Half board & hotel

Day 13: Depart Maldives

After breakfast you will be taken by speedboat and car to the airport to connect with your departure flight.

Included: Half board, departure transfer & international flight

Day 14: Arrive UK


 

Info

High season in Sri Lanka runs from December to March and is when the Hill Country and West/South coast beaches are busiest and driest. The Maha monsoon season keeps the East, North and ancient cities wet at this time. April and September are the best option for those travelling countrywide with these months enjoying the best weather overall, New Year’s celebrations in mid-April can cause transport in particular to be busy so keep this in mind. Low season brings rain to the South and West coasts plus the Hill Country, weather is best at this time for travel to the North & East.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • All flights
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Half board in the Maldives
  • Transportation by A/C car
  • Entrance tickets to all the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a driver/guide in Sri Lanka
  • A safari in Minneriya National Park
  • Return speedboat transfer in the Maldives

Not included: 

  • Visa processing
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Mineral water, alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages during excursions
  • Video/Camera fees at sites
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities

 

Accommodation

11 nights in 4* style standard accommodation

Hotels in this category include:

  • Galle Face Hotel
  • Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla
  • Earl's Regency, Kandy
  • Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Maldives
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