Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

This 14-day 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 Udawalawe National Park, discover cultural treasures of Negombo and Kandy, and then spend an entire week cruising 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 has got it all.

Highlights

  • Search for wildlife on a safari
  • Spend the night at a local tea plantation and estate
  • 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

Prices

From £1,799 per person Negombo to Male.
Price does not include International flights, these can be added at time of quotation, please ask.

What’s Included

  • Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
  • AMBA Estate, Ella
  • Spice plantation visit
  • Kandyan cultural dance performance
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Tea plantation visit and tasting (AMBA)
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Barbecue and camp at Udawalawe National Park
  • Elephant Transit Home visit
  • Nature walk
  • Galle City and Fort tour
  • Seven days aboard a traditional dhoni boat (Maldives)
  • Fulidhoo Island visit and Bodu Beru performance
  • Felidhu Island visit
  • Bodu Mora Island visit
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Beach time in the Maldives
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations
Standard hotels/guest houses (6 nts), tented camp (1 nt), traditional dhoni boat (6 nts).

Meals
11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners
Allow USD135-175 for meals not included.

Transportation
Private vehicle, trains, 4×4, local bus, walking, plane, traditional dhoni boat.

Staff & experts
Chief Experience Officer, skipper/CEO, crew.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Negombo
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Negombo/Kandy
Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth.

Exclusive Inclusions: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Day 3 Kandy
Explore Kandy with a free day.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Kandy/Ella
Travel by private vehicle to the historic town of Nuwara Eliya and enjoy a scenic lakeside lunch. Continue the journey to the rolling green valleys of the Ella area and spend 2 nights at the AMBA estate, an organic farm and guest house.

Exclusive Inclusions: AMBA Estate
Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Ella
In the morning, enjoy a tour through the tea plantation and learn about one of the nation’s most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. After, enjoy free time to soak in the stunning scenery, opt to hike to Ella Rock, or visit Ella town by tuk tuk. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of classic homestyle Sri Lankan dishes, a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet.

Exclusive Inclusions: AMBA Estate
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6 Ella/Udawalawe National Park
Depart Amba Estate in the morning after enjoying a delicious home cooked breakfast. Begin the journey to Udawalawe National Park and visit the Elephant Transit home before enjoying an afternoon wildife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the boundary of National Park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire.

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 Udawalawe National Park/Unawatuna
After breakfast transfer from Udawalawe to Galle for a tour of the fort and city. Later, head to Unawatuna for some beach time and a final night with the group.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8 Unawatuna/South Malé Atoll
Hop on a flight to Malé for the Maldives portion of your trip. Transfer to South Malé Atoll. Settle in, and set sail on a voyage of discovery.

Meals included: Dinner

Days 9–13 South Malé Atoll/Felidhu Atholhu
Spend the next five days cruising around the South Malé and Felidhu atolls, disembarking to visit islands and sandbars along the way. On Fulidhu, mingle with locals and experience a traditional drumming performance. Bodu Moro Island is home to idyllic uninhabited beaches – the perfect photo opportunity.

Aboard the dhoni, spend free time as you please – lounge on the sundecks and take in the views, relax with a good book, or socialize with fellow travellers as you enjoy delicious local seafood.

Off the boat, opt to swim and enjoy snorkelling about twice a day amongst the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and octopuses.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14 South Malé Atoll/Male
In the morning, make the short crossing to Malé. The tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport.
Meals included: Breakfast

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