The Romance of Sri Lanka and The Maldives

17 Days from £5035 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
17 Days
Tailor-Made Tour
Honeymoon
Big Cat Safari
Beach
Country Combo

For this itinerary we have picked the wildlife highlights of Sri Lanka and combined them with an exceptional small resort in the Maldives to provide the perfect romantic combination for those who enjoy their terrestrial and marine wildlife in equal measure. In Sri Lanka, you will stop briefly to see the elephants at Uda Walawe before heading to Yala for thrilling encounters with leopards, elephants and host of other animals and birds. A stop at Bundala will reveal many waterbirds plus other wildlife and Mirissa provides some of the worlds’ best whale watching. The marine theme is continued in the Maldives where your private island resort has one of the best house reefs with exceptional snorkelling and diving directly from the beach.

Itinerary

Price from £5035 per adult. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Fly overnight from London to Colombo

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 2 - Uda Walawe

Met on arrival in Colombo by your private driver and to Uda Walawe.

Staying at Kalu’s Hideaway. Includes Dinner.

Day 3 - Uda Walawe to Yala

Morning private jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park with local guide plus your private guide. The park is surrounded by mountain ranges and is one of the few reliable water sources in the dry zone leading to sizeable herds of elephants and many waterfowl. In the afternoon, drive to Yala in the far South West of the island.

Staying at Cinnamon Wild. Includes All Meals.

Day 4 - Yala National Park

Enjoy three thrilling days of morning and afternoon private game drives in the Yala National Park. Yala has some of the highest leopard densities in the world and the animals are particularly habituated to people meaning that this is one of the world’s best parks for spotting and photographing these magnificent cats. One may also see elephant, sloth bear, sambar and spotted deer, wild boar, stripe-necked mongoose, black-naped hare and several civet species. In the water holes you may see mugger crocodile, painted stork, lesser whistling teal, black-headed Ibis, Eurasian spoonbill and the rare black-necked stork. Palu trees dominate the monsoon forest vegetation of the park. (Manilkara hexandra) and thorny bushes dominate the thick undergrowth.

Staying at Cinnamon Wild. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Bundala and Mirissa

Morning private game drives in the Bundala National Park. Famous for its wat er birds, but also containing elephant, golden jackal, black napped hare and monkeys. Buffalo and deer can be seen too, as well as the island’s two species of crocodile. Continue to Mirissa the centre of Sri Lanka’s burgeoning whale watching industry and close to the historic town of Galle.

Staying at Mirissa Hills. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Mirissa Whale Watching and Galle

Enjoy an unforgettable morning spotting blue whales by boat. During the months of December to April the area is home to a large population of blue whales giving very reliable sightings of the largest animal to have ever lived. Sperm whales are also seen pretty frequently as well as huge pods of spinner dolphins. There is a voluntary code of conduct amongst responsible operators to keep at least 100m from each whale (please encourage your boat captain to respect this). In the afternoon, visit the nearby town of Galle to visit the old Dutch fort (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) with its well-preserved ramparts and plentiful colonial buildings.

Staying at Mirissa Hills. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Mirissa Whale Watching

Enjoy another morning whale watching then a free afternoon to relax and pack.

Staying at Mirissa Hills. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Colombo to Maldives

An early start as you drive back to Colombo and check in for your flight to the Maldives. Arrive at Male, the Maldives’ capital, and take a seaplane transfer to your idyllic coral island. Accommodation in a beach villa.

Enjoy six nights of snorkelling and/or diving (diving optional). The coral reefs around the Maldives support over 1000 species of fish including 30 different parrotfish, barracudas, moray eels, and whale sharks and there are 5 species of marine turtle that could be seen.

Staying at Komandoo. Includes All Meals.

Day 16 - Maldives to London

Transfer by seaplane back to Male and board flight home (via Colombo).

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 17 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Sri Lankan Airlines from Heathrow to Colombo and Male

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin
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We have suggested one resort that we rate highly and does not accept children under 18. With 26 atolls to choose from, the Maldives has a huge range of hotels and resorts to suit most clients and budgets: please speak with one of our specialists to find the perfect one for you

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

“It was a very good tour in every respect…Anyone fortunate enough to get [our guide] as their guide will have met an excellent ambassador for Sri Lanka. It was a perfect mix of culture and wildlife and overall a very good mix of hotels.

Mr I C - Dorset

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Kalu’s hideaway : 6.416013, 80.846292
Mirissa Hills: 5.963824, 80.465111
Cinnamon Wild Yala: 6.259165, 81.405282