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Beads of Indian Ocean

  • 12 Nights / 13 Days


Sri Lanka, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, has a fascinating island of huge diversity, ancient sights, fascinating temples, wonderful wildlife, a charming old fort. Discover these before heading off to an idyllic beach retreat in the Maldives.

 Highlights

• Visit the cultural triangle of Dambulla, Pollonaruwa and Anuradhapura. Fascinating ancient sights. 
• Experience the rich culture which surrounds the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. 
 • Take a safari in search of leopards and bears in Yala National Park. 
 • Discover the charming café’s, boutiques and art galleries in Galle Fort.
 • Relax for a few days on an idyllic island in the Maldives.

Colombo – Negombo – Dambulla – Sigiriya – Kandy – Yala – Galle – Maldives

  • Airport to Negombo

    Upon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to the hotel, located just thirty minutes away from the airport. Check in to the hotel.

     Later in the afternoon, proceed on a city tour of Negombo.

    Located close to the international airport, Negombo is the principle beach resort north of Colombo. It has a picturesque lagoon, numerous Catholic churches and an impressive network of canals built by the Dutch which are currently being restored. 

  • Negombo – Pennawella - Dambulla

    After an early breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed to Pinnawela to visit the elephant orphanage.  You will arrive in the orphanage in time to witness the morning feeding.

     Continue to Dambulla.  Check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Dambulla – Anuradhapura – Dambulla

    After an early breakfast, proceed to visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

     Anuradhapura, is the largest and oldest of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities and dates back to the 6th century BC.  It was made capital in 377 BC and remained an important centre of power till the 12th century AD. Most memorable are its gleaming white dagobas – large bell-like structures some 60 meters high which house Buddhist relics. However, it is best known for the Sri Maha Bodhi, which is the oldest documented tree in the world (2200 years). This was grown from a cutting of the Bo tree under which Buddha achieved enlightenment.

     Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

  • Dambulla – Sigiriya – Pollonaruwa – Dambulla

    After breakfast, proceed to visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya.

     The legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, the “Lion Rock” famous for its frescoes of ‘Celestial Maidens’ is possibly the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century on top of a vast 200m granite rock it took seven years to build. Although it is a steep climb, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort.

     In the evening proceed to visit the Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa.  Polonnaruwa was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century. Built alongside a large ancient artificial lake there are well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, stupas and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha at the Gal Vihara. Start with a visit to the museum which, although small, is excellent.

     Return to Hotel for overnight stay.

  • Dambula – Matale - Kandy

    After breakfast checkout and proceed to Kandy visiting the Cave Temple in Dambulla.

     Sited on a gigantic granite outcrop, which towers more than 160m above the surrounding land, the caves are completely covered by ancient frescoes depicting religious and secular scenes. Protected within the caves are hundreds of statues of Buddha, many carved out of the rock itself, of which the largest is the 15m long Dying Buddha.

     While continuing to Kandy, on the way (in Matale) you will have the chance to visit spice plantations that grow a variety of spices such as cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg, for which Sri Lanka was renowned and initially colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

     Arrive in Kandy and check into the hotel.

     Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha in the late afternoon.  Ever since it was founded in the 16th Century, it has housed one of the most sacred relics of Buddhism – a tooth of Buddha collected from his funeral pyre and which is now protected within the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth.  See the blessing ceremony with all the fanfare, drums, trumpets and brightly coloured Monks performing their rituals.

     Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Kandy – Peradeniya - Kandy

    After breakfast in the hotel visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya.

    Initially a royal park, in 1821 under British rule Peradeniya became a botanical garden. Here, exotic crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and cinchona (quinine) were first tested.  The Botanical gardens are fantastic with an excellent orchid house and a wide variety of plant species from all over the world. 

    In the evening, take a guided tour of the city of Kandy.   Kandy, the old capital of Ceylon, is a charming city set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations.

    Return to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

    After breakfast, checkout from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train.

     One fabulous way of exploring the tea country is to jump aboard the train. The morning railway journey from Kandy to the highlands of Nuwara Eliya, climbing uphill upto 6,000 ft above sea level is one of the greatest rail journeys in the world.

     You will be picked up from Nanu Oya station by the vehicle with your luggage. Just outside Nuwara Eliya, you will visit a tea plantation and a factory.  Here you will learn the process how two fresh tea leaves and a bud are converted in to that fine brown dust we call tea…!

     Check into the Hotel for overnight stay.

  • Nuwara Eliya - Yala

    After breakfast proceed to Yala. You will arrive in Yala in the evening.

     Yala National Park (1,570 sq km) was created in 1938 and is located in the south-eastern corner of the island. Its diverse range of habitats, including scrub jungle, brackish lagoons, lakes and rivers are home to approximately 400 elephants and 120 leopards in addition to wild buffalo, crocodile, wild boar, sambhurs deer, musk deer, black bears, macaques, jackals and a numerous variety of birds.

     Check into the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Yala

    After an early breakfast proceed to Yala National Park accompanied by a tracker.  In the late afternoon you will proceed back to Yala National Park for your second safari.

    Return to hotel for overnight stay

  • Yala - Galle

     After the morning safari, check out of the hotel and proceed to Galle.

     The coastal town of Galle, the capital of the Southern Province, is best known for its impressive fort: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved colonial sea fortress in Asia. The fort was built and modified over 4 centuries; started by the Portuguese in the late 16th century it was later taken over by the Dutch and eventually by the British. Protected within its walls, bastions and ramparts is a complete town with narrow streets, churches and cloistered inner courtyards of shuttered mansions, which clearly bear testament to their colonial past. 

    Arrive in Galle in the late afternoon and check in to the hotel for overnight stay.

  • Galle

    Breakfast in the hotel.  Enjoy the sun, sea and sand…!!

    Overnight stay.

  • Galle - Colombo

    After breakfast checkout and proceed to Colombo.

    Arrive in Colombo and check into Hotel and relax till evening.

    Return to the Hotel for overnight stay.

  • Colombo

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.