Sri Lanka Luxury Holidays

The ‘Sri Lanka -Maldives Tour’ gives you the best experiences of both worlds! It is an interesting tour filled with beautiful, exciting and awe-inspiring destinations and experiences you never knew of. This exciting tour follows an incredible journey and includes the true essence of Sri Lanka’s key attractions – ancient cities, temples, ruins, cultural sites, scenic routes and wildlife, and also transporting you to a true beach paradise on the white sandy shores of Maldives. Prepare yourself for the ultimate travel plunge to lands of unforgettable experiences, whilst you witness a fantastic blend of history, culture, traditions, architecture and landscapes at each of our picked destinations. You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind Sri Lankan experience as you will see the mist capped peaks of the central hills, pristine valleys weaving through lush green mountains, learn the historical past of the magnificent temples and colossal statues, rock climbs to explore caves, admire the spectacular panoramic views, embark on an adrenaline-packed jeep safari into the wilderness and much more. The Maldives awaits you with its pristine blue beaches, lagoons, extensive reefs and more delights! This tour showcases a bounty of spectacular destinations and scenic attractions, each with a story of its own. Embark on our carefully curated tour with signature experiences from start to finish, exclusively designed with you in mind.

  • 08 Days 07 Nights
Itinerary

Soon after you touchdown in Sri Lanka, an NKAR representative will welcome you at the airport. Here’s to an exciting tour ahead, and your first destination is Negombo – a key fishing town on the Western Coast of Sri Lanka.
After a 30 mins drive, you will arrive at your hotel to check-in and then proceed for a mouth-watering Sea food dinner by the beach.

After the delectable dinner, enjoy a relaxing stay at a cozy hotel in Negombo.

Overnight stay in Negombo

After breakfast, you will be leaving for an exciting boat ride through the Negombo lagoon weaving through the mangroves and visit an exciting coastal destination called ‘Lellama’.
You can delight to picture a morning settled with misty dew, spectacular view of thousands of colourful fishing boats, the buzzing fishing communities, the iconic fish market that sells an extensive variety of fresh fish caught for that day and also try your luck in fishing!
Thereafter, you will proceed to Habarana
En-route to Habarana you will see the urban and sub-urban living styles, sprawling grasslands, varied vegetation, roadside boutiques and rustic country life. You will then visit the Awkana statue – a masterpiece of a massive standing Buddha statue, where you will learn the history behind its creation. Several legends are linked with the origins of this statue and the ‘Raswehera Buddha statue’, the two standing colossal buddha statues. One of the stories says that the two statues were created as the result of a competition between a master sculptor and his pupil.
Finally, you will conclude your day by checking into your hotel in Habarana for dinner followed by an overnight stay.

Overnight stay in Habarana

Kickstart your day with breakfast before you begin on the Polonnaruwa Medieval City Tour by bicycle, exploring the historic city and the second capital of Sri Lanka dating back to the 11th & 12th centuries AD.
At this World Heritage Site, you will witness the ruins of the Royal Palace, statues of King Parakramabahu, the spanning Parakrama Samudraya and much more.
After immersing yourself in the historical past of Sri Lanka, you will engage in a village culinary tour to experience the authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.
You will engage in preparing your village lunch together with village folks, where you will also meet and interact with the village families as they share their lifestyles and stories with you so that you can feel the pulse of the rural people and the village life of Sri Lanka. You will also learn how fresh ingredients are sourced from the surroundings and see how lunch is cooked using firewood.
After relishing the freshly cooked Sri Lankan style lunch (traditional rice, lentils, fresh vegetables, fried fish and more) served on a lotus leaf, you will bid farewell to the villagers and evening proceed to Kaudulla, Minneriya or Eco Park for an adventurous afternoon jeep safari,

Main highlight being the Elephant Gathering which is believed to be the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world and takes place during the dry season from June to October when the rivers dry up and the elephants are forced to travel to large reservoirs in Minneriya, Kaudulla or Eco Park to find drinking water, rest of the period visit Kaudulla, Minneriya or Eco Park to experience the rumble in the jungle of elephants. This is a thrilling sight and experience, plus a memory to cherish for the rest of your life.
After an exhilarating 3-hour safari in the wilds, you will drive to your hotel in Habarana, to check-in for dinner and an overnight stay.

Overnight stay in Habarana

Your day starts early today, with the climb to the country’s most famous and iconic rock fortress – Sigiriya.
Recognized from miles away, the soaring ‘Lion Rock’ is an archeological wonder and a testament of Sri Lanka’s city planning, water gardens, engineering and fortification in the 5th century AD. The rock peak is home to an incredible blue-green landscape with lush green gardens and advanced irrigation systems. Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO, you will be thrilled to see the beautiful frescoes and the fascinating mirror wall of the rock fortress. It is undoubtedly the most treasured historical monument in Sri Lanka. Once you climb down the rock fortress, you can enjoy your packed picnic breakfast under a nice shady grove.
After absorbing the majestic view, you will proceed to the ‘Hill Capital’ – Kandy
On the way to Kandy, you will visit the Moragahakanda Dam
The Moragahakanda Dam is a high gravity dam with a height of 65 meters and is created with an active storage capacity of 521,000,000 cubic meters, and is four times bigger than the gigantic Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa. The dam is also used for irrigation, water supply, inland fishing and power generation.
Thereon transfer to visit a traditional village in Wasgamuwa and actively support a cause against human-elephant conflict,
First visit the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) to be greeted by a traditional greenish orange drink presented by villagers. After a brief presentation of approx. 15mins hop into the jeeps and head into the heart of the Village where you will witness the hardships faced by poor villagers daily owing mainly to the human-elephant conflict. At the point the villagers welcome the visitors, where they could walk around and enjoy the surroundings of the village and then do the distribution of orange plants to the relevant household at the village temple or school.
Then you will actively engage in an orange tree-planting session around the village – a tree that is believed to keep away wild elephants from entering the village and destroying crops of farmers. Each person will plant one orange plant. Planting holes or planting pits will be all dugged and prepared. (During the extreme dry season which is from July to September planting trees cannot be done. During this period, the activities would be helping with irrigation, fertilizing, plants and tree inspection)
Then walk into a traditional house for a fascinating Sri Lankan meal carefully and deliciously prepared by local hands.
After lunch, you will continue the roads along the towering mountains passing lush grasslands bursting into bloom and Lankan damsels selling king coconuts by the sideway. Take an occasional peek out of the window and you will see mist-covered landscapes studded with pools of cool waters, strolling wildlife, windy brown streets and an abundance of lush greenery. Consider yourself lucky if you happen to see a passing elephant or any other wildlife across the road during your travel and do not forget to capture the breath-taking view of the Knuckles range.
Take a slight de tour to visit The Mahiyanganaya Temple – the first stupa built in Sri Lanka during the era of Lord Buddha. It is believed to be the site of Gautama Buddha’s first visit to the country, and is one of the Solosmasthana, the 16 sacred religious locations in Sri Lanka

You will be travelling and zigzagging through the famous ‘18-hair-pin-bends’ road which will be a thrilling journey for you to reach the Hill Capital Kandy.

Check – in at the Hotel and Relax

Dinner and Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.

Today you will embark on a city tour in Kandy (after breakfast) to visit The Sacred Tooth Relic temple – Kandy‘s key attraction and symbol of sovereignty enshrined in great splendour.
The Esala Perahera held in August each year is a must-see, and this spectacular pageant honours the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. After visiting the tooth relic temple, you will drive around the iconic Kandy lake admiring the serene and stunning landscape merged with the beauty of nature.

Next, you will visit the famous Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, a magnificent 57-hectare garden that treasures the best of tropical flora, aromatic spices and rare medicinal herbs.
Delight in a lunch under the shady orchards while engrossing in the beauty of nature before engaging in the Kandy City Tour and shopping. During this tour, you will see the key highlights of the hill capital and shop to your heart’s content.

In the evening you will witness a colourful cultural show with an exciting agenda of traditional Sri Lankan dances and pageantry.
You will be captivated by the vibrant event filled with colourful costumes, graceful dances and oriental music, making it an unforgettable experience. After dinner, you can unwind into the night at a local pub, where you will get the perfect opportunity to mingle with the locals and see and experience the local nightlife and happenings firsthand. You will party your way into the night to the lively reggae played at the pub, followed by a dinner with a balcony view of the city and an overnight stay in Kandy.

Dinner and Overnight stay at a hotel in Kandy.

You will begin your day with breakfast, before leaving for the Kandy railway station.
You will take an epic train ride to Nanu Oya (subject to availability) which is a breathtakingly scenic 3-4 hour train trip. The train journey weaving through the scenic hill country is one of the most beautiful explorations in Sri Lanka. From the edge of soaring mountains, you will oversee the branching valleys from the mist capped mountains, sloping lush green tea plantations, villages dotted with houses, thick forests and whooshing waterfalls. Continue the drive till Nuwara Eliya and once you reach the city, you will check into hotel and relax till evening.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country and is one of the most important locations for tea cultivation and is well known for its chilly climate and for being the coolest area in the tropical island. The city still preserves its ancient charm with its well-maintained colonial buildings and private homes with English-style lawns and blooming gardens making the city called little England.
In the evening, after enjoying the breezy walk via the Nuwara Eliya City and around the famous Gregory lake, relish in a local cocktail prepared by your own chauffeur whilst admiring the lovely landscape of lake Gregory and colonial buildings with blooming gardens.
You will then have dinner followed by a comfortable overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Nuwara Eliya.

En-route you will visit Devon Falls and St.Clair’s falls.
Devon Falls also known as the ‘Veil of the valley’, is one of the most beautiful cascades of Sri Lanka located close to the Talawakelle town. It is named after a pioneer English coffee planter called Devon, whose plantation was close by to the waterfall. St.Clair’s falls is one of the widest falls in the country.These waterfalls are a striking sight to see and do not forget to capture as many pictures you can.
Optional: You can engage in white water rafting in Kitulgala on the way to Colombo.
For all adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts, this is the most sort after destination in Sri Lanka for white water rafting, bird watching, boating, trekking and hiking. You can enjoy a thrilling experience over the turbulent waters and take back home an unforgettable memory for a lifetime!
You will continue to drive to Colombo, and once you reach the city you will visit the beautifully landscaped ‘Diyatha Uyana Park’ to spend the evening, followed by a delicious dinner at the iconic Water’s Edge Hotel.
After dinner, you will check in and enjoy a comfortable stay in a hotel in Colombo.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Colombo.

Today is your last day on the paradise isle.
Indulge in a lavish spread of breakfast before proceeding to the airport for departure. This brings you to the end of an exciting, fun-filled and memorable adventure in Sri Lanka!

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Special Trip Notes
  • If your next country of visit is the Maldives,
  • you can choose from a range of luxurious beach bungalows and villas offering bright rooms, breathtaking views of the blue ocean, blooming gardens and fantastic resort facilities including dining, bars and relaxing spa treatments. You can choose your Maldives package depending on the number of days you wish to stay.
  • Package 01: Stay at Adaaran Club Rannalhi for 3N
  • Package 02: Stay at Adaaran SELECT Hudhuranfushi for 3N
  • Package 03: Stay at Kuramathi Maldives for 4N
  • Package 04: Stay at Angsana Ihuru for 3N
  • Package 05: Stay at Grand Park Kodhipparu for 3N
  • You will enjoy the unrivalled luxury, stunning white sandy beaches, and an amazing underwater world of colourful fishes at Maldives. It is the ultimate choice for a true beach holiday!
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