Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure
ID: Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure
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  Winter, Summer
13 nights

Description

Day 1Negombo


Arrive at any time.


There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.


The tour begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your assistance  will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.


Day 2Negombo/Kandy


Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth.


Private Vehicle

Negombo – Kandy


Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.


Spice Plantation Tour

Kandy1h-1h30m


Visit the herbal centre of spices for an interactive session with students of Ayurveda. Learn all about the medicinal uses of various herbs used by the people of Sri Lanka in their massages and treatments.


Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café

Stop for a delicious traditional Sri Lankan lunch prepared by Sthree Craft Shop and Café. This social enterprise offers opportunities for local women and youth living with disabilities, through handicraft and hospitality training.


Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour

Kandy1h 1km


Enjoy a tour of the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important relic – a tooth of Lord Buddha kept in a well-preserved golden casket. Learn about the importance of this site from local guides.


Be swept away by an entertaining performance that will provide insight into the local culture in Kandy.


Day 3Kandy


Explore Kandy with a free day.


Free Time

Kandy Full Day


Get out and explore more of Kandy.


Day 4Kandy/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 G Adventures-supported AMBA estate, an organic farm and guest house.


Livelihood opportunities in the valley of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka are limited for low income community members. Many rely on agricultural work, especially in the tea plantations, which can be arduous with little financial gain. Amba Estate came to the area with the purpose of promoting economic growth through their organic tea plantation, paying fair wages, sharing their profits with their workers, and creating opportunities for growth. Having established its place in the travel market, Amba is now ready to support community cooperatives as a means of better spreading the income of tourism throughout the valley.


Planeterra is working alongside Amba Estate by supporting the initial investment for the first community-led microenterprise that will work in partnership with Amba. Planeterra’s catalyst grant covers the equipment, training and setup costs for a group of six women to formally become a chutney co-operative. The chutney will be sold back to Amba Estate for travellers to consume, as well as sold to guests and in markets throughout Sri Lanka. G Adventures travellers began visiting Amba in July 2018. They now have the opportunity to eat the delicious chutneys, meet the women and see how it’s made!


Private Vehicle

Kandy – Nuwara Eliya3h80km


Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.


Private Vehicle

Nuwara Eliya – Haputale1h30m


Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.


Your G for Good Moment: AMBA Estate

Tucked into the hills of Ella Rock, Amba Estate is an organic tea plantation that provides the local community with meaningful employment opportunities and fair wages. During your two-night stay at Amba Estate, you'll learn about traditional hand-rolling techniques used in tea production along with preparing (and eating) delicious local food.


Day 5Ella


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.


Free Time

Ella Afternoon


Discover all Ella has to offer with a free afternoon.


Tea Plantation Tour

Ella


Learn about one of Sri Lanka’s most exported commodities with a visit to a local tea plantation. Meet a local tea expert who will enlighten you on how the leaves are harvested and processed. Enjoy a taste of pure Sri Lankan tea direct from the factory, and experience a cup of truly fresh tea from one of the world’s most renowned tea regions.


Your G for Good Moment: AMBA Estate

Tucked into the hills of Ella Rock, Amba Estate is an organic tea plantation that provides the local community with meaningful employment opportunities and fair wages. During your two-night stay at Amba Estate, you'll learn about traditional hand-rolling techniques used in tea production along with preparing (and eating) delicious local food.


Day 6Ella/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.


Private Vehicle

Ella – Udawalawe National Park2h


Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.


Udawalawe Reserve Safari

Udawalawe National Park3h-4h 45km


Drive through this massive nature reserve and keep an eye out for the mighty Sri Lankan elephants – they live in abundance here and often wander along the road. Make several stops to observe these beautiful animals.


Day 7Udawalawe 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.


Local bus

Unawatuna – Galle


Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.


Galle Fort and City Tour

Galle


Visit the Galle Fort, a 16th-century fort first built by the Portuguese, and later occupied by the Dutch. The ramparts are still standing even after being battered by Mother Nature, including the 2004 tsunami. Explore more of the beautiful capital, taking in the Dutch architecture and lively atmosphere. The Dutch Hospital shopping complex is a great place to scoop up some souvenirs.


Local bus

Galle – Unawatuna30m-45m


Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.


Day 8Unawatuna/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.


You will be met by airport representatives who will transfer you to the Malé town waterfront to meet our boat captain and crew. Once settled into our cabins, we will depart.


Cruise south for 2-3 hours through the Vaadhoo Canal to a nearby island in South Malé Atoll; probably Guraidhoo, a small inhabited island where the plan is to moor in (or just outside) the small harbour for the first night on board.


Private Vehicle

Unawatuna – Colombo


Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.


Plane

Colombo – Male Morning


11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni

Male – South Malé Atoll2h-3h


Climb aboard this traditional Maldivian fishing boat and float on to the next stop.


Days 9–13South 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 opt.


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.


Cruise to the southernmost point of South Malé Atoll before crossing the channel into Felidhu Atoll. The main industry here is fishing and there is typically an opportunity to see traditional boat-building on at least one of the islands.


Snorkelling in the Maldives

The Maldives offer some of the most amazing snorkelling and marine life viewing opportunities in the world. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. 70 different species of colourful coral reefs make up the flora of this underwater city, with more than 700 species of fish and other marine life taking the role of the fauna. Snorkelling is one of the simplest ways to experience this impressive world under the water.


Felidhu Island Visit

Felidhu


Stroll the quaint streets of the island of Felidhu, the capital of Felidhu Atoll. This small island is home to beautiful beaches and a local souvenir shop or two.


Bodu Mora Island Visit

Felidhu Atholhu


Experience one of the Maldives uninhabited islands, with a visit to stunning Bodu Mora. The island's stretch of idyllic beach is home to lush palm trees, soft sands, and crystal clear blue waters.


Free Time

Felidhu Atholhu


Relax on the sundeck, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, go for a swim, have a cocktail, or read a book. Free time is yours to enjoy!


Maldives Dhoni

South Malé Atoll – Felidhu Atholhu


Climb aboard this Maldivian boat and float on to the next stop.


Fulidhoo Island Visit & Bodu Beru Performance

Fulidu


Spend time with the local community and see their way of life. Enjoy an evening performance of Bodu Beru, the traditional folk music of the country. Bodu beru means "big drum" and involves a group of people sitting and singing to the rhythmical beat of drums.


Day 14South Malé Atoll/Male


In the morning, make the short crossing to Malé. The tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport.


 

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Water sports
  • Tennis court(s)
  • Golf course
  • Restaurant
  • Night Club
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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Booking terms

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please Note:
• The rates quoted above are based on the mentioned hotels or similar.
• The above rates are net and include government taxes.
• These rates are subject to change without prior notice in the event government changes the tax policy, or if the hotels change their rates, or for situations beyond our control.
• These rates are applicable for tour operators/travel agents working with us, in Sri Lanka.
• All hotel classifications are as per Amith Tours classifications.
• Confirmation of hotels will be subject to availability at the time of final confirmation.
• Meal plan will be on booked basis.
• Half Board will be from arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast.
• Rerouting, change of order in the visits etc., will be done if found necessary in the best interest of the clients.
• We will make every effort to be , when the temples etc are open, how ever in the event of closure we will not be responsible.

Other Conditions:
• Optional excursions and additional services could be provided for which we will charge additionally.
• Visits to wild life parks, adventure activities, etc will be at client's own risk.
• Payment by credit cards will be subject to 3% bank charges.

Cancellation charges (Sri Lanka):
• Within 07 - 00 days - 100% cancellation charge.
• Within 14 - 08 days - 75% cancellation charge.
• Within 21-15 days - 50% cancellation charge.

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