7 Nights 8 Days
Embark on a captivating journey to uncover the hidden gems of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Dive into Sri Lanka’s rich tapestry of culture and nature, exploring ancient ruins, lush landscapes, and vibrant cities. Then, escape to the Maldives, where pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and overwater bungalows offer pure paradise. This dual adventure promises a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences.
Arrive in Sri Lanka and guests will be warmly welcomed by the representatives appointed by Jetwing. After breakfast leave for Kandy. On Route visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage – App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo - Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23 babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000- 1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by. Lunch at outside restaurant Thereafter, proceed to Kandy Kandy - 72 Miles from Colombo. Nestled in the mountains 1600ft above sea level is Kandy the living cultural centre of the country. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings until it was finally ceded to the British by agreement in 1815 A.D. Kandy is the most sacred site with the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the ceremonial pageantry-. Audience Hall, remains of the Royal Palace and other buildings, Natha, Vishnu, Pattini & Skanda Devala are some other places of interest. Visit Spice Garden Afternoon Tea with Snack Check in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day leisurely in the hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at Kandy.
After breakfast at the hotel, start your exploration of Kandy Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – When King Wimaladharmasuriya I (1592-1604 A.D.) became King in Kandy; he searched for the Tooth Relic and the bowl Relic of the Buddha and found that it was kept at the Delgomuwa Buddhist Temple at Kuruwita, for more than 44 years, hidden in a grinding stone. The King had gone there personally and brought the Sacred Tooth Relic to Kandy in a procession accompanied by the King. The first Temple of the Tooth Relic was constructed by Wimaladharmasooriya I to house it next to the Royal Palace. The Portuguese burned down the 2-floored building and King Wimaladharma sooriya II (1687-1707) erected a 3- storied building to house the Sacred Tooth Relic. It was burnt down once again and a new 2- storied building was constructed by King Narendra singhe (1707-1739 A.D.) and what we see today may be the building constructed by him.. There are more than 5000 species of trees and plants. Some rare and endemics as well as flora from the tropical World. Spice Garden and Orchid House are popular with tourist’sHakga Afternoon Tea with Snack Dinner & Overnight stay at Kandy.
After breakfast at the hotel, start your tour to Nuwara Eliya En Route Stop at Ramboda Waterfall Situated in the Ramboda area of Nuwara Eliya district, Ramboda falls is one of most popular waterfall in Sri Lanka. Standing at 109m high, Ramboda Falls is and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. Ramboda falls consists of 3 parts called Ihala Ramboda Oya Ella (Upper Ramboda Oya Fall), Ramboda Oya Meda Ella (Middle Fall), and Pahala Ramboda Oya Ella (Lower Ramboda Oya Falls). Main part of the fall is easily visible to Kandy – Nuwara Eliya Road, Making it a popular stop for anyone with a camera. Lunch at outside restaurant Hanuman Temple - On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja’s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman temple. The image of Lord Hanuman here is 16 feet. Visit Tea Factory and Garden. Afternoon Tea with Snack Dinner & Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast at the hotel, continue exploring Nuwara Eliya. Nuwara Eliya City tour by Car Nuwara Eliya – The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers, which bloom in the spring (march to May) and the fall (August and September). It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman's are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size. Afternoon Tea with Snack Dinner & Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast at hotel leave for Colombo. Arrive in Colombo, Lunch at outside restaurant City Tour of Colombo by Car Colombo – Is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbour took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas.
Check-out & leave for Airport to connect with the departure flight. Experience paradise in the Maldives, a breathtaking tropical nation located in the Indian Ocean, consisting of 26 vibrant coral atolls and hundreds of picturesque islands. With its pristine beaches, crystalline lagoons and abundant coral reefs, the Maldives is a true dream destination. Upon arrival, enjoy a warm welcome and transfer to your hotel via a speedy boat. Once checked in, take the time to explore the stunning tropical scenery at your own leisure.
Enjoy your morning today with a scrumptious breakfast while taking in the fresh breeze as you are serenaded by the sound of the waves lapping the beach. Admire the view beyond the horizon of the Indian Ocean and prepare for another day of leisure and exciting optional activities in the Maldives
Following breakfast this morning we must leave our island paradise as we check-out from out hotel and proceed to the airport via speed boat. We hope your tour has ended with sweet and happy memories of worlds beyond your wildest dreams. Treasure all the Beautiful memories with Gama Holidays back to India