13-Day Sri Lanka and the Maldives Honeymoon
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion Rock)
- Visit the historical and cultural Anuradhapura
- Enjoy the romantic beaches on the island of the Maldives
- Experience a wonderful train journey along the coastline
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- Day 1
Your chauffeur guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel in Negombo, a sea town renowned for fishing industry with 20 minutes’ driving away from the airport. Check in and have a good rest for the coming tour.
- Day 2
You are recommended to get up early and stroll around the Negombo Fish Market, where you can catch the scene that local fishermen return from fishing with big and all kinds of fishes. Later, drive about 5 hours to Anuradhapura, which is the capital city of North Central Province and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Day 3
Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It was considered sacred to the Buddhist world. You will visit the Abhayagiri complex, the historical Sri Maha Bodhi, and then move to the Thuparamaya, which is an ancient Buddhist temple containing the earliest Dagoba.
In the late afternoon, set off to Sigiriya and the whole driving time will be about 2 hours. Check in upon your arrival and enjoy the rest of the day as your free time.
- Day 4
Start a journey to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion Rock), which is a marvel that baffles even modern-day architects. It is renowned for its 5th century pre-Christian frescoes as well.
In the afternoon, explore the rural Sri Lanka by a visit to the village of Hiriwadunna. Travel deep into the countryside by a jeep or a tuk tuk, and all along the way you will see paddy fields and vegetable plantations. Later, sail to the other side of a lake by a catamaran for the stunning sunset.
- Day 5
Get picked up for the transfer to the Dambulla Cave Temple, consisting of five cave temples carved under a very large overhanging rock. The temple is still functional and remains the best-preserved ancient edifice in Sri Lanka.
After that, take a 3.5 hours’ drive to Kandy. Make a stopover en route for visiting a spice garden and enjoying a 15 minutes’ complimentary Ayurveda Massage. As soon as you arrive in Kandy, watch an attractive traditional Kandyan cultural dance. Move to the nearby Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic afterwards. Admire the most important Buddhist relic of Sri Lanka and other smaller temples, shrines and museums around the main temple.
- Day 6
Today, you will have a chance to encounter a mass of plants that you could not name. Visit the Royal Botanical Garden situated in Peradeniya, which is Sri Lanka’s largest botanic garden. You will see a fine collection of orchids, a stately avenue of royal palms, the extraordinary, aptly named cannonball fruit tree and 40m-high Burma bamboo.
This afternoon is free for your own arrangement and exploration. Having a walk around the Kandy Lake is absolutely a good choice.
- Day 7
Go sightseeing at the Garagama Tea Estate for a better understanding of Ceylon tea. You will visit a tea factory and witness how tea is produced. Taste a cup of tea before driving to Galle. It will take around 6 hours on the road. Check in after arrival and enjoy the remaining time of the day.
- Day 8
Today, walk around the Galle Fort (Dutch Fort), which is a fortification first built by the Portuguese and reinforced by the Dutch a few years later. The unique architecture, with the interaction of European architecture and South Asian traditions, makes it a World Heritage Site. In the evening, you can step into a local restaurant for autochthonic cuisine as dinner.
- Day 9
Start a 3-4 hours’ train journey from Galle to Colombo along the spectacular Indian Ocean coastline. Your local chauffeur guide will meet you and take you for a city sightseeing tour. You will visit the Independence Square, the Gangaramaya Temple, the Galle Face Green, Colombo National Museum and the former British Administrative Center. This evening, have a good rest for the next day’s flight trip to the Maldives.
Overnight: Colombo .
- Day 10
The morning is at your leisure until being transferred to the airport for your flight to Male, the capital of the Maldives. Upon arrival, the representative of your resort will pick you up, and then you will take a speedboat or seaplane to your resort on one of the Maldivian islands.
- Day 11
The next two days will be free for your own relaxation. You can enjoy lying on the white beaches, trying some watersports or viewing the breathtaking seascape from your resort.
- Day 12
Continue your beach holidays. Feel free to do anything on your wish list related to the seaside.
- Day 13
Depart for the airport in Male for your flight back home. Have a nice trip!
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