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Sri Lanka & Maldives Family Holiday

This itinerary is the ideal tonic for a family torn between an indulgent relaxing holiday and the desire to explore. The Maldives combine easily with Sri Lanka, so you can have a week of exploring, before settling down to Island pace in the Maldives. In Sri Lanka, climb the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya , track leopards and pick tea in the beautiful hill country. After all that adventure you'll be able to truly embrace Island life in the Maldives.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

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Itinerary

Overview


  • One Week adventure in Sri Lanka with private driver

  • Game drives and safari camp in Wilpattu National Park

  • Stay in a country estate & tea plantation

  • Climb the incredible ancient fort of Sigiriya

  • Private car and driver in Sri Lanka allows your family the maximum flexibility to explore at your own pace

  • Finish with a week in the Maldives in a luxurious all inclusive resort

Day-by-day

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND RELAXING OVERNIGHT IN KOTUGODA (30MINS DRIVE)
On arrival at the airport you will be met by a chauffeur and make the brief 20-30 minute transfer to your hotel in Kotugoda. Spend a night in the luxurious family suite at the Wallawwa hotel, a delightful country house property with well-manicured gardens, croquet and a lovely swimming pool.
Accommodation: The Wallawwa Hotel (BB)

DAY 2: WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK (3.5H DRIVE)
Wilpattu National Park offers excellent leopard, sloth bear and bird-spotting opportunities. You’ll safari twice daily aboard our Toyota Land Cruisers, customized for your comfort. On arrival enjoy an al fresco lunch in camp before heading out on a late afternoon game drive.
Accommodation: Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris Wilpattu (All Inclusive)

DAY 3: WILPATTU NATIONAL PARK
Game drives take place in the cooler hours of the morning and late afternoon when the chances of spotting wildlife are at their best. Expert driver-guides know the parks inside out and will take you to the best spots for spotting elephants, leopards, crocodiles and sloth bears. In the evening enjoy a drink by the camp fire and evening meal amidst the sounds of the jungle.
Accommodation: Noel Rodrigo's Leopard Safaris Wilpattu (All Inclusive)

DAY 4: CULTURAL TRIANGLE (2HRS DRIVE) - SIGIRIYA
Enjoy the scenic 4 ½ hour transfer through meandering roads and villages to the Cultural Triangle. Steeped in ancient history, this area is home to the remnants of powerful ancient cities established thousands of years ago by Sri Lanka’s many kings, with plenty of temples and holy sites to observe en route. In the cool of the evening, enjoy an informative, privately-guided excursion to the impressive Sigiriya. Note that it’s a steep 1 ½ – 2 ½ hour climb to the top (depending on walking speed), but there are plenty of gardens for children to explore at the base. Light clothing, sun cream, and a hat are recommended. Return to the hotel in time for dinner.
Accommodation: Cinnamon Lodge (BB)

DAY 5: CULTURAL TRIANGLE - POLONNARUWA & ELEPHANTS
Spend the morning enjoying a privately-guided tour around Polonnaruwa. This once thriving religious and commercial centre boasts ruins, statues and stupas rising majestically out of the dense jungle, and houses an informative archaeological museum. Explore the site by vehicle or on foot, and do come prepared for the heat. While young children might not follow the guide’s commentary, there is plenty of space for them to run around in. Enjoy lunch at the historical Lake House on the shores of Pakarama Reservoir, followed by a 1 ½ to 2 hour game drive through either Minneriya, Eco, or Kaudulla National Park, depending on the season of your visit. If you are lucky and in season, there is the chance to see the massive gathering of elephants in Minneriya. Return to Cinnamon Lodge for a second comfortable night’s rest.
Accommodation: Cinnamon Lodge (BB)

DAY 6: TEA COUNTRY (3HRS DRIVE) - VIA KANDY BOTANICAL GARDENS AND TEMPLE
On route to the tea country, we'll stop in Kandy and enjoy a private, leisurely 1 ½ hour guided walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, accompanied by a botanist. Sri Lanka’s largest botanical gardens have acres of open spaces for children to explore. After lunch we include a short 1 hour walking tour of the bustling markets and streets of vibrant Kandy town, a UNESCO world heritage site and gateway to the ‘Tea Country’. Afterwards, enjoy a refreshing cup of tea at the historic Queens Hotel. Before dinner, visit the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth, renowned for housing the relic of the tooth of Buddha, and as such a sacred destination for pilgrims for thousands of years. From Kandy it is a 60 minute drive on to your stunning hotel in the hills
Accommodation: Rosyth House Country Estate (BB)

DAY 7: TEA COUNTRY
Situated conveniently on route to Colombo, Rosyth Estate is an elegant colonial planter’s bungalow set in a 62 acre private tea and rubber estate with beautiful mountain views. Explore the estate, visit the local tea factory, chill by the pool or take in the stunning views. The estate contains walking trails, there are mountain biking routes and our staff will be happy to suggest places to walk or to guide you through the tea terraces, rubber plantation and down to the paddy fields. Down in the bottom of the estate discover the old rubber presses and smoke house, where on a hot day, you can cool down in the small waterfall.
Accommodation: Rosyth House Country Estate (BB)

DAY 8: RETURN TO COLOMBO (2 HRS DRIVE) AND FLY TO MALDIVES
Atmosphere Kanifushi offers a good value all premium all inclusive and is set in a stunning lagoon in the sparsely populated Lhaviyani Atol. There are plenty of activities available including the massive swimming pool, tennis courts, volleyball, table tennis, gym, spa, snorkelling and diving. For families there is a kids club and daily sports activities for young adults. Stand-up paddle boards, dingy sailing and windsurfing is included, with various paid lessons available and a PADI dive center.
Accommodation: Atmosphere Kanifushi (All Inclusive)

DAY 8 - 15: MALDIVES
Accommodation: Atmosphere Kanifushi (All Inclusive)

DAY 15: DEPART

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

The Wallawwa

Colombo & Around

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Characterful, historic manor house
- Day trips to Colombo
- Close to Negombo beach
- Elephant sanctuary visits

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Game drives, lovely natural surroundings
- High standard of tented accommodation
- Photography lessons, cookery classes
- Birdwatching, nature walks, stargazing

Cinnamon Lodge

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Peaceful, high-end resort
- Close to Minneriya National Park
- Superb elephant encounters
- Tennis courts, large pool and spa

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded colonial property with superb views
- Pool, restaurant, yoga sala, spa
- Guided nature walks, mountain biking
- Community visits, tea factory excursions

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Sophisticated, top-notch all-inclusive resort
- Stand-alone villas with good level of privacy
- One of the largest resorts in the Maldives
- Sunset fishing, snorkelling, diving, spa

Details

Getting there

From the UK
Flights London - Colombo - Maldives - London are often only a little more expensive than return flights to Sri Lanka with costs typically around £800 - £1,200 per person depending on seasonality and demand. . Sri Lankan Airlines, Etihad and Emirates usually have the best options on this route. Please get in touch for a detailed quote including International Flights from the UK.

From the US
Emirates or Etihad are usually the best option for this routing. Again, costs are only a little higher than a return to Sri Lanka from the US, so combining with Maldives can make a lot of sense. Prices for the three flights range from between $1,000 - $1,500 per person. Please get in touch for a detailed quote including International Flights from the US.

Price includes

The quoted price includes a private driver and vehicle in Sri Lanka along with all accommodation (varying board basis) and guided tours mentioned in the itinerary. The price also includes one week in the Maldives on an all inclusive basis.

Flight prices vary significantly and guidance is given separately on their costs. Please get in touch for an accurate quote.

When is best?

JANUARY - APRIL
Hot and Dry Peak Season
January to April is peak season with hot, sunny and dry weather throughout. It is a perfect time of year for the Coast, and the higher altitudes of the hill country offer a cool respite from the heat. April in particular can be very hot.

MAY - JUNE
SW Monsoon
Monsoon Season in Galle & SW Sri Lanka. During May and June, the South West ofo Sri Lanka (e.g. Colombo, Galle, Tangalle) are affected by monsoon rains during this period. Not as severe as the name suggests, rainfall tends to be short and heavy and passes through quickly.

JULY - AUGUST
Hot and Mostly Dry High Season
Falling between the two monsoon seasons, July and August tend to be hot and dry with the odd shower and after January - April, the next most popular time of year to visit Sri Lanka. West and South Coast beaches tend in the main to be too rough for swimming at this time of year.

OCTOBER, NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
NE Monsoon
The monsoon from the North East affects the whole of Sri Lanka with often heavy rain, albeit rather unpredictable in timing and intensity. The least popular time for visiting Sri Lanka. The monsoons have usually receded come December and it can be a pleasant time of year to visit with sparkling green scenery.

Is it for me?

This holiday has a lovely pace and we think would suit most families. the big compromise here is only having one week in Sri Lanka which is enough to experience Sri Lanka but does necessitate some compromise. We have included the main highlights of Sri Lanka with Sigiriya, Kandy and the tea country. The biggest absence is arguably missing out on the charming historic Coastal City of Galle, but this is palatable when considering the reward is a week in the Maldives!

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

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  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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