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Leopard Trails Game Drive Sri Lanka

Family Holiday to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Culture and beach holiday to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

This memorable family adventure takes you to both Sri Lanka and the Maldives. It is the perfect blend of culture, wildlife and beach. In Sri Lanka, you will absorb the island’s rich heritage in the Cultural Triangle as well as in the Buddhist hill city of Kandy. Enjoy a safari in Sri Lanka’s Wilpattu National Park before jetting off to the idyllic beaches of the Maldives.

Begin in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka in its second largest city, Kandy. You will stay in a serene, hilltop bungalow, Ellerton, but still be close enough to the city’s sights. Visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, housing the relic of the tooth of the Buddha, and see the fascinating UNESCO Dambulla cave temple, which has been a sacred pilgrimage for 22 centuries. You will then head to the area known as the Cultural Triangle, for a stay at Taru Villas Maia, a private and luxurious boutique hotel, the perfect base from which to soak up the surrounding heritage. Make sure that you are up early to climb the unforgettable Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The kids will also love seeing the herds of Asian elephants at Minneriya National Park as well as the monkey city of Polonnaruwa. Conclude your time in Sri Lanka at Leopard Trails Camp in Wilpattu National Park. On jeep safaris, head off in search of leopards, sloth bears, elephants, water buffalo and many bird species. After all the activity, the final stop will be to flop and drop at the family friendly LUX* South Ari Atoll resort. Whether it be treasure hunts, board games at sunset, watersports or snorkelling with the in-house marine biologist there will be plenty of fun bonding time together plus some alone time for parents too.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 2 nights - Ellerton Bungalow, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 3 nights - Taru Villas Maia, Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Leopard Trails Wilpattu, Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 5 nights - LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives
  • Ends - Transfer to Velana International Airport for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Sri Lanka, Maldives
  • Nights Icon 13 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price per person based on a family of 4
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport

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Ellerton Bungalow Aurora Bungalow
Ellerton Bungalow Bathroom
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Day 1 - 3

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be transferred with an approximately 3.5-hour drive to the city of Kandy

  • 2 nights

Ellerton Bungalow
Bed & Breakfast | Aurora Bungalow
Sri Lanka

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Taru Villas Maia Communal Area
Taru Villas Maia Superior Room
Taru Villas Maia Pool Area
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Day 3 - 6

Today you will depart with your drive to Habarana which is approximately 3-hours away.

  • 3 nights

Taru Villas Maia
Half Board | Premier Chalet
Sri Lanka

Taru Villas Maia Premier Chalet
Leopard Trails Dinner
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The Wallawwa Verandah
The Wallawwa Gardens
The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite Plunge Pool
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Day 8

Today you will journey to the Negombo area approximately a 3.5 hour drive to overnight near the airport before your flight to the Maldives the next day.

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Family Suite
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite
Romantic Pool Water Villa
Lux South Ari Atoll Sunset
Ari Atoll Water Villa
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Day 9 - 14

Today you will be returned to the airport for your flight to Male in the Maldives. From here you will travel by seaplane to your island resort.

  • 5 nights

LUX* South Ari Atoll Maldives
Half Board | Beach Villa
Maldives

Lux South Ari Atoll Island Aerial View Water Villa

Day 14

Today you will be returned to Male Airport by boat to catch your international flight home.

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Includes

  • Meals & accommodation as specified
  • Drinks as specified
  • Road transfers as specified
  • Private guiding & chauffeuring
  • All entrance fees and excursions as specified
  • Non-motorised watersports in the Maldives
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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Excluded

  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities/experiences
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  • Birdwatching Icon Birdwatching
  • Boat Trip Icon Boat Trip
  • Cultural Experience Icon Cultural Experience
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Kids Club Icon Kids Club
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Temples Icon Temples
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