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Sri Lanka and Maldives – Culture, Tea and Beach

Enchanting Sri Lanka and Maldives – Culture, Tea and Beach

This unique vacation combines two beautiful islands. Experience Sri Lanka’s cultural highlights, journey by vintage train to the picturesque Tea Country and discover the island paradise of Baros in the Maldives.

Begin in Sri Lanka, and after a night in the capital city of Colombo, you will journey to the Buddhist hill city of Kandy staying at The Kandy House. This is a unique ancestral manor house, set in a lush, tropical garden setting close to the sights. During your stay, you will visit the Temple of the Tooth, housing the relic of the tooth of the Buddha, and embark on an evening walk through the backroads of the city. Here you will also get the opportunity to trek through the remote agricultural village of Heeloya and meet the locals. It’s then onto a vintage train where you will journey through the Tea Country and to the mountain retreat of Haputale. Your accommodation, Thotalagala is a restored tea planter’s bungalow with 7 suites. Tour the 1890 gem of a tea factory, hike up to the panoramic Lipton’s Seat and take tea in the garden of Sir Thomas Lipton’s own, unchanged bungalow. Finally, you will journey to the legendary Baros Maldives, one of the region's iconic resorts. Expect a natural island paradise with swaying palms over pristine white sand beaches and an exquisite lagoon and house reef that can be explored directly from the beach. Luxurious rooms, gourmet dining, watersports, spa treatments, and complete relaxation will be the order of the day.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 1 night - Uga Residence, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - The Kandy House, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 3 nights - Thotalagala, Tea Country, Sri Lanka
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 5 nights - Baros, Maldives
  • Ends - Transfer to Velana International Airport for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Sri Lanka, Maldives
  • Nights Icon 12 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Includes flights from JFK
Itinerary Details

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport

UGA Residence Pool
UGA Residence Bar
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Day 1

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night

Uga Residence
Bed & Breakfast | Park Suite
Sri Lanka

UGA Residence Residence Suite
The Kandy House Bathroom 2
The Kandy House Exterior
The Kandy House Pool
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Day 2 - 4

Today you will journey with your private driver to the city of Kandy about a 3.5-hour drive away.

  • 2 nights

The Kandy House
Bed & Breakfast | Deluxe Room
Sri Lanka

The Kandy House The Sunbeam Room
Thotalagala property view
Thotalagala Cigar room
Thotalagala Verandah View
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Day 4 - 7

Today your driver will take you on the approximately 3-hour drive to Nanu Oya and from here you will take a train to Haputale with a duration of 2-hours.

  • 3 nights

Thotalagala
Bed & Breakfast | Junior Suite
Sri Lanka

Thotalagala James Taylor Room
The Wallawwa verandah
The Wallawwa gardens
The Wallawwa pool
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Day 7

Today you will be taken to Kotugoda close to the airport for an overnight before your flight tomorrow. This journey will be around 5-hours.

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Garden Suite
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite
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Baros aerial view
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Day 8 - 13

Today you will be returned to the airport to catch your flight to Male Airport in the Maldives. On arrival you will take a speedboat to Baros.

  • 5 nights
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Baros Maldives
Half Board | Deluxe Villa
Maldives

Water pool villa

Day 13

Today you will be returned to Male International Airport by speedboat transfer. Here you will connect with your international flight home.

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Includes

  • Meals and accommodation as speicifed
  • Drinks and specified
  • Road transfers as specified
  • Private guiding & chauffeuring
  • Speedboat transfers in the Maldives
  • All entrance fees and excursions as specified
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratituities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities / experiences
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  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Wellness Spa Icon Wellness/Spa
  • Museum 2 Museum
  • Train Journeys Icon Train Journeys
  • Tea Plantations Icon Tea Plantations
  • Markets Icon Markets
  • Temples Icon Temples
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