DAY 1: Arrival at Colombo. Transfer to Kandy. Enroute Royal Botanical Gardens- Kandy City Tour. Overnight Kandy
On your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport Colombo, our local representative will meet you and transfer you to Kandy (116 Kms from Colombo, which is about 2 hrs drive). Where you will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya. The Royal Botanical Gardens were first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British. The garden spreads over a vast area of 147 acres which has an amazing variety of trees, plants, and flowers. After the Botanical Gardens, do a city tour of Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings and is a World Heritage Site. The name "Kandy" conjures visions of splendor and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions, and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Drive around the Kandy Lake built by the last Sinhala king, Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe in 1798. Visit the Kandy town and bazaar, the arts and crafts center, a gem museum and a lapidary. Also, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy. Thereafter witness a cultural show. Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 2: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Transfer to Colombo. Overnight Colombo
After breakfast, transfer from Kandy to Colombo via Pinnawala. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established in 1975, commenced with seven orphans. Today some of these orphans enjoy the fortune of seeing their grand children born in the same location. The original objective of establishing the orphanage inclined more towards tourism but is soon became a conservation and educational center. With the help of local and foreign elephant experts, Pinnawala started a scientific captive-breeding programme for elephants. The free movement of the herd enhanced the chances for respective individuals of both sexes to get together and mate. The nearby river played a dominant role in this regard, and in 1984, the first baby of Pinnawala was born. The success story of Pinnawala has drawn the attention of scientists from all over the world. A considerable number of books and research articles on Pinnawala have been published in several languages. The members of the Pinnawala herd have been filmed, videoed and photographed thousands of times by professionals. After reaching Colombo, you will go for Morning city & shopping tour of Colombo, whereas many other capital cities in developing countries, you will see that Colombo is also fast changing its face. Almost overnight, skyscrapers arise from where old buildings once stood. Yet in some parts, the old world charm is retained with several British built colonial buildings. Other places of interest are a Hindu and a Buddhist temple, residential areas where you find the stately homes of the affluent, the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall and the old parliament. Also visit House of Fashions, ODEL, Noritake ceramic shop & a local souvenir shop. Evening free at leisure.
Overnight stay in Colombo.
DAY 3: Flight to the Maldives. The overnight Maldives
After breakfast check out from the hotel and take a transfer to Colombo airport for your onward flight to the Maldives.
DAY 4: Maldives. The overnight Maldives
This morning after breakfast, move out to explore the beautiful island beach resort. The Maldives is a paradise for adventures and sports lovers. Go for water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, water surfing, snorkeling, sailing, and parasailing or enjoy beach volleyball and basket ball (on personal expenses) OR why not take our optional tours. Enjoy an island Hopping tour or choose from a morning line-fishing excursion, big game fishing in a speed boat or a night fishing trip, finishing up with a barbeque at the resort to enjoy the catch of the day. Later in the evening return back to the resort for an overnight stay. Check in at the Resort and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Unspoiled palm-fringed tropical islands with white beaches, turquoise lagoons, fantastic coral reefs, and marine life are only part of the appeal of the Maldives. It is a remote and historically fascinating string of low lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean, a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun seekers alike. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 5: Maldives. The overnight Maldives
This morning after breakfast, take an optional tour and wander around Males National museum, located in Sultan's park, which possesses a superb collection of artifacts, including Sultanese thrones and palanquins. Another sight worthy to see is the beautiful century Hukuru - Friday Mosque, the Islamic center topped with a magnificent golden globe. Enjoy browsing through the fish and local markets. Later in the evening return back to the resort for an overnight stay.
DAY 6: Departure
After Breakfast transfer to Airport to connect the departure flight.