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Sink Into Total Bliss and Relaxation with This Beach and Island Tour Holiday

4.0 stars

maldives + sri lanka

The Experience

Escape to utter paradise to the stunning Bandos Maldives, where serenity, relaxation and luxury are not 'optional extras'. Bathe in the warm waters off this beautiful island, which is literally surrounded with soft golden beaches where you can escape the trappings of the modern world. As like many of the islands in the Maldives, the diving experience is second to none, however, Bandos Maldives is well known for its excellent hospitality and ideal for romantic couples or families alike. Although you'll be staying on an island, its fully equipped and actually feels a lot larger than it really is. The accommodation ranges from beautifully functional to the exceptionally stunning and the island also offers a range of bars and restaurants with live entertainment in the evenings to ensure you're holidays is one to cherish forever. A truly once in a life time holiday experience that can't be missed. From the Maldives, you'll finish your holiday with a Grand Tour of Sri Lanka, where you'll get to visit some of the most amazing sites on this beautiful island. You'll be met by one of our representatives at the airport, who will make you feel welcome and be on hand should you have any questions or problems during your stay. The guides are all English speaking locals who have great local knowledge of the area and of its history, adding to your holiday experience.

Why we love this holiday £400 off
  • Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is Sri Lanka
  • Step out from your luxury Jacuzzi Pool Villa straight out onto the beach!
  • Enjoy hospitality that goes the extra mile to make your stay extra special
Selected dates between 10-Jul-2017 and 31-Oct-2018; Based on a 14 night stay leaving from Heathrow

 Included flights

 UK Departure

  • Departs: london
  • Arrives: male, Maldives

 Internal

  • Departs: male, Maldives
  • Arrives: colombo, Sri Lanka

 Return Flight

  • Departs: colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Arrives: london
 Day 2 to 8

Bandos Island Resort

4 stars
  • Classic Room
  • Half Board
  • Explore A Whole New World
  • Relaxing Experience At Orchid Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in All Rooms

The island of Bandos is a perfect setting for that romantic getaway or those two weeks of bliss away from work. The sense of calm and serenity the island emanates is truly otherworldly. The gentle lull of the sea, the whistling breeze, and the rustling of the palm fronds on the beach will help transcend you from the hurly-burly rigours of daily life.

The aural feast, complimented by an all colourful visual one, where the turquoise of the lagoon, the lush green vegetation, the pearl white beaches, azure blue sky and generous offerings of golden sunshine inspires in us the question, did heaven and earth meet?

Average temperature in °C for Maldives
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The Holiday Place customer rating

5 stars

5/5 from 1 reviews

Wonderful setting, great staff, good food and drink. Beautiful house reef. Lovely room. Can’t wait to go back...

Kathryn Rebecca Hensby reviewing Bandos Island Resort (19-Mar-2018)

 Day 8 to 15

Grand Tour of Sri Lanka

4 stars
  • As Per Itinerary
  • As Per Itinerary
  • Sri Lanka's historic sites in the cultural triangle
  • A visit to Anuradhapura and the oldest tree on earth
  • The Elephant orphanage and the temple of the tooth

Grand Tour Of Sri Lanka

Day 1 - AYUBOWAN!!!
On arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport you will be met by Your Travel Representative from The Holiday Place and be transferred to your hotel in Habarana.
(Airport to Habarana: approximately 04 Hours / 160 km)

Check in at hotel and at leisure.

Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana- Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 2
Today after breakfast, you will visit the first capital of ancient Sri Lanka.
(Habarana to Anuradhapura: approximately 02 Hours / 65 Km)
Anuradhapura - A UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the north central part of the Island was the first capital (6th century BC - 10th century AD), the centre of the island's Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. In antiquity and the interest, it is the equal of any ancient 'buried city' in the world. The oldest historically documented tree on earth (over 2,200 years old) - The Sri Maha Bodhi, brought as a sapling of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, and the island's oldest Buddhist shrines - some dating back to the 3rd century BC, impressive white 'dagabas' (relic chambers) and monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and ponds and a superb irrigation system of reservoirs and canals are the main attractions of Anuradhapura. Specific places to visit are - the Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C.), with 1600 significant stone columns are the remains of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks - an engineering marvel at the time, Ruwanweli Seya (2nd century B.C) the most famous of all the dagoba's, originally depicted the perfect water-bubble shape that modern restora ion has not been able to accurately reproduce, Samadhi Buddha (3rd century A.D.) regarded as the finest rock sculpture in the island - depicting the Buddha in a state of deep meditation, Kuttam Pokuna (twin ponds) (6th century A.D.) which were used by monks of this glorious era as a bathing pool. Thuparama (3rd century B.C.), the oldest dagoba in the island - enshrines the right collarbone of Buddha, Ratnaprasada with the best preserved Guard Stone, and Moonstone opposite, Abayagiri and Jetevanarama - a huge dagoba said to the largest brick built structure in the world.
Thereafter you will visit Mihintale.
Mihintale - was where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka and is therefore regarded as the cradle of Buddhism. On this rock are many shrines and dwellings, originally used by monks. A grand stairway of 1,840 steps made of granite slabs 15 feet wide, leads to the summit from where one could get a splendid view of the surrounding countryside.

Return to Habarana.

Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana- Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 3
Today you will visit the Lion Rock, one of the seven World Heritage sites in the island.
(Habarana to Sigiriya: approximately 40 Minutes / 25 Km)
This is an ancient rock fortress and ruins of a castle, which was once the home to King Kasyapa. The entrance to the original fortress was through the mouth of a lion, however the ravages of time has resulted with only a part of the massive paws remaining today. A testiment to ancient artistry and architectural ingenuity - Sigiriya has many attractions to its visitors - its gardens (boulder, water & terraced), its artistry (the world renowned frescos), the mirror wall and the dramatic history linked to the construction of the Lion Rock. An original Lost City, Sigiriya is a must see in any visit to the Cultural Triangle.
Next set off to explore the medieval capital of Sri Lanka - Polonnaruwa.
(Habarana to Polonnaruwa: approximately 01 Hours / 46 Km)
The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to reunite the country once more under a local leader. This city is known to have been the pinnacle of the Golden Age of Sri Lanka, during the reign of Parakramabahu I, a ruler whose goal that no drop of water falling from the heavens be wasted led to the development of irrigation systems which are still utilised to this day. The greatest of these systems - the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) is a tank so vast that it is often mistaken for an ocean. It circles the main city like a ribbon, acting both as a defensive border against intruders and the lifeline of the people in times of peace.

Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana- Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 4
This morning you will leave Habarana and drive to Kandy
(Habarana to Kandy: approximately 03 Hours / 104 Km)
En route you will visit the Rangiriya Dambulla Cave Temple - which is located in the North Central Province. This UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 01st century BC is an amazing complex of 05 caves, first used as a refuge by an ancient king who on regaining his throne, commissioned magnificent carved images within the living rock. Later kings made further improvements and the caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is a colossal figure spanning 15 meters. Cave inscriptions from the 2nd Century BC are found and on the walls are many paintings most of which belong to the Kandy period (early 19th century). This temple is a perfect location to view evolution of ancient Sri Lankan art and is an important historical site due to the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
Next you will stop for a break at the Matale Spice Gardens. Here you will indulge your senses and have the opportunity to sample some of the homeopathic remedies of the East. You will also visit a Batik Factory in Matale.
Continue to Kandy and check in at your hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth which is commonly known as "Sri Dalada Maligawa" and is situated in the city of hills, Kandy. It is an important shrine for Buddhists as it holds the tooth relic of Lord Buddha. It is famous for its carvings and the beautiful art that is unique to Sri Lanka. The most important part of the Dalada Maligawa is the octagon (Pathirppuwa). The Sri Dalada Maligawa is the most sacred temple in the whole of Sri Lanka. Thousands of people line up each day to get a glimpse of its majesty.
Later you will enjoy a Kandyan Cultural Dance Show.

Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy - Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 5
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the Kandy Market, Kandy Upper Lake Drive, Gem Museum, Arts and Crafts Centre etc.
Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy - Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 6
This Morning you will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens.
(Kandy to Peradeniya: approximately 20 Mins / 10 Km)
Located 460 m above sea-level close to Kandy and surrounded from three sides by the river Mahaveli, Peradeniya botanical garden was founded in the year of 1824. One of the best and most valuable collections of Plants and Trees in the world (more than 4000 species, indoor and outdoor). Giant trees of "Ficus" family, different Bamboo and Palm trees of the world, rare Ayurvedic plants, Orchid House, spice garden, timber trees such as ebony, teak, satinwood, mahogany, tamarind and jak etc. can be seen here. Most of the honourable guests who visited Sri Lanka, for instance The Queen Elizabeth, Marshal Tito, Chancellor Henry Kiesinger and Juri Gagarin, have planted memorable trees in this park.
Thereafter proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
(Kandy to Nuwara Eliya: approx. 03 Hours / 82 Km)
En-route visit a Tea Plantation and a Tea Factory.
After arriving in Nuwara Eliya spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying the simplicity and beauty of life in the hill country away from the sophistication of city life.
Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka's premier hill resort with a fine bracing mountain climate, Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country, producing some of the world's best tea. The mountain slopes and valleys are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Red or green roofed plantation bungalows, English country style homes and hotels with lovely flower gardens, a fine 18 hole golf course and a racecourse gives Nuwara Eliya a decidedly British character

Overnight Stay at Heritance Tea Factory, Nuwara Eliya- Superior Room on Half Board Basis

Day 7
Today you will proceed to Yala.
(Nuwara Eliya to Yala: approx. 05 hours / 180 km)
En-route visit the famous Ella Falls.
Continue to Yala and check in at hotel.
This afternoon you will enjoy a game drive at the Yala National Park.
**Yala National Park - Sri Lanka's most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. 97,800 hectares in extent, this is the second largest of Sri Lanka's National Parks. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world's highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. Vegetation is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth while several salt and fresh water lagoons are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Areas popular with leopard are rock strewn hillocks with dense shrub in which the animals hide. 

**Please note Yala National Park will be closed until 1st November as an alternative Lunugamvehera National Park in Tanamalwila will be offered*

Overnight Stay at Cinnamon Wild, Yala- Jungle Chalet on Half Board Basis

Day 8
After breakfast proceed to Galle.
(Yala to Galle: approximately 4.5 Hours / 180 Km)
En-route visit the stilt fishermen in Weligama after which will you will proceed to Galle for a city tour.
Galle- said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible is the port where the Portuguese first landed in Sri Lanka. The famous fort in Galle was originally built by the Portuguese in 1589 and named Santa Cruz. After the Dutch occupation it was destroyed and rebuilt on a larger scale to cover an area of 36 hectares. Fortified by the Dutch who ruled maritime Sri Lanka in the 17th & 18th centuries the city still retains the air of old Holland. Old Dutch churches and
Thereafter proceed to your selected beach hotel.

Average temperature in °C for Sri Lanka
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The Holiday Place customer rating

4.5 stars

4.5/5 from 12 reviews

Excellent tour. Great way to see so much in a short time. A good programme of events.

Katy Louise Mcmenamin reviewing Grand Tour of Sri Lanka (25-Oct-2015)

£2399 per person

Special Offer £400 off Jul 10 2017 - Oct 31 2018
Price for 14 nights, 2 Adults flying 3 October 2018 from Heathrow with Srilankan Airlines
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