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Summer in Sri Lanka & Maldives (April – Sep)

Follow the sun to the east coast in the summer time

If you want to visit Sri Lanka in May, June, July or September you are more restricted by the weather than at other times of year. Luckily however, while the rain falls on the west coast, the less visited east coast experiences blue skies and calm seas. You can combine a beach stay here with a few days in the Cultural Triangle, which is located in one of Sri Lanka’s dry zones and a tea plantation bungalow high in the hills which experiences rain all year anyway.

At the same time, it’s the relative ‘low season’ in the Maldives. Being a tropical climate it stays very warm, but during these months you are likely to experience rain and increased humidity – while also enjoying plenty of sunshine. It’s a good time of year to take advantage of cheaper prices, great surfing and some extra special marine life experiences such as turtles hatching on the beach and increased numbers of manta rays and whale sharks. We’ve chosen one of our favourite 5 star + resorts in the North Malé Atoll for you, but there are both cheaper and more expensive options we can discuss, plus alternative resorts more suited to families and groups.

This sample itinerary is designed to give you a taste of culture and rural life in Sri Lanka before a three night beach stay in the Maldives in an exquisite island villa. We can tailor this trip to you – increasing your time on the east coast of Sri Lanka, upgrading hotels or any other changes you see fit. Contact our specialists to discuss or complete the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Sri Lanka!

Arrive in Colombo and your drive will collect you for your transfer to Vil Uyana in Sigiriya (3.5 hours drive). Spend the rest of the day resting and exploring your hotel.

Day 2 - Minneriya National Park

Spend a leisurely morning at the hotel before departing in the afternoon for Minneriya National Park where you are likely to see wild elephants.

Day 3 - Sigiriya Rock & Village Tour

Wake for an early breakfast and then depart your hotel at approx. 07:45am to climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Once you descend the rock enjoy a local village tour during which you will be hosted for lunch by a local rice farmer.

Day 4 - Polonnaruwa Ancient City

Leave the hotel after breakfast and head to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Explore at your leisure before transferring to Kandy where you will stay at Rangala House for three nights.

Day 5 - The Knuckles Range & Plantations

Wake at Rangala House. This is located near to the Victoria Golf Course for those who play. Alternatively the hotel borders the stunning Knuckles Mountain Range which is extremely popular with walkers. Rangala House can provide maps or guides for you.

Day 6 - Tea Factory Tour

Set on a working tea plantation, today you can visit the factory and tea fields as well as enjoy some stunning views.

Day 7 - Kandy & The Elephant Orphanage

After an early breakfast depart Rangala House for a Kandy City Tour. Visit the Temple of the Tooth and Botanical Gardens, before making your way to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage. End your trip with a stay at the Wallawwa just 20 minutes from the airport.

Day 8 - Transfer to the Maldives

Today you’ll take your short flight to Malé where our local team will welcome you and take you to Coco Body Hithu, your island home for the next 3 nights.

You’ll stay in your island villa with your own private pool – or upgrade to a water villa with steps down into the warm lagoon.

Arrive in time for a few hours on the beach or snorkelling before making the difficult decision of which restaurant to dine in this evening.

Day 9 and 10 - Enjoy island life

How you spend these days is up to you – will you pack your schedule full with diving, boat trips, watersports and a guided tour with the resident marine biologist? Or simply enjoy the beach, pool, bars and spa?

Day 11 - Fly home

Enjoy a final morning on the island before your speedboat trip back to Malé airport and home, refreshed from your holiday.

What's included?

  • Road transfers and transport for the excursions mentioned in Sri Lanka.
  • Speedboat transfers in Maldives
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Vil Uyana in a Marsh Dwelling on a bed and breakfast basis and with a special offer of 3 nights for the price of 2.
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Rangala House in a Double Room on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • 1 Nights accommodation at The Wallawwa in a W Bedroom on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • 3 Nights accommodation at Coco Body Hithu Resort in an Island Villa on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • All hotel taxes and service charges .
  • Flights.
  • Entrance fees to the points of interest mentioned above.
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above.
  • Gratuities for drivers or guides.
  • Personal allowances.

All prices correct at the time of writing and based on the low season with 2 people sharing a double room. Please call us or email us at to discuss prices for your exact dates.

Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans. We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.


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The only city in the Maldives and the international airport. From here seaplanes, speedboats and "dhows" scatter to the resort islands for a spectacular journey through the atolls

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