Adventure and Beach time in Maldives & Sri Lanka
The Maldives is like nowhere else on earth and it will call you back again and again. But we know that a fly-and-flop isn’t right for everyone and sometimes you want a little more adventure.
Combining your luxurious Maldives island stay with an exhilarating safari and time in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka could be just the perfect balance. We might recommend alternative resorts and hotels for different times of the year and for groups or families, so just get in touch with our specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
We’ve included a taste of culture and a half day safari in this sample itinerary – but if you have a few more days to spare, we can always expand this itinerary to explore some more of Sri Lanka, or alternative areas.
This itinerary includes an adult-only resort in Maldives. Families travelling with children will find our Family Sun & Safari tour a good alternative.
Day 1 - Welcome to the Maldives!
Arrive into Malé this morning following your overnight flight, and hop straight on a speedboat to your island home for the next week – Baros.
Settle in to your cosy villa on the beach, before a sunset dinner at the striking Lighthouse Restaurant.More about Baros
Day 3 - Check out the house reef
Baros has a house reef, so there is coral and marine life to enjoy just metres from the shoreline. Head out with just a snorkel or grab a paddleboard or transparent canoe if you prefer.
There is a dive centre on the island and several excellent dive sites in the Malé atoll you can visit on a boat trip. We’d also recommend spending some time with the resident Marine Biologist if you get a chance.
Day 5 - Day trip
Take a day trip today.
You could head to the Maldivian capital of Malé and explore the markets and spot houses made of natural coral. Or go on a fishing excursion and learn the traditional techniques. A relaxing sunset cruise is a must too – and don’t forget your camera, it’s impossible to take a bad picture of a Maldives sunset
Day 7 - Time to head to Sri Lanka
It’s back to the airport today, and on to your next adventure! It’s under 2 hours to Colombo airport, and your driver will meet you in the arrivals hall.
Hop in your private air conditioned vehicle for the transfer to the cultural heart of Sri Lanka and rest in your hotel at the base of striking Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Dine at your hotel and get an early night.
Day 8 - Sigiriya & Safari
After an early breakfast, climb Sigiriya Lion’s Rock before the heat of the day sets in.
The Sigiriya rock fortress is a remarkable feat of engineering and a fascinating example of artistic craftsmanship. It’s most famous for its frescoes painted on the rock surface itself, and the incredible views as you ascend.
Later, head on to Minneriya National Park, one of the best places in the country to see elephants in a natural habitat. The ‘Elephant Gathering’ is a unique experience to witness, between May and September. There are also huge numbers of birds, deer and crocodiles in the scrubland.
Spend the evening resting at your hotel. Perhaps book into the spa for a treat after a long but exhilarating day.