Sri Lanka & Maldives Adventure

Classic, Negombo to Male

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This 14-day combo trip brings together the best of Sri Lanka's cultural highlights and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail the islands of the Maldives aboard a traditional dhoni boat. Experience a safari in Udawalawe National Park, discover cultural treasures of Negombo and Kandy, and then spend an entire week cruising from one tiny and perfect atoll island to another, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters and stretching out on blazing white-sand beaches. From culture to paradise, this tour's got it all.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy G Adventures for Good: AMBA Estate, Ella
  • Spice plantation visit
  • Kandyan cultural dance performance
  • Temple of the Tooth visit
  • Tea plantation visit and tasting (AMBA)
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Barbecue and camp at Udawalawe National Park
  • Elephant Transit Home visit
  • Nature walk
  • Galle City and Fort tour
  • Seven days aboard a traditional dhoni boat (Maldives)
  • Fulidhoo Island visit and Bodu Beru performance
  • Felidhu Island visit
  • Bodu Mora Island visit
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Beach time in the Maldives
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Search for wildlife on a safari
  • Spend the night at a local tea plantation and estate
  • Cruise through some of the world's most beautiful islands
  • Uncover isolated beaches
  • Swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the indian ocean
  • Savour local cuisine

Itinerary

Day 1 Negombo There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Negombo/Kandy (1B, 1L) Drive to Kandy, visiting a spice plantation en route. Enjoy lunch at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Later, explore Temple of the Tooth. Included Activities: Spice Plantation Tour Lunch at Sthree Craft Shop and Café Temple of the Sacred Tooth Tour Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Kandy (1B) Explore Kandy with a free day.
Day 4 Kandy/Ella (1L, 1D) Livelihood opportunities in the valley of Bandarawela, Sri Lanka are limited for low income community members. Many rely on agricultural work, especially in the tea plantations, which can be arduous with little financial gain. Amba Estate came to the area with the purpose of promoting economic growth through their organic tea plantation, paying fair wages, sharing their profits with their workers, and creating opportunities for growth. Having established its place in the travel market, Amba is now ready to support community cooperatives as a means of better spreading the income of tourism throughout the valley. Planeterra is working alongside Amba Estate by supporting the initial investment for the first community-led microenterprise that will work in partnership with Amba. Planeterra’s catalyst grant covers the equipment, training and setup costs for a group of six women to formally become a chutney co-operative. The chutney will be sold back to Amba Estate for travellers to consume, as well as sold to guests and in markets throughout Sri Lanka. G Adventures travellers began visiting Amba in July 2018. They now have the opportunity to eat the delicious chutneys, meet the women and see how it’s made! Included Activities: AMBA Estate Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 80km) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 5 Ella (1B, 1D) In the morning, enjoy a tour through the tea plantation and learn about one of the nation's most popular exports followed by a tea tasting. After enjoy free time to soak in the stunning scenery, opt to hike to Ella Rock, or visit Ella town by tuk tuk. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration of classic homestyle Sri Lankan dishes, a delicious mixture of savoury and sweet. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Tour AMBA Estate
Day 6 Ella/Udawalawe National Park (1B, 1D) Depart Amba Estate in the morning after enjoying a delicious home cooked breakfast. Begin the journey to Udawalawe National Park and visit the Elephant Transit home before enjoying an afternoon wildife safari through Udawalawe National Park. Afterwards, head to a tented camp by the lake on the boundary of National Park and relax with a BBQ dinner around the campfire. Included Activities: Udawalawe Reserve Safari Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Udawalawe National Park/Unawatuna (1B) After breakfast transfer from Udawalawe to Galle for a tour of the fort and city. Later, head to Unawatuna for some beach time and a final night with the group. Included Activities: Galle Fort and City Tour Transport: Local bus Local bus (0.50-0.75 hours)
Day 8 Unawatuna/South Malé Atoll (1D) You will be met by airport representatives who will transfer you to the Malé town waterfront to meet our boat captain and crew. Once settled into our cabins, we will depart. Cruise south for 2-3 hours through the Vaadhoo Canal to a nearby island in South Malé Atoll; probably Guraidhoo, a small inhabited island where the plan is to moor in (or just outside) the small harbour for the first night on board. Transport: Private Vehicle Plane 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni (2.00-3.00 hours)
Day 9 South Malé Atoll/Felidhu Atholhu (1B, 1L, 1D) Cruise to the southernmost point of South Malé Atoll before crossing the channel into Felidhu Atoll. The main industry here is fishing and there is typically an opportunity to see traditional boat-building on at least one of the islands. Included Activities: Fulidhoo Island Visit & Bodu Beru Performance Felidhu Island Visit Bodu Mora Island Visit Snorkelling in the Maldives Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
Day 14 South Malé Atoll/Male (1B) In the morning, make the short crossing to Malé. The tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport. Additional Notes: Your CEO can offer assistance with any onward travel you may require. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: 11m (37 ft) Traditional Dhoni
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