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13-Day Best Indian Ocean Holiday: Sri Lanka & Maldives

Tour route: Negombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Colombo, Maldives: Male

  • Tour code: INOT-SL-010
  • Price inclusions: Private chauffeur guide , all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Negombo

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and escorted to hotel for check-in. Make the most of the remaining day at your wish. 

Note: deportation or denial of entry may occur if inappropriate words or acts are detected against Buddha. 

Overnight: Negombo

Day 2: Negombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya (By Car, Approx. 5-6Hrs, 150 Kms)

This morning, drive to Pinnawela for a visit to the Elephant Orphanage, where you can play with young elephants fed and bathed in the morning. Continue to Sigiriya and take pictures en route. In addition, feel free to have a coconut break or do a local family visit.

Note: Actual driving time given is subject to traffic, weather and road condition.

Overnight: Sigiriya
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3: Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya

In the morning, head north to Anuradhapura, an ancient city first settled ca. 900 B.C.. After this archaeology tour, turn to the nearby Mihintale, which owns a grandeur temple complex that is allegedly the birthplace of Sri Lankan Buddhism.

Overnight: Sigiriya
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4: Sigiriya Adventures

Start the day with a visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress (the Lion’s Rock), the 8th wonder of the world. Climbing up the staircases rewards with an amazing view on top. Later, proceed to the Minneriya National Park to closely witness herds of wild Indian elephants like pictures from National Geographic magazine.

Overnight: Sigiriya
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5: Sigiriya - Kandy (By Car, Approx. 2Hrs, 94Kms)

This morning, drive south to Kandy. Stop en route to see the Dambulla Cave Temples, a holy pilgrimage site established 22 centuries ago. On arrival in Kandy, enjoy Sri Lanka’s iconic performing art of Kandyan Dance in the early evening.

Overnight: Kandy
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6: Kandy

Have a blessed experience at the sacred Temple of the Tooth and attend the daily religious Puja Ceremonies held inside. Later, take a relaxing stroll in the wonderful Botanical Gardens, where you may run into young Sri Lankan couples taking wedding pictures in tradition clothes.

Overnight: Kandy
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (Tea Country) (By Train, 4 Hrs)

After breakfast, set off for Nuwara Eliya by the Rajadahani Express Train (subjected to availability), a picturesque journey packed with beautiful mountains, waterfalls and tea plantations. Upon arrive at Nanuoya Railway Sation, get escorted to a tea plantation and a tea factory, where the world’s best Ceylon Tea is produced. After learn about the process of manufacturing tea, get hands-on experience of tea picking, and don’t forget to sip a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory. 

Later, transfer to hotel and check in, rest of the day at leisure. 

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya Leisure Time

Have the day at leisure or venture out on your own.

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya
Meal: Breakfast

Day 9: Nuwara Eliya-Colombo

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Colombo. Upon arrival, take a city tour to see the Independence Square, Gangarama Temple of Colombo, Galle Face Green Park and Colombo's National Museum, etc. Stop for taking pictures when driving by the former British Administrative Center and more. 

Overnight: Colombo
Meal: Breakfast

Day 10: Colombo - Maldive Island

Free in the day until being escorted to Colombo airport for your flight to Male, the capital island of Maldive Island. Upon arrival, board a speedboat to your resort. 

Overnight: Maldive Island
Meal: Breakfast

Day 11: Maldive Island Relaxation Moment

Enjoy your free day in Maldive Island.

Overnight: Maldive Island
Meal: Breakfast

Day 12: Maldive Island Relaxation Moment

Enjoy your free day in Maldive Island.

Overnight: Maldive Island
Meal: Breakfast

Day 13: Maldive Island, Departure

Taking speedboat back to Male airport for onward flight. 

Meal: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.


Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.


Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.


Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

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Clients: JaneDigby

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
David Li
It was not difficult to spend 4 weeks touring Sri Lanka. We are retired and had time to spend more than a day in one place. David Lee from Odyssey Tour listened to our requirements, came up with suggestions and modified the tour to exactly suit our needs. He was always quick to respond to our emails and we felt confident throughout that we were in excellent hands. Our driver, Lionel, was a gem and we became good friends after a month together. Accommodation suggestions were excellent and matched our requirements (old style, mid range and well located). Sri Lanka has so many attractions from ancient history, great national parks, beautiful scenery, beaches and food not forgetting the friendly and welcoming Sri Lankans. A truly memorable holiday.,
Rating: December 2nd, 2016

Clients: Walaa Mohamed

From: Egypt

Travel Consultant:
Queenie Yang
My trip to SriLanka (the hidden treasure land )last August 2016 was really good , My travel consultant Queenie Yang was really helpful and she tried her best to make it a memorable trip , Queenie Yang was nice ,decent and professional, she did her best to meet most of my expectations,she did her best to solve the problems I went through caused by the local manger of SriLanka, I highly recommend My Odyssey Tours to customize and tail your trip . Waiting for a second trip with them soon My only concern that the company should take care of the culture and tourist background to avoid any undesirable circumstances...
Rating: November 16th, 2016

Clients: driverg

Travel Consultant:
Leo Huang
We had a great tour with Navin Liyanage of Odyssey Tours. Navin looked after us very well. He quickly realised our passion for nature and made sure we saw as many animals, birds and flowers as possible, often making extra stops so we could take photographs. Navin had a great sense of humour and was always cheerful and polite. We felt safe in his care and appreciated his careful driving. Nothing appeared to upset Navin even though we had a couple of hiccups with accommodation that we had arranged. He went out of his way to ensure our Sri Lankan experience was the best it could be. He even arranged to get my wrist-watch fixed! After 19 days on the road with him and many conversations about his country and his life, we regard him as a friend. We highly recommend Navin and his comfortable vehicle as your driver-guide in Sri Lanka.
Rating: September 6th, 2016

Clients: finnforde10

From: Ireland

Travel Consultant:
Catherine Wang
We had an amazing time travelling around Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Our travel consultant Catherine Wang arranged all of our accommodation, our tour guide and our driver, not to mention our flights and accommodation in the Maldives. Catherine did a wonderful job making this a trip to remember. The accommodation was amazing, very clean and the staff were very friendly, we did the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and it was incredible to see the diversity of such a small island, we would advise for young travellers to stay somewhere with a little bit more atmosphere in Nuwara Eliya, we stayed in the Firs and it was beautiful but very quiet. Other than that the accommodation was incredible. I will definitely be recommending Odyssey Tours to all of our friends and family. We had a very authentic experience of Sri Lanka and we met some amazing people, we went white water rafting, elephant safari, scuba diving in the Maldives, spice gardens, hiking, visiting temples etc. It is such a beautiful place to visit and my friends and I had the trip of a lifetime!
Rating: August 4th, 2016

Clients: Ciara Nic Ghiollarnáth

From: Ireland

Travel Consultant:
Catherine Wang
Myself and two other girls just completed our tour around Sri Lanka and the Maldives with Odyssey tours. We were extremely happy with our travel consultant Catherine Wang who went to great lengths to make this a trip to remember! Catherine answered all of our questions and was always on hand to give advice. The accommodation was amazing and our driver and tour guide were superb! I would definitely recommend Odyssey Tours to all my family and friends and will be recommending they get in touch with Catherine Wang.
Rating: August 4th, 2016
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