The first time I had ever really heard anything about Sri Lanka as a travel destination was when we were in the Maldives 5 years ago. On our flight from the Dubai to the Maldives, I read an article on the plane about Sri Lanka. An island just a short hour flight from Male International Airport and a place full of wildlife, lush forests, tea trails for days, beautiful beaches and of course the Sri Lankan Curry.
We immediately added Sri Lanka to the bucket list. When we returned to the Maldives this year, a visit to Sri Lanka was an absolute must. We decided to spend 6 days in the Maldives at 2 resorts and 6 days in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, like the Maldives, is an easy place to fall in love with and both are so different, it really is the perfect itinerary for someone looking for relaxation with a bit of culture and adventure too. Sri Lanka is also a very affordable destination and only cost us about $120 each for a one way ticket to Sri Lanka from Male.
Here are 8 reasons why visiting the Maldives and Sri Lanka together is a must!
The Picturesque Beaches
Nowhere in the world can compare to the beaches of the Maldives. The almost fake looking water and the thousands of islands is absolutely breathtaking.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
Maldives is one of the best places to snorkel and scuba dive. The marine life is in abundance and you can see pretty much everything from your overwater bungalow including sharks, manta rays, turtles, and schools and schools of beautiful fish.
If you are looking for a place where you will be taken care of and where everybody knows your name, then the Maldives are for you. We have experienced 5 island resorts in the Maldives and all have ranked very high on our travel list for best service.
Hammocks, overwater bungalows, massages, fancy craft cocktails, swimming in bathtub like water, and eating delicious fresh seafood is what is on the itinerary in the Maldives.
Where to Stay
Gili Lankanfushi - Located in the Male Atoll just a quick speed boat ride from the Male International Airport. Ideal for honeymooners, romance, destination weddings and group getaways. For more on our detailed report of our stay at Gili Lankanfushi.
Amilla Fushi- Located in the Baa Atoll, a 30 minute flight from Male international airport. Amilla Fushi offers a modern twist on the traditional Maldivian island experience and offers a number of different accommodations such as lagoon suites, beachfront suites, treehouses, and more. Amilla Fushi is ideal for celebrations including group getaways, weddings, birthday celebrations, and family reunions.
In Sri Lanka you really get to experience the culture. From the abundance of Tuk Tuks zipping through the streets to the ladies picking tea leaves on the tea trails, you are completely surrounded by real life in Sri Lanka. The people are very friendly, love to talk and seem to always have a smile on their faces. The majority of Sri Lankans are Buddhist with a small population of Muslims and Christians. There are many beautiful temples to be seen across Sri Lanka and a visit to Kandy will not disappoint.
The Tea Trails
After a 3 hour drive from Colombo to the tea trails, circling around one hillside after another, you will arrive at the gorgeous, endless tea trails. There is something so magical about this area of Sri Lanka. Take a hike on the tea trails, tour a tea factory or simply grab a book and a cup of tea and just soak in the endless views.
Take a safari to see the leopards, elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, sloth bears and much more in Yala National Park. Sri Lanka is known for its high density of leopard population.
Sri Lankan curry is what is for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start the morning off with coconut rice cakes, egg hoppers, fish curry and spicy sambal, for lunch and dinner a variety of seafood and vegetable curries with Roti. Everything has coconut and everything has a punch of spice. Be prepared to eat A LOT!
Where to Stay
Wallawa- Located just outside of Colombo and only 20 minutes from the Colombo Airport, Wallawa is a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. We highly suggest upon arrival to Sri Lanka to take a couple days to unwind, enjoy a spa treatment and relax at the Wallawa before heading out to conquer the country.
Ceylon Tea Trails - Located 3 hours east of Colombo in Hatton, Ceylon Tea Trails are made up of 4 different bungalows spread out throughout the tea trails. Ceylon Tea Trails offer an all inclusive experience with 5 star food and service. For foodies, Ceylon Tea Trails is for you.
Cape Weligama- Located in Galle just 1 hour south of Colombo offers an oceanfront paradise for the ultimate relaxation. Just 40 villas, Cape Waligama is a home away from home.
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