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Welcome to the sunny life – Colombo & Maldives - 9 Days

Maldives is the lowest country in the world, its average ground level is only 1.5 meters above sea level. A glance around the beach, and there is a multitude of faces, races, some strolling, some lying, some in love and all smiling, content, unhurried. There is no rush for office, or any of the other things that seemed terribly important back in my country. It is as if time has taken a new meaning here. Next, fly to Colombo, visit the national museum if you want to understand the country’s history. Chill at the Galle Face Promenade with your loved one in the evening, or just roam the street bazaar at Pettah and mingle with the locals. Situated close to the equator, Maldives & Sri Lanka enjoys a moderate climate. Constant cool sea breeze negates the effects of a stubborn overhead sun, and the weather is consistently pleasant.

Places to visit

Maldives
National Museum of Colombo: The largest museum in the country, this building was established on January 1, 1877 and its founder was the then Governor of Ceylon, Sir William Henry Gregory. Today the museum houses some of the best insignia of Sri Lanka’s history. Probably the most valuable of the regalia would be the throne and the crown jewels of the Kandyan monarchs, the royal sword of Raja Wickrama Rajasinghe, and his baton and foot stool. There are a number of other important exhibits arranged in ascending order of time,that help greatly illustrate the history of the island country.

The Galle Face Green is a beautiful promenade that stretches for over a kilometre along the coast. Spread over 5 hectares, it is the largest open space in Colombo. The sunset here is positively eye catching. Particularly crowded over the weekend, it is a favourite spot for children, teenagers, families, vendors and other entrepreneurs chancing their luck and skill at their little stalls!

Gangaramaya Temple: This beautiful Buddhist temple is located close to the waters of the Beira Lake. There are a substantial number of statues, most big in size and wonderfully painted. As you walk towards a building of exhibits (quaint looking clocks, wristwatches etc.), an elephant of good size and repute sits outside contentedly. There is also a museum, a library, a residential hall, a three storeyed Pirivena, and educational halls in the temple complex.

St. Lucia’s Cathedral: Named in honour of St. Lucy, this beautiful cathedral is the oldest of its kind in the country. The Cathedral is a good example of Gothic architecture and its façade is supported by massive ionic columns and is embellished with seven statues. Exquisite stained glass windows, decorated altars and a statue of Madonna are the prime highlights of this cathedral.

Wadduwa Beach: Drive down to Wadduwa beach, just 12 kms from main Colombo city. Its claims to be one of the best beaches in the region are not in vain, the golden sand and crystal clear water charming all and sundry that visit it. A large clump of palm trees provides shade from the sun, and many a group are found sitting and enjoying their picnic lunches under this natural canopy. When the waves are high, give the sport of wind surfing a chance, splash in the water, and then come out – a little tousle haired, a lot wet, and richer in experience!

Colombo
National Museum, Male: One of the main tourist attraction destinations of the country, the museum was earlier the Sultan’s palace. It houses a valuable collection of objects belonging to the Sultans. Ornaments and costumes of kings and queens, arms and armor, items of the Maldives’ pre-Islamic period, old paper and cloth manuscripts, anthropological objects – objects representing Maldives’ history and culture are exhibited in the museum.

Old Friday Mosque, Male: Constructed by Sultan Ibrahim Iskandhar in 1656, it is the biggest mosque in Maldives. And what pretty artwork! A beautiful golden dome gives you the first hint of its splendor. With its unique minarets, wonderful coral engravings and tombs of national heroes as well as members of royalty, a visit to this imperial mosque promises to take you through a lovely journey into the past. The mosque has a total accommodate capacity of 5000 people.

National Art Gallery, Male: It is the only one-of-its-kind gallery in the country, and therefore art lovers should take a little peek into this place.

Seenu Atoll: The second largest atoll in the Maldives, this was earlier an air force base. With splendid diving locations, this is one of the best places in the world if you want to explore marine life in all its magnificence. The reefs here are teeming with exotic sea mammals such as manta ray, eagle ray, green turtles and lobsters. Gray reef sharks and white tip reef sharks are also found in specific areas. Thus even scientists and marine biologists throng this region regularly.

North Male Atoll: Veligandu Island Beach and Banana reef are two of the most popular tourist spots in the North Male atoll.

Biyadhoo Island, South Male Atoll: A privately-owned island at the South Male Atoll, Biyadhoo is about 29 kilometres from the Male International Airport, and like most of the islands in the southern side, its known for its superb diving spots and glorious marine life. A walk on the beach as the sun sets quietly into the Indian Ocean, and you will be bound to wonder if paradise could really be any different.

Day 1
Arrived in Colombo

On reaching the Colombo International Airport, meet our representative and move on to Sigiriya. En route, visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is home to about 60 elephants. Some of them are baby elephants that were found abandoned or orphaned in the wild. In Sigiriya, try climbing the Lion Rock, a 5th century rock fortress built by King Kashyapa, and a World Heritage Site. It is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres above the scrub jungle. Also witness the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya. These are located in a sheltered pocket of the rock and are accessible by a spiral stairway. Return to your hotel after your tour for an overnight stay.

Day 2
Dambulla - Temple Visit

breakfast, visit Dambulla Temple. King Walagambahu donated this temple to Buddhist monks in the 1st century BC. Dambulla is a World Heritage Site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave Temples. The five caves with over 2000 square metres of painted walls including the ceiling is the largest area of paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha, the largest of them being a colossal figure carved out of a rock spanning 14 metres. After your temple visit, return to your hotel.

Day 3
Sigriya - Kandy (Sightseeing tour)

breakfast, drive off to Kandy. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings, and is a World Heritage Site. The name Kandy conjures visions of splendour and magnificence. Many of the legends, traditions and folklore are still lovingly kept alive. Also drive around the Kandy Lake. It was built by the last Sinhala king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe. Then, visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts center, gem museum, as well as a lapidary. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic. Afterwards, enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Finally, return to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.

Day 4
Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (Sightseeing tour)

After breakfast, transfer to Nuwara Eliya. En route, visit a tea plantation and a tea factory, where some of the best tea in the world is produced. Here, you can see how tea is manufactured and graded. You can also see how tea is graded. On completion of the tour, proceed to Nuwara Eliya, which, because of its invigorating mountain climate and scenery, is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8282 feet) is also located here. Nuwara-Eliya also has one of the finest 18-hole golf courses in South Asia. Spend the night in the comfort of your hotel room.

Day 5
Nuwara Eliya - Beruwala

After breakfast, transfer to Beruwala. After reaching Beruwala, spend the day at your leisure. Have a comfortable overnight stay in your hotel.

Day 6
Beruwala - Optional Excursion to Galle

After breakfast, enjoy the day at your leisure OR take our optional day excursion to Galle.

Day 7
Transfer to Maldives

Today after a really early breakfast, check-out of your hotel and proceed to Colombo airport to board your flight to Maldives. Get transferred by speedboat to your resort and check in to your room, spend the day relaxing and taking in the views of crystal clear waters ebbing sandy beaches.

Day 8
Day at leisure - Optional Watersports

After a tasty breakfast today, we recommend many options for you. You can choose to soak in the sun on the beach, go for a swim or do absolutely nothing! If adventure is what you like, opt for some water sports like snorkelling, wind surfing or have fun on a banana boat ride.

Day 9
Departure from Maldives

breakfast at the hotel and then check out, a speed boat awaits you for your transfer to the airport. Fly back home with wonderful memories of an amazing trip.

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Gabriel Max
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12:57 25 Aug 19
Shishu tours were fantastic, nothing was a problem for them as they go out of their way to make sure your trip is fantastic! From guides to porters they do a wonderful job, thanks for some amazing memories.read more
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12:44 25 Aug 19
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12:42 25 Aug 19
I hiked with a group of 11 people with the goal of Everest Base Camp. When I got to Namchee Bazaar, I had a lot of diarrhea and fatigue. I discussed with my head guide that I did not feel I had the stamina to continue to higher elevations. The head guide arranged for a porter to accompany me back to Lukla over the next 2 days. All arrangements for accommadations and flight back to Kathmandu were arranged by Shishu Tours. The rest of the group successfully went to Everest Base Camp. I am very grateful for the excellent adaptability of the head guide Hari to help my special situation. And I appreciated the help of my porter Krisha on the trip back down to Lukla. Shishu Tours did a great job with all the travel arrangements.read more
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12:34 25 Aug 19
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12:26 25 Aug 19
I have just returned from what I can only describe as a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek to Everest Base Camp. Thank you so much to Sonu who were my points of contact for the trek. When my flight got cancelled due to poor weather , Santosh did everything he could to get me to Lukla so I would not miss the trek and stayed at the airport with me until a helicopter was arranged. Sonu met me in Lukla and was a great porter and guide for the entire duration. He helped me get through my altitude anxiety and we made it to base camp on the most beautiful day ever. Santosh kept in contact with me the whole way and was very helpful advising me to drink lots of water, stay hydrated and not to sleep during the day ( all of which are very useful tips for the trek).Trusted his advice 100 percent especially since he has summited Everest. Thank you so much...Would love to do Annapurna in future perhaps !read more
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12:23 25 Aug 19
It was my first time to Nepal, first time trekking, and a friend of mine recommended Shishu to me as she already went with them before so I did EBC trekking with them. From the minute they picked me up from the airport, I knew everything is gonna be alright. Guys were so cheerful and paid a lot attention to my needs. I felt like traveling with friends, we talked a lot, shared a lot, with the great view of Himalayas and delicious meals. This has been one of my best trip and not the last. Go with them and you won't regret!read more
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12:17 25 Aug 19
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