Sri Lanka and Maldives trip… Our trip is divided into two stages, first the exoticism of Sri Lanka and finally, the tropical beaches of the Maldives. Sri Lanka is the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Full of stories that are told among the ancient ruins. Endowed with beautiful natural beauty and enormous biodiversity, here you will find beautiful beaches, temples, forests with elephants and leopards where you can go on safari, tea plantations until you lose sight of what is considered the most beautiful train journey in the world. Here the word “serendipity” was born, this was the nickname given to the country by the Persians, a word that entered the English vocabulary in 1754… It means – The happy discovery of chance, finding something precious when we were not looking for anything… after this trip it makes sense to you.
If you opt for the Maldives extra you will fly to the most beautiful islands on the planet. The Maldives is a destination that has fascinated the world with its turquoise water and white sand beaches. You will have 3 nights to live this dream! You can do numerous activities at the hotel or simply enjoy the beach! We want them to be “over-the-top” days because more than ever, they deserve it!
DAY 1 | COLOMBO – GALLE
Arrival in Sri Lanka. Once the group has gathered after collecting the bags, transfer to the hotel in a private vehicle. The journey to Galle takes about 2:15 hours. Galle, the epic capital of the south, is the crossroads where classical Dutch architecture meets a tropical backdrop, creating an atmosphere of vivid beauty. Walk the streets listening to the creaking wooden doors of the salons and observe how European architecture blends with South Asian traditions. Take the opportunity to visit the Galle Fort and its original walls and ramparts, preserved to date, show evidence of a heritage preserved for more than 3 centuries. Lunch at a local restaurant and free time at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Accommodation: Hotel 5 *****
DAY 2 | GALLE – MIRISSA – ELLA
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and head to Mirissa beach.
Mirissa beach is located near the southern end of the island and promises some beautiful diving. Today, Mirissa is known as a prime spot for whale and dolphin watching. The beach also offers ample opportunities for deep-sea diving, snorkeling and river trips. The beach is one of the most beautiful in the country and many people settle here to surf and sunbathe. We then had lunch at a local restaurant and continued on to Ella. Ella is a picturesque village offering the most incredible views in all of Sri Lanka, Ella is ideal for leisurely walks. Walk through tea plantations, temples and waterfalls during the day. Later, we visit the Ponte dos Nine Arcos. The Bridge of Nine Arches, also called the Bridge in the Sky, is a bridge in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best examples of British railway construction when Ceylon was a colony of the British Empire. It is located in Demodara, between Ella and Demodara train stations. The surrounding area has seen a steady increase in tourism due to the architectural ingenuity of the bridge and the abundant vegetation on the nearby slopes.
Extra activity – Enjoy a Sri Lankan cooking demonstration at the hotel, led by the chef – USD 10.00 per person. Followed by dinner and free night.
Accommodation: Hotel 4 ****
DAY 3 | ELLA – KANDY
Breakfast at the hotel. We left by transfer towards Adam’s Peak.
Little Adam’s Peak, which is also known as Punchi Sri Pada in Sinhala, is situated in Ella, Badulla. It’s a short 45 minute walk from Ella to the Little. We will pass a tea plantation on the way there. After the ascent you will have a splendid view of Ella Gap and the surrounding landscape. We then continue from Ella to Kandy on the picturesque train from Ella to Kandy (the availability of seats on the train cannot be guaranteed at any time). If there are no tickets, we will travel by bus. Lunch at a local restaurant. We then proceed to Kandy – World Heritage Site and last royal capital of the kings of Sri Lanka – Kandy creates a blend of culture, history and heritage in the minds of its visitors. We will continue to the hotel where we will have dinner and the rest of the night at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel 5 *****
DAY 4 | KANDY – DAMBULLA – SIGIRIYA – HABARANA
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Kandy to Dambulla
In the city of Dambulla lies a hub which has been treasured by many kings since the 1st century B.C. Today, an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Templehousessomeofthemostuniquedrawingsin magnificentlyconstructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Observe how exquisitely cave paintings are done along walls that shelter 150 statues of Lord Buddha. As you enter the retreat, look straight up to the gigantic Buddha statue glittering in gold over a land, which today houses an important junction in the country’s economic and cultural uplifting. Lunch at local restaurant Transfer from Daambulla to Sigiriya
The 5th century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site – Sigiriya – doesn’t only boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering & urban planning supremacy but also acclaims to be one of the finest monuments of art & culture. Step through the gigantic ‘Lion Paws’ – overlooking the symmetrical royal gardens below – to comprehend the absolute splendor that once dominated this rock fortress. Surrounded by ramparts & moats the Lion Rock – resembling the mythological ‘City of Gods’ – is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent ‘mirror wall’ embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Wander into the well-fabricated museum
downstairs for an epic journey of yesteryears to realize how the citadel floated abovecitizenswiththecastle,pondsandirrigation systemsthatpumpedwater right onto its summit with an ingenious hydraulic system describing a colossal masterpiece of the great king which remained a wonder in Asia for centuries.
Transfer from Sigiriya to Habarana. Dinner and free time at leisure.
Accommodation: Hotel 5 *****
DAY 5 | DAMBULLA – HIRIWADUNA – MINNERIYA – DAMBULLA
After breakfast, we head from Dambulla to Hiriwaduna. The picturesque village of Hiriwadunna, with its gravel streets where locals stroll, is surrounded by forest. Let’s get to know a little about the lifestyle in this village and experience the simple pleasures of country life as we walk through the chena crops and nearby woods.
After lunch we head to Minneriya for a little safari. Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is one of the places in the world with the highest concentration of elephants. Minneriya is also home to herds of deer and a wide variety of birds. We parked the jeep on the shore of the lake, turned off the engine, and quietly watched the herds of elephants. We return to Dambulla. Dinner at the hotel and free night.
Accommodation: Hotel 5 *****
Extra activity: Passeio em balão de ar quente na selva e campos de arroz, com pequeno almoço e cerimónia de aterragem – 210€/por pessoa.
DAY 6 | DAMBULLA – RIDI VIHARAYA – AIRPORT – MALDIVES
After breakfast, we head to the airport to finish our trip in Sri Lanka and head to the Maldives. The flight is fast but it will arrive late and after collecting the bags we will go to the boat port, also located at the airport, we will take the transfer (15 minutes by boat) to our island. Check-in and you will be able to rest for tomorrow to be full of energy to enjoy this paradise called Maldives.
Accommodation:: Hotel 5 *****
DAY 7 e 8 | MALDIVES
Accommodation:: Hotel 5 *****
DAY 9 | MALDIVAS – FINAL DESTINATION
After breakfast, check-out and free day. Transfer to the airport at the time the travel leader announces. Return flight to the traveller’s final destination.
In order to make the trip more accessible to everyone, certain activities are not included in the tour price. Anyone who wants to do any of these activities can book after booking the trip and up to 2 months before the trip. Extra activities available on this trip:
Travel booking can be made at the bottom of this page. 30% deposit at the time of booking (non-refundable in case of cancellation). Final payment, up to 60 days before the tour.
Check out our Cancellation Policy.
Payment is made on our website through Multibanco by entity and reference whose validity period is 24 hours.
International travelers can pay by bank transfer or paypal.
This trip is divided into two parts, travelers who are only interested in the SRI LANKA program will only be able to register paying this amount, without the Maldives extra.
VALUE ONLY SRI LANKA: 1710€ per person
EXTRA VALUE MALDIVES: €790 per person
COMPLETE TRIP: €2500 per person
Do I need to take a COVID test? (given the changing restrictions, this information may be out of date).
SRI LANKA: Fully vaccinated passengers do not need to be tested for COVID-19 before traveling to Sri Lanka. Passengers who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection between seven days and six months before their departure date and who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of a two-dose vaccine 14 days before travel are exempt from the requirement pre-departure COVID-19 test. They must present a positive COVID-19 PCR test result or positive rapid antigen test in English as proof of previous infection.
Recommended doses to be considered fully vaccinated:
Two doses of the same vaccine, two doses of a recommended vaccine combination, or the approved single-dose vaccine (Janssen) received 14 days before travel
All other passengers aged 12 and over who are not fully vaccinated must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate in English for a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure or a rapid antigen test performed within 48 hours in relation to departure. (Self-tests are not accepted.)
MALDIVES: There are no restrictions on COVID-19.
How is the situation in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is currently going through an economic crisis and some basic necessities are scarce for the population, and there have been protests in large cities. As tourism is one of the main industries in the country, this is an important time to help with its recovery. Most operators continue to tour Sri Lanka and tourist programs are running within normal limits.
Is this trip for me?
This trip is for people who like to have fun and make friends, regardless of age. We are sure that if you come with a relaxed spirit you will have an unforgettable week. It is important that you understand that this is an adventure trip and therefore there are always unforeseen events. Situations can happen such as: encounters with animals that you don’t have at home, the internet is weak or doesn’t work, the air conditioning is broken, the shower water doesn’t come out with as much pressure and hot as your shower, the food isn’t as good as your mother’s, etc… but I’m glad everything is different, if it were the same it wouldn’t be worth leaving the house. Also, unfortunately we don’t promise good weather, sometimes it rains, the sea is rough, and it’s important to be aware that there may be changes to the itinerary, but what would a trip be without adventure?! If you invite a friend to come on the tour, it is essential that you let them know about this information, all we don’t want is a grumpy traveler who has been “dragged” by friends, this can spoil the fun and relaxed atmosphere of the group.
I just want to do SRI LANKA and stay more days, is it possible?
Yes, you can do the SRI LANKA program and travel to other parts of the country at your own expense.
Is it possible to add more days in Maldives?
Yes, you can stay more days in Maldives but you are on your own.
What kind of rooms will we stay in?
The LEVA-ME hotels on this trip are 4/5 stars. We will stay in double rooms. If you are traveling alone, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same sex. If you are traveling as a couple or with a friend, you will have your own private room. It is possible that in some situations a triple room or sharing a double bed may be necessary, unfortunately hotels do not always guarantee separate beds.
What if I want a single room?
Get in touch with us for more information. If there is availability in all hotels to add a room, we can do so. You will have to pay the single supplement. Please contact us to find out if it is possible and how much it costs.
When should I buy the flight?
You should only buy your flight after paying for the tour and confirming with LEVA-ME that your reservation is complete and the tour confirmed.
Can I register alone?
Of course, most of our travelers travel alone. It’s a trip to meet new people and make friends.
Who will I share my trip with?
First of all, you will be with the LEVA-ME tour leader throughout the trip. Then you’ll spend a week with other travelers, who like you have a common taste for travel, adventure, discovery… and who seek new emotions and unforgettable moments with this trip. The age range of our travelers is wide and goes from 20 to 70 years old. I assure you that the atmosphere is very fun and that you will end the trip with a new group of friends. Some already know each other from previous trips, now you will also be part of the groups.
And the extra activities?
If you are interested in doing the extra activities, you must book and pay up to 2 months before the tour. They cannot be made or canceled after that date. The travel leader may not accompany the extra activities, but they will always have the person responsible for the activity who will pick you up at the hotel and bring you back.
All travelers are required to have travel insurance for the days of the tour. Insurance must cover COVID-19. LEVA-ME travelers have a 5% discount on IATI insurance, doing it through this LINK. Any insurance is sufficient, however the star is the most complete. We recommend that you carefully read the conditions of each. You can however take out your insurance with any other insurer.
Are flights included?
No, each traveler is responsible for purchasing his or her airline ticket. LEVA-ME only organizes the entire itinerary from the moment you arrive at your destination until your return.
Why are flights not included?
LEVA-ME has travelers from several countries, for this reason it is possible to include the flight in the travel package. On the other hand, we like that each traveler has the freedom to choose the dates, times or company he wants to travel with.
Can you help me buy flights?
After the trip is confirmed by LEVA-ME, an email will be sent to all travelers with the recommended flights. Flights will always be recommended for those departing from Lisbon and Porto. Travelers can, however, choose to buy other flights that are somehow more advantageous to them. If you’re departing from another city/country, we’ll help you recommend flights.
On what day should we arrive at and depart from the destination?
You must arrive at the destination on the day the tour starts (start date shown on the website) and schedule your return on the day it ends.
I live abroad, do I need to go to Lisbon to travel with the rest of the group?
No, you can leave your country of residence and we’ll meet you at the destination. Later we will talk about how the group meets.
I don’t have a flight on the day the tour starts, can I go earlier?
Of course you can but you will be on your own until you meet the tour leader and the group at the hotel on the day the tour starts. If you want, you can also stay more days after finishing the LEVA-ME tour.
If I want to arrive a few days earlier, or stay a few days later, can I book the accommodation with you?
No, but we will name the accommodations so you can book directly with them.
Does the group of travelers travel all together?
No, as there are travelers departing from various parts of the world, the group’s meeting point is at the Sri Lanka airport or hotel.
How do we all get together, as some go on other flights?
We will keep the details and flight times of all participants. There is only one transfer from Dubai airport to the hotel. If you travel on another plane and arrive at the same time or before the majority of the group, you can wait at the airport and we will all go together on that transfer. If you arrive later in Dubai, you will have to go to the hotel on your own, either by Taxi or Metro.
I don’t have a flight on the day the tour starts, can I go before or after?
Of course you can but you will be on your own until we meet at the hotel. We do not make reservations for extra nights, but we will let you know if so so that you can do so directly.
When does LEVA-ME confirm the trip?
We confirm the trip when all the conditions for its realization are met, namely having reached the minimum number of travelers, as well as finalizing all questions related to the organization of the same (reservations, transfers, activities…). Confirmation usually takes place several months before the trip, however it can take a maximum of 20 days before the date. It may happen that at the time you make your reservation the trip is already confirmed.
And if they don’t confirm?
If up to 20 days before the trip we have not reached the minimum number of travelers, we will contact you to inform you that the trip has been cancelled.
What if the trip is canceled by LEVA-ME?
If LEVA-ME cancels the trip, we will give subscribers 3 options: Return of the money paid / Possibility to schedule for a new date / Possibility to use it in another destination or leave it in credit for future trips. If the traveler cancels, the terms and conditions apply.
Are we just Portuguese?
The vast majority of our groups are Portuguese travelers, but it is common to have travelers from other nationalities.
What language is spoken during LEVA-ME trips?
Given that travel leaders and most travelers are Portuguese speakers, Portuguese will be the language used. Our guides and drivers all speak a little Portuguese, French and Spanish. If you have any difficulty understanding, you have the travel leader to help you.
What is the role of the travel leader?
The travel leader is the person who will accompany you throughout the trip in order to enjoy the destination in a more relaxed way. It is important that you understand that a travel leader is not a tour guide who will tell you about the history of the monuments or about cultural details, for that we have local guides who have studied occasionally so that you can clarify all your questions. The purpose of the travel leader is to take care of all the logistics so you don’t have to worry about accommodation, transport, meals and activities. At the same time, it is the role of the travel leader to make the country and its culture known to the group in general, creating a fun and respectful environment among travelers. It will be a friend who will always be available to help you if you need it.
Do you have a sustainability policy?
As passionate about the World that we are, we try to make our trips as sustainable as possible. Whenever possible, we work with companies and hotels that have a sustainability certificate. We provide our travelers with information on how to be responsible tourists. We try to work with small businesses and hotels in order to activate the local economy. We avoid practices that in any way have a negative impact on the population or place we visit, nor do we sell activities that exploit animals.
I have a health problem, can I go on the trip?
All travelers are welcome on our trips, but if you have a health problem that somehow limits you physically, we recommend that you talk to us before making the reservation so that we can advise you or recommend a trip TAKE ME We think it’s more suitable.
Is there an age requirement?
Be over 18 years old. Over 16s are welcome when accompanied by parents. The price is the same as an adult.
Do I need to bring some material?
No, just bring your clothes, comfortable sneakers, flip-flops and a bikini.
Will I have time just for myself?
Sure! We don’t like trips that have every minute scheduled. Our trip will be busy, but there will also be plenty of time to explore on your own! I will be the first to encourage it!
Why are some meals not included?
That’s why, because we like to give you some time to be alone and enjoy every second in your own way. So most of the meals are free so you can go wherever you want. On average you should spend €40 per meal in Maldives.
Health and Vaccines?
The only mandatory vaccine at this time is COVID-19.
Sri Lanka and the Maldives are safe countries for travelers. Anyway, take the usual care as in any other country.
How many tour seats can I buy at once?
All seats can be reserved.
Why is it that sometimes there is only one last seat available for a man or a woman?
This is because the last available seat on the trip is to share a room with another person of the same sex.
When the trip is sold out, does it mean that I can no longer register, even if I am only one person?
Exactly, when the trip is sold out, it is sold out. Unfortunately, we were unable to add any more people as we do not have available space in the rooms or transport. You can always be on the waiting list and if there is any cancellation we will contact you.
Can you save seats?
Not. Seats are only reserved after the reservation has been paid.
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