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Grand Indian Ocean Adventure

January 7-25, 2020

Grand Journey

Start your adventure in Sri Lanka with endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, rolling surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible. Soak in the enchantment of Sri Lanka on this unforgettable journey. Refresh your spirit at the unusual Golden Temple of Dambulla, stroll spice gardens and tea plantations, and ride through Wilpattu National Park in search of elephants and leopards.
Then fly to the Maldives with its postcard-perfect atolls, stunning white-sand beaches and an amazing underwater world. This seven-day cruise takes you to turquoise lagoons, perfect beaches, and isolated sandbars that might have only existed in your dreams until now. Every day offers calming sea breezes and countless photo opportunities with time in between to relax on the sundeck or socialize with fellow travellers over a great seafood meal.

 

Signature Moments

  • Explore ruins and archaeological sites with local experts
  • Take in a lecture on elephant conservation
  • Search out leopards at Wilpattu National Park
  • Discover isolated beaches and sandbars
  • Swim and snorkel the vibrant coral reefs of the Indian Ocean
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Inclusions & Highlights
  • 11 Nights deluxe accommodations
  • Arrival transfer
  • 11 breakfast, 1 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Private minivan transportation throughout
  • Tour of Anuradhapura ruins
  • Tour the Sigiriya rock fortress
  • Dambulla cave temple visit
  • Visit a Matale spice garden
  • Tour the Temple of the Tooth
  • Cultural show
  • Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Tour Nuwara Eliya area and a Ceylon tea plantation
  • Hike in Horton Plains National Park
  • Safari drive in Udawalawe National Park
  • Wilpattu Safari and Conservation Talk, Wilpattu National Park
  • Agricultural Village Experience, Habarana
  • High Tea and Handicrafts, Kandy
  • Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, Udawalawe
  • Visit a Coconut Plantation, Colombo
  • Sri Lankan Cooking Demonstration, Udawalawe
  • English speaking guide
  • 6 Nights Dhoni accommodation
  • 1 Night deluxe accommodation in Male
  • Breakfast in Male
  • Transfer to boat
  • All meals
  • Fulidhoo Island visit and Bodu Beru performance
  • Felidhu Island visit
  • Bodu Mora Island visit
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Beach time in the Maldives
  • Seven days aboard a traditional dhoni boat
  • Women's Travel Club leader
Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Colombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka!
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at the airport today you will be met by a local guide and transfer to your hotel.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour leader will review the details of your tour.
Accommodations - The Steuart by Citrus

 

Day 2 - Wilpattu National Park

Depart early and visit a coconut plantation, learning about farming and popular coconut-based products. Continue north to Wilpattu National Park, known for its leopard population. Explore the park on a 4x4 and meet with a local expert to hear about conservation efforts and the issues of human encroachment on wildlife reserves. We will overnight at a safari camp, located just outside the National Park.
Wilpattu is the oldest National Park in the Country and home to Sri Lankan leopards and we will do our best to search some out with our local ranger. As well, enjoy the stunning flora and fauna, keeping an eye out for elephants, wild boar, sloth bear, spotted deer and water buffalo. Our safari camp is located 10 minutes to the Southern boundary of the park entrance, on the boundary of a lake, surrounded by bush forest. While a bit more simple than our other accommodations in Sri Lanka, a stay in a tented camp offers a unique and fun experience. Tents are heavy canvas with 2 raised beds, electricity, fan and ensuite toilette. The camp offers open air dining with exceptional food and service in a natural surrounding. On occasion, due to the remote location electricity and hot water can be sporadic. A flashlight is provided and should be used when walking at night.
Accommodations - Safari Tented Camp

 

Day 3 - Anuradhapura

Travel to the sacred city of Anuradhapura — a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk through the ruins and discover ancient Buddhist monasteries and temples. Enjoy some free time this afternoon and opt to rent a bike.
Accommodations - Palm Garden Village

 

Day 4 - Dambulla

Visit the thriving Village of Habarana for a glimpse of authentic rural life in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province. Travel by foot, traditional bull cart and canoe in this scenic region, visiting farms of lush vegetable fields and rice paddies, surrounded by a landscape of green jungle and picturesque lakes. Walk through the town to meet some of its residents and vendors and gain an understanding of their largely agricultural life. Take a canoe ride on the lake, then sit down to a lunch of local specialties. Later, continue on to Dambulla for the evening.
Accommodations - Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka

 

Day 5 - Dambulla

Head to Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress and climb the steps to the top of this captivating site to discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views. Be mesmerized by this rock fortress, which captivates every visitor with its well-laid out gardens, caves, monasteries, and palaces adorned with beautiful wall motifs. Start at the water gardens and climb more than 1,200 steps to reach the top. Pass caves with frescoes and boulders to find the ruins of a palace on the flat surface of the old volcanic magma rock. The rock rests 370m (1,213 ft) above sea level with a shear drop on all sides.
After, enjoy some free time to explore Dambulla.
Accommodations - Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka

 

Day 6 - Kandy

Tour the impressive Dambulla Cave Temple and admire ancient Buddhist murals and statues then visit a spice garden in Matale to learn about the therapeutic uses of local spices. Continue on to Kandy and enjoy a tour of the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important relic — a tooth of Lord Buddha kept in a well-preserved golden casket. This evening, listen to some traditional music at a cultural show.
Accommodations - Hotel Thilanka

 

Day 7 - Kandy

Today, visit the impressive Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya, considered a national asset. Enjoy the lush surroundings, pavilions, conservancy, orchid house, and stunning Javan fig tree. After, visit Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Here, we view a handicraft demonstration, listen to a lecture, and enjoy afternoon high tea. Taste local teas, scones, clotted cream, jam, and an assortment of sweet cakes and pastries. Later, enjoy some free time to walk through the city and around Kandy Lake.
Accommodations - Hotel Thilanka

 

Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya

Travel through scenic mountains to the tea-producing town of Nuwara Eliya, stopping at a traditional tea plantation in the central highlands to gain insight into the process of growing tea and its effect on the Ceylon region. Enjoy a cup of perfectly blended pure Ceylon tea then continue exploring the English countryside atmosphere which was once governed by English and Scottish planters. Walk through the green grass and lanes, enjoying stunning views of this countryside hamlet.
Accommodations - Grand Hotel

 

Day 9 - Udawalawe

Udawalawe Enjoy a picnic breakfast and hike through the highlands in Horton Plains National Park. Continue on to our tented camp on the border of Udawalawe National Park. This evening, enjoy a cooking demonstration by the camp chef to learn about local specialties.
Accommodations - Big Game Camping

 

Day 10 - Udawalawe

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive into the park to observe elephants who are in abundance here. After, visit and enjoy a lecture at the Elephant Transit Home, a haven for orphaned elephants who are rehabilitated then released back into the wild, many directly into Udawalawe National Park. Udawalawe is a sanctuary for large herds of elephants, and the national park proves to be one of the best places to observe them in their natural habitat. Hop into a safari jeep and head into the park, but keep an eye out for other wildlife such as spotted deer, sambur, barking deer, water buffalo and jackal - all found within the park.
Accommodations - Big Game Camping

 

Day 11 - Negombo

Drive to Negombo and enjoy free time to explore the city and check out the beautiful Portuguese and Dutch architecture.
Accommodations - Jetwing Sea Hotel

 

Day 12 - Negombo - Male

Time to say good-bye to beautiful Sri Lanka and depart for the Maldives. Transfer to the airport and fly to Male.

Welcome to the Maldives!
Check in to our hotel for the night and have the rest of your day at leisure.

 

Day 13 - Male
After our breakfast we will transfer to the waterfront to meet our boat captain and crew. We will depart for South Male Atoll. The afternoon is yours to enjoy, relax on the beach, go for a swim, have a cocktail, or read a book. The Maldives offer some of the most amazing snorkelling and marine life viewing opportunities in the world. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. 70 different species of colourful coral reefs make up the flora of this underwater city, with more than 700 species of fish and other marine life taking the role of the fauna. Snorkelling is one of the simplest ways to experience this impressive world under the water.
Accommodations - The Sea Farer

 

Days 2 - 6 - Sailing the Maldives

Spend the next five days cruising around the South Malé and Felidhu atolls, disembarking to visit islands and sandbars along the way. On Fulidhu, mingle with locals and experience a traditional drumming performance. Bodu Moro Island is home to idyllic uninhabited beaches – the perfect photo opt.
Aboard the dhoni, spend free time as you please – lounge on the sundecks and take in the views, relax with a good book, or socialize with fellow travellers as you enjoy delicious local seafood. Off the boat, opt to swim and enjoy snorkelling about twice a day amongst the spectacular marine life of the Maldives. The shallow islands and amazing coral reefs make it a key feeding ground for many species of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for turtles, reef sharks, stingrays, and octopuses.
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.
Accommodations - The Sea Farer

 

Day 7 - Male

In the morning, make the short crossing to Malé. The tour ends on arrival at Malé International Airport. Your departing flight must be for later than 12:00 PM.

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $5628 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $9712 CAD per person (your own room)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

Deposit of $700 per person due at time of booking.
Second deposit due July 13, 2019 - Double Occupancy $860 CAD - Single Occupancy $1850 CAD

Final Payment due - September 15, 2019

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions.

 

Booking Deadline

July 13, 2019
Book Now! Tour may fill up at any time.
Please do not book flights until after July 13, 2019 unless instructed to do so by the Women's Travel Club. If not enough ladies are booked by the release date then this tour may be cancelled. If the Women's Travel Club cancels the tour all payments made will be refunded.

 

Activity Level

Low Moderate Activity
This is a fairly relaxed tour. Some walking while visiting areas and a few shorter walking tours.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 13 ladies
Maximum - 14 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Airfare from Colombo to Male (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuity
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Tour Leader

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Colombo
Depart from Male

Flight Quote

Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
Insurance Quote

Accommodations
The Steuart by Citrus

The old 'Steuart House', a colonial building in Colombo that housed the head-quarters of George Steuart & Co. Ltd, the country's oldest mercantile institution, was transformed into a boutique business hotel in July 2015. The Steuart by Citrus embodies the essence of true Scottish style. The hotel comprises of fifty rooms, situated on eight floors, embedded by history dating back to 1835; The Steuart by Citrus takes you on a brief journey into colonial Ceylon. The Steuart offers guests exceptional local hospitality at this central location, making it an urban escape in the heart of the city.

Palm Garden Village

The palm garden village hotel is 03 star Eco friendly hotels in Anuradhapura. Palm garden village is the ideal place for relaxing stay in the midst of natureIts and includes the huge park with cottages immersed in the greenery, a swimming pool, Restaurant, Banquet hall, bar games room, Gym center & Health center providing natural aryveda treatment.

Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka

A tranquil luxury resort in the heart of dambulla surrounded by paddy fields and orchards with modern amenities at your fingertips. Sigiriana resort by thilanka offers an authentic experience of Sri Lanka in the most luxurious setting hidden away in the jungle. You will leave in a state of complete rejuvenation in body, mind and soul.

Hotel Thilanka

Surrounded by the Hunnasgiriya mountains and the Udawattaekelle natural reserve, this polished hotel is an 11-minute walk from Kandy Lake and a 13-minute walk from the Temple of the Tooth. The Royal Palace of Kandy is 1 km away. Elegant rooms with warm decor provide TVs and minibars. Some rooms have balconies.

Grand Hotel

In a sprawling English country-style manor with a half-timbered facade, this chic hotel adjacent to a golf course is 1 km from both Victoria Park and Victoria Museum. Understated rooms with colonial-style furnishings overlook the countryside or landscaped gardens, and come with flat-screen TVs and minibars.

Big Game Camping

The Udawalawe National Park is a very popular location for Sri Lankan elephants. Most visitors have the exhilarating experience of seeing herds of elephants congregate near watering holes to drink and eat. Big Game Camp Udawalawe tents provide you with the best blend of luxury and outdoor camping.

Jetwing Sea Hotel

On the gold-sand Jetwing Beach along the Laccadive Sea, this contemporary hotel is 5 km from the remains of the Negombo Dutch Fort and 14 km from Bandaranaike International Airport.

Samann Grand

The Udawalawe National Park is a very popular location for Sri Lankan elephants. Most visitors have the exhilarating experience of seeing herds of elephants congregate near watering holes to drink and eat. Big Game Camp Udawalawe tents provide you with the best blend of luxury and outdoor camping.

Sea Farer

The Sea Farer is an upgraded dhoni that was refurbished in 2018. Larger than some traditional dhoni, it comfortably hosts 14 passengers. Travellers can use the boat’s snorkelling equipment, fishing gear, and sun deck while exploring this vibrant archipelago.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

Hotel Request