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Jewel of the Crown Holiday Package
This remarkable journey encompassing some of the exciting destinations highlights how trade, imperial conquest, religious and cultural interaction have all played their part in these mystic lands, where the ancient and contemporary exist side by side. Your journey begins in India's tropical south, where Cochin is a jewel in the crown of Kerala with its European heritage and true cosmopolitan temperament. Enjoy meandering upriver on a private houseboat through the spectacular backwaters, where the languid pace and lush tropical scenery is interrupted only by close-up glimpses of traditional village-life.
Dropping south from India is the teardrop shaped island of Sri Lanka, a tapestry of culture and nature. Explore its rich heritage of past colonisation and its spiritual roots while wandering through spectacular city ruins. This journey comes to end in the clear and translucent waters, coral reefs and white sand of the Maldives. What could be better than cruising on a dhoni to experience island hopping far from the crowds, learn about the local way of life and snorkel the spectacular reefs of the Indian Ocean, the perfect way to end this enchanting journey of discovery on the `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package!
You may choose to stay in the heart of the historic Fort Cochin, India’s Oldest Indo – European town. On arrival, take some rest and spend some time at leisure, after which you may start on your tour. The city of Cochin was founded following a flood which created a natural and safe harbour and quickly became the chief port on the Malabar Coast,and has three distinctive regions – Ernakulam, the modern region to the East, the older districts of Mattancherry and Fort Cochin located on a peninsula in the west. To orient you with this spice land, there are plenty of things to do in this seaside Indian city with its Portuguese and Dutch history, architecture and style. This place is renowned for its exquisite gold designer jewellery and is also home to the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry), Jew Town with its synagogue and the Fort itself. The oldest Church in India, the Anglican St. Francis Church, sits near mosques and Jewish buildings, and Portuguese housing rests side by side with English manor homes. Vasco de Gama's tombstone is still here, even if his remains are back in Lisbon, and the Dutch cemetery is worth a quick look. Watch the sunset from the tip of Fort Kochi where you would spot the old cantilevered fishing nets, common here in Kerala. Originally brought from China, in Malayalam they are called 'cheena vala', and used mainly at high tide. This is an important stop on the spice trading route due to its strategic location near the tip of the Indian subcontinent, resulting in the variety of architecture, food and other influences typical of today’s Kochi. Today the city is the commercial hub of Kerala state, and a growing centre of information technology, tourism and international trade, with a variety of Dutch and British influenced architecture, style and food! Go around for a traditional lunch in the eco-friendly village of Kumbalangh, interact with the locals, exchanging suggestions on their lifestyle and improvisations, and perhaps having a cup of tea or coffee with them, sharing a universal feeling of togetherness!
You may then head to Alleppey where you join the backwaters cruise boats. Backwaters or Kuttanad is a district in Kerala, an enchanting landscape of dyaks, canals, rivers and deltas fed by three major rivers that flow down from the Western Ghat mountain chain. The entire system depends on water and boats as the main means of transportation. The largest body of water in the state is Lake Vembanad and dominates the Backwaters which are an extensive network of canals that center around Alleppey, Kumarakom, Kollam and especially Punnamada, where the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held in August.
Alleppey or Alappuzha is a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons and canals, and is labelled as the Venice of the East. Alappuzha meaning the land between the sea and a network of rivers falling into it evokes a sense of romance and beauty and has been the focus of trade and commerce from time immemorial, as it was here that traders from across the seven seas came in search of black gold and souvenirs. The place is famous for its 'snake boat' (chundan vallam) races and has some old trading houses still in use. It is also home to Kuttanad, the rice bowl of Kerala, one of the very few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. You could sleep in a homestay in the backwaters as this offers you the opportunity of talking and interacting with the local families, learning about life in the islands and dining on traditional cuisine. Accommodation is on a multi-share basis and all the families live within a few hundred metres of each other, with at least one person in the family speaking English. You can continue your explorations by boat along winding backwaters seeing Keralan life in all its colour, and get entertained by the boatmen singing in their excited voices as the stunning sun goes down! Cruising in house boats, originally called kettuvaloms and used for carrying tons of rice and spices, which have been reworked into huge and slow moving barges used for leisure trips, complete with all amenities for a resident stay including a cook, a bearer and a driver and captivating enough to dazzle the tourists, moving through these emerald waters! Every now and then, moor your boat and hop out to watch a boat being built, coir ropes woven, or coconut oil extracted or just join in whatever fun is going on, as the whole spread is laid out almost like some live anthropological museum, on this `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package!
Coconut oil extraction is one of the main industries on the backwater. Every now and then, there would be opportunities during the cruise to stop at village tea shops to sample the refreshing green coconut juice, or tea, and visit churches, sacred groves and market places this gem land would also familiarize you to Kerala’s Ayurveda resorts, renowned as a happy mix of beautiful locations and beneficial treatment that do credit to both Ayurveda and tourism. Most of these offer packages for de-stressing or to rid you of arthritis, sinus, slipped discs, sciatica, rheumatism, high blood pressure……. you name the problem, and the remedy is there, and such centres located on the backwaters in Alleppey are suitable for a wellness sojourn!
After enjoying sunrise over the backwaters, continue cruising before disembarking at Boat Jetty. The remainder of the day is free to relax and explore the city, if missed out on something or just move to a café, spend some time at pleasure!
Move on to Colombo, and get transferred to your hotel in Negombo. You may then proceed to Habarana, and en-route you stop at Kurunegala for a traditional Sri Lankan cookery demonstration and lunch. Halt at the spectacular cave temples of Dambulla, before continuing to the village of Habrana, where you may interact with the habitants, learn about their skills and perhaps have a snack over a cup of tea or coffee with them on this `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package!
The next visit would be to the spectacular Sigiriya Rock Fortress which was built by King Kasyapa, as a royal citadel. In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace, the outer wall of which was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO-sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya’s fifth century Water Gardens to their former glory, and well worth a visit! Continue to Kandy, a city of arts and crafts as well as culture and history. In the evening enjoy a cultural performance by traditional Kandyan dancers and drummers including devotional “Fire Walking”.
Some say Kandy is the only other real ‘city’ in Sri Lanka other than Colombo. The easy-going capital of the Hill Country has a lot to offer, history, culture, forested hills and a touch of urban buzz. You may visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, one of the finest of its kind in Asia with innumerable species of flora, and once the headquarters of Lord Mountbatten. The large banyan tree, the orchid house, the suspension bridge, and the bats are some of the main attractions. Drive there through the University of Peradeniya the most scenic and the largest university in the country. New Ranweli Spice Garden located in close proximity to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens is a place to see and learn about Sri Lankan spices and herbs.After seeing around, the garden,spices can also be purchased as a souvenir! The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage has about seventy semi-tamed elephants roaming freely around this wonderful sanctuary. Feeding and bathing times are especially enjoyable. You can either hire a taxi to take you there or get a bus to Kegalle asking the driver to drop you off at the turn for Pinnewala. Alternatively, take a train to Rambukkana and walk from the village, towards the Elephant Orphanage. Rambukkana is on the main line to Colombo and the journey is quite scenic, passing through jungle drenched mountains. Definitely worth the trip especially if you have children, who would get go shrieking with excitement as they watch these animal species playing around! You could also visit the Bahirawakanda temple, where the omnipresent Buddha statue, that can be seen from everywhere in Kandy city. Take a tuk tuk ride to the Temple or walk up and follow the colourful Buddhist flags over the road. The ancient Tea Factory of Hantana Estate has been converted into a Tea Museum dedicated to the history of Sri Lankan Tea. The Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary, the forest located "in the Kandy city", was planned and maintained as the part of the Royal Palace complex of the Sinhala Kings. A patch of tropical rain forest still survives and if you don't come across it, the path is still a wonderful walk, as you are guaranteed to come across plenty of monkeys, some tranquil ponds, views over the lake, the town and the surrounding hills, a eclectic treat for the eyes! Other temples situated around Kandy, are popular tourist attractions, the most famous being Gadaladeniya, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekke Devalaya, Dodanwala Devalaya, Degaldoruwa, Hindagala Viharaya, Madawala Viharaya and Galmaduwa Viharaya. Also visit Athur's seat for a panoramic view of the Kandy city. For longer walks, there are paths branching out from Rajapihilla Mawatha, giving the essence of a soothing ambience, caressing your persona! The colourful ambience of the Ayurvedic treatment centre at Amaya Hills is rather charismatic and it is located high in the hills on a winding road. Make a day of it, have lunch and spend a few hours around the stunning pool on this `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package!
Journey by road to Nuwara Eliya, “Little England” nestled in a wooded basin at the foot of Mount Pidurutalagala ,Sri Lanka’s highest and tallest peak, above sea-level has a cool, crisp climate unknown elsewhere in Sri Lanka. Located in the hill country of the Central Province of Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya, is often called "city on the plain (table land)" or "city of light"., with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at a very high altitude and is considered to be the most important location for tea production in its country. The town's attractions include the golf course, trout streams, Victoria Park, and boating or fishing on Lake Gregory. Victoria Park is an attractive and a well-used oasis. It is popular with birdwatchers at quieter times because of the good opportunities it gives to see various species, particularly the Indian Blue Robin, Pied Thrush or Scaly Thrush lurking in the denser undergrowth. The Kashmir Flycatcher is another attractive bird species found in the park. The Galway’s Land Bird Sanctuary. is another wildlife site.
The city is a base for visits to Horton Plains National Park, a key wildlife area of open grassy woodlands. Species found here include the Leopard, Sambar, and the endemic purple-faced langur . Endemic highland birds include the Dull- Bull Flycatcher, Sri Lankan White-eye, and yellow-eared bulbul. The plains also get a well-visited tourist attraction at World's End, a sheer precipice with an altitude drop. The return walk passes the scenic Baker Falls and early morning visits are best, both to see the wild-life, and to view World's End, before mists close in during the latter part of the morning. Another place related to folklore is the Hindu Temple Seetha Amman Temple, called "Seetha Kovil" (Hanuman Kovil), is based in the village called "Seetha Eliya". The area is related to the Ramayana story in and the folklore says that the mighty King Ravana kidnapped Princess Seeta who was the queen of Rama and hid her in the place where the temple now is located. There is also a Church called the Holy Trinity Church on Church Road, which accommodates an old graveyard, with most of the grave stones having British names engraved on them.You would get the sense of walking in the middle of a forest, and imagine that you saw a beautiful white shining diamond watered waterfall, cascading and reach the top of a mountain, and THEN discover the highest land of the country!
One of the distinctive features of Nuwara Eliya's countryside is the widespread growing of vegetables, fruit and flowers usually associated with temperate Europe. This place is covered with terraces growing potatoes, carrots, leeks, and roses, interspersed with tea bushes on the steeper slopes. The slow-growing tea bushes of this highland region produce some of the world's finest Orange Pekoe tea, and several tea factories around the area offer guided tours and the opportunity to sample or purchase their products, as En route you may visit a Tea Factory and a Plantation to witness the manufacturing process of the world famous “Ceylon Tea” to taste a pure unblended cup of factory fresh tea before it is sent to the Tea Auctions in Colombo!
Go further on for your travel to Colombo on this `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package! You would be at leisure to explore the markets, do some last minute shopping or sightseeing or just relax by the pool. Travellers may feast their eyes with novices such as The National Museum of Colombo, situated in the cinnamon gardens area and housing the crown jewels. There is also the Colombo Dutch Museum, detailing the Dutch colonial history of the country. A small collection of Sri Lankan masterpieces at the Art Gallery in Green Path might attract the tourists, next to which is the Natural History Museum. The Dutch Period Museum displays Dutch legacy through artifacts such as furniture, ceramics, coins, arms, weapons, pottery, portraits and furniture from the period of Dutch rule. The Maritime Museum transports visitors through maritime history and has some fascinating antiques that were used by lighthouse keepers, pirates, and sailors.
The Colombo's Zoological Park has a wide variety of animals, birds, and reptiles and the most popular enjoyment in the zoo is the elephant show, which is held daily, and it also offers elephant and pony rides. The Casa Serena Art Gallery is a purpose built space, designed to exhibit a diverse array of art, photography, sculpture, video installations and craft. It focuses on contemporary and traditional arts and features the work of local and international artists. Gangaramaya Viharaya - is probably Colombo's most famous Buddhist temple and has been making a valuable contribution to Buddhist traditions and learning and a centre for worship in Sri Lanka. Viharamahadevi Park, is the green lung of Colombo, and is the largest, oldest and most colourful park. There are small ponds, occasional elephants and some interesting Buddha statues with a special children's section which has a small train ride and a zoo of baby animals. Swings and see-saws are among other amusement activities for children.
The Dehiwela Zoo has a wide collection of fauna from all over the world. The Min Medura Aquarium has varieties of aquatic life which is spectacular, inclusive of a reptile house having a collection of cobras, vipers, and many other snake varieties. There is also a well-stocked aviary and a Butterfly Park with the highlight of an elephant show in the evening. Another incredible site is the Independence Hall at the Independence Square in Cinnamon Gardens. Even before the Parliament was built, some claim that the Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque was recognized as the landmark of Colombo by sailors approaching the port, and the most visited tourist sites in the city. The St. Paul’s Church Milagiriya, one of the oldest churches in Sri Lanka is also a landmark, first built by the Portuguese and re-built by the British. The Fort district also has the famous Cargills and Millers complex that is protected by a special government law from demolition, done mainly to preserve the historic beauty of the Fort area. The Wolvendaal Church is a living edifice of the Dutch colonial architecture and a monument of the Dutch Christian zeal, on the `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package!
The Galle Face Green is the Colombo’s largest and most elegant promenade, lined with palm trees and adjacent to the coast, and this mile-long stretch in the heart of the city is a constant beehive of activity, as in the evening it plays host to families and children playing sports and flying kites, lovers embracing under umbrellas and health enthusiasts taking their daily evening walks. There are numerous small food stalls and a small stretch of beach to get wet. .
Finally, head for your voyage to the Maldives! Land at the airport, and straightaway get transferred to your `dhoni’, which equipped with motors and sails as well as private cabins and a sun deck. You will be introduced to the crew before cruising to the uninhabited island of Waagali or to a resort island. Your chef on board will show off his skills with a delectable buffet lunch service. You have the rest of the day to spend swimming and snorkeling before anchoring for the night. It is a wonderful spot for your first lesson in snorkeling at the stunning coral reefs of the Maldives! Beach towels, snorkel and flippers are all provided on board!
On the cruise, there is only one thing to do, relax and enjoy! After breakfast we cruise to the nearby atoll and the village of Felidu. Each atoll in the Maldives is made of a coral reef encircling a lagoon, with deep channels dividing the reef ring. A string of islands take their places among this atoll ring, each island has its own reef encircling the island lagoon. The reefs of the islands, alive with countless types of underwater creatures and vibrant corals, protect the islands from wind and wave action of the surrounding vast oceans. The Felidu Atoll is still quite untouched and its main industry is fishing, and you may spend the day in the village, meeting the local people and observing their lifestyle before returning to your `dhoni’ for an evening at the lagoon, enjoying the splendid views!
You have another day to relax as you cruise to the beautiful uninhabited island of Vashugiri. At the beach, you can go skin-diving, snorkeling or swimming. The crew will organise a beach barbeque where you can enjoy a feast of local seafood, on the shining and sparkling powdery sands! Spend the night at anchor and you may choose to sleep up on the deck beneath a blanket of stars, gazing at the sky with gleaming eyes on the `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package!
Then again you may cruise along to the picturesque inhabited island of either Felidhoo or Keyodu. Here you will meet the islanders, explore the towns and have some time for local entertainment in the evening. You may return to the `dhoni’ in the evening. A day-time trip to a desert island is an experience of its own. The raw, unspoilt vegetation surrounded by blinding beaches and dazzling sunbeam-lined waters are like a phantasm, everything feels imagined, and you are the only person in this beautiful universe. There are also the quiet fishing villages with lots of tree-shade, swings, and the traditional wooden holhuashi, which is rather like an island-version of a gazebo, built with hollow wooden trunks tied together forming the large, bench-like seat, and often with a thatched roof.
You may leisurely cruise back to Male Atoll, and have time to visit the Male city where you may like to do a bit of souvenir shopping, visit the museum or fruit market before you cruise to a nearby resort island for your final night at anchor. It would be worthwhile to visit the Hukuru Miskiiy is the oldest mosque with coral stone walls, intricately carved with patterns and Arabic script, superb interior with fine lacquer work and elaborate wood-carvings. The National Museum is a three-storeyed building, only remnant of the Sultan’s Palace the Sultan’s Park, was an attractive place full of flowers and trees surrounding the museum, once part of the grounds of the Palace. The National Art Gallery contains varied art forms of the nation, from paintings to photography and sole exhibitions. The stresses and pressures of modern life instantly become a distant memory enabling you to totally relax, rejuvenate and unwind like no other place. Have a look at the Wreck of the Maldives Victory, a cargo ship that hit a reef and sank in as the ship’s structure is almost intact.
Wake up on the dhoni again, breakfast served, and perhaps you may take time off to visit some more resorts, as mentioned below, before being transferred to the airport.
The Banana Reef, a protected area has everything from dramatic cliffs to caves and overhang,; brilliant coral growths, big predators such as sharks, barracuda and groper, and prolific reef fish such as jackfish, morays and bluestriped snapper. The Reeftop is excellent for snorkelling.
Fish Head, one of the world’s most famous dives, the steep sides are spectacular with multi-level ledges, overhangs and caves supporting sea fans, anemones and black corals. Fish life includes large Napoleans and schools of barracudas, besides numerous grey reef sharks.
Spas set in the Maldives, thus, are perfected as the ultimate getaway cocoons in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean. Traditional healing methods, that have been passed on for generations as family secrets by the hakeembe (healing experts), have been incorporated into special spa programs in the Maldivian islands. The types of treatments vary with each spa but you can get almost any world-class treatment in a Maldivian spa. Every resort here has a spa, some of them nestled deep within thick vegetation, others sitting in solitude on a wooden jetty built on the lagoon, and some even built underwater.
In Kerala, the shopping culture gets reflected in a variety of souvenir items that spell out its origin, history, art and socio-religious aspects. These articles come in a wide range of attractive and unique handmade items. Among them are the popular ones like the Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror), handicraft products made from coconut shells, wood, clay and cane, mural paintings and handloom products like Kasavu sari (sari with golden brocade). Visitors can buy gifts from the Culture Shoppe, the official agency to promote Kerala Souvenirs for the Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala. At Culture Shoppe, visitors could choose gifts and mementos like the Uruli (wok), Para (brass miniature of a traditional measuring vessel) Kettuvallom (rice barge) Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror), Nettipattam (caparison for elephants), Nettoor petti (traditional jewellery box) and other varieties. Textiles and fabrics, particularly silk, are universal phenomena throughout the Southern region!
Products that are worth buying in Sri Lanka include world famous Ceylon tea, clothing and jewellery, including the Sri Lankan blue sapphire. Quality is generally assured at the higher end stores, as with the House of Fashions offering clothes, accessories and Odel, an upscale store featuring high quality designer labels of clothing, candles, Sri Lankan tea, jewellery, trinkets and some artefacts. The Crescat Boulevard is a fashionable, upscale shopping centre, food court and grocery store while Barefoot is a handicraft store, has a wide range of good quality souvenirs and handmade items, clothes, bags, and children toys, from some of the most beautifully-colored fabric that you have ever seen. Pettah is situated on the outskirts of the fort area and its pavements are full of small stalls selling delicious sherbet to shirts to clothes and handicrafts. The First Cross Street has electronic goods shops and the Second Cross Street has cellular phones and fancy goods. The Noritake brand of crockery is very famous and a tempting purchase! At the end of the street further away from Fort is the Sea Street, Sri Lanka’s Gold Market, surrounded by jewellery shops.
Male, the capital of Maldives is a fascinating place for the shoppers. Garments, perfumes, cosmetics, jewellery, electronic gadgets, gizmos, canned fish and various local handicrafts are amongst the best picks. There are shops offering apparels, perfumes, curios, jewellery, trinkets, sarongs, songkets,food preserves and souvenirs, to take back as momentos. Situated on the main road of the island, the Majeedhee Magu has along its sides numerous shops selling goods ranging from the smallest commodities to virtually everything you may need. The shops have a fabulous collection of garments, perfumes and cosmetics, jewellery, handbags, watches or electronics and much more. Chandanee Magu is the best place for souvenir shopping and shops are stocked with a profusion of gifts, curios or souvenir items. Best picks include the “thudu kuna”, the Maldivian mat woven with local natural fibre, and the attractive wooden miniature “dhonis” which are a worthwhile purchase.
Cuisine in Kerala has roots in the history, geography and culture of the land. These can be classified under the two standard headings - vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. While the non-vegetarian dishes are heavily spiced, the vegetarian repertoire is mildly spiced and feels especially easier on the non-native tongue. Sadhya, Ada Pradhaman,Avial, Erissery,non-vegetarian chicken curry, chicken thoran, dry prawns with cabbgae, egg koottu, fish mappas, Appam and Chicken Stew are mostly relished by residents and tourists!
For those night owl's Colombo's nightlife is on par with most other Asian destinations and feature a number of establishments, that offer decent music and drinks, served in a pleasant atmosphere, such as the Kelaniya Temple, which is a splendid example of Buddhist architecture and art. At the temple entrance there is the striking ‘Makara Thorana' archway, a symbol of protection in local mythology, and is a stylized depiction of animals combined into an elaborate pattern. It has the trunk of an elephant, the body of a fish, the feet of a lion, the ears of a hog, the teeth of a monkey and the tail of a swan. The Cricket Club Cafe is a must for any cricket lover with its walls covered in autographed memorabilia and photos with sports, usually cricket, being screened on all the TV’s scattered throughout the rooms, serving authentic Aussie cuisine and a wide variety of drinks. The Bar is named after Donald Bradman. The Gallery Cafe, with a wonderful atmosphere is a beautiful building, designed by famous Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, having a large food menu featuring many international dishes, decadent desserts and extensive cocktail menu. The Lagoon restaurant focuses primarily on seafood with colorful Sri Lankan flavours and the friendly, professional staffs are able to create an enjoyable dining experience. The Mango Tree, the finest restaurant in the city with North Indian Cuisine, full of innovative dishes and Chesa Swiss, representing the best of Swiss cuisine, has all your favourites from fresh garden snails to Chateaubriand for two to steak Café de Paris style! The wine list is exclusively Swiss.
For food, Maldives has an abundance of cuisines to rock your taste buds, and give you a spell-binding culinary experience, as it offers a mix of Indian, Mediterranean, Continental, Chinese, Cantonese, Oriental fare along with burgers, pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, croissants, cold or hot shakes, savouries, mouth-melting patisserie, smoothies and beverages, home-made sweets and pickles, served in the most peaceful and solitude environment! The hive `Cafe’ offers the best burgers in town, with a variety of other pastry items and drinks. The Hive Restaurant located on top of Beehive Nalahiya Hotel, gives a magnificent view of `Male’ in addition to the delicious international cuisines in a relaxed environment. Maarukeytu Hota, is a noisy eatery full of fishermen from the market below. It has no English menu, but the staff is happy to help out with a serving of grilled fish, curry, rice and drinks that won’t cost more than you can afford. Olive Garden and Orchid de Magu serve pizzas, pasta and the usual suspects, spiced up to tickling tastes…… ah! Warn the waiter in advance if you do not like chili! Shell Bean is a popular sandwich shop, and Thai Wok offers tasty and authentic Thai food!
With plenty of rainy days per year, Kerala has a wet and maritime tropical climate influenced by the seasonal heavy rains of the southwest summer monsoon. In eastern Kerala, a drier tropical wet and dry climate prevails!
Colombo features a tropical rainforest climate and is fairly temperate throughout the year. The monsoon seasons vary from May to August and October to January when heavy rains can be expected but the winter months are drier than usual.
The weather in the Maldives is usually picture perfect, with sunlit days, breezy nights, balmy mornings, and iridescent sunsets. Throughout the year, the sun is a constant on most days, shining through treetops, creating lacy patterns on your feet, healing cold-bones with its warmth and the island remains one of the world’s most beautiful tropical destinations with fine weather the year round on the northern islands and across the whole nation, during the dry season. Whatever time of year the Maldives offer azure blue seas and sunshine, making it perfect for relaxing in its many resorts.
It is certain that tourists would return back from this enigma, with their mind and heart completely drowned in an ocean -of- fantasy- turned-real, on this `Jewel of the Crown’ Holiday Package!