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| Sunday, June 30, 2013 |

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Published on Wed, 3 Jul 2013

  • A serene beach in Maldives

Ocean fresh

So, you've toiled through summer and want a quick monsoon break. If the idea of a beach holiday in the Maldives and Sri Lanka sounds tempting, then just read on.

Cox & Kings has a 7-night and 8-day Explore Maldives & Sri Lanka Package on offer. The deal, starting upwards of Rs 69,728 per person includes accommodation in a standard room with breakfast and dinner in Maldives while the Sri Lanka leg throws in accommodation with breakfast. The cost varies depending on the city you are joining the package from.

The sojourn starts in Maldives where you can unwind at the 5-star resort, Paradise Island Resort & Spa for three nights. Sprawling on Maldives' North Male Atoll (Maldives' natural atoll or ring-shaped coral reef), the resort is located 9.6km from the airport and is a great place for chilling out on the beaches and exploring its marine life.

You'll arrive in Sri Lanka on Day Four and spend two nights — one each upon arrival and before departure — in Colombo's Hotel Sapphire. From here you'll head for two cities in Sri Lanka's Central Province region and spend a night in each place. Nuwara Eliya is the first stop on the itinerary and you'll stay at Galway Forest Lodge that's set in the mountains surrounded by tea estates. And in Kandy, the region's hill capital, you can enjoy views of Kandy Lake from Hotel Hilltop that overlooks it.

The deal packs in all transfers by road in a private vehicle as well as sightseeing in the company of an English speaking driver-cum-guide.

The package is valid till September 30 and is inclusive of Economy class airfares, airport taxes as well as overseas medical insurance. For details visit http://www.coxandkings.com/

American tryst

  • The Statue of Liberty

Strolling in Central Park, late night carousing at Times Square or simply gasping at the Manhattan skyline — New York City rocks as a holiday destination. The city rarely ever sleeps and it's now perhaps the perfect time for a visit (that is, if you don't mind the whopping airfares ex-Calcutta that start at around Rs 80,000).

This summer, NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organisation for NYC, has some exciting deals on offer for holidaymakers planning to grab a bite of The Big Apple.

If you plan to go with the family, then the 'Where's Waldo? Family Promotion' might just be your thing. An important part of the promotion is the Where's Waldo New York Explorer Pass, which will be your ticket to discover NYC and its many attractions with ease. By the way, Where's Waldo is NYC's fifth official family ambassador who encourages family-friendly holidays and travel.

Some 40 family-friendly hotels are participating in the promotion and are offering exciting deals that include free picnics in the park, special gift bags, free breakfast, complimentary passes to top attractions and more. Some of the hotels participating in the programme include Affinia Manhattan, InterContinental New York Times Square, Millennium Hilton, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge and the Sheraton New York Times Square.

Meanwhile, with the value-for-money Where's Waldo New York Explorer Pass, you can visit some of the city's top attractions without having to stand in long queues. The pass will get you into the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Central Park Zoo and other iconic sites. You'll also have the option to take a SHARK speedboat thrill ride from New York's harbour.

  • Times Square New York

The pass lists some 56 top attractions and you can choose 3, 5, 7 or 10 from these and take up to 30 days to visit them. Prices vary according to the number of attractions you opt for. Prices for the pass start at $79.99 for adults and $57.99 for children and go up to $209.99 and $139.99 for adults and children respectively. Buy your Where's Waldo New York Explorer Pass online, at nycgo.com/waldo or at Official NYC Information Center in Midtown Manhattan.

The offers are available through Labour Day that is September 2, 2013. For details visitnycgo.com/waldo.