11 days in Manila, Kuala Lumpur & Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Manila, Kuala Lumpur & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Manila, Kuala Lumpur & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Paphos, Cyprus
Fly:  18​h 30​min
1
Manila, Philippines
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 45​min
2
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  7​h
3
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
4
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  15​h 30​min
End: Paphos, Cyprus

1
night
Manila, Philippines

Manila ©
The capital of the Philippines and the "Pearl of the Orient," Manila truly resembles a gem: rough on the outside, but glittering within.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fort Santiago and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Intramuros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno and then tee off at Villamor Golf Course.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Manila journey tool .

Paphos, Cyprus to Manila is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Philippines Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. In January, Manila is much warmer than Paphos - with highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kuala Lumpur.

Things to do in Manila

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Villamor Golf Course, Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno
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Intramuros ©
Intramuros
Fort Santiago ©
Fort Santiago
Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno ©
Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno

2
nights
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur ©
A holiday in Kuala Lumpur, a modern metropolis and capital of Malaysia, reveals a place where colonial influences, Asian traditions, and modern aesthetics come together in urban architecture and street layout.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at KL Bird Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Batu Caves, then walk around KLCC Park, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Menara Kuala Lumpur. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, admire the landmark architecture of Petronas Twin Towers, then wander the streets of KLCC - Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway, and finally head outdoors with Dialogue in the Dark, Malaysia.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kuala Lumpur trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Manila to Kuala Lumpur by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight. In January, daytime highs in Kuala Lumpur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Batu Caves, Dialogue in the Dark, Malaysia
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Petronas Twin Towers ©
Petronas Twin Towers
Batu Caves ©
Batu Caves
KL Bird Park ©
KL Bird Park

1
night
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla road trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Dambulla in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Dambulla is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa itinerary planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

1
night
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our Mirissa online tour planner .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas

2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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