13 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Galle, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
4
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
5
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night

2
nights
Male, Maldives

Male ©
The tiny but densely populated city of Male represents a contrast to the laid-back beach resorts found in much of the rest of the Maldives.
On the 14th (Sun), stroll around Sultan Park.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Male trip maker.

New Delhi, India to Male is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and ferry. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Male due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in October, expect nights in Male to be a bit warmer, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Male

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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National Museum ©
National Museum
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

4
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Visit Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach for some beach relaxation. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mirissa Beach will get you outdoors. Step out of Galle to go to Hikkaduwa and see Community Tsunami Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and look for gifts at Embark.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Galle vacation website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Male to Galle takes 8.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Maldives Time (MVT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 0.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach, Community Tsunami Museum
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak and then get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ella day trip planning website.

You can drive from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Victoria Golf & Country Resort. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Jayamali Batiks Studio. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to National Railway Museum in Kadugannawa--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy holiday planner.

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Golf

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens, National Railway Museum
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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 25th (Thu): stop by Lanka Silks, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

Plan trip to Dambulla with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Karu Arts & Crafts, Lanka Silks, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

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