20 days in Sri Lanka, Rasdhoo & Maafushi Island Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka, Rasdhoo & Maafushi Island Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka, Rasdhoo & Maafushi Island Itinerary

Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly + Taxi:  16 h
1
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
4
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13 h 30 min
6
Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 1 night
Travel:  4 h
7
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h
End: London, United Kingdom

1
night
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip website.

London, UK to Sigiriya is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

1
night
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 12th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In april, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
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.
On the 13th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, don't miss a visit to Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Ella online route planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

3
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Jungle Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Galle sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. april in Galle sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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 out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala, &more) and Riverstone Gap (in Matale). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kandy sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time for travel to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Peradeniya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Jumbos, Riverstone Gap
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Rasdhoo, Maldives

Rasdhoo ©
As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
On the 23rd (Thu), stroll through Bikini Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Veligandu Island Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Rasdhoo trip itinerary builder app.

Explore your travel options from Kandy to Rasdhoo with the Route module. In april, daily temperatures in Rasdhoo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Veligandu Island Beach
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Veligandu Island Beach ©
Veligandu Island Beach
Shark Diving
Bikini Beach ©
Bikini Beach

3
nights
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop, and then kick back and relax at Bikini Beach.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Maafushi Island travel planning website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Rasdhoo to Maafushi Island. In april, daytime highs in Maafushi Island are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. On the 27th (Mon), you're off to home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Angolo Souvenir shop ©
Angolo Souvenir shop

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