43 days in Sri Lanka, Male & Havelock Island Itinerary

43 days in Sri Lanka, Male & Havelock Island Itinerary

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43 days in Sri Lanka, Male & Havelock Island Itinerary

Start: Vaasa, Finland
Fly:  29​h
1
Male, Maldives
— 7 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h
2
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 13 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 12 nights
Fly:  8​h 45​min
4
Havelock Island, India
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  29​h
End: Vaasa, Finland

7
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Spas. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Hulhumale Beach and Artificial Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Male: HP Reef (in Furanafushi Island) and Hulhumale Mosque (in Hulhumale). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), don't miss a visit to Maldive Victory, browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, and see the vivid underwater world at Banana Reef.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Male trip app .

Vaasa, Finland to Male is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Maldives Time (MVT), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Vaasa in January, with highs in Male at 36°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Male

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

North Male Atoll, Hulhumale, HP Reef, Hulhumale
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Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
HP Reef ©
HP Reef

13
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.
Visit Narigama Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach), Galle (Spas, Galle Fort, & more) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach, Japanese Peace Pagoda, & more). And it doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Ahungalla Beach, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, and relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Male to Hikkaduwa. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hikkaduwa when traveling from Male in February, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Bentota, Matara, Kosgoda
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Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

12
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
We've included these beaches for you: Negombo Beach and Panadura Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Scuba & Snorkeling, St. Mary's Church, & more), Pinnawala (Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Our Turtle Conservation Project (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo journey planner .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Havelock Island.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Negombo, Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Our Turtle Conservation Project, Travco Adventures
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling

6
nights
Havelock Island, India

Havelock Island ©
Known for its scuba diving spots, picturesque beaches, and relaxed atmosphere, Havelock Island stands out as the largest island in the archipelago, and one of the most tourist-oriented places in the Andaman Islands.
Relax by the water at Radhanagar Beach and Govind Nagar Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Mangrove Forest. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Elephant Beach, head off the coast to Inglis Island, stroll through Kalapathar Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Havelock Island trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Havelock Island takes 9 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Havelock Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Radhanagar Beach ©
Radhanagar Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Elephant Beach ©
Elephant Beach

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