9 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

9 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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9 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + taxi:  11​h 30​min
1
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
4
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  4​h
5
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Mumbai, India


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2
nights
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.
On the 26th (Fri), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then see the interesting displays at Pethikada, and finally stop by Lanka Silks.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya sightseeing planner.

Mumbai, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galle.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana Buddhist Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): make a trip to Bodhi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Mon): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Embark, then take in the exciting artwork at EXOTIC ROOTS, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galle trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Galle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Wed), look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kandy tour itinerary maker app .

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 on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Shopping Wildlife
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Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Thu), see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, and finally browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip maker website .

You can fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. July in Colombo sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 80°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Parks
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Local Market, hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then see the interesting displays at National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Friday Mosque. Keep things going the next day: walk around Sultan Park, then admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and then kick back and relax at Artificial Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Male trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Colombo to Male in 5 hours. August in Male sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Parks Museums Beaches
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Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
National Museum ©
National Museum

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