10 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Galle, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Male, Maldives
— 3 nights

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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 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Dambulla visit planning tool.

Chennai, India to Dambulla is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park road trip planning site.

Getting from Ella to Yala National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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Galle, Sri Lanka

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then make a trip to Parrot Rock Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and then look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galle vacation planning site.

Getting from Yala National Park to Galle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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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 30th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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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

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Male, Maldives

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.
Male is known for shopping, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, look for gifts at Island Bazaar, examine the collection at National Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medhu Ziyaarath.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Male trip site.

Do a combination of flight and ferry from Kandy to Male in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Maldives Time is minus 0.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

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