12 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Amman

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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galle Fort and Tsunami Photo Museum. Relax by the water at Mirissa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Take a break from Unawatuna with a short trip to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna day trip app.

Amman, Jordan to Unawatuna is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Amman in November: highs in Unawatuna hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bentota, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Bentota Bazaar, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then stop by Gem Bank Gems & Jewellery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Unawatuna to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Bentota

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Dambulla travel planner.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Spas

Side Trips

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
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 20th (Fri): examine the collection at Raja Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Male, Maldives

— 3 nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Grand Friday Mosque and Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque). Relax by the water at Hulhumale Beach and Artificial Beach. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, stroll around Sultan Park, stop by Island Bazaar, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhu Ziyaarath.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Male trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Kandy to Male in 6.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is minus 0.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Male can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.