18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Muscat, Oman
Fly:  11 h
1
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
3
Nilaveli, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Kalkudah, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 45 min
5
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h
End: Muscat, Oman

2
nights
Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Take a break from the city and head to Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and Ussangoda National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Kumana National Park and Kahandamodara Beach. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Bundala National Park.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hambantota online holiday planner.

Muscat, Oman to Hambantota is an approximately 11- hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. April in Hambantota sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bundala National Park, Ussangoda National Park, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Narigama Beach and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Handunugoda Tea Estate and Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota), Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & Dutch Reformed Church) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa travel planner.

You can drive from Hambantota to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya
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Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
Nilaveli, Sri Lanka

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

Plan my trip to Nilaveli with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Nilaveli in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach

2
nights
Kalkudah, Sri Lanka

Kalkudah ©
On the 14th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park, enjoy the sea views from Batticaloa Lighthouse, and then take in the views from Kallady Bridge.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah trip planner.

You can drive from Nilaveli to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park
Kallady Bridge ©
Kallady Bridge

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sultan Park and Jumhooree Maidhaan. Get outdoors at Rasfannu and Fishing Charters & Tours. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage, browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque).

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Male online trip maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kalkudah to Male. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Maldives Time (MVT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mulee Aage ©
Mulee Aage

2
nights
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 19th (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Bikini Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Veligandu Island Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Rasdhoo tour planning app.

Getting from Male to Rasdhoo by car takes about 5.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Rasdhoo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Veligandu Island Beach
Highlights from your plan
Veligandu Island Beach ©
Veligandu Island Beach
Shark Diving
Bikini Beach ©
Bikini Beach

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