18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Hambantota, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nilaveli, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kalkudah, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Ferry
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Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Hambantota, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
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 photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Hambantota online holiday planner.

Muscat, Oman to Hambantota is an approximately 10.5-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 · Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

— 5 nights
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 Dolphin & Whale Watching and Narigama Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Handunugoda Tea Estate and Dutch Reformed Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda), Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa road trip planning app.

Drive from Hambantota to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Nilaveli, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
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.

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Drive from Hikkaduwa to Nilaveli in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Kalkudah, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
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.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, 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

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Male, Maldives

— 2 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.
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).

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, 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 ride a ferry to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Rasdhoo, Maldives

— 2 nights
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 reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rasdhoo tour planning app.

Getting from Male to Rasdhoo by ferry takes about 2.5 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 · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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.