18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Start: Muscat, Oman
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 30 min
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10 h 45 min
6
Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Ferry + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Muscat, Oman

3
nights
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.
Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Kandy is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
nights
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 7th (Sun), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, and then relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mirissa trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mihiripenna Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
Relax by the water at Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Galle Fort (in Galle) and Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Jungle Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa route planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hakgala Botanic Gardens in Nuwara Eliya (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Hakgala Botanic Gardens
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

2
nights
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, then don't miss a visit to Tissa Dagoba, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip maker tool.

You can drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
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.
Relax by the water at Rasfannu and Hulhumale Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Artificial Beach, steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Male tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Tissamaharama to Male with the Route module. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Maldives Time, which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Tissamaharama in April, Male is a bit warmer at night with lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hulhumale Beach
Highlights from your plan
Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market

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