18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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


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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 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kandy day trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Kandy is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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 up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE. Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and then explore and take pictures at Nandana Tea Factory.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa route builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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 Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Japanese Peace Pagoda, & more) and Galle Fort (in Galle). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 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) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Galle Fort
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota 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.
Step out of Ella to go to Nuwara Eliya and see Hakgala Botanic Gardens, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, examine the collection at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ella road trip site .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch 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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, then make a trip to Tissa Dagoba, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama road trip planning app .

You can drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks 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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Rasfannu and Hulhumale Beach. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Friday Mosque, hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, and steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Male trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tissamaharama to Male. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Male when traveling from Tissamaharama in April, with lows around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hulhumale Beach, Maldive Victory
Highlights from your plan
Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Spas
Maldive Victory ©
Maldive Victory

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