18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Fly to Malé International Airport
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Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Ferry to Male, Fly to Muscat

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

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, take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Kandy is an approximately 9-hour flight. 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 · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

2
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka

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 photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mirissa trip maker.

You can fly from Kandy to Mirissa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

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 Hikkaduwa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Japanese Peace Pagoda, &more) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. April in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
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Ella, Sri Lanka

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. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the pleasant sights at Mahamevnawa Monastery, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ella journey planning site.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; 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 · Shopping

Side Trips

2
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Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, don't miss a visit to Tissa Dagoba, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama day trip app.

Drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Male.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites
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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.
Relax by the water at Hulhumale Beach and Artificial Beach. And it doesn't end there: browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, stroll around Sultan Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rasfannu, and steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Male online tour planner.

Explore your travel options from Tissamaharama to Male with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Tissamaharama to Male is minus 0.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Tissamaharama in April since evenings lows in Male dip to 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.