19 days in Sri Lanka, Maldives & Dubai Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka, Maldives & Dubai Itinerary

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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 night
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Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 6 nights
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Go for a jaunt from Unawatuna to Akuressa to see Nandana Tea Factory about 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, browse the exhibits of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Unawatuna is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from New Delhi in March; daily highs in Unawatuna reach 38°C and lows reach 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ella, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella holiday maker website.

Getting from Unawatuna to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Adventure

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dambulla online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

Start your trip to Kandy by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Maafushi Island, Maldives

— 1 night
With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
On the 13th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop, and then kick back and relax at Bikini Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Maafushi Island trip app.

Getting from Kandy to Maafushi Island by flight takes about 6.5 hours. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Kandy to Maafushi Island due to the time zone difference. In March, daytime highs in Maafushi Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bikini Beach and then have unforgettable encounters with Rasdhoo Dive Centre. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Veligandu Island Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rasdhoo road trip site.

Explore your travel options from Maafushi Island to Rasdhoo with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Rasdhoo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for the ferry ride to Male.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trip

Male, Maldives

— 3 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives in Vihamanafushi (about 44 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Male trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Rasdhoo to Male by ferry takes about 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Male can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Male

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 6 nights

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dubai: Abu Dhabi (Qasr Al Hosn, Heritage Village, &more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 20th (Sat) at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, buy something for everyone on your list at The Dubai Mall, and admire the natural beauty at Dubai Miracle Garden.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Dubai trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Male to Dubai in 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from Maldives Time (MVT) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is minus 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Male in March: high temperatures in Dubai hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dubai

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.