21 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
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Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Do your shopping at Barefoot and Luv SL. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Borella All Saints Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (LUV SL Negombo & Negombo Beach). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colombo day trip tool.

Manama, Bahrain to Colombo is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Manama to Colombo. Traveling from Manama in November, expect nights in Colombo to be about the same, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Stone 'N' String
4.3

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Artificial Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Island Bazaar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), then kick back and relax at Hulhumale Beach, and finally hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Male online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Colombo to Male takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Colombo to Male, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In November, daytime highs in Male are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Male

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

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Flea Market
Male Fish Market
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Architectural Building
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)
3.9

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Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Step out of the city life by going to Bentota Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. There's more to do: stroll through Jungle Beach and look for gifts at Embark.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galle trip builder site.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Male to Galle in 8.5 hours. Traveling from Male to Galle, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. December in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

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Must see
Bentota Beach
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
3.6
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Beach
Jungle Beach
3.4

4
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanical Gardens and Udawattekele Sanctuary. For shopping fun, head to Kandy City Center or Jayamali Batiks Studio. Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning website.

Fly from Galle to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Shopping

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Thangamale Bird Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and make a trip to Kinellan Tea Factory.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Geologic Formation
Ella Rock
4.8

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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, use the Dambulla visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

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National Park
Minneriya National Park
4.2

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