16 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 4 nights
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Ferry to Male, Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Mirissa
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Taxi to Koggala, Fly to Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Male, Maldives

— 4 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 lots more to do: hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage, and don't miss a visit to Sinamale Bridge.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Male trip maker.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Male is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Maldives Time (MVT) is 1 hour. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Abu Dhabi in December: high temperatures in Male hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Male

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Spas) and Galle Fort (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Mirissa vacation builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi from Male to Mirissa in 7 hours. The time zone changes from Maldives Time (MVT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. Traveling from Male in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mirissa, with lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park attractions planning site.

Getting from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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Ella, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
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, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella road trip app.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes

Side Trip

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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 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dambulla online visit planner.

You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On the next day, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens and then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

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You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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Maldives travel guide

3.9
Scuba & Snorkeling · Nature & Parks · 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.

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
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.