10 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

10 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Start: Hyderabad, India
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Taxi:  5 h 30 min
1
Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + Ferry:  6 h 15 min
5
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Hyderabad, India

1
night
Bentota, Sri Lanka

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Bentota trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Bentota is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Hyderabad in November since evenings lows in Bentota dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beruwala Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

3
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Galle Fort, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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 Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planning app.

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stop by Island Bazaar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), walk around Sultan Park, then stroll through Artificial Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medhu Ziyaarath. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then make a trip to Jumhooree Maidhaan, and then kick back and relax at Rasfannu.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Male vacation builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Sigiriya to Male takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Sigiriya to Male. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

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