11 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
4
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour. Keep things going the next day: browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hulhumale Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Male road trip planning tool.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Male is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. Traveling from Abu Dhabi to Male, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Abu Dhabi in February; daily highs in Male reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Hulhumale Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market

3
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Step out of the city life by going to Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Naga Viharaya, Community Tsunami Museum, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, and take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Galle road trip planner.

You can fly from Male to Galle in 8.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Male to Galle due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Galle when traveling from Male in February, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, thenlook for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, thenstop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Ella Gem & Jewelry ©
Ella Gem & Jewelry

2
nights
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenadmire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, thenexplore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and finally take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura day trip planning site.

You can drive from Ella to Anuradhapura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

Plan my day in Kandy using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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