11 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad, India
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
4
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + ferry:  4​h 15​min
5
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
ferry + Fly:  7​h
End: Ahmedabad, India


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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 6th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

Ahmedabad, India to Kandy is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

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
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

2
nights
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, and finally stroll through Marble Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, make a trip to Isinbassagala, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, and finally make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, take in the exciting artwork at Genuine Batik, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at EXOTIC ROOTS, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Galle online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Male.

Things to do in Galle

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): look for gifts at Island Bazaar, hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then kick back and relax at Rasfannu, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Male road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and ferry from Galle to Male takes 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Island Bazaar ©
Island Bazaar

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