12 days in Mumbai, Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

12 days in Mumbai, Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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12 days in Mumbai, Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
1
Mumbai, India
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
2
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
6
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 night
Travel:  3​h
7
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Mumbai, India


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2
nights
Mumbai, India

Mumbai ©
Only one word accurately describes India's commercial capital Mumbai: big.
Mumbai is known for historic sites, scenic drive, shopping, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Gateway of India, pause for some serene contemplation at Mount Mary Basilica, take a stroll through Dharavi, and take in the views from Bandra-Worli Sea Link.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mumbai trip itinerary builder website .

If you are flying in from India, the closest major airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. In November, daytime highs in Mumbai are 40°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Mumbai

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Gateway of India ©
Gateway of India
Marine Drive ©
Marine Drive
Bandra-Worli Sea Link ©
Bandra-Worli Sea Link

1
night
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 2nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

Discover how to plan a Dambulla trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Mumbai to Dambulla takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Dambulla to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 5th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip planner .

Getting from Ella to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Maafushi Island.

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

1
night
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
On the 8th (Sun), stroll through Bikini Beach, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stop by Angolo Souvenir shop.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Maafushi Island online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Maafushi Island takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. December in Maafushi Island sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Male.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Angolo Souvenir shop ©
Angolo Souvenir shop

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nights
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 9th (Mon): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), then stop by Island Bazaar, and finally hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhu Ziyaarath and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Male itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maafushi Island to Male. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market

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