15 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Malta
Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
1
Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  13​h
3
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Malta


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1
day
Rasdhoo, Maldives

Rasdhoo ©
As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
On the 28th (Tue), have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience and then stroll through Veligandu Island Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rasdhoo trip itinerary maker website .

Valletta, Malta to Rasdhoo is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Maldives Time is 4 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Valletta in April: high temperatures in Rasdhoo hover around 37°C and lows are around 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Male.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Veligandu Island Beach
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Veligandu Island Beach ©
Veligandu Island Beach
Shark Diving

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Rasfannu, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then kick back and relax at Artificial Beach. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Maldive Victory, then hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, and finally steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Male trip site .

Ride a ferry from Rasdhoo to Male in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Male are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Maldive Victory
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Maldive Victory ©
Maldive Victory
Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Mulee Aage ©
Mulee Aage

2
nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Community Tsunami Museum and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dutch Reformed Church and Tsunami Photo Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Galle (Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex & Nature & Wildlife Tours). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planning site .

Explore your travel options from Male to Hikkaduwa with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Scuba & Snorkeling, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

2
nights
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then make a trip to Gal Vihara, and finally pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, then steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa, then delve into the distant past at Medirigiriya Vatadage, and finally contemplate the long history of Thivanka Image House.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa attractions website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Polonnaruwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage

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.
On the 6th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Velgam Vehera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, then learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Trincomalee trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Step off the beaten path and head to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Abhayagiri Dagaba. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura itinerary planner .

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

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