16 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Ferry:  12 h 15 min
1
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Ferry + Fly:  4 h 15 min
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
3
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
6
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
7
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

2
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 4th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, explore the galleries of National Museum, stroll through Rasfannu, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and finally hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Male trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Male is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Maldives Time is 3 hours. While traveling from Tel Aviv, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Male, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 32°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tsunami Honganji Vihara and Sea Turtle Farm. Venture out of the city with trips to Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama), Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Community Tsunami Museum) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galle day trip planning site .

Getting from Male to Galle by combination of ferry and flight takes about 4.5 hours. In April in Galle, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

1
night
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, then appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

1
night
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 10th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Mihintale, then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, and then see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kandy Garrison Cemetery and World Buddhist Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Sigiriya (in Sigiriya), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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