16 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fly + Ferry:  7 h 30 min
1
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  10 h
End: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Artificial Beach and Hulhumale Beach. Head to Male Fish Market and Male Local Marketfor plenty of shopping. The adventure continues: stop by Island Bazaar, walk around Sultan Park, examine the collection at National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque).

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Male journey builder site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Male is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Male. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Male

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hulhumale Beach
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Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

1
night
Bentota, Sri Lanka

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 23rd (Tue), kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Wed): kick back and relax at Beruwala Beach, then look for gifts at Sriyan Jewellers, and then pick up some new knowledge with Dara Gems & Jewellery.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Bentota road trip app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Male to Bentota. The time zone changes from Maldives Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 0.5 hour difference. In October in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Beruwala, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

3
nights
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Head to Orchid House and Dress Palacefor some retail therapy. You'll get in some beach time at Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Galle (Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, Galle Fort, &more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mirissa travel site.

Getting from Bentota to Mirissa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In October, daytime highs in Mirissa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

3
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.
Shop till you drop at Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Center. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Kandy vacation maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
nights
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.
Visit Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Polonnaruwa) and Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula). Spend the 1st (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. On the 3rd (Sat), you're off to home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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