16 days in Sri Lanka & Maafushi Island Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka & Maafushi Island Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka & Maafushi Island Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
5
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


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2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yoga Reiki Meditation. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kandy online journey builder .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Kandy is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Golf

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, then experience rural life at Ambewela Farms, and then explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya travel route planning app .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

2
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna journey builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

2
nights
Bentota, Sri Lanka

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then stroll through Bentota Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Bentota itinerary planning app .

Drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 29th (Sun) before leaving for Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Community Tsunami Museum, Kosgoda Turtle Care
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

3
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Colombo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colombo journey planner .

Getting from Bentota to Colombo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): stop by Angolo Souvenir shop, kick back and relax at Bikini Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bikini Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Maafushi Island journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Maafushi Island takes 3.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Maafushi Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You'll set off for home on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

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