20 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  9 h
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  5 h
4
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Netolpitiya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 45 min
6
Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get some cultural insight at Udawattekele Sanctuary and Kandy Lake. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Kandy is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Kandy is 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Vatadage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Kaudulla National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa online trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Kaudulla National Park, Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

4
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.
Isurumuniya Temple and Abhayagiri Dagaba are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Moonstone or Sandakada pahana. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

4
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galle Fort and Community Tsunami Museum. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Speed Boats Tours (in Mirissa) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Lihiniya Gems.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Community Tsunami Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Netolpitiya, Sri Lanka

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
On the 29th (Fri), explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, thenview the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Netolpitiya tour planning site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Netolpitiya takes 1.5 hours. December in Netolpitiya sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Male.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Male Local Market. Take a break from the city and head to Artificial Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Male side-trips: HP Reef (in Furanafushi Island) and Nala Boutique (in Vihamanafushi). Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Grand Friday Mosque, stop by Mare Scuba Concept, and steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Male trip maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Netolpitiya to Male. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Netolpitiya to Male. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

HP Reef, Nala Boutique
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness
HP Reef ©
HP Reef

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