36 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
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Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 2 nights
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Rasdhoo, Maldives
— 3 nights
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Male, Maldives
— 6 nights
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Colombo, Sri Lanka

— 4 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Waikkal (See Lanka Travels & Pio Ayurveda Center). Spend the 25th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Make the 28th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, stop by Vogue Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colombo route maker.

George, South Africa to Colombo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. You can also travel. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from George to Colombo. Traveling from George in April, expect nights in Colombo to be much warmer, around 30°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sri Lanka

— 4 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Unawatuna (Jungle Beach, Spas & Wellness, &more) and Galle (Galle Fort & Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and kick back and relax at Matara Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mirissa trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Colombo to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ella, Sri Lanka

— 4 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Gregory Lake, &more) and The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent (in Bandarawela). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ella online visit planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay day trip planning tool.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 4 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Rathna Ella waterfall, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Dambulla (Balloon Rides, Golden Temple of Dambulla, &more). Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

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Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Maafushi Island, Maldives

— 2 nights
With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
On the 17th (Mon), look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bikini Beach. On your second day here, soothe aching muscles at Oak Spa.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Maafushi Island trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Maafushi Island takes 6.5 hours. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Maldives Time (MVT), which is usually a -0.5 hour difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Rasdhoo.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Rasdhoo, Maldives

— 3 nights
As the only inhabited island in the Rasdhoo Atoll, Rasdhoo serves as a basecamp of sorts for vacationing in the area.
Rasdhoo is known for wildlife, beaches, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, enjoy the sand and surf at Bikini Beach, stroll through Veligandu Island Beach, and head off the coast to Sand Bank.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Rasdhoo itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Maafushi Island to Rasdhoo. In May, daily temperatures in Rasdhoo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to ride a ferry to Male.

Things to do in Rasdhoo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trip

Male, Maldives

— 6 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Male side-trips: Dune Maldives Diving Center (in Hulhumale) and Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives (in Vihamanafushi). There's still lots to do: browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, appreciate the history behind Tsunami Monument, stroll through Rasfannu, and examine the collection at National Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Male trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Rasdhoo to Male takes 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Male are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.

Maldives travel guide

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Beaches · Shark Diving
Maldives has come to be seen as a quintessential island holiday destination, with entire sand-circled islands owned by resorts, who manage each part of the island's environment to give it the look and feel of paradise. The clear waters surrounding the islands offer plentiful dive sites, rich in tropical fish and coral formations, with the smaller, less-populated islands surrounded by the richest marine environments, largely undisturbed by industry and tourism. Larger islands here offer an array of bars, restaurants, and clubs--their higher population means they also feature religious sites and markets selling local produce.