8 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
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Male, Maldives
— 1 night
Ferry to Male, Fly to Colombo
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bentota, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly

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Male, Maldives

— 1 night
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 26th (Fri): browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market and then walk around Sultan Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Male day trip website.

Ahmedabad, India to Male is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Ahmedabad to Male. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Ahmedabad in March: highs in Male hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Male

Spas · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Male to Kandy takes 6.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Male to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

— 3 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Shop till you drop at Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robes. Step out of Unawatuna with an excursion to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa--about 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Dambulla to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Bentota, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stop by Leather.lk and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Bentota trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. April in Bentota sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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.

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.