8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Mumbai, India
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Mumbai, India


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1
night
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.
You've now added Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kandy vacation maker tool .

Mumbai, India to Kandy is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally explore the galleries of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
night
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya travel route app .

Getting from Unawatuna to Sigiriya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
On the 12th (Thu), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bikini Beach, stroll through Bikini Beach, and then stop by Angolo Souvenir shop.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Maafushi Island in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Maafushi Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Angolo Souvenir shop ©
Angolo Souvenir shop

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