8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 1 day
2
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
3
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
4
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
5
Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 day

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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, and then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa vacation site.

Mumbai, India to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 21st (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then stroll through Nilaveli Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Trincomalee trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

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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.
On the 22nd (Mon), make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura online route planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): stop by Lihiniya Gems, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, then view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Galle sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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Maafushi Island, Maldives

Maafushi Island ©
With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): kick back and relax at Bikini Beach, then choose your vessel at Arena Dive Club, and then stop by Angolo Souvenir shop.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Maafushi Island route maker app.

Fly from Galle to Maafushi Island in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Galle to Maafushi Island, you'll gain 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Maafushi Island, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Outdoors · Parks · Transportation
Highlights from your plan
Arena Dive Club ©
Arena Dive Club
Angolo Souvenir shop ©
Angolo Souvenir shop

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