8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
2
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
3
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
4
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
5
Veligandu, Maldives
— 2 nights

2
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
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 19th (Wed): browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Dambulla is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Cairo to Dambulla, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

1
night
Ella, Sri Lanka

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): trek along with Ella Sight Seeing Tours, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

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You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah, then look for gifts at Lakarcade, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Historic Sites
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Lakarcade ©
Lakarcade
Pettah ©
Pettah
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

1
night
Male, Maldives

Male ©
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.
On the 23rd (Sun), glide through the air with Best Dives Maldives, then hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then make a trip to Jumhooree Maidhaan, and finally look for gifts at Island Bazaar.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Male driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Colombo to Male in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Maldives Time is minus 0.5 hours. In August in Male, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to ride a ferry to Veligandu.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors · Adventure · Wildlife
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Best Dives Maldives ©
Best Dives Maldives
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Island Bazaar ©
Island Bazaar

2
nights
Veligandu, Maldives

Veligandu ©
Crisp white sands merge into transparent, exotic waters at Veligandu, one of the many atolls that make up the Maldives.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stroll through Veligandu Island Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Veligandu road trip tool.

Traveling by ferry from Male to Veligandu takes 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Veligandu are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Veligandu

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Veligandu Island Beach ©
Veligandu Island Beach

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