5 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

5 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Male, Ferry to Male
Male, Maldives
— 1 night
Ferry to Male, Fly to Kandy
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night


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.
On the 12th (Fri), hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, then admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and then let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with Silent Hunter Fishing Charter and then relax and rejuvenate at Veli Spa at Kurumba Maldives.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Male day trip website.

Colombo, Sri Lanka to Male is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Maldives Time is minus 0.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.
Tours · Outdoors · Spas · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy online trip itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Male to Kandy in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Male to Kandy. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dambulla.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Ella, Sri Lanka — 1 night

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 16th (Tue), admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.
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Maldives travel guide

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

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.