57 days in Male & Sri Lanka Itinerary

57 days in Male & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Male, Maldives
— 7 nights
2
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 8 nights
3
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
— 7 nights
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 6 nights
6
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
7
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
8
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 6 nights
9
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
— 6 nights
10
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 7 nights

7
nights
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.
Male is known for shopping, wildlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: browse the eclectic array of goods at Male Fish Market, kick back and relax at Rasfannu, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at National Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Male holiday maker.

Manchester, UK to Male is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Male is 5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Male reach °C and lows reach °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Male

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hulhumale Beach, Hulhumale
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 23:
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Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque)

8
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (St. Mary's Church, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, walk around Viharamahadevi Park, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Male to Colombo takes 4.5 hours. You'll lose 0.5 hours traveling from Male to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Colombo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Jayawardanapura City
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 31:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Dambulla (Sath Paththini Devalaya & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online day trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Dambulla, Avukana Buddha Statue, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 3:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

7
nights
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Seetha Devi Agni Pravesha Place (in Welimada), Ohiya (Kirigalpoththa Hike & Devil's Staircase) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, admire the sheer force of Devathura Falls, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip website.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Seetha Devi Agni Pravesha Place, Devathura Falls, Bambarakanda Falls, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 10:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls

6
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

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You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Haputale, Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 16:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Safaris
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 17th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

Plan a Udawalawe National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 16 — 18:
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

3
nights
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Take a break from Yala National Park with a short trip to Kirinda Viharaya in Kirinda, about 34 minutes away. Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Yala National Park. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Yala National Park itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Yala National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kirinda Viharaya
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

6
nights
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, try for a hole-in-one at Walkers Evolution, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and get great views at Coconut Tree Hill.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Mirissa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Weligama Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Nandana Tea Factory
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 27:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

6
nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Galle (Galle Fort & Sinharaja Forest Reserve), Unawatuna (Spas, Japanese Peace Pagoda, &more) and Bentota (Bentota Bazaar & Bentota Beach). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes, and go for a stroll along the water at Hikkaduwa Harbour.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Bentota, Kowilawatta Temple
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

7
nights
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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela (in Polgahawela), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 9:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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