8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Male, Maldives
— 1 night
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Maafushi Island, Maldives
— 1 night

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): let your taste buds guide you at Withlocals, then explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kandy vacation planning site.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Kandy is an approximately 8-hour flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 21st (Sat), soar above the sights with Danu Tours and Travels and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Galle Fort
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Spas

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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.
On the 23rd (Mon), see the sights as you ascend with Sri Lanka Tour by Asanka, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Royal Cave Temple. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Male.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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Male, Maldives

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Medhu Ziyaarath, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Sultan Park, then hunt for treasures at Male Fish Market, and finally stop by Island Bazaar.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Male trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Sigiriya to Male in 6 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Sigiriya to Male is minus 0.5 hours. November in Male sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Maafushi Island.

Things to do in Male

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market
Island Bazaar ©
Island Bazaar

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Maafushi Island, Maldives

With plenty of things to do, Maafushi Island has a bustling, upbeat atmosphere and a holiday resort vibe.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Angolo Souvenir shop and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Maafushi Island road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Male to Maafushi Island. In November, daily temperatures in Maafushi Island can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Maafushi Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Angolo Souvenir shop ©
Angolo Souvenir shop

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