12 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Jaipur, India
Fly + ferry:  7​h 30​min
1
Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  5​h
2
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Jaipur, India


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3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hulhumale Beach in Hulhumale (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), see the interesting displays at National Museum, hunt for treasures at Male Local Market, and stroll through Artificial Beach.

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Jaipur, India to Male is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and ferry. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and ferry. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Jaipur in January: highs in Male hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Male

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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Hulhumale Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) ©
Male Fish Market ©
Male Fish Market

3
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (Nature & Wildlife Tours, St. Sebastian’s Church, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and stroll through Galle Face Green.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Colombo online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Male to Colombo by combination of ferry, flight, and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Male in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 27°C in Colombo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Royal Palace of Kandy, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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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 17th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Buduruwagala
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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