12 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives Itinerary

Start: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly + ferry:  6​h 15​min
6
Male, Maldives
— 3 nights
ferry + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malaka Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colombo day trip website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in October: highs in Colombo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya and St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham. Escape the urban bustle at Little Adam's Peak and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, and snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Haputale, Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©

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Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Uda Walawe 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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH), identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari, and then see human ingenuity at work at Udawalawe Dam.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park travel tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2 hours. October in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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Mirissa, Sri Lanka

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Medaketiya Activity Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Medilla Beach and then contemplate the long history of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mirissa planning tool .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. October in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara
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Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre Mahamodara and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip maker tool .

Drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Male.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

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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.
Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque) and Mulee Aage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Hulhumale Beach and Artificial Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Male side-trips: Hulhumale Mosque (in Hulhumale) and HP Reef (in Furanafushi Island). There's much more to do: head outdoors with Blue Horizon, examine the collection at National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Tsunami Monument, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sultan Park.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Male itinerary website .

You can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry from Galle to Male in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Male

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hulhumale, HP Reef
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HP Reef ©
HP Reef
Artificial Beach ©
Artificial Beach
Grand Friday Mosque ©
Grand Friday Mosque

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