13 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Veligandu, Maldives
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Southern Ari Atoll, Maldives
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
3
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Habarana, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Nilaveli, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kalkudah, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
7
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Doha, Qatar

1
night
Veligandu, Maldives

Veligandu ©
Crisp white sands merge into transparent, exotic waters at Veligandu, one of the many atolls that make up the Maldives.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Veligandu Island Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Veligandu route planner.

Doha, Qatar to Veligandu is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Doha to Veligandu, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in September, things will get slightly colder in Veligandu: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Southern Ari Atoll.

Things to do in Veligandu

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Veligandu Island Beach ©
Veligandu Island Beach

2
nights
Southern Ari Atoll, Maldives

Southern Ari Atoll
Southern Ari Atoll contains the most populous of Ari's islands, though this still amounts to little.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Southern Ari Atoll sightseeing planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Veligandu to Southern Ari Atoll. In October, daytime highs in Southern Ari Atoll are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Southern Ari Atoll

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 3:

2
nights
Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation, then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Pinnawala Zoo.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Pinnawala trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Southern Ari Atoll to Pinnawala. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Pinnawala

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Zoo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Zoo ©
Pinnawala Zoo

2
nights
Habarana, Sri Lanka

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Escape the urban bustle at Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park. When in Habarana, make a side trip to see The Golden Temple in Dambulla, approximately 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Habarana road trip planning website .

Drive from Pinnawala to Habarana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Habarana

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, The Golden Temple
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
The Golden Temple ©
The Golden Temple
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

2
nights
Nilaveli, Sri Lanka

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nilaveli trip itinerary website .

Getting from Habarana to Nilaveli by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Nilaveli

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Trincomalee War Cemetery
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
Kalkudah, Sri Lanka

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Passikudah Beach and then don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah road trip site .

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Kalkudah

#Beaches, #Outdoors, #Parks
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Pasikudah Beach ©
Pasikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

2
nights
Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hambantota online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Hambantota in 5.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hambantota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hambantota

#Nature, #Parks

Side Trip

Tissa Wewa
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

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