15 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Maldives & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Canada
Fly:  31​h
1
Male, Maldives
— 2 nights
ferry + Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Quebec City, Canada


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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Grand Friday Mosque, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sultan Park, then admire the landmark architecture of Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), and finally steep yourself in history at Mulee Aage. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at National Museum and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Male travel website .

Quebec City, Canada to Male is an approximately 31-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Quebec City to Male. Traveling from Quebec City in September, expect nights in Male to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Male

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Grand Friday Mosque ©
Grand Friday Mosque
Mulee Aage ©
Mulee Aage

3
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.
On the 12th (Wed), stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio. On your second day here, make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy tour planner.

Getting from Male to Kandy by combination of ferry, flight, and taxi takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, flight, and train; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

2
nights
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Kaudulla National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
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Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

2
nights
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Get in touch with nature at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Isurumuniya Temple and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, and delve into the distant past at Short Handed Statue.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

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