Hi, husband dear n self have decided on spending our 1st Anniversary in this beautiful sister country Sri Lanka coming Jan for a week. Our tickets are booked and we are going to land on Saturday 16th @ 6 a.m & leaving on Sunday 24th @ 00.30. After reading TA we have decided on the following itinerary & hotels. Though I’v read that the TAJ is not all that gr8, Hubby is a member so we get points & upgrades, so better to make the best of it.
Saturday 16th land at 6 a.m. & go to Dambulla. Stay @ Kassapa Lions Rock for 2 nites.
Monday 18th Kandy. Stay @ Hotel Sussie for 1 nite.
Tuesday 19th Bentota. Stay @ Taj Bentota for 3 nites.
Friday 22nd Colombo. Stay @ Taj Samudra for 1 nite
Sunday 24th @ 00.30 leave for Mumbai.
Now my queries are
i. Do we hire a car/driver who will take us from airport to Dambulla, sightseeing around the cultural triangle, sightseeing at kandy & drop at Bentota. So basically for 3 days. OR do we only book at pick from airport & once in Dambulla organise internal tours and drop to Kandy. What would be more economical as also we are independent travellers from India so used to haggling on the spot, etc.
ii. Secondly, I’m lost as to how to organise and make the most of my 2 days in Dambulla. We would like to see the Sirigiya Rock Fortess, the Dambulla Golden Rock Temple, Polonnaruwa & Anuradhapura. From what I figured it shall take us 3 to 4 hrs to reach Dambulla from airport so on the 1st day it is only in the evening that I’ll be able to do some sightseeing n the next whole day. I would not like to back track and since ur experts can u pls help me organise my itinerary.
iii. Thirdly, visit to the elephant orphanage is it on the way to kandy from Dambulla or the way from Bentota to Kandy. My hubby is very keen on bathing them & also taking a ride on the elephants soo any other place where he can enjoi the elephants.
iv. Fourthly, around Taj Bentota are there any place where we can eat, & also some place special where we can go on our anniversary which is the Wednesday 20th.
v. Lastly can you DE’s please send me a message with the name and numbers of reliable drivers.
Thanks to all in advance.