After my previous trips to South East Asia I am considering to travel to Sri Lanka this year for around 3 1/2 weeks in September. I checked JBR on here, went through guidebooks and came up with a first draft of a possible itinerary.
Day 1: Arriving around 1.30pm in Sir Lanka - staying in Colombo for a night
Day 2: Take the train to Kandi
Day 3-5: Kandy
Day 6: Travel to Nuwara Eliya
Day 7: Horton Plains
DAy 8: Travel to Ella
Day 9-10: Ella
Day 11: Travel to Arugam Bay
Day 12-15: Arugam Bay for some R&R
Day 16: Travel to Polonnaruwa (aware it is a long distance, is this actual possible to do in one day?)
Day 17 - 22: The Cultural Triangle - would like to see Polonnaruwa, Minnerita NP, Ritigala & Sigirya Rock (and one or two lazy days).
Day 23: Travel to Colombo
Day 24: Colombo
Day 25: Return flight
I try to have a good mix of culture, outdoor activities and some beach time. As it is September I think the east coast would be best for beaches - and Arugam Bay seems to be the best option - even if it means that it requries a longer detour.
Unfortunately I will miss Trincomalee, but I cannot find time for it in this itinerary.
It would be great if you could provide any feedback (if this is too much etc).
Also, would I easily find accomodation for $10 or $15 a night in these places? And would an average of total spending of $50 per day ok (excluding entrance fees that is)?