I will be arriving in Sri Lanka on June 29 for 3 weeks. I am not good at pre-planning and pre-booking accommodation, as I like to be flexible. I think I will spend at 2 weeks in the central part of the country, as there seems a tremendous amount to do there.
I have a few questions
1. I like to have my first night sorted out. So, where should I go? We arrive at 4.30am, so I figure we will be out of the airport some time between 7.00am and 8.00am. I would like to be at my first destination by 3pm and not have too many changes of transport. Is Kandy the best bet? Could I make it to Anuradhapura? Or maybe I should head directly north to Puttalam and then on to Anuradhapura the next day? Is there any transport (to anywhere good) directly from the airport?
2. Are there any big festivals in the central and eastern part on during the time we are there? I would like to avoid these as getting accommodation without booking could be a huge challenge. Plus, I am not a fan of large numbers of drunken tourists.
3. I would like to hire bicycles most days. Where are bicycles the easiest to hire? Any really nice cycling destinations that I shouldn't miss. I plan to hire bicycles in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. I read you can also hire bicycles in Nuwara Eliya and cycle to the tea plantations. Anywhere else?