I have been reading the forum for a few weeks and planning our two week trip to Sri Lanka in March 2014. My wife and I want to see the history, culture and wildlife of Sri Lanka in the first week and then spend a week relaxing at the beach.
So far I have come up with this Itinerary and would welcome any thoughts you all have.
Day 1: We arrive at CMB at 6:20 pm. We intend to hire a car and driver for 5 or 6 days and would like to be driven direct to the Habarana region and stay there for three nights perhaps at The Other Corner hotel.
Day 2: Visit Ritigala National Park, Kaludiya Pokuna, Mihintale and Anuradhapura.
Day 3: Visit Minneriya with a jeep safari in the early morning then Polonnaruwa.
Day 4: Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, then Dambulla Cave and then drive to Kandy. Stay in Kandy two nights. Any ideas for where to stay for such a short time visiting Kandy. Perhaps somewhere central to main sites?
Day 5: Full day site seeing in Kandy. Not interested in nearby Elephant sanctuary.
Day 6: We plan to part company with our driver at this point in the trip and travel by train to Ella. We are really interested in travelling the most scenic part of the railway and would like an Observation carriage. However we would not like to be on a train all day so would welcome suggestions for best way to plan this day. Perhaps our driver should take us to Nanu Oya to start the train journey.
We plan to stay in Ella for two nights and like the look of Mountain Heavens.
Day 7: walking/trekking and sightseeing in the Ella region. Welcome any ideas for this day. Not looking for anything to exertive but would like to be active and see the area.
Day 8: Travel to the beach for a week. We are not sure which to choose. We like the sound of Bentota but also like the idea of being near Galle in order to have a day visiting the city. We would really like to be right on the beach and maybe even small bungalow style accommodation. However, I am not sure if we could afford a place like this for a week.
Day 15: Travel to Colombo for a quick tour of the city and some final shopping. Stay overnight in Colombo.
Day 16: Fly home from CMB at 9:50 am.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how manageable this itinerary is and any tips for a great trip.