We (2 people) will travel next August with private car with driver.
We are extremely interested in archeological sites (note that we are very slow in visiting them) and nature/wildlife. We like nice and unspoiled beaches, but beaches are not a priority for us (and also August is not the best season, apart from the east coast).
We could be intersted in marine wildlife, but August is not the best month for that (sometimes too late also for whale-watching in Trincomalee).
1- At 2 PM landing in Negombo airport. Going to Anuradhpura (about 4 hours) for spending the night there.
2 - Visit Anuradhpura and Mihintale. Back to Anuradhpura for the second night.
3 - Aukana in the morning, then Sigiriya. Night in Habarana or Sigirya or Dambulla (which one?).
4 - Polonnaruwa in the morning + afternoon safari in Minniriya/Kaudulla NP, Second night in Habarana or Sigirya or Dambulla.
5 - Dambulla in the morning + Ritigala in the afternoon. Third night in Habarana or Sigirya or Dambulla.
6 - On the way to Kandy, visiting Nalanda Gedige and Aluvihare. Visit Kandy (holy teeth temple) and night in Kandy (with Esala Perahera).
7 - Visiting outside Kandy town: botanical gardens + devala (for sure Embekke Devala). No Pinnawela orphanage as I read the elephants are not treated well.
Going to Nuwara Eliya (visiting waterfalls and perhaps tea plantations along the way) for the night.
Alternatively we could sleep in Ohiya (pro: nearer to Horton Plains) or in Haputale (pro: we could stay 2 nights in the same hotel), but I am afraid it would be too long a day.
8 - *Very* early morning wake up and visiting Horton Plains. Then move towards Haputale, with Bambarakanda waterfalls on the way (something else?). Night in Haputale.
9 - Early morning visit of Lipton's seat, then Diyaluma waterfalls and Buduruwagala going towards south. Arriving in Uda Walawe NP.
Visiting the Elephant Orphanage and then afternoon safari. Night drive to Tissa, where we spend the first night.
Is this day too busy?
10 - Yala NP. Or one morning and one afternoon safari or a full day safari. Second night in Tissa.
11 - Morning tour to Bundala NP.
Afternoon safari to Yala NP. Third night in Tissa.
12 - Yala NP, morning safari (it would be the 4th half-day safari in Yala... do you think it is too much? Should I relax and save some money, instead?).
In the afternoon moving to Tangalla/Rekawa. Night on Rekawa beach waiting for the turtles coming on the shore to lay eggs. The problem is that the moon will rise very late that night (almost 2 AM). One problem is obvious: no moon means no natural light to see the turtles, but I am also satisfied to know they are there on the beach laying their eggs in the darkness, although I do not see them well. But I wonder if they are coming to the beach in any case, also with no light. Do turtles prefer the full moon to lay eggs?
13 - Visiting the lagoon area and/or relax on the beach (no swimming in August, rough sea, I know). In the afternoon Mulkirigala. Second night in Tangalle/Rekawa area.
14 - Perhaps some relax on the beach in the first part of the morning. Then towards Sinharaja. visiting hoo-maniya on the way. Possibly afternoon tour in Sinharaja reserve. Night in the forest.
15 - Early morning birding tour in Sinharaja. Then going to Galle. Night in Galle.
16 - Relax in Galle and then towards Negombo (airport).
Any comment and/or suggestion is welcome.