Myself and my girlfriend are currently trying to plan a 14 day trip to Sri Lanka.
We would like to have an even balance of sightseeing and beach time. During the time allocated for beach we could do a couple of day trips that would be logistically feasible.
So far plan is to land in Colombo 13th Sept @ 5:30AM
Fly out from Colombo 27th Sept @ 6:00PM
14 nights total
Ideally we would like 3/4 days beach at both ends of the trip. I was hoping to be able to do the southwest (Hikkaduwa/Unawatuna) and the east coast (around Trinco). However I do not know how feasible this is.
In terms of sightseeing we would like to do Buduruwagala Temple & waterfall, Yala national park, Galle, Mirissa, Elephant Orphanage, Kandy & Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala, Dambula, Sigirya, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura. I know this is probably too ambitious so we would love to hear opinions and any recommendations on essentials we should see or places that are not so essential.
Right now I do not know how realistic it is to see so much sights sandwiched between beach time. In terms of transport we would be happy to hire a private driver for large parts of the trip. If we go down this route I would be very appreciative of suggestions on a reliable friendly driver and how much this may cost.
Thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.