I'm going to Sri Lanka very soon! I'm arriving on the 10th of august and I'm coming back on the 7h of september.
I would like to have some advice from an expert about my itinerary. I anticipate that I travel by bus or train mainly, and I could take a driver only for 2/3 days maximum and only in case of complicated journey by bus or train. I love nature, seaside and snorkeling and also ancient temples or ruins. For the first 17 days I'm staying with my boyfriend and the last 12 days I'm going to continue alone, this only to explain that I had to adapt our itinerary also for him so that he can see the main interesting places.
10 aug. Bandalarake int. airport --> Kandy (Esala Perahera)
11 aug --> Kandy (Esala last night)
12 aug --> go to Dambulla and visit Dambulla (from Kandy about 2h)
13 aug --> Sigirya. during the morning and in the afternoon Minneriya national park to see elephants' gathering.
14 aug --> Polonnaruwa and visit to the ruins
1st question: is it better going to Polonnaruwa from Dambulla or Sigirya? and is it better visiting Sigirya and Minneriya from Dambulla and on the 13 august night staying there to sleep?
15 aug --> from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee
2nd question: is it possible traveling from Pollonnaruwa to trincomalee by bus or train? How long is the journey?
15, 16, 17, 18 stay in Trincomalee, Uppuveli, Nilaveli, Pigeon Island: snorkeling and sea
19 aug --> from Trincomalee to Pasikuda --> 3rd question is it possible by public transports? How much it takes?)
20 aug --> stay in Pasikuda
21 aug --> from Pasikuda to Nuwara Eliya --> 4th question: is it possibile by public transports? How long is the journey? and what about going By private car with dirver? Is it expensive? is it faster?
22 aug --> from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by train. visit Ella and tea plants.
23 aug --> from Ella to Tissamarama (5th question: the same, is it possibile and how long is by public transports?)
24 aug --> Yala nat park
25 aug --> from Tissamarama to Tangalla (6th question: it's about 2h, isn't it?)
26 aug --> from Tangalla to Mirissa (7th question: it's about 2h so then we have the time to stay in mirissa and relax)
27 aug --> my boyfriend leaves and goes to the airpor form Mirissa. I'm going to Galle, I'm visiting the fort and then I go to Deniyaya)
28 aug --> from Deniyaya to Sinharaja Rain Forest and visit the forest
29 aug --> from Deniyaya to Unawatuna and stay in Unawatuna
30 aug --> Hikkaduwa
8th question: How is the weather in the south-west coast? Is it possible snorkeling? it's sunny?
31 aug --> Colombo
1 sept --> Colombo
2 sept --> from Colombo to Kalpittiya (9th question: how is the weather here in the north? is it nice this place? is it possible and how long it takes by public transports?)
3, 4 sept --> stay in Kalpittiya and Alankuda
5 sept --> Wilpattu national park from Puttalam
6 sept --> go to Negombo
7--> Negombo and come back
What do you think it's a good itinerary? or I could change something? I didn't include Jaffna and the North because maybe it's too far and some people said me it's not so interesting...
if you can help me, thank you in advance :)