We booked the first part of our trip through Sri Lankan Dreams who created a bespoke itinerary for us. Their package includes accommodation, transport and petrol costs. See the Good to Know Guide for getting around Sri Lanka and lots more useful tips.
Sri Lankan Dreams are highly recommended. Prompt correspondance and a Sri Lankan based employee if you have any problems when you’re abraod. They put together a detailed itinerary for you based on your accommodation options including driving times between each stop and local attractions. Accommodation options range from budget to 5* and they take the hassle out of booking multiple locations.
Depart from the UK
Arrive in Colombo. We had an afternoon and evening in Colombo before leaving the next morning. We stayed at ……. The accommodation is a quaint hotel block within easy reach of the city. You do not need a driver to get around Colombo. Instead flag down a tuk tuk to get about easily and emerge yourself in the local way, but make sure you agree the price beforehand.
We weren’t a big fan of Colombo and as there is so much nature to see on the island, we would skip Colombo altogether unless you need to lay over for your flight.
Drive from Colombo to Dambulla approx 4-5 hours depending on the speed of your driver, but that is another story!
We hate spending time travelling when the journey is out of your control and you are only in a country for a limited period.
We settled into our hotel bungalow at Lions Rock….. The hotel was good wuality with great views, a swimming pool and spa. But, it was so boring! We must have been the youngest guests and there wasn’t anything to do in the evenings.
The cultural triangle as it is known, between Dambulla, … And …. Is very relaxed and a sight seeing destination for coach trippers, but not adrenaline junkies. In the evenings you stay within your hotel and there is nowhere to go to outside of the hotels because that is not a thing in Sri Lanka (other than the more tourist resorts) and the hotels are located sparingly.
Travel to Kithulgala
Kithulgala rafting and jungle trek
Kithulgala canyoning and abseiling
Drive through Kandy
Arrive at Yala Eco safari tent
Sunrise safari at Yala
Drive to Mirissa 1 night
Day 11 – 17
Move to … For 7 day Sion surf camp
Fly home from Colmbo