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Vera Nikitina

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Most optimum route across Sri Lanka for 15 days

I would like advice for the most optimum route across Sri Lanka for 15 days. It would be desirable to see the main sights, tea plantations and wild animals.  Any ideas on where I should start and end up, and what I should see along the way?

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  • Sab S

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    From Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) you should head towards the south of the island to places such as Bentota, Galle where you can experience the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Lots of accommodation options close to the beaches, you can maybe spend one or two days in this area then head towards another coastal town Hambantota and from there either travel to Udawalawa National Forest Reserve or Yala National Park where you can enjoy the wild life sanctuaries. Then you head towards the hilly central region of the island to towns such as Bandarawela or more famouse Nuwara Eliya where you can explore the tea plantations, beautiful landscape, waterfalls etc. From here you move on to the beautiful town Kandy where you can visit the secret temple of the tooth, a botanical gardens, elephant orphanage or just spend some time roaming the beautiful kandy town. From kandy you travel towards the north central area of Sri Lanka to towns such as Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa where you can see the ruins of the ancient cities. And finally towards the north of the island such as Trincomalee to experience more beautiful beaches. from Trincomalee you can then head back towards Colombo, if time permits to stop over cities such as Dambulla or Kurunegala to see some more ancient historic ruins. Finally from Colombo head back to the Colombo Airport also known as Bandaranaike International Airport.

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  • Emily Pasco

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    Hey! Went to SL for 15days in december.

    The route we did was :

    Colombo to Sigiriya : Sigiriya Rock Fortress a must do. We went by bike from our guesthouse through the rice fiels! Lovely!!

    Sigirya- Kandy and stop through Dambulla and Spice Garden

    Kandy to Dalhousie (to do Adams Peak - a must do!!)

    Dalhousie to Nuwara Eliya :... To do world´s end but not the best stop

    Nuwara eliya to Ella (preferred ella to nuwara) : little adam´s peak, tea plantations!

    Ella to Tissamaharama (wild safari!!) - we did bundala and not yala : very nice park, very few jeeps compared to yala reviews and really nice stoppibg on the coast during the safari to look at the sea turtles

    Tissa to Mirissa Beach : lovely beach but whale watching not a must do : too long abd whales too far (a question of chance i guess)

    Mirissa to Hikkaduwa : much more touristy - didńt enjoy as much as mirissa

    Mirissa to colombo : didńt enjoy the capital..

    Depending on your transportation way, you can do more stops. We only went by bus which was also very interesting and enjoyable as much as crowded and cheap!!

    Hope that helps!

    Emily

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  • Dulanga Liyanage

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    Dear Vera Nikitina

    Let me introduce my self, I am a Dulanga Liyanage and one of the Travel Agent Sri Lanka .

    As per the your question i can suggest below tour itinerary.

    01- Airport -Colombo

    02- Colombo -Sigiriya (en route to visit Pinnawala)

    03-Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya

    04-Sigirya-Dambulla-Kandy

    05-Kandy

    06-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya (tea plantation)

    07-Nuwara eliya (tea plantation)

    08-Nuwara eliya- Yala National Park

    09-Yala- Bentota

    09- 14 - leisure at the Beach

    15- Airport

    Hope above details are clear for you. for more information do not do not hesitate to contact me .

    Best regards

    Dulanga

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  • Sujith Jayasinghe

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    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport. Welcome and assistance, transfer to hotel in Colombo.

    Arrive in Colombo.

    Leisurely stay at hotel.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

    Day 2

    After breakfast leave for Habarana via Pinnawala.

    En route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

    Arrive in Dambulla.

    Visit Dambulla temple.

    Overnight stay at Hotel

    Day 3

    After breakfast leave for Trincomalee.

    Arrive in Trincomalee.

    Trincomalee city tour.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

    Day 4

    After breakfast leave for Trincomalee city.

    Visit Koneshwaram temple.

    Leisurely stay at hotel.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

    Day 5

    After breakfast leave for Kandy.

    Visit Sigiriya rock fortress.

    Enroute visit Spice garden.

    Arrive in Kandy

    Overnight stay at Hotel

    Day 6

    After breakfast leave for Kandy city.

    Visit The temple of The Tooth Relic and Peradeniya Botanical Garden.

    Kandy city tour and shopping

    Evening Kandy dance.

    Overnight stay at Hotel

    Day 7

    After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya.

    Enroute visit Ramboda falls and Macwoods tea center.

    Arrive in Nuwara Eliya.

    Nuwara Eliya city tour.

    Overnight stay at Hotel

    Day 8

    After breakfast leave for Horton Plains.

    Visit Horton Plains and Hakgala Botanical garden.

    Leisurely stay at hotel.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

    Day 9

    After breakfast leave for Yala.

    Enroute visit Rawana Falls and Buduruwagala Temple.

    Arrive in Yala.

    Overnight stay at Hotel

    Day 10

    After breakfast leave for Bentota via Galle.

    Visit Yala National Park.

    Enroute visit Blow Hole.

    Arrive in Galle.

    Galle city tour.

    Arrive in Bentota.

    Overnight stay at Hotel

    Day 11

    After breakfast leave for Hikkaduwa.

    Enroute visit Madu river, Mask museum, Turtle hatchery and Hikkaduwa coral garden.

    Arrive in Hikkaduwa.

    Overnight stay at Hotel

    Day 12

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Leisurely stay at hotel.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

    Day 13

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Leisurely stay at hotel.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

    Day 14

    Breakfast at hotel.

    Leisurely stay at hotel.

    Overnight stay at Hotel.

    Day 15

    After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure

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  • Arqam Azhar

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    Privet Vera!

    For 15 days you can do an amazing route:

    Colombo Airport Start and you can stay the first night in either Colombo or Negombo

    Then you can choose between going to the South or the North beaches:

    South Galle, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa
    North Kalpitiya

    Depending on the Choice of the North/South - You then can pick ideal Wild Life spots:

    Closer to North: Wilpattu National ParkWasgamuwa National Parkminneriya wildlife park (Mostly Elepahnts and Minneriya)

    Closer to the South beaches: Kanneliya Conservation Center, Kumana National Park entrance yala national parkBundala National Park and Udawalawe National Park (Mostly Elephants in Udawalawe)

    The East Coast has some amazing beaches too: Choose between Arugam Bay(Surfers Heaven) Trincomalee Amazing Natural Harbour and historic sites, Pigeon Island National Park, Pasikuda Beach


    Then the Tea fields: Nuwara Eliya

    Kandy Haputale Ella

    For best historic sites Anuradhapura - Dambulla Polonnaruwa (Ancient Kingdoms).

    You could also try some adventure around Little Sri Pada Knuckles Information Center Horton Plains National Park

    Some Adrenaline rush White Water Rafting Kitulgala


    Let me know of which places you would ideally like to visit and I can give you further Input.

    You can also connect with me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/arqam18

    Regards,

    Arqam

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    27. Polonnaruwa (city)
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