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To experience Sri Lanka properly you will need at least one week but preferably two. A car and driver itinerary will allow you the ideal opportunity to see what you would like to see, when you would like to see it.
Your car and driver will pick you up in the morning and follow your itinerary before dropping you at your accommodation for the night, the itinerary is flexible so if you change your mind about what you would like to do for the day that is fine as long as you make it to your next hotel stay.
One to two weeks –
Essential Sri Lanka –
If it is your first visit to Sri Lanka you will probably want to experience a mix of the history, culture and wildlife which Sri Lanka is famous for. We would suggest an itinerary which includes must-sees such as Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temples, the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy and a game drive in Minneriya National Park to see the herds of wild elephants.
If you have time you could also fit in a visit to the tea plantations and rolling countryside of the Central Highlands around Nuwara Eliya and maybe a train journey along one of the most scenic railways in the world.
If you have visited Sri Lanka before or you have a real love of wildlife, you may prefer to spend more time down south where you can fit in a few game drives at Udawalawe National Park for the herds of elephants and Yala National Park for the chance to spot the elusive leopard. Whale and dolphin watching down at Mirissa is also a draw and there is no sight like a turtle laying her eggs on the beach at night near Tangalle. You can still fit in some culture with a trip to neighbouring Galle to see the historic Dutch fort and Galle lighthouse and, of course, a stop along the coast to see the famous stilt fishermen perched above the ocean.
Culture and East Coast –
If you are travelling during our summer months and would like to include a beach stay as part of your week-long itinerary you may wish to combine the sights of the Cultural Triangle, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa with a few nights at one of the beach resorts on the stunning east coast. These up-and-coming resorts benefit from long, golden sand beaches and shallow waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling. To reduce the amount of time spent travelling you can then take a domestic flight in one of Cinnamon Air’s air taxis back to Colombo and enjoy the fabulous views below.
Two weeks or more –
Complete Sri Lanka –
If you have two weeks or more and you wish to see everything Sri Lanka has to offer, a complete itinerary will take you all around this fascinating island. The Cultural Triangle and Habarana will be your first stop to climb the impressive Sigiriya Rock Fortress, see the ancient capital of Anuradhapura and the temples of Polonnaruwa. From here you can move on to Kandy to see the famous Temple of the Tooth and then up through the winding mountain roads to Nuwara Eliya to see the tea plantations and spectacular vistas. You may wish to spend a couple of nights at Ella to take part in some hiking and mountain biking if you are feeling active before heading on to the National Parks of Udawalawe and Yala for some wildlife spotting.
After all that adventure a few days on the beach of the south coast around Galle will help you unwind and de-stress.
Jaffna and Northern Sri Lanka –
For those seeking to go completely off the beaten track or those who have visited before and want to see something a bit different, Jaffna can be incorporated into your itinerary, roughly a two hour drive from Anuradhapura you can tour the Cultural Triangle and visit the temples and ancient cities before travelling to Wilpattu National Park for a game drive to see the wildlife away from the majority of other tourists. From here you will continue your journey up north to Jaffna for a couple of nights.
Jaffna has not long been opened up to tourism after a troubled past and as well as the colonial architecture and temples you will also witness the thought-provoking remnants of the civil war. Jaffna Fort, the Nallur Kovil Temple, Jaffna library and Jaffna museum are all worth a visit and will allow you to experience a completely different side to Sri Lanka.
From Jaffna travel down to the east coast and spend some time at the beautiful laid back beach resorts for some well-earned R&R before flying back to Colombo on a Cinnamon Air flight.
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