Suggested Iteneraries in Sri Lanka
What Ranjan recommends
Many visitors of Sri Lanka choose a tour that contains some culture and history, a nature part and stay on the beach. Ranjan Wijayarupa, who acompanies many travelers for a few days as driver and guide, gives the following example, on how a tour could look like:
3 Day Tour
Day 1: Start from Colombo or Negombo (Airport) to Polonnaruwa. Visit of the Dambulla Caves on the way. Stay over night in Polonnaruwa. Day 2: Visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in the morning and head to Sigiriya. Stay over night in Sigiriya. Day 3:Visit Sigiriya Rock Citadel in the morning and drive back to Colombo or Negombo.
5 Day Tour
Day 1-3: as 3 day tour, but drive from Sigiriya to Kandy. Day 4: Cultural day in Kandy: Visit the view point, the Temple of the Tooth and the Bottonical Garden. Stay in Kandy over night. Day 5: Visit the Elephant Orphanage and drive back to Colombo or Negombo.
7 Day Tour
Day 1-5: as 5 day tour, but after visiting the Elephant Orphanage, drive back to Kandy. Stay over night in Kandy. Day 6: Head to Nuwara-Eliya. Visit the Tea Plantations, Tea Fluckers, Tea Factory and Water Fall. Stay over night in Nuwara-Eliya. Day 7: Drive from Nuwara-Eliya to Colombo or Negombo via St.Claire and the Devon Water Falls.
9 Day Tour
Day 1-7: as 7 day tour, but drive from Nuwara-Eliya to Ella. Hiking in the evening. Stay over night in Ella. Day 8: Head from Ella to Tissa. Visit Rawana Ella water fall on the way. Visit Yala National Park in the evening. Stay over night in Tissa. Day 9: Day 9: Tissa to South Beach. Stay on the beach during the day and drive back to Colombo or Negombo.
These are just examples an can be varieed according to your interests and time constraints. Prices for a driver guide simply depend on the kilometers driven an the actual fuel prices, so feel free to contact Ranjan for a quote.