2 weeks travel Itinerary April 2013
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 23, 2013 3:48 AM Last Post By: MarkS19
Feb 10, 2013 6:57 AM
2 weeks travel Itinerary April 2013Hi,
Two of us going to Sri Lanka in April this year; arriving on 13th and coming back on the 27th April; so that gives us full 2 weeks in Sri Lanka.
Could anyone please comment on our provisional itinerary and/or suggest anything else, if needed?
- 13.-15.4.2013 staying in Kandy at Kandy Cottage
- 15th late afternoon heading towards north to see Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla. We would like to stay in Habarana for two nights and perhaps hire bicycles to see the other places? is that feasible?
- 17th April heading towards south, staying in Ella (preferably) or Haputale and visiting Nuwara Eliya and walking up to Adam's Peak. We are planning to stay here for three nights.
- 20th visiting Yala National Park, staying one night somewhere around?
- the remaining 6 nights we would like to spend visitng Mirissa (whale & Dolphin watching and resting on a beach) and Galle (staying either in Galle or Hikkaduwa)
Any comments are much appreciated!
Feb 10, 2013 9:39 PM
Feb 15, 2013 11:21 PM
2Are you using public transportation, or a driver?
Habarana seemed like a good base for the sights, and you could easily do all three with 2 days. Do Sigiriya in the morning, and then bus it (runs along Habarana road) to Polonnaruwa for an afternoon bike ride around the ruins. See Dambulla on your way south to Hill Country. These cultural sights were much better than Anuradhapura, so don't worry that you're missing out.
Nuwara Eliya for us was quite the let-down, especially on the accommodation front. Not much to do in town aside from visiting a tea factory, or the overpriced and underdeveloped Victoria Park. Ella at least has a view, and some of the better priced food in Sri Lanka.
6 days for Mirissa and Galle seems a bit overkill. Galle could be walked around in a whole day, and Unawatuna is a short 10 minute bus ride if you use it as base for a couple days. Tangalle would be a nice stopover, as it's less crowded than Mirissa, but not as much swimming available due to the surf.
Hope that helps!
Feb 16, 2013 2:29 PM
Thanks all for suggestions.
We are planning to use public transport. Are there any places from the ones I included in my itinerary that we won't be able to get to by public transport?
wanderlust_lizbef, thanks so much for your comments, very helpful. You said 6 days in the south (Galle, Mirissa) is a bit too much. Would you be able to suggest anything else that we might want to see in that region? Or anything else we should add to our itinerary?
Also, would you recommend booking accommodation in advance?
Feb 20, 2013 3:17 PM
Feb 22, 2013 9:04 AM
Feb 22, 2013 12:21 PM
6We have booked accommodation for the first two nights 13 & 14.4.2013 but then I would prefer to get the accommodation once we get there. Maybe book the accommodation in Ella 17-20.4. as that's close to Nuwara Eliya where the locals concentrate to celebrate the New Year. Or do we not need to?
In regards to transport, we want to experience the local trains & buses and we will be travelling up north towards Habarana on the 14th, the bus journey is about 3 hours.
Is it just on the 13th April that the transportation timetable will be restricted?
I hope it won't be too late for whale watching in Mirissa around 20th April....:)
Feb 23, 2013 3:48 AM
During this time of the year most locals are on vacation and therefore cannot depend on public transport to run on schedule.T4 the best is to organise on your own without without taking a risk and places like Nuwaraeliya gets jammed pack as its the season with crowds of local folk.Its for you to consider the ground situation in Sri Lanka and decide a better option.
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