mum travelling with 3 teenagers
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2013 4:17 PM Last Post By: jamesandservane
Oct 23, 2013 7:13 AM
mum travelling with 3 teenagersHi everyone,
I will be travelling in Sri Lanka alone with 3 teenagers in November/ December. I welcome any comment on the following itinerary. My purpose is to let the kids discover the place from different perspectives, see a lot but not cram too many things at once, so we have time to enjoy each activity instead of rushing from site to site.
Day 1 Arrival around 16:00, bus straight to Negombo, o/n Negombo
Day 2 Bus to Dambulla, visit Cave Temples in late afternoon, o/n Dambulla
Day 3 Bus to Habarana in the morning, visit Ritigala in the afternoon (i have decided to skip Anuradhapura), o/n Habarana
Day 4 Visit Polonnaruwa, o/n Habarana (by the way, do you know if "kids", aged 13, 15 and 17 years old, get discounted tickets at the Cultural Triangle sites?)
Day 5 Early morning safari at either Minneriya or Kaudulla (depending on where the elephants were last spotted) then bus to Sigiriya. Visit the Museum, o/n Sigiriya
Day 6 Early climb of Sigiriya Rock, bus to Kandy in the afternoon, o/n Kandy
Day 7 Visit the sites, o/n Kandy
Day 8 Bus (or more likely hired car with driver?) to Kitulgala, o/n Kitulgala (has anyone tried camping there?)
Day 9 Whitewater rafting and such, o/n Kitulgala
Day 10 Bus to Nuwara Eliya, o/n Nuwara Eliya
Day 11 Train to Ella, o/n Ella
Day 12 Ella Rock hike, etc... o/n Ella
Day 13 We shall find something to do... but i don't think the kids will be up for Horton Plains unfortunately! o/n Ella
Day 14 Most probably hired car with driver to Tissamaharama, o/n Tissamaharama
Day 15 Visit Bundala National Park very early, bus to Mirissa in the afternoon, o/n Mirissa
Day 16 Snorkelling and relaxing, o/n Mirissa
Day 17 Whale-watching boat trip, o/n Mirissa
Day 18 Bus to Galle, o/n Galle
Day 19 Visit the sites, o/n Galle
Day 20 Train (or bus?) to Negombo, o/n Negombo
Day 21 Departure flight
Thank you all very much!
Oct 23, 2013 11:24 AM
I read you itinerary and it is excellent , just thought to add few comments on it.
Now Sri Lanka is ready with good road network and transport system covering up many parts of the country.
So it is now not that much hard to finish your tour using a public transport.
But my view is with 03 kids, can a mum search for everything on everyday basis, which might kill your valuable time and joy. Also hope, it is less economical than a private car/van with a driver as your team contains 04 members.
Just to say, It is good if you could hire a local driver at a cost of around 50-60 USD per day basis.
Thus take a vehicle only for first 10 days to cover all around the country mean 90% of distance at a cost around 500-600 USD for all 04 members. ( Air port to dambulla/Sigiriya/Polonnaruwa/Kandy/Nuwara Eliya/Ella/Yala/Mirissa - 1200 Km ) and then discontinue the vehicle from this point.
Then, settle on a southern beach hotel (Mirissa/Galle ) for the rest of days where less traveling involve.
At the end, you can travel by a train from Matara to Negomobo via Colombo, the main commercial city.
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Oct 23, 2013 4:09 PM
Oct 27, 2013 1:03 PM
3Looks a great itinerary to me...I think you have made the right decision to skip Anaradhupura - it's not that exciting for teenagers - Sigiriya and Pollunawara were much more popular with my four teenagers when I was there in August (discounts stop at twelve, BTW). I seriously recommend using a driver though, if you can find the money - it made our trip so easy. We used a firm called Sri Lankan Hires and paid 900 dollars for twenty two nights, with no added extras. Well worth it. But don't miss doing at least one train trip. Ella might disappoint you - the walks round there aren't that long or challenging. I'd be tempted to say skip Ella and go to Arugumbay instead - lovely, laid back vibe and the chance for some surfing. But if you do go, I wouldn't give three days to Ella - there's two walks, one short one that takes about an hour and a half and the long one that takes around three hours if you're reasonably fit, and nothing else immediately obvious to do, apart from visiting a tea plantation. Personally, if I'm spending time just hanging out, I'd prefer a beach to a hill town.
Oct 27, 2013 4:17 PM
Thanks for your great tips. I might indeed rent a car with driver after all, it would make travelling much more flexible and confortable. I will consider shortening my stay in Ella by 1 night and spend an extra one on the coast, in the south though, 'cause I'm afraid that the east coast might be too wet in December, due to the monsoon.
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