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Itinerary advice please

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Hello,

I am in final stages of our Sri Lanka trip planning, first time visit, going in the mid of March for 14 nights. We are 4 friends traveling, in our 50's, interested in cultural sights and local experiences.

Could I get some reviews of my plan please, if there is anything sensible to change or adjust:

- Day 1-3 .Arrival to Colombo in early morning, 6am, heading straight to Sigiriya for 3 nights. Visiting Polonnaruwa and Dambula.

- Day 4. Heading to Kandy, botanical garden visit, Temple of the Sacred Tooth, evening show.

- Day 5-6. Leaving to Nuwara Eliya, 2 nights. Victoria park, Pedro Tea Estate and World's End trail.

- Day 7-8. Morning train to Ella, stay 2 nights. Little Adam's Peak, Nine Arch Bridge.

- Day 9. Leaving to Tissa, stay 1 night before safari in Yala NP.

- Day 10. Early morning safari in Yala. Going to Tangalle afterwards.

- Day 11-12. Tangalle, relax at beach for 3 nights.

- Day 13. Galle 1 night.

- Day 14. Negombo visit and overnight close to the airport, early morning flight home. Antigen test at the airport.

I am still debating if we need a driver for a whole time or can we do with taxis from point to point. Our first hotel offers $90 transfer to Sigiriya, is that reasonable for a van?

Any idea for a van taxi prices :

Sigiriya to Kandy

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Ella to Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama to Tangalle

Tangalle to Galle

Galle to Negombo

Could we include some cinnamon factory if there is any available close to our route?

appreciate all comments and grateful in advance for any ideas, thank you!

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Hi,

it is great that you are going - we had the best holiday ever in Sri Lanka!

While you are visiting many great locations, and it will be possible (just) it would be way too rushed for me. All of these locations have their merits but I would advise you to reduce the number and spend 3 nights in most destinations to give you 2 clear days to get to know and explore at least a small area around each and get to know some locals a little. There are some great less-visited jungle set ancient temples to explore. I think $90 for a van for a transfer to Sigiriya sounds about right and similar for other transfers between medium/long-range destinations including a stop/detours to locations on the way (we found the drivers can be a bit reluctant to do this but if you point out that the fee should include this before set off you should be ok)

Have a good one.

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Here the pricing model etc...

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QQX5bAkx45Fv6dJDOAgflhsfQ_2kaTjp92CUCp5MMww/edit?usp=sharing

< Erik> & [Sandya]

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Your itinerary is perfect. Few suggestions.

Day 14: You don't need to stay at Negombo. From Gale, it will not take more than 2 hours to reach to airport since the road is express highway. We stayed in Unawatana Beach near to Gale and from Gale it took us like 2 hours.

It is much recommended to do village tour in Habarana and it cost around 15 USD per person (it includes bullock cart, boating, lunch at village. You may go to herbal garden and wooden arts factory near to Kandy and it's great. Our driver took us to this place or you may check with your driver directly.

I just came back from Sri Lanka two weeks s back. I choose Rahmath for 7 seater car, one of the best driver I cam across. His cell number is +94 77 754 3463. Please find my reviews below;

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g612384-d15757872-r823781359-Fly_Wings_Srilanka_Holidays-Aluthgama_Western_Province.html

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We just returned from a 2 week stay in Sri Lanka . Like you we debated whether or not to get a car and driver for whole trip or piece together various options. We opted for a car and driver for our whole trip and were glad we did.

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many thanks everyone who replied !

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