If your flight arrives in the morning or early afternoon it is a good idea to start your itinerary right away – unless you have had a really long haul flight and are in need of a rest. In this case, Negombo is only a 20 minute ride away and has a range of accommodation types and is an interesting place to have a break in.
Remember to consider the weather pattern for the timing of your holiday if you don’t want to get wet. At any time, the weather is good in some part of the island. There are two definite monsoon patterns. The South West, South Coast and Hill Country gets rain from May to August so the best time to visit these areas is from December to March when it is basically dry. There are times when there are afternoon showers outside the “wet” season. The North and East gets its monsoon from October to January and is dry at other times. Of course, even though you can get very wet you won’t actually be cold – unless you are high in the Hill Country such as Nuwara Eliya.
To get the best out of your holiday time it is best not to fill your days with frantic travel but to make base at a suitable place and explore the wider area, returning to the same accommodation each night. It is also sensible to arrange your itinerary so that you are not backtracking and covering the same area more than once. These itineraries assume that you will be travelling by car with a driver but they can also be done using public transport with a great deal more time needed.
Itinerary One - The Grand Tour – a taste of Sri Lanka’s wonders. A village stay, Ancient cities, Culture, Religious History, Wildlife and beaches . . .
- Katunayake or Negombo to Olu Ella Inn, Dombepola for a village stay
- Dalhousie via Hatton to climb Adam’s Peak – Sri Pada. in season or continue to Nuwara Eliya or Ella area for Hill Country life, tea esates and beautiful scenery. The train trip from Nanu Oya to Badulla is particularly picturesque and popular with visitors – your car can pick you up at Badulla. Continue to
- Pottuvil – Arugam Bay for beach time
- Pottuvil to Batticoloa or continue to Trincomalee [ Hindhu Temple, hot springs, beach]
- Trincomalee to Anuradhapura [ Mihintale, Polonnaruwa, Mineriya/ Kaudalla/Giratale National Parks elephants etc] Make a base here for these places.
- Head to Kandy with an early morning visit to Sigiriya and another stop at Dambulla Cave Temples. Base at Kandy to taste the culture, history, tea plantations, and maybe the Pinnewala elephant orphanage which is out of Kandy, near Mawanella.
- Kandy to Negombo or Katunayake airport depending on time of your flight out.
Itinerary Two – Sampling something special – Ancient cities, Elephant safari, Hill Country, village life . . .
- Katunayake or Negombo to Anuradhapura via Kurunegala- make a base in this broad area to visit Mihintale, Polonnaruwa, the National Parks to see elephants. [ Side visit to Trincomalee for beach time can be done as well]
- Leave early morning and head for Kandy area with a stop to climb Sigiriya and another one to visit the astonishing Dambulla Cave Temples
- Stay in Kandy area and do your thing here – maybe tea estates, Temple of the Tooth, dancing show, side trip to water falls – Victoria Falls area maybe- and the Peredeniya Botanic Gardens . .
- Kandy to Olu Ella Inn, Dombepola via Kitulgala for morning tea. At Olu Ella Inn enjoy a rest and some of the activites outlined on this website
- Leave Olu Ella Inn refreshed after a great holiday and travel to Katunayake or Negombo.
There’s so much more than the above to see and do in our lush, resplendent island ! Feel free to contact us via the Book Now spot on the Rooms page if you would like suggestions on itineraries to different parts of the country.