Sri Lanka is an island nation at the south of India. It has diverse landscapes range from the rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches.
For me, Sri Lanka is a country full of surprise. Initially, I was reluctant to go to Sri Lanka because of my imaginary impression of the country. It’s hygiene, safety, traffic and so on. But I finally said OK when hubby kept on convincing that it is a beautiful destination.
- Travel duration: 6 days and 6 nights
- Travel style: road trip
- Driving duration: 5 days
- Total distance: 705 KM
- Cities that we visited:
- Horton Plains
- Nuwara Eliya
- Dambulla – Sigiriya
We will share the detail experiences that we had in the itinerary. It will contain a story about places we had gone, how long had we driven, things we like, what we dislike, what we missed from doing, what funny experienced we encountered, what food we ate, what tips we want to share and so on. At this moment, we are writing the experiences and will release the post once the article is ready. The post will also be linked on this page.
Day 1: Colombo
- Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport
- Lunch at The Fat Crab
- Strolling around Colombo
- Staying at Fair View Hotel
Day 2: Horton Plains
- Applying for driving license at Automobile Association
- Driving to Horton Plains
- Staying at Hill Safari Eco Lodge
Day 3: Horton Plains and Ella
- Trekking at Horton Plains National Park
- Driving to Ella
- Dinner by the mountain at Mount Haven Restaurant
- Staying at New Blue Home
Day 4: Ella – Kandy
- Hiking Little Adam’s Peak
- Driving at Nuwara Eliya
- Drinking Fresh Strawberry at Adma Agro Strawberry Farm
- Fabric hunt in Kandy
- Staying at Satyodaya Educational Training Centre
Day 5: Kandy
- Drive to Sigiriya
- Staying at Hotel Tinaya
- Tuna steak dinner at Tinaya
Day 6: Sigiriya
- Climbing Sigiriya Rock Fortress
- Drive to Negombo
- Dinner by the beach at King Coconut Restaurant
- Going back to Singapore
Our Impression on Sri Lanka
After we completed our trip to Sri Lanka, my view about the country changed 180 degrees! Thanks to hubby.
- Sri Lanka is not a cheap destination, especially for hotels and attraction tickets. Sri Lanka charges different amount of ticket price for tourists, and it is way more expensive than the locals.
- The country’s nature is splendid. Driving around Sri Lanka was fun. The road infrastructure across the country is good, even in the countryside.
- People are friendly. English is one of the official languages of the country, so there will be no language problem for tourists.
- There are a lot of stray dogs. What we mean by a lot is.. really a lot!
- The public transportations are classic. The buses are old, but it seems they still work well. Tuk-tuks (three-wheeled vehicle) are everywhere. Tuk-tuks in Colombo do have a meter, although some don’t. Make sure you ask if they have a meter first before you ride.
- Travel with Uber (ride sharing platform) is cheap, can be as a transport alternative.
- Halal foods are quite easy to find, although they are not everywhere. KFC and Pizza Hut in Sri Lanka are halal certified. If you have a doubt, just eat seafood like we did. You can find it everywhere.
- Cash is (still) the king in Sri Lanka. Most of the small hotels do not accept credit card, so prepare enough cash.