Sri Lanka is a country that has it all: wildlife, nature, beaches, culture, good food, friendly people, great diving/snorkeling and it is easy to travel. It is high in our list of favorite countries! We made a map of our route so you can easily see which stops we made.
We spent quite some time in Sri Lanka and did this route actually in 3 rounds...
The first time, we came to Sri Lanka to apply for our Indian visa and had about 2 weeks. We started in Colombo where we arranged our own tuktuk to self drive though Sri Lanka. From Colombo we drove to beautiful Galle where we spent some time exploring the Dutch Fort. Next stops were Kabalana, where we saw the fishermen on stilts, and Tangalle where we wanted to spent some time on the beach. After this, our tuktuk brought us to the Yala National Park where we saw leopards! Amazing safari. Since we still had some days to kill before our visa was ready, and the drive from Yala to Colombo was to long for one day, we did a stop in Hikkaduwa for some more beach days.
After almost 2 months of India, we returned to Sri Lanka to discover a new part, with family. We spent a few days in Colombo, and drove to Kandy to see the tea plantations and some temples. Ella was next where we climbed/walked up Little Adams Peak and admired the Nine Arch Bridge. We did a safari at the Udawalawe National Park where we spotted many elephants. The last days were spent in Colombo again where we said goodbye to our family, picked up a tuktuk again, and started part 3 of our trip which brought us to the North of Sri Lanka.
First stop of part three was Anuradhapura, this ancient city is famous for its temples. We visited some and headed to Jaffna afterwards. Great place for spotting flamingos and to see some of Sri Lanka's finest places. And we can say the same about Trincomalee. We went snorkeling and went on a dolphin trip. You can even spot whales here when visiting in February/March! After Trincomalee, we spent some days in Dambulla where we visited the Golden Temple and made a trip to see Lion Rock. From Dambulla we drove to Kandy, stayed there a few days, before heading back to Colombo and flying out to Paris.
E-visa Sri Lanka € 32,20 p.p.
Safari Yala National Park € 93,54 for 2
Safari Udawalawe National Park € 46,75 for 2
We spent 58 days in Sri Lanka and visited this country twice. We didn't really travel that fast and had enough time in every city to do what we wanted to do. You can easily do our route in 4 weeks, maybe even in 3,5 weeks.
How did we spent our money? Our travel costs are higher because we rented a tuktuk for most of the time. If you are traveling by public transport, it will be much cheaper (but less fun..) Since we traveled with family a part of the trip, our spendings aren't accurate because we simply lost track. Therefor we can't give our average daily spendings. For a budget traveler, it should be possible to travel Sri Lanka for about 4.870 Rupees p.p. (= € 30,-) or even less.
Hopefully our information is useful to future Sri Lanka travelers. If you have any questions, don't hesitate and let us know!