Sri Lanka Activities and Itineraries
Sri Lanka has been on our list of countries to visit for a long time. With recent tragic events over Easter 2019, we weren’t sure if it would make it onto this trip, but are so pleased that the UK Home Office gave clearance to travel here again, as it has been one of the highlights of our whole trip. Here you will find some Sri Lanka activities and itineraries, all tried, tested and honestly reviewed, by us.
If you get the chance, I highly recommend a visit here. Whether you like the bush or the beach, safari or city, there is something for everyone.
Getting a SIM card is a good idea so that you can use some of the transport apps. A SIM will only cost a few dollars and will give you access to use Uber and PickMe – the local transport apps for taxis and tuk tuks. We used the network Dialog.
Tuk tuks are available on Uber, which I thought was pretty cool, and you get the local price when using it – another bonus. We only used Uber in Colombo, which worked out pretty well. With PickMe in Galle, the drivers would accept the fare, only to cancel a few minutes later. After that we didn’t use either app again along the south coast and either flagged down a tuk tuk or used the bus, but PickMe worked well back in Colombo at the end of our trip.
The buses were loads of fun – that’s if you don’t mind being crammed into a vibrant tin with a semi-erratic driver and music blaring. Just make sure you get ready to get off a stop in advance.
Between Hiriketiya, Udawalawe National Park and Ella, our safari accommodation, Makulu Safari Camp organised a driver for us.
We travelled by the amazing scenic train Ella to Colombo, making stops at Hatton and Kandy. The train is very reasonably priced, even at the foreigner rate. For a 2nd class ticket, a three hour journey from Kandy to Colombo only costs rs250 per person.