I arrived in Sri Lanka early morning and got a taxi from the airport to my hostel which cost me 1300lkr. I stayed at the First Hostel which was 10 minutes away from the airport. I was so dead tired from the flight and slept the whole morning. Then later in the afternoon, I went to have a tour in Colombo City. The city didn’t have much to offer and was too crowded. I suggest that you escape the city and start your tour on the Northern part of the country. Here’s my 14 days itinerary while in Sri Lanka. This might not work for some of you but I’m willing to give you some recommendations. My Itinerary was a mess because I needed to meet a friend in between my trips.
I spent my first 4 days in Colombo, Negombo, and Marawila. The area were not that great, Negombo and Marawila Beach were kinda rough and people were not allowed to swim. Bear in mind that if you see a red flag on the beach, that means tourists and locals are not allowed to swim. Afterwhich, I proceeded to Kandy which was 4 hours away from Colombo. My friend offered me a ride all the way to Kandy and we had some stop overs in between. Kandy is known for the Temple of the Tooth and the Botanical Garden. You can stay for one night in Kandy. I headed straight to Nuwara Eliya by bus and stayed for a night and went to Ella. I suggest spending 2-3 days in Ella. There’s a lot of things to do in Ella like trekking to Adams Peak, see the Nine Arch bridge or just enjoy the tea plantation scenery. I headed down to Sigiriya to see the Lion’s Rock and stayed for a night, then to Dambulla and to Mirissa. I had so much fun in Mirissa, aside from enjoying the beach I met a lot of cool people and gained a friend.
I stayed in a hostel my entire trip, standard rate is $10 per night and as for the food, it will cost slr200-slr1500 depending on the area. I always opted to eat at the local eatery. You can travel the country by train or by bus which is really cheap and in case you’ll get lost, don’t be afraid to ask some help from the locals.Enjoy the country as much as I did.