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1. Posted by damen1786 (Budding Member 21 posts) 42w

Hi, my girlfriend and I have our flights booked to sri lanka for 3 weeks at the end of January. 3 years ago we returned home from our 9 month trip to SEA, Aus and NZ, and hadnt had an holiday since. We originally planned on a trip to India but decided against it in favor of sri lanka! (for now at least).

Anyway I am just after opinions and suggestions for our itinerary! As this is our first holiday in 3 years we are planning on a fair bit of beach time, about 10 day's maybe more. My dilemma is do we do the hill country and golden triangle first and rush through in 10 or less days before making our way to the beaches? Or do we head south from Colombo to the beaches and see how much time we have left once we're all beached out to do whatever we have time for in the hills?

I guess my worry is getting to the beaches after the hill country and thinking at the end of our holiday that we didn't leave enough time for the beach!

Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated. We don't want to miss the hill country but if some of the temple/ancient ruins areas are similar to those we already visited in Cambodia and Thailand etc would you skip them in favor of other areas?

Thanks :-D

2. Posted by Andyf (Respected Member 307 posts) 42w

The interior doesn't really take too long. Most tours either do a short loop hitting dambulla polonaruwa sigirya kandy or a version going further south too by adding nuara eliya for the tea plantations and horton plains or adam's peak followed by a safari in Yala and looping back via Galle. Tour companies manage all this in as little as a week.

Sigiriya and the temple of the tooth in Kandy are to me the stand-out attractions that are different to Cambodia or Thailand. After that, the temples are a nice fusion of buddhism with hinduism but nothing amazingly new for you.

Even travelling independently and doing those plus the hill stations your week or ten days will kill it.

3. Posted by damen1786 (Budding Member 21 posts) 42w

Thanks Andy! Your recommendation is pretty much what I have been looking at! Would you recommend Colombo or negombo when we arrive?