Sri Lanka Snapshot

For anyone planning to travel to Sri Lanka we hope this snapshot of our time is useful in your planning.

Days in Sri Lanka: 8

Money Spent (USD for 2 people): $1010

Accommodation = $194

Food = $199

Alcohol = $32

Activities = $36

Transportation = $77

Misc = $34

Visas = $70l

Activities =$25

Splurge = $381 (Mt Lavinia Buffet $48, Whale Watching $83, Mirissa to Ella private taxi $76, Ella to Kandy 1st class train $25, Kandalama Buffet $50, Cinamon Lodge Hotel $79, Kandy to Colombo 1st class train $20 )

Our Route: Mt. Lavinia, Mirissa, Ella, Kandy, Dambulla, Columbo

Our #1 Recommendation

Book A/c Rooms 

Our Top 5 Lists…

Sri Lanka Overall


  • Sri Lankan Special at Chill Cafe in Ella
  • Pizza at Pizzaria My Way in Mirissa
  • Chicken Kottu
  • Dhal Curry 
  • Egg Hopper

In retrospect we would have…

  • Realized what airport we were landing in and stayed in Negombo the first night or two 
  • Went the opposite direction from North to South instead. 
  • Stayed 1 night in Kandy instead if two and with A/c 
  • Hired a guide with a car for the entire trip
  • Asked our A/C Bus driver where to find him for a ride back 
  • Tried to find a place to see the stilt fisherman 

Suggested 1 week itinerary
Hire a Guide with a car. Negombo>Kandy> Dumbulla>Ella> Mirissa ( or Tangalle or Unawatuna) 

Suggested 2 week itinerary

Negombo 2 days> Kandy 1 day> Dumbulla Area 2 days >Ella 3 days> Tangalle 3 days > Mirissa 3 Days with day trip to Galle and depart to airport from Galle. 

Suggested 3 week itinerary

Negombo 2 Days > Kandy 1 Day> Cultural Triangle 3 days > Ella 3 Days> Tangalle 3 Days > Mirissa 3 Days > Unawatuna 2 days with day trip to Galle and depart to airport from Galle 

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