We started planning our Sri Lanka trip almost 10 months ago; our original plan was staying in Galle to attend a wedding and one more coastal city, such as Tangalle, Bentota, Negombo, to enjoy the sun and beach.
Except Ceylon tea, we knew nothing about Sri Lanka; we thought probable we would not go to Sri Lanka again, to make our “one in a life time” trip more fruitful, we decided to forget the sun and beach and discover the different aspects of Sri Lanka.
Our final plan was to stay at 3 hotels in 3 different regions:
Galle – wedding, the ancient town
Hatton – tea country
Dambulla – Sigiriya district
This time, we need to plan everything by ourselves.
We took CX flight to Colombo, with a 1 hour stop at Singapore.
Arrived Colombo almost 11:00pm, took a 2.5 – 3 hour drive to Galle (crazy to travel at night, I would recommend to stay one night in Colombo).
Stayed 4 nights at Amangalla, Galle.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Rehearsal dinner at Why House
The last event of the wedding, BBQ at WB Villa, Why Beach.
Dinner at Amangalla
Took a 5.5 hour drive from Galle to Hatton.
Ceylon Tea Trails, member of Relais & Chateaux, has four bungalows vary in size from 4 to 6 rooms & suites; 20 in all.
Each bungalow is unique – lakeside Castlereagh & Summerville, Norwood with panoramic views and Tientsin, the most traditional colonial.
Transferred to Summerville by boat ride on Castlereagh Lake
Walked around Hatton
Took 4 hour drive from Hatton to Dambulla with stop in Kandy
Lunch at local restaurant
Spa treatment at Six Senses Spa
A tour to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
visited a wood factory
A tour to Dambulla Golden Temple & Rock Temple
We requested late check-out at 2pm, after lunch, took a 2 hours Spa treatment to kill the waiting time.
3 hour drive from Dambulla to Colombo
Flight time was 0040 / 1155
but our flight was cancelled!
We were asked to take the next flight which was scheduled on the same time of next day! After almost 2 hours waiting (and negotiation) at CX check-in counter, finally we got on SQ flight on 1:30am.
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Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, we will definitely come back.