Upon landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport at late night, we stayed in a nearby hotel and got picked up by our driver next morning. We booked this tour company from reading some of their tripadvisor reiews.
Our driver, Bonifus, drove like a pro (the buses there are crazy on those single lane roads! They overtook like a maniac! I do recommend getting a driver who knows the roads) is very polite and spoke very good English and always, ALWAYS, early.
Of course there is public transportation available but in this trip we have limited time and loads of ground to cover. To save time we decided to splurge on our own personal driver.
At the end of each day the driver would drop us off at our hotel. Some hotels offer driver quarters. If our hotel does not have a driver quarter, he would find his own accommodation.
This was the itinerary that was planned.
23-Dec-17 Pickup from Negombo visit Bentota (Lunuganga) and Galle then drive to Koggala (Koggala Beach)
24-Dec-17 Leisure Day
25-Dec-17 Pickup from Koggala (Koggala Beach) and drive to Udawalawe (Master Campers)
26-Dec-17 Pickup from Udawalawe (Master Campers) and drive to Ella (Mount Blue View Guest Inn)
27-Dec-17 Pickup from Ella (Mount Blue View Guest Inn) visit Ella Rock and Lipton’s Seat and drive to Ella (TBC)
28-Dec-17 Pickup from Ella (Mount Blue View Guest Inn) drop off at Ella Railway Station and pickup from Nanu Oya Railway Station then drive to Kandy (Queens Hotel)
29-Dec-17 Pickup from Kandy (Queens Hotel) and drive to Sigiriya (Sigiriya Hotel)
30-Dec-17 Leisure Day
31-Dec-17 Pickup from Sigiriya (Hotel Sigiriya) visit Polonnnaruwa and drive to Sigiriya (Shigiya Hotel)
1-Jan-18 Pickup from Sigiriya (Hotel Sigiriya) visit Negombo (TBC) and drop off at the Bandaranaike International Airport – Vehicle Released
Total Cost: US$ 910.00
- Private Air-conditioned vehicle with an English Speaking driver/ guide for transfers as specified above
- Driver/ guide accommodation
- Bottled drinking water in vehicle for transfers
- Expressway Tolls
- Government Taxes and Service Charge
- 100km Allowance per leisure day.
- 2 x Train Tickets (Ella – Nanu Oya)
- Mileage for detours outside the schedule specified above
- Expenses of personal nature
Note – 100KM per day included for non-transfer days (Leisure Days) for sightseeing. Extra mileage to be paid direct to the driver at Rs.45 per KM (Unused mileage cannot be taken forward to next day)