3 Weeks in Sri Lanka
We asked the hotel staff to arrange for the car and driver. This always worked out.
Hints for Travel in Sri Lanka
Take the train! Reasonably priced with frequent departures. Windows can open, and there is sometimes an observation car at the very back where passengers can gaze out the back at the tracks. The train takes you through beautiful countryside, tea plantations, pretty towns, high up into the clouds or in the lush valleys of Sri Lanka. If you like trains, you will love the trains of Sri Lanka.
When our journey took us to places without train connections, we hired a car with a driver. We asked the hotel staff to arrange for the car and driver. This always worked out. The main roads and highways are newly paved and very good. We talked at length with our drivers, who pointed out the sights along the way, and got good insight into the people and politics of Sri Lanka, so this was well worth it.
We also had the hotel arrange for tuk tuk tours in Colombo and in the ancient Buddhist kingdoms. We asked for a driver/tour guide and enjoyed chatting with the guide.
The people of Sri Lanka are extremely friendly, interested and interesting, and happy to talk with tourists. Many speak English. We had the opportunity to talk at length with many people in Sri Lanka, and this added so much to our trip.
Western food is readily available, however, we preferred the tremendous variety of curries with rice. Dal (lentil) is served at every meal, including breakfast. We enjoyed the 'hoppers' - egg hoppers and string hoppers - a delicious breakfast food. Fresh fruit - lots of it- is always served. What a pleasure to have so much fresh fruit - banana, pineapple, passion fruit, mango. The Sri Lankan diet is healthy, fresh and delicious. The dal is easy to digest. We had no problems anywhere with the food.
Mosquitoes carry disease, and Sri Lanka has dengue. Take protective clothing and bug spray with Deet, and monitor the danger before you go. We took bug spray with Deet, and noticed it was not readily available in Sri Lanka.
The climate of Sri Lanka varies greatly depending on the area of the island you are in and the time of year. We experienced sunny hot weather at the beach, but in the midlands it was warm with rain. High in the hills, it was rainy and cool enough to need sweaters. Check this out before you go and take appropriate clothing.