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itinerary sri lanka please help

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My girlfriend and I will be heading to sri lanka for 3 weeks in february. We could use some help with planning our trip. We'd like to hear your thoughs on the below itinerary. Your help is really appreciated.

Day 1
Arrival airport-head straight to Negombo
Night: Negombo

Day 2 Negombo
Relax/ Dutch Canals tour
Night: Negombo

Day 3 Negombo to Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa?
Drive to sigiriya or polonnaruwa (stop on the way to see pinnawela elephant orphanage)
Night: sigiriya/polonnaruwa?

Day 4 sigiriya
Visit lions rock + afternoon safari

Day 5 polonnaruwa
Explore ancient city by bike + relax
Night: sigiriya/polonnaruwa

Day 6 sigiriya/polonnaruwa to kandy
drive to Kandy (Stop on the way to see dambulla caves) temples
Night: kandy

Day7 kandy
Highlights Kandy(temple of tooth/gardens)
Night: kandy

Day8 kandy to kitulgala
Drive to kitulgala + afternoon rafting
Night: kitulgala

Day 9 kitulgala-nuwara eliya
Climb adam's peak before sunrise
Drive (or train) to nuwara eliya
Visit theefarms
Night: nuwara eliya

Day 10 nuwara eliya-ella
Walk to worlds end in the morning
Train to ella
Night:ella

Day 11 ella
Relax+hiking
Night: ella

Day 12 ella-tissamaharama
Drive from ella to tissamaharama
Afternoon safari yala np? (Or better to do the next day ,full day safari or part of the day?)
Night: tissamaharama

Day 13: tissamaharama-beach
Safari/alternatively head to the beach (question above)

Day 14-20
Relax at beach
Surfing
Whale watching
Galle

Any recommendations on places to visit considering activities mentioned above?

Some questions left

Do you recommend adding or skipping destinations

Does any part of the itinerary feel rushed?

Should we hire a driver for the whole trip or just a part of it.

What is a good place to stay in the sigiriya/polonnaruwa area

Huge thanks in advance

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    We loved our trip to Sri Lanka and talk about going back - hard to believe it was 7 years ago. You might find our photos useful http://www.marlandc.com/sri-lanka-2007.html and I have a trip report hear.

    Negombo was a good place to spend the night of arrival, but I didn't see any reason to stay longer. I have no idea what the "Dutch Canals tour" is, however.

    We loved the time we spent in the cultural triangle. You want to stay somewhere central so you can easily get to Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and the Dambulla cave temples. We stayed near Dambulla at the Kandalama which I highly recommend.

    We did not visit the Pinnawela elephant orphanage, but my memory is that is between Dambulla and Kandy, so you may want to stop there between the Cultural triangle and Kandy.

    I can't comment on the activities you mention, as we spent our time in Tea Country relaxing and taking long walks.

    If you want to do wildlife viewing at Yala, you will need to schedule far in advance. It is very busy.

    We hired a driver for the whole trip, even though we didn't use him during our stay at Tea Trails. Having one consistent driver does make things easier.

    We made all of our arrangements through Boutique Sri Lanka, including hiring the driver. I always recommend that people use an agency to hire a driver because they will provide back-up. If the driver isn't to your liking, if something goes wrong with the car, the agency will trade out the car or driver or both. If you hire an individual driver, you have no recourse.

    Have a wonderful trip!

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