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HI - and thank you to all who have so generously posted trip reports on this website. I have put together an itinerary based on much of what I have read on this site, taking into account what we like to do. My husband and I are in our early 50's, like active vacations, a little beach time, and experiencing the culture of a foreign place. We also like nice hotels & accomodations. We are not much for guides, museums etc. Just enjoy the experience of being somewhere very different from home. With that as a background - would love input on the proposed schedule.

Day one - arrive Columbo at midnight - and stay at Hotel Wallawwa for one night.
Depart at 9 AM for the 4 hour drive to Dambulla.
Visit Dambulla Caves late afternoon.

Currently thinking of staying at Kandalama - but I keep reading about the bats and other moving creatures in and around the property. We have been to plenty of third world spots - but not too enthused with close encounters with creatures. Is this overblown - or is there somewhere else to stay.

Day 2
Visit Polunnarwu. Would like to bicycle around the ruins. Is this possible? Saw it mention in LP guidebook - but not sure of logistics .
Relax at hotel in the afternoon.

Day 3
Visit Sigiriya - hike around. Visit Batik factory (does anyone know where this is?)
Relax at hotel in the afternoon.

Day 4
Depart for Kandy (appx 2.5 hours)
Visit spice gardens along the way. Visit Botanic gardens and temple of tooth.
Overnight (should we stay at Kandy House, Theva Residency, or in town? We are literally just going to sleep overnight and I know those two places are out of town)

Day 5
Depart for Tea Trails (2.5 hours)
Stay at Castlereagh Bungalow
Worlds End hike (is this possible to do in the afternoon after we arrive?)

Day 6
Adams Peak (we are not interested in getting up at 1 in the morning - has anyone done this with a 5 AM departure?)

Day 7
Rafting. We are only interested in class IV and V rafting. Is this available in the area and in January?

Day 8-10
Depart for Tangalle 5.5 hours
Stay at Amanwella

Day 11
Noon - depart for Galle (appx 1.5 hours)
See the fishermen in Weligama enroute.
Walk around Galle, shop sight see.
Should we have dinner here or in Columbo?
Depart for Columbo (appx 1.5 hours)
Stay at the Park Street Hotel, Columbo

Day 12
Tour Columbo, shop etc.
Midnight - depart for home.

Any comments or thoughts most appreciated.

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