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Trip Report Smeagol and Muffin in Sri Lanka ( and a quick stop in Dubai)

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So, I thought I would at least start a report but those of you who know me, know I rarely finish them when I get home.........

Currently waiting at the airport for our flight to Dubai , so I thought I would start.....

Trip planning began in Feb and thanks to many of you here it shaped my itinerary. I used Boutique Sri Lanka to make all the hotel and driver bookings. I'll say now I am VERY happy with them, they responded quickly to emails and didn't mind when I ummmed and annex about hotel choices..... I would absolutely recommend. Also the Driver we had Daya was great and a very careful driver. ( given what we had read about SL drivers I was a bit nervous)

As we were flying Emirates from our local airport in the UK and as I knew the weather may be rainy in SL I decided to add 4 days in Dubai at the end of the trip to tree some sunshine ( fingers crossed)
Our itinerary was as follows

1 night Negombo - Wallawa hotel
3 nights Dambulla - Kandalama Heritance
1 night Kandy - Theva residency (Kandy house was full)
2 nights Hatton - Tea Trails - Teintsen bungalow
3 nights Kigalle ( just south of Galle) The Fotress
1 night - Colombo - Casa Colombo
4 nights in Dubai.

Overall we were mostly happy with the places we stayed although I would change 1 and I would probably slightly change the itinerary.... More on that later....

I won't go into huge details but hopefully give info that is useful.
Regarding the weather, up until Hatton we saw a LOT of rain! but really it didn't massively affect our plans.... We had to switch a couple of things around but we did everything we wanted, so don't let this put you off. It was still nice and warm but when it rained, oh boy did it rain......
I know a lot of people push on to the Cultural triangle as soon as they arrive but for us we were not in the amazing race and decided to start off slow, I'm glad we did as it was torrential rain on the 40 min drive to the Wallawwa,
We LOVED the Wallawa hotel, great intro to SL, very friendly staff and great good. We had a small issue with the A/ C in the room and they sorted it all very quickly and moved us to a Garden Suite, which we really liked. I would say if you stay here book at least this category.

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