Are you planning a 6 day vacation to some country but puzzled between spending your time amidst beautiful lush green mountains or relaxing at turquoise blue water beaches?
Let me mention this one country that let's you have the best of both worlds; Heavenly mountains and stunning beaches- Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka has been ranked as the Best Travel Destination in 2019 and there is no reason to disagree.
I checked out all the cities and things-to-do in Sri Lanka and shortlisted the cities where I exactly wanted to be. My Itinerary involved visiting 5 cities: Colombo-Dambulla-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya-Yala-Bentota-Colombo. Colombo is only included for arrival and departure in the country.
Below are some pre-requisites which I completed before reaching Sri Lanka (Also including alternatives for you):
1. Booked the hotels in Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Yala and Bentota. Alternatively, hostels are easily available if you want to stay in one; you will save money and meet lots of like-minded travelers.
2. Hired a driver who could take me to all the aforementioned places. It did not cost much. Alternatively, you can take a tuk tuk to travel around the city and train to travel to another city.
3. Got my ETA approval. You need an ETA for getting a Sri Lankan visa which can be taken before arriving the country or at arrival. Since it's just as easy as filling up and submitting a form, I recommend doing it before arriving in the country to save time and the extra money which you'll spend on it.
Arrived in Colombo. Met with my driver cum guide (I will address him as Wasantha in this post) who drove me to my hotel in Dambulla which took us around 4-5 hours.