The best way to tour the different cities in Sri Lanka is by car. It’s very common for tourists to hire a driver who normally doubles up as guide to accompany them on their road trips to the various cities. That way, you get to see the country at your own pace whilst having a local guide with you at all times. It’s a pretty fuss free experience that comes at a reasonable price of around US$100 a day. The price includes your driver’s meals and accommodations if any, as well petrol and toll charges.
If like me, you tend to doze off in a moving vehicle, I recommend that you make an effort to stay awake if travelling around Sri Lanka by day. I was glad I did. I saw so many fascinating moments and scenes on my trips spanning the central Nurwaraeliya region up to Galle, the southern part of the country. Moments that I would otherwise have missed if I had dozed off. Another word of advice, toilets are hard to come by on these trips. Don’t wait until the last minute to inform your driver that you need to go. And don’t be too picky about conditions, it may be another several kilometres before you hit your next ‘biological’ stop.
These are some scenes I came to pass and managed to capture on my phone camera. Enjoy!