My husband and I are off to stay at the Saman Villas in Bentota for 2 weeks on the 6th August. I've read lots of very useful posts but need a little bit more advice.
We are planning a few trips but don't want to book anything until we are there. I was hoping someone could advise us on the best way to see everything we want to.
1. We'd like to do one trip to Kandy, Dambulla, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Obviousley this needs to encorporate an overnight stop but where would be the best place to stay? Or should I say what is the best order for us to do this in? Also I'm not sure whether we should try to catch the beginning of the festival or not as it's nearing the end of the holiday (we leave on the 21st Aug) and I've read that prices go up and places to stay run out. We'd probably only be able to catch the first day/night. Would it be too good to miss?
3. Finally we'd like to do a day trip to Uda Walawe NP and the elephant orphanage there. One question though. Would we really miss out if we didn't go to The Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage and did this instead?
2. We'd like to do a day trip to visit turtle hatchery and a school near Galle we have links with. Possibly Galle in the evening if we have time.
So have we missed anything that we'll really regret not seeing?