Instead of taking a daytrip from Kandy, we opted for public bus and a night at a nice homestay in Sigiriya, for a slower and cheaper experience. Both the Dambulla caves and Sigiriya Rock were really impressive!
Kandy was our first stop on the trip, and a good introduction to Sri Lanka. It doesn’t get as hot in the hills, and the views were spectacular. We also went to the main tourist attraction, the temple where Buddha’s tooth is stored.
Our itinerary for two weeks in Sri Lanka during peak season allowed us to see some tea plantations in the mountains, a whole lot of temples, elephants up close, beautiful beaches and some city pulse.