Round trip sri Lanka with private driver: 9 top reasons why you should do it!
In Sri Lanka, there are several transportation options for traveling the country with the family. Make your Sri Lanka round trip with a private driver, as this is the best option as far as we are concerned. We ourselves have always traveled between the different places in Sri Lanka with a private driver and we enjoyed it immensely. We list a few reasons why your Sri Lanka tour with private driver will be absolutely amazing!
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Round trip sri lanka with private driver #1 By car you are faster than public transportation
Our daughter is not a big fan of sitting still for a long time, so we like it when we arrive at the next destination quickly. Transportation by car is much faster than by bus or train. For example, the train between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya takes over four hours, while by car you can travel this stretch in two and a half hours. Still, that saves a good 1.5 hours.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #2 Roads are sometimes chaos
You could choose to rent your own car and drive the stretches yourself, but since traffic can be quite chaotic, we liked not having to drive ourselves. In addition, they observe different rules in Sri Lanka than we do (overtaking each other everywhere, even if you are right before a curve), so driving by yourself will be very intensive.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #3 A private driver can be arranged anywhere
We always arranged for a car with driver on the spot and did not predetermine anything. Every hotel or accommodation where we stayed could arrange for a car with driver. The cost of a private driver in Sri Lanka was about 50 euros per day.
Do always inquire at the local cab stand if the price there is different than you agree to at the hotel. Because the distances are often not very long, it is therefore easy for a driver to drive back to his home town the same day.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #4 you are a lot more flexible
When we had to go from Udawalawe back to Negombo to catch our flight there, we asked our driver if he would stop at a pool for a few hours along the way so that we didn’t have to drive the entire 7 hours in a row and thus cut the drive in half.
We did the same when we drove from Negombo to Kandy and stopped at the elephant sanctuary along the way. With a chauffeured car, these things are a lot easier to arrange than traveling by local bus, for example.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #5 You can give your full attention to your kids
Because you don’t have to drive yourself, you can give your full attention to your kids. Do games in the car, sing songs or give them something to eat and drink along the way and time flies by.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #6 You can stop anywhere along the way
A big advantage of traveling with a chauffeured car is that you can stop anywhere to stretch your legs and take a pee. It can be very annoying when you are traveling with small children and your kid has to pee and the bus still has a few hours to go. By car, of course, this is no problem at all.
In addition, it is also great when you encounter elephants along the way and can tell the driver to stop and take a picture.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #7 You can sit comfortably during your trip
When traveling through Sri Lanka by train or bus, you may encounter crowded buses or trains, where it can be difficult to have your luggage close to you. You will therefore have to keep a close eye on your luggage, and a seat may not always be a certainty either. By car, of course, you don’t have both of these problems and you’re enjoying the landscapes in a cooled car.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #8 You have your own photographer with you
Often when pictures are shot, one person in the family is not in the picture. If you ride with a driver, he can take the pictures with the whole family and you will all be in the picture.
Round trip sri lanka with private driver #9 You can learn a lot about the country
Conversations with drivers in every country in the world will give you a lot of knowledge about the country in question. For example, how did they experience the country’s civil war in the past and how does the school system work here. A driver is generally not a guide, of course, but he knows a lot about the country and how he himself experiences it.
As you can see above, a roundtrip sri lanka with private driver is totally awesome!