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    • A travel itinerary for a 6 day vacation

      Sri Lanka Jan 16, 2015 at 6:44 AM


      My 70 yr old parents in law are travelling to Sri Lanka in March 2015. Any recommendations for an easy paced holiday? I'm considering a beach resort (3/4 star) and a city.

      The hotel/resort should have some restaurants/shopping at walking distance. I'm only aware of Bentota as a beach resort, can you recommend any others that fit the bill?

      Also the other city break- Colombo or Kandy? Pros and cons of both would be much appreciated.....

      Thanks so much, in advance!


    • Esala Perahera Festival

      Sri Lanka Jan 25, 2015 at 7:35 AM

      How much time should one give to seeing this festival? Is the last day 'a must see', or are the other days just as eventful. I am limited on the time in Sri Lanka as I plan to go to Nepal after.

      Any opinions and advice are greatly appreciated.

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      3 days in Sri Lanka

      Sri Lanka Jan 4, 2015 at 3:33 AM

      Hi all,

      My boyfriend and I are heading to Sri Lanka in a couple of weeks but are unsure as to where to go in that time. I have been to Kandy etc but he's never been before. We were thinking the South East Coast but are unsure which part. Do we have time to go as far south as Galle or Bentota? We will have 3 days ie landing at 4am on the Friday morning and departing 7pm on the Sunday night.

      I would love to see the fishermen on the stilts as well as the turtle hatchery etc. No strict must sees though as we'll just be there to relax, eat and soak up the culture.

      Many thanks, Natalie

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      Sri Lanka Tour

      Sri Lanka Jan 19, 2015 at 7:44 AM

      I'm planning a 10-days tour of Sri Lanka. Which place should I visit and how to travel from place to place?
      Thank you!!

    • Finding a driver/guide for Cultural Triangle trip

      Sri Lanka Jan 14, 2015 at 1:12 PM

      How to find a reliable and honest driver/guide for pick up in Kandy (3 adults), then 3 nights based at Habarana for touring to Sirigiya/Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa before returning to Kandy on day 4. We are happy to book our own accommodation. Need someone with good English, and a knowledgeable and safe driver who can take us to the 'must see' places please. Thanks for any advice.

    • ayurveda hotel

      Sri Lanka Jan 28, 2015 at 4:36 PM

      hello!!!! can you suggest any hotel offering ayurveda treatments. no touristy big hotel please.thank you

    • planning our trips

      Sri Lanka 19 hours ago

      Hi. My husband and I are are visiting S L for the first time in August, we will be here for 10 days. We are looking to visit the elephant orphanage, spend a couple of days visiting a wild life national park, a couple of days by the beach and learn a bit about the S L culture. Would appreciate some help in planning our holiday

      Where is the best place to begin our holiday?

      Hire a reliable driver to take us to our places of interest - what should we expect to pay for this service? (we arrive early hours of the morning - would a driver collect us from the airport ?

      Are we best to book our hotels in advance

      Thanks in advance

    • Hotel near the airport in Colombo

      Sri Lanka Jan 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM

      Upon our arrival in Sri Lanka I would like to book a hotel near the Colombo airport for the first night and the night before we depart. Any recommendations, and are there any hotels that provide free transportation from the airport to their hotel?

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      Colombo To Sigiriya and Back?

      Sigiriya Jan 20, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      Hi can anyone advise me, how much I should expect to pay for a driver from Colombo to Sigiriya and back on the same day? Leaving at about 5am in the morning. I was told it is doable and was quoted, 13,500 Rupees. I was also quoted 5000 Rupees for a driver for a day by someone else but the Sigiriya trip may be considered a bit longer than a standard "day". How does the price sound? Too expensive or reasonable?


    • travel to Kandy

      Sri Lanka Jan 18, 2015 at 2:46 PM

      is there an inexpensive minivan shuttle, or way to share a taxi from the airport near colombo to Kandy ?

    • Finding accommodation

      Sri Lanka Jan 15, 2015 at 2:51 AM

      We are travelling to Sri Lanka in February and have accommodation arranged in Colombo for the first couple of nights. We like to keep our options open when travelling rather than book accommodation in advance. This worked well for us in Costa Rica last year. Is it easy to find guest houses at short notice whilst travelling around? We will probably use public transport where possible and maybe hire a car and driver for more remote places. Thanks.

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      Is is safe to travel alone as a 21 girl

      Sri Lanka Jan 12, 2015 at 8:05 PM

      Hello everyone,


      I would like to travel 3 weeks in sri lanka from jan. to feb. alone.

      I have seen this kind of question before but it was asked in 2004.

      I would like to have some updated news, thank you so much!

      Generally, during the day (i don't go out alone midnight), is it safe for public transportation, tourist places,,,etc.




    • Eden Hotel And Weather in November

      by davies42 Online Now Nov 11, 2014 at 6:08 AM


      I'm planning to stay in Sri Lanka on the 18th November at the Eden Resort. What is this hotel like?

      Can someone please advise on what the weather will be like?

      Also not really sure on what to do about getting the currency - would it be best to get it at the hotel using either card or cash?
      Or take US$ Travellers cheques?

      Are there any good restaurants and bars walking distance away from the hotel? If not by Tuk Tuk - are they easy to use and how cheap?

      Many thanks

      Many thanks

      7 Answers Nov 11, 2014 at 9:19 PM
    • beruwala to adams peak

      by katieateapossum Online Now Nov 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Hi, we wanted to visit Adams Peak and are staying at the Cinnamon Bey, Beruwala. We looked at getting a train and it was going to take so long! So is it possible to get a taxi there and if so what would be the cost?


      2 Answers Nov 3, 2014 at 12:30 PM
    • excursions from beruwala

      by katieateapossum Online Now Oct 6, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      What is the best way to book excursions from beruwala? (We will be staying at the cinnamon bey). Ideally want to do whale watching and to see elephants but I'm not sure where to start!

      2 Answers Oct 7, 2014 at 12:15 AM
    • Changing money

      by milburnator Online Now Aug 8, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      Hi. Where are the best places to change money. We are taking around £50 worth off rupee's just to keep us going and £400 cash sterling. We then want to use our cash card whilst we are over in Beruwala.Is the best thing to do or shall we take travellers cheques or US$?

      Kind regards

      1 Answer Aug 8, 2013 at 4:44 AM
    • Wondering about area?

      by milburnator Online Now Aug 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Hi. Is it safe to walk around unaccompanied both in the day and at night in Beruwala?

      9 Answers Aug 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM
    • Bakery's

      by milburnator Online Now Jul 22, 2013 at 6:16 AM

      Hi. Can anyone advise whether Beruwala has any bakeries to get snacks from? I have just read that they are quite an inexpensive source of tasty food for lunches or snacks.

      5 Answers Jul 23, 2013 at 1:15 AM
    • Supermarkets

      by milburnator Online Now Jul 19, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      Hi. I am travelling to Beruwala on the 9th August for a self catering holiday, staying at the Raajmahal Villa with 11 family members. We have a chef to cook whatever we desire but on arrival, we are planning a 'Big' shop to get all our necessary essentials.
      Can anyone advise if there are any supermarkets or places where we can buy in bulk which are reasonably priced and of good quality?
      Once we have these then we can explore and find for ourselves.
      Thanks in advance.

      7 Answers Aug 6, 2013 at 4:30 AM
    • General Info

      by milburnator Online Now Jul 12, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Hi. My Fiancee and I and 9 other family members are staying at the Raajmahal Villa Beruwala in 4 weeks time. We have never been long haul before and are a little in the dark with regards to many aspects of the country.
      My biggest fear is the weather for the time of year as we have read various forecasts. Also we have a chef on site to cook us what ever we like but are supplies readily available within reasonable travelling distance and how do local prices compare to the UK?
      I ask because I have no idea whether to take £1000 or £5000 for the 2 week stay?
      Thanks in advance.

      7 Answers Jul 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM
    • General Info RE: Eden Resort & Surrounding Area

      by creativegenie Online Now Jul 19, 2010 at 12:09 PM

      My wife and I are staying at Eden Resort & Spa for our honeymoon, first week in August (just two weeks away, WOOOHOOO)

      We are hoping to see more of Sri Lanka than just the touristy bit of the Resort. We especially want to see the cultural / historical parts of Srilanka, aswell as ride an Elephant.

      Is this possible while staying in Berewula, or have I booked a hotel in the wrong part of Sri Lanka?

      2 Answers Jul 19, 2010 at 2:04 PM
    • Aruyveda holiday at Barbaryn Reef spa

      by israeltravel Online Now Jan 10, 2010 at 12:05 AM

      Any comments on this spa? I tried to get in to their branch further down the coast (it is more upmarket) but there is no room. Hardly any recent reviews on trip advisor on the Barbaryn Reef , so I am a little sceptical about this spa which is much older than its other branch which has more reviews on trip advisor They are offering a cabin by the sea. It is quite expensive. I have recently broken my knee and don't want spartan or shabby accomodation. I am a middle-aged woman travelling on her own. Have been to Sri Lanka before.

      3 Answers Jan 10, 2010 at 8:07 AM
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      by Michellefongy Online Now Feb 5, 2009 at 6:05 AM

      Hi there,
      Im thinking of booking 2 weeks at The Palms in Beruwala in August its our honeymoon and will have our two boys on tow 7 and 9. Any info on the hotel and tips on what to see, is it safe to hire a car or not? Any advise would be greafully received.
      cheers Michelle.

      4 Answers Aug 8, 2009 at 8:36 PM
    • help !!!!

      by tony1986 Online Now Jan 18, 2009 at 11:06 AM

      Hi i hope somebody can tell me im staying at neptune for 2 weeks starting 14th july is this when monson season is or not and what is the weather norm like then.
      many thanks

      3 Answers May 14, 2009 at 11:34 AM
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      Excursions from Beruwela

      by madkitty Online Now May 19, 2008 at 4:12 AM

      Hi we are looking at booking the Neptune in Beruwela and wondered if you could give us ideas of excursions that could be done in a day - we are not the type to want to lay on the beach for 2/3 days in the row but being 2 females would be cautious of travelling on our own.

      1 Answer May 19, 2008 at 7:35 AM
    • The Palms Resort

      by leafy123 Online Now Feb 5, 2008 at 4:35 AM


      Does anyone have any information regarding the quality, location of the Palms Resort?


      3 Answers Feb 6, 2008 at 1:35 AM
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      Sri Lanka Advice????? Help!

      by Perfectsam06 Online Now Sep 18, 2007 at 2:32 PM

      Hi i am a little confused about Sri Lanka.... Everywhere say's different things!!!!

      How many cigs can i take in + out?

      What brands of cigs do they sell there?

      What Plug adapter will i need... 3pin or 2pin?

      How much currency can i take in?

      What currency to take?

      i am going for 3 weeks from Middle of Oct... what's the weather gonna be like?

      We have transfer's included.. but would it be better to take a taxi?

      if yes how much will it be to Beruwala?

      How much on average is a 3 course meal?

      Are there casino's & Nightclubs in Beruwala?

      Is the Palm Garden nice?

      is it better to get tours/excursions through hotel or privately?

      Is topless sunbathing allowed?

      Sorry it's so much but i can't find a set answer anywhere????

      Many thanks

      Sam x

      6 Answers Sep 20, 2007 at 4:23 PM
    • Eden Hotel and Weather in June

      by jasonurq Online Now May 4, 2007 at 6:42 AM


      I'm planning to stay in Sri Lanka at the begining of June at the Eden Resort. What is this hotel like?

      Also I've heard that June is the Monsoon season. Will the days be just clouds and humidity and how bad is the rain? Is it just showers and when does it rain? Afternoon or evening?

      The hotel is in Beruwela, is there much to do see here? Can we eat outside of the hotel easily as I would love to try authentic Sri Lankan food. Can anybody also suggest excursion etc worth going on?

      Sorry for all the questions but just want to know what to expect as I would love to see the real Sri Lanka and not spend my time just at the hotel.

      Many thanks

      6 Answers Jul 19, 2010 at 9:26 PM
    • Neptune Hotel 22 August 2007

      by mandie.ansell Online Now May 4, 2007 at 2:57 AM

      Can anyone answer a question for me. I'm due to travel to Beruwela on the 22 August 2007 and stay for two weeks with my husband and children. I keep being told various information with regards to moonson and weather. Is this a good time to visit or not??? Also our children range from 8 years to 16 years is the Neptune the wrong choice for children.

      many thanks

      5 Answers May 7, 2007 at 9:18 PM
    • the monsoon and any general tips

      by katieandstu Online Now Apr 29, 2007 at 1:50 PM

      My boyfriend and me are going to the Neptune in Beruwala 26th June. We know that this is the monsoon season but were wondering if it usually is heavy, or is it mainly just short showers at night and still warm temperatures? can there still be sun batheing??

      Also if anyone has been to the Neptune did u enjoy your stay?

      :) thanks

      3 Answers May 3, 2007 at 11:57 PM
    • Taxi fares

      by skybry Online Now Jan 28, 2007 at 2:51 AM

      Could anyone tell me how much I should expect to pay for a taxi from Colombo airport to Beruwala and how much should I tip the driver (i.e. wat is expected)?

      2 Answers Feb 6, 2007 at 5:21 AM
    • travelling as a single mum

      by Loulou36 Online Now Sep 27, 2006 at 1:48 PM

      Hi there

      I am really into the idea of visiting Sri Lanka as it looks so amazing but I am wondering if it is safe for me to travel alone with my 7 year old daughter. Although we would be hotel based I like getting out and about when I'm away (what's the point if you dont??) and would be using public transport/taxis etc.
      Any thoughts gratefully recieved!!

      9 Answers Oct 10, 2006 at 2:01 PM
    • Riverina / Beruwela Info

      by caina05 Online Now Jul 9, 2006 at 9:28 AM

      We're going to the Riverina Hotel in Beruwela in 10 days time can anyone let me know what the weather is like there currently. Also as we're making our own way there from the airport what is the best way to do this.

      Last thing any useful tips whilst we're staying there.

      2 Answers Jul 12, 2006 at 4:50 AM
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      Our Wedding at Eden Resort & Spa

      by jacand Online Now Jul 4, 2006 at 12:51 PM

      We have just returned from Sri Lanka & wanted to let you know we had a wonderful time, the wedding was amazing,the accommodation was superb & the people were so friendly, they made us feel so welcome.
      We would like to say a big thank you to Ajith & Patte (beach boys) for taking us on a two day tour of the Elephant Orphanage,Tea Plantation,Temple of the Tooth,Kandy Dancers,plus many more places,they also took us to the Turtle Hatchery where I realeased a three day turtle to the sea, despite what people may think about going on trips with beach boys in Sri Lanka we can honestly say they were brilliant & completley honest, we did not pay for the trip until we got back, we would highly recommend these people at the Eden.
      If you are interested in doing any of the trips during your stay, you can contact Ajith & Patte on thr following e-mails.
      Ajith on
      Patte on
      If you want anymore info regarding the wedding or trips you can contact us on
      We will certianly go back to Sri Lanka again.
      Jackie & Andy

      8 Answers Jul 10, 2006 at 8:25 AM
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      Bentota beach to eden spa hotel

      by jacand Online Now May 20, 2006 at 1:55 PM

      Hi we have been moved from Bentota Beach to Eden spa hotel for our wedding in june, we are a little worried because the Eden is not an all inclusive which Bentota was, has anyone else been in this situation?
      we are concerend that the all inclusive will not be the same as Bentota Beach, regarding drinks and meals,has anyone been in the same situation as us?


      Jackie & Andy

      13 Answers Jun 13, 2006 at 3:14 PM
    • food and excursion prices if take a b&b package in June?

      by midnight_tuck Online Now May 6, 2006 at 7:56 AM

      hey there,

      I'm looking at booking a late deal for my girlfriends surprise 21st birthday present (in 4 days time so I have to get a move on), to travel on 7th June - and its on a fairly limited budget, as I'm saving for our wedding abroad next year too.

      I am currently in a toss up between going here or to the Dominican Republic.

      Main charm of the dominican being the sandy beaches and swimming, there I would be definately picking the AI option as for the most part we'd be staying onsite.

      Sri Lanka however, in June time with it being monsoon season, there is obviously much more limited things to do onsite. I'm sure its still a lovely beach, and can't see there being a problem in 'wading' into the sea a little bit, about wasit deep for example (would that be ok? and warm?), so I'm thinking more of the option of B&B or half board.

      So can I please ask, in a typical resort, or out and about, what prices should I expect to pay for meals and drinks, both soft drinks and alcoholic...I'm not a massive alcohol drinker, but for soft drinks I drink like a fish. Also are there many options around for food choices when it comes to offsite.

      And also, how much do the excursions generally cost? As I'll be wanting to do a few of them, especially the elephant trips, to make sure that I make up for the loss of beach/sea activities.

      I hope you can help me, am looking forward to getting this booked (and I've been doing nonstop reading on different countries for about 6 days solid now and done very little work)

      many thanks,

      4 Answers May 9, 2006 at 5:46 AM
    • Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort

      by lschlag Online Now Nov 19, 2005 at 3:47 AM

      I am considering a two week stay at this resort in late Dec, they currently have a soft opening special of stay one night, get one night free.
      However, the only rooms they have available are the more expensive ones, the beach cottages, or air conditioned rooms. The other type of rooms, I believe are not yet ready for occupancy.
      Does anyone know anything about this resort? The web page says it is currently under renovation. I suppose it does make sense that a hotel damaged from the tsunami would renovate their most expensive rooms first. And it's still a very good deal.

      1 Answer Nov 20, 2005 at 1:29 AM
    • Eden Resort & Spa

      by Bunnerr Online Now Oct 24, 2005 at 6:09 AM


      I'm thinking of going to stay here.It's only on a bed and breakfast basis. Can anyone tell me how much I can expect to pay for a meal both in a hotel like this or in a local restaurant?


      2 Answers Oct 25, 2005 at 3:02 AM
    • Eden Spa & Resort

      by Tinagahir Online Now Oct 1, 2005 at 9:38 AM

      Hi All,

      Does anyone have the email address for the Eden Resort & Spa. I have tried to email the hotel a few times but have got on response.
      The address that I have being using is:

      Thanks again!
      Best Wishes

      1 Answer Oct 1, 2005 at 7:30 PM
    • More Wedding Help - Eden Resort & Spa!!!

      by Tinagahir Online Now Sep 28, 2005 at 1:44 PM

      Hi All,

      Thanks to those of you who have already provided help with my never ending questions!
      Just one more I promise, does anyone know if it is possible to orgainse optional extras such as an elephant ride, Kandyan Dancers & Drummers etc directly at the Eden Hotel to be part of the wedding day package.
      I am not sure whether to do this with the company in the UK that I have booked with or wait until I arrive at the Hotel itself. (We arrive on the 26th November and the wedding is not untill the 2nd December so I think this gives us enough time to arrange?)
      Thanks very much

      3 Answers Sep 29, 2005 at 10:22 PM
    • Wedding Help...Tailor - Part 2

      by Tinagahir Online Now Aug 31, 2005 at 11:30 AM

      Hi All,

      Thank you for those who replied to my previous questions. We have decided to have our wedding at the Eden hotel in December and are really looking forward to it! Is there any good places to eat or nightlife?

      Just one more question, is there a tailor in the area that can make up a man's suit at short notice?

      Thanking you in advance

      3 Answers Sep 21, 2005 at 8:34 AM
    • Wedding Help - Eden Resort and Spa

      by Tinagahir Online Now Jul 31, 2005 at 12:37 PM

      I am planning on getting married at the Eden hotel in December. Could anyone tell me if this is a good location and what the beach is like. As there will be several people travelling with us, could you suggest good places to eat and information on the night life.

      Thank you in advance

      4 Answers Jan 22, 2006 at 9:19 AM