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    • Civil wedding ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Sri Lanka Yesterday

      Hello,

      My fiance and I both opted for a civil wedding in Sri Lanka. We both want a legal ceremony and it will just be the two of us not anything big. I am a citizen of the United states and he is a citizen of India. I have spoken with somewhere who is the owner of the place we will stay about having our wedding during our time there. He said that I need to stay longer than 4 days but the government officials and other websites say four days. Also we do not want a full wedding, that he is pushing. Just a small simple legal ceremony. We want to save our money and enjoy travel, but seems like the wedding part is getting costly.

      Does anyone have any experience with weddings in Sri Lanka and the length of time it took from notice of intent to marry until after the ceremony and registering at your consulate? Did you have to send copies of your documents to Sri Lanka from your home country first? Can we marry at the government building or at justice of peace?

      Our date is set for July 27, 2015 tentatively but we arrive in the 23rd.

      Thank you. Any advice from couples or those who have knowledge about this would be great!

       

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    • Coastal Towns

      Sri Lanka May 19, 2015 at 4:51 PM

      Hi all,
      Just looking for some direction on coastal towns in Sri Lanka. Preferably the south with a decent nightlife, restaurants, bars etc. Doesnt need to be all night beach parties as much as nice bars.
      Thanks!

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    • advice on quote below - does the quote seem a reasonable price. Thanks in advance, Julie Jack

      Sri Lanka May 18, 2015 at 11:16 AM

       

       

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      14 Aug 2015

      Negombo

      CMB Apt to Negombo 30 mins

      Amagi Lagoon 4*

      Standard room on HB

      Arrival transfer to Negombo. Check into your hotel and rest of the day at leisure.

      2

      15 Aug 2015

      Kandy

      Negombo to Kandy

      3 ½ hours

      Hotel Suisse 3*

      Standard room on HB

      Leave for Kandy, on arrival sightseeing Kandy town, lake and Temple of the Tooth… Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing.

      3

      16 Aug 2015

      Visit the Peradeniya botanical gardens and Pinnawela elephant orphanage

      Day at leisure  

      4

      17 Aug 2015

      Nuwara Eliya

      Kandy to Nuwara Eliya 2 ½  hours

      Glenfall Reach 3*

      Standard room on HB

      Leave for Nuwara Eliya, sightseeing Sri Lanka’s beautiful tea growing regions en route. Including a visit to a working tea factory and tea estate…check into your bungalow and rest of the day at leisure to relax and unwind in your beautiful surroundings.

      5

      18 Aug 2015

      Day at leisure  

      6

      19 Aug 2015

      Tissamaharama (Yala)

      Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama

      5 ½ hours

      Chandrika Hotel 3+*

      Deluxe room on HB

      Leave for Tissamaharama, on arrival check into your hotel. Afternoon safari into Yala wild life sanctuary where you can see Sri Lankan wild life at its best.

      7

      20 Aug 2015

      Waskaduwa (Kalutara)

      Tissamaharama to Waskaduwa

      5 hours

      Kamili Beach 3*

      Standard room on HB

      Leave for Waskaduwa, en route visiting and sightseeing of the Galle fort and town, afterwards continue on to Waskaduwa, check into your hotel and the rest of the day at leisure on the beaches of Waskaduwa.

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      21 Aug 2015

      day at leisure on the beaches of Waskaduwa.

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      22 Aug 2015

      CMB Intl Apt

      Waskaduwa to CMB Intl Apt 1 ½  hour

      Departure to the CMB Intl Apt in order to connect to your flight out. Tour ends.

       

      Quotation

      Rates valid for travel: 14 – 22 August 2015

      Currency quoted in US$

      Based on a minimum of 2 Adults traveling

       

      PRICE PER PERSON IN SHARING DOUBLE: US$ 785 x 2 pax

       

      Price includes:

      1.      Accommodation in the hotels specified. (in 01 x DBL room)

      2.      Meal plan as specified above (half board basis – including dinner and breakfast)

      3.      Transportation in an ac private vehicle on tour from arrival to departure as per specified in the above mentioned itinerary.

      4.      English speaking Sri Lanka Tourist Board qualified chauffeur guide services on tour from arrival to departure as per specified in the above mentioned itinerary.

      5.      Departure transfer from Waskaduwa to Apt on 22 Aug 2015

      6.      Chauffeur daily subsistence.

      7.      All current and applicable taxes

       

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    • Can anyone suggest some travel booking sites?

      Sri Lanka May 4, 2015 at 6:13 AM

      Hi!

      Does anyone have a good experience with booking tours at some sites like that? http://travel2ceylon.eu/

      or at some domestic agencies placed in Sri Lanka? I found also one with good feedback here at forums: http://www.srilanka-holiday-tours.com/

      pls share some links or companies names. Thank you very much!

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      Tangerine Beach Hotel

      Kalutara May 11, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      Hey guys, am off to Tangerine Beach Hotel June 20th until July 5th, looking forward to it, but there are a couple of things, will I have to watch out for snakes and is the beach clean, keep hearing mixed things on these. still cant wait to get away though, oh and is there any adventure quad biking over there to?
      thanks in advance for any advice and comments
      Mark

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      Direct bus from Kandy to Trinkomalee - which bus station?

      Sri Lanka Apr 29, 2015 at 9:13 AM

      Hello, i'm planning a trip to Sri-Lanka and got some problems trying to find the bus stop and the schedule for direct buses from Kandy to Trinkomalee. There's a lot of information on different sites that the direct bus between these points exists but no one named the bus station and the number of the bus. If anyone knows the exact information, please, answer.

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    • What is the cost of living like? Eg food, accommodation

      Sri Lanka May 21, 2015 at 1:02 AM

      Hi guys was wondering how much the cost of food, accommodation - mid range, drinks cost, bus fare, train fair cost??

      Also please, I read somewhere about tipping? Can someone explain the etiquette surrounding tipping.

      Kindest regards
      Rach

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    • Does this sound like a good itinerary to you? (19 days)

      Sri Lanka May 4, 2015 at 3:17 PM

      Hi guys!

      We are traveling to Sri Lanka mid July 'till the beginning of August for 18 days. We just made our plan, but it still needs a some fine tuning. All help, advice, remarks, whatever is welcome!

      Day 1: arrival Colombo airport + Bus to Anuradhapura.
      Day 2: Biking around in Anuradhapura. In the evening: private driver to Jaffna
      Day 3: motorbike ride around the Jaffna Peninsula. Overnight in Jaffna
      Day 4: private driver to Trincomalee + sightseeing in Trincomalee
      Day 5: Snorkling on Pigeon Island, overnight in Trincomalee
      Day 6: drive to Ritigala Ruins (Is there a bus from Trincomalee to Ritigala?) + hiking. Overnight in the area (suggestions welcome!)
      Day 7: Sigiriya and surroundings, overnight near Knuckles forest reserve.
      Day 8 + 9: hiking and camping in Knuckles forest reserve(guide suggestions are welcome!). At the end, drive to Kandy.
      Day 10: wandering in Kandy. Overnight near Horton Plains national park.
      Day 11: morning hike to World's End. From here to the nearest train station and take the train to Ella.
      Day 12 + 13: Hiking in and around Ella. At the end drive to Pottuvil for overnight (or somewhere near, suggestions are welcome!)
      Day 14: Pottuvil mangrove tour. Overnight near Yala.
      Day 15: Yala safari morning tour (all non touristic and eco friendly safari suggestions are welcome!). drive to Rekawa beach.
      Day 16: Rekawa beach and surroundings + drive to Galle, overnight in Galle.
      Day 17: Visiting Galle
      Day 18: Visiting Galle + drive to Colombo
      Day 19: wandering around in Colombo + late night departure back to Belgium :) :) :)

      We'd love to hear your thoughts, your remarks, suggestions ... we're still looking for transport ideas and accommodation, so any advice about that is also very welcome.

      Thanks guys! :) :) :)

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    • Surfing yoga trip itinery two 30yr olds

      Sri Lanka May 12, 2015 at 6:32 PM

      Hi guys me and my partner are travelling to Sri Lanka for the first time at the end of June 2015 for 2.5wks.
      Would like to go to Arugam Bay Hikkadawa. Could you please suggest some accommodation and ways to travel around on a limited budget! :)
      We've left organising this really late and am hoping for a little advice!
      Very appreciate
      Rach

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      Sharing a private driver? Sri Lanka round trip 13/7 'till 31/7

      Sri Lanka May 10, 2015 at 6:22 AM

      Hi!

      We - 2 Belgian students, both 21 years old - are planning to hire a private driver in Sri Lanka from, we want to see and do a lot and we're afraid it will be too much time lost to figure out the best route with public transport. We're planning to go off the beaten tracks (we're going motorbiking in the north for example), without skipping the must see highlights. We'll have 2 available seats in the car. These are the transfers from our itinerary (a raw draft at least):

      - 13th of July: transfer from Colombo airport to Anuradhapura (2 nights)

      - 15th of July: Transfer Anuradhapura to Jaffna (2 nights). Stopping on the way: Mihintalee, and maybe something else.

      - 17th of July: transfer Jaffna to area of Trincomalee/Uppuvelli (2 nights)

      - 19th of July: transfer Trincomalee/Uppuvelli to Kandy (2 nights). Stopping on the way at: Ritigala Ruins & Sigiriya.

      - 21st of July: transfer Kandy to Adams Peak (1 night)

      - 22nd of July: transfer Adams Peak to area of Horton Plains (1 night)

      - 23rd of July: We'll be taking the train to Ella after hiking around in Horton Plains. Stay in Ella for 2 days/ 3 nights.

      - 26th of July: transfer Ella - Arugam Bay (1 night)

      - 27th: transfer Arugam Bay - Yala/Yala East (not sure yet...) for 1 safari - Tangalle (2 nights)

      - 29th: transfer Tangalle to Galle (1 night)

      - 30th: transfer to Colombo (1 night)

      - 31st: Airport transfer in the evening (our flight leaves around 8 pm)

      I already contacted some private drivers (not everyone answered already) and it seems that the transfers will be around 800 - 900 USD (+/- 2400 km), the accomodation of the driver is not included. So if we could find 2 other people: it would be 200 - 250 USD/person, depending on the chosen accomodations (if they offer free driver accomodation or not; if not included: they charge around 1500 rupees/night, which means 10 euro, which we still have to divide by 4 people, so that's really cheap!). I'm still awaiting the response and rate of other private drivers and tour operators.

      We're looking for 2 other people who'd like to join us on the transfers and share the private driver. We're aware that most people will not follow the same route, and maybe just want to share a part of the route: you guys are also very welcome! We're always open to change the itinerary a little bit; in order to make it a perfect fit.

      Little bit about us: we're super fun and easygoing! Haha.

      Just leave me a message, or a reply, and I'll come back to you asap.

      Thanks guys!

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    • Best attractions to see in Sri Lanka ?

      Sri Lanka May 12, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      Hi guys
      Me and my partner a travelling for two weeks approx 26th June until 10th July 2015. What tourist attractions would you recommend. One main destination we definitely want to visit is Arugam Bay for surfing and also the national park. Itinery request? :) :)

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    • recomended drivers

      Sri Lanka May 10, 2015 at 10:17 AM

      Could anyone recommend names of companies/drivers so I can get prices/quotes for our 10 day trip in sri lanka. Below is our initial schedule - does this look do-able - or are we cramming too much in? Thanks in advance from all you experienced travellers.

      14th aug Negomba
      16th aug Kandy & pinawela
      17th aug Nuwara Ellya
      18th aug Yala
      19th aug Galle
      20th aug Indurawa
      21st aug Negomba
      22nd aug travel home

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    • Exporting personal items from China to Sri Lanka

      Sri Lanka May 8, 2015 at 7:39 AM

      I am a UK citizen and would like to send by surface mail used personal items such as e-bike (battery- operated motor cycle), clothes and kitchenware to Sri Lanka to an address of my friend in Sri Lanka.

      My question is, will I have to pay any customs duty on any of these items?

      If yes, how much?

      Thank you in advance for your replies!!

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    • Temperature in Kandy

      Kandy Mar 29, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      Planning to travel to Colombo and Kandy in May, from South India with my infant baby. Will the weather be too cold for the baby? He is not used to temperatures below 25 degrees. Thanks!

      6 Answers Apr 23, 2015 at 1:32 PM
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      watch sri lanka vs england cricket

      Kandy Dec 12, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      Will be in kandy , willing to watch Sri Lankan VS England cricket match.Anybody there?

      1 Answer Dec 22, 2014 at 3:56 AM
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      Tea Plantations

      Nuwara Eliya Oct 4, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      I am visiting Sri Lanka in a few weeks & intend on spending a day in Nuwara Eliya whilst there. This will no doubt be one of the highlights of the trip because I am a lover of tea from all over the world. I am looking at visiting a tea Planation/factory and would like the experience to pick my own, but am struggling to find anywhere that offers this. Can anyone advise as to where I can go to enable me to do all of this?

      2 Answers Oct 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM
    • is there a dress code or anything we should not wear?

      Dambulla Jul 28, 2014 at 5:12 AM

      Is there a dress code or are people allowed to wear shorts?

      3 Answers Jul 28, 2014 at 8:25 PM
    • Negombo to Dambulla

      Dambulla Jul 28, 2014 at 5:07 AM

      Hi, I would like to know the best way to go from Negombo (airport) to Dambulla.
      Thanks

      2 Answers Jul 28, 2014 at 5:24 AM
    • Bus from Dambulla to Kandy at night

      Dambulla Jun 7, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      Hi,

      Does anybody know when does the last bus to Kandy leave from Dambulla?

      3 Answers Jun 9, 2014 at 5:10 AM
    • Cheap accommodation in Kandy

      Kandy Mar 3, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      Hi All,

      I'm from Australia and looking for some budget accommodation in Kandy Sri Lanka. was going through most travel sites and narrowed down to a few. I was wondering if anyone has stayed at this place called Sedevo Chalets? They offer private bungalows and looks pretty decent. Or what other place/s would you recommend with similar setup?
      Thanks
      Alicia

      9 Answers Mar 30, 2015 at 11:35 PM
    • bus from dambulla to colombo fort

      Dambulla Feb 9, 2014 at 6:37 AM

      Is i possible to take a direct bus from Sigiriya or Dambulla to Colombo Fort station? I have tried to find a bus plan, but did not succeed. It looks as if we maybe can grab a bus passing through from Trincomalee ? If this is correct, what time, and how often do the bus stop in Dambulla and what is the driving time to Colombo approxemately ? (We are planning to travel to Bentota by train the same day). Hope someone can help with information

      7 Answers Feb 9, 2014 at 7:55 PM
    • bus time from nuwara eliya to kandy

      Nuwara Eliya Jan 7, 2014 at 6:50 AM

      Anyone know about what time starting bus from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy(ruote47)???
      I can't find anything in the web

      7 Answers Feb 2, 2014 at 2:18 AM
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      Travelling on...

      Kandy Jan 2, 2014 at 4:09 AM

      Hi, I will be in kandy from tomorrow (fri 3rd jan) until sun (5th jan)
      Is anyone in the area at the same time who wants to share travel costs towards the east coast??

      3 Answers Jan 3, 2014 at 6:21 AM
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      Day trip to Dambulla

      Dambulla Dec 6, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      What is the best way to do a day trip to Dambulla from Colombo? I will only be in the country for two days and want to spend a full day in Colombo. Is train + bus from a nearby station a good idea? Obviously, speed is a concern although I do not mind leaving Colombo early and returning in the evening. I will be there in March, if that makes a difference. Ideas and prices are much appreciated.

      5 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • Dambulla caves visit time

      Dambulla Nov 6, 2013 at 10:22 PM

      How long it takes to go through all the 5 caves .is 2 hours sufficent.

      4 Answers Nov 7, 2013 at 4:42 AM
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      Kandy to Trinco Bus

      Central Province Nov 5, 2013 at 6:10 AM

      Any Night or Day Bus Service from Kandy To Trinco

      2 Answers Nov 17, 2013 at 10:32 PM
    • How do I book the Observation Car for the Kandy to Colombo Trains?

      Kandy Nov 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      I know I cannot book the Observation Car until 10 days prior but do I have to be in SL to do this? Someone told me you can only do it from within the country? And how do I go about it? I want to travel on Nov 18 and I expect it to get booked up fast with the Com Conf on at the same time.

      5 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • 2 days in Kandy - what to do?

      Kandy Oct 24, 2013 at 3:55 AM

      I'm the outdoorsy type not the shopper and temple worshipper. Would appreciate best advice since the rest of my time in Sri Lanka is down in Galle. Only 2 days in the hills :-((
      Thanks! Rachel

      4 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • immigration & emigration clearance

      Kandy Aug 17, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      sir, I came from kuwait on termination of my housemaid visa. Now I plan to go kuwait again on receiving new visa from kuwait ministry so please inform me the total cost of expenditure for the following :-

      1. Police clearance -
      2. Insurance cost & validity period -
      3. medical expense -
      4. making new passport -
      5. Travel agency commision for the above formalities -

      3 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM
    • Esala Perahera

      Kandy Jul 21, 2013 at 6:24 AM

      Can anybody offer us some advice on attending the above festival. We will be staying in Beruwala from 10th August until the 24th August 2013, but fancy travelling to Kandy for the above festival and staying for one night. We would like to know what date would be the best to go, where we could stay for the night, and how to go about booking seats to watch. Also, it would be nice to know whether there are any places we could stop off at along the journey from Beruwala to Kandy. We will be travelling with our teenage son, so anywhere we stay would need to be child friendly.

      Any advice would be welcome.
      Thanks
      Kaley and Steve

      4 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM
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      Kandy Perahera/August

      Kandy Feb 28, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      Hi

      I will be in Kandy on 17 August. It will be the date of the Kandy 3rd Randoli Perahera festival.

      I'll be staying in the hotel Amaya Hills and need information on how to go/and return from the hotel to the place of Kandy Perahera.

      It is also necessary to pay a ticket or is a public event?

      I appreciate any information

      8 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM
    • Best Area/ Family Hotel to stay in Nuwara Eliya

      Nuwara Eliya Jan 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Hi, we are three adults traveling to Nuwara Eliya. Which would be the best area to stay in Nuwara Eliya? We are looking out for hotels in the range of 7000 - 12000 lankan rupees per night.

      Please share your suggestions.

      2 Answers Feb 3, 2013 at 3:31 AM
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      Turning up in Kandy

      Kandy Jan 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Hi,

      I will be turning up in Kandy on Thursday or Friday. A solo backpacker, I would like to find a place for around10 or less per night...I dont mind if I have to sleep with monkeys :) Are there beds for that price and within walking from the train station,

      Thanks,

      Paul Holmes. UK

      3 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM
    • Travelling around hill country and to the south

      Nuwara Eliya Nov 26, 2012 at 4:48 AM

      Hi hi,

      I am a backpacker heading to Sri Lanka in a week's time. What would be the recommended itinerary? I will be staying in Negombo before heading to kandy and then to the hill country. i would like to be able to go horton plains and adam's peak. How many days would be sufficient to go around the hill country and where else would be recommended to go?

      After the hill country, i would like to head down to the beaches in the south. i heard that mirissa and unawatuna should not be missed. how do i go about arriving at any of these destinations from the hill country? are there public transport available and how long would the journey take?

      Thank you.... : )

      2 Answers Nov 26, 2012 at 7:18 AM
    • Self drive hire Kandy

      Kandy Aug 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      Hey,

      After doing (self drive) the A2 from Colombo to Matara and back, we took the train to Kandy, where we are now.

      We would like to explore the central province also by self drive but we find it quite hard (read: impossible) to find a rental car. Because I'm 6'8'' a small car doesn't fit.... (However I'm not looking for a SUV in particular.)

      Does somebody already rented a self drive car in Kandy? Where was the car rented? Was the car, the service and the price ok?

      We are hoping for some quick responses because we are only staying here until Saterday (We would like to rent from wednesday to Saterday).

      Looking forward to your feedback.

      Greetings,

      CG&KC

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      Kandy driver hire

      Kandy Mar 16, 2012 at 3:39 AM

      Hi all,

      I know this might be attracting a lot of seller replies.

      I need to go from Kandy down to Mirissa (Matara) and I know there is no train service anymore. Can you advise on cars/drivers to hire?

      How much would this cost me?

      I'm currently being quoted by Red Dot tours nearly200...!

      6 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM
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      visiting Kandy

      Kandy Nov 1, 2011 at 4:24 AM

      Hi,
      i plan to visit Srilanka in Nov end.

      suggest a itenerary.

      Sanjay Waghela

    • Gregory Lake and other places

      Nuwara Eliya Sep 29, 2011 at 10:34 PM

      We would be staying at Grand Hotel. How far is Gregory Lake from the hotel ? Any other places within walking distance from this hotel ?

      3 Answers Sep 30, 2011 at 12:35 AM
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      Train to Nano Oya for Nuwara Eliya

      Kandy Aug 8, 2011 at 7:05 AM

      I've looked at the schedules and it looks like you can go direct from Colombo, but not from Kandy to Nano Oya, is that right?

      1 Answer Aug 8, 2011 at 7:11 AM
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      Travel time to Nuwara Eliya

      Nuwara Eliya Jun 8, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      How long does a car journey take from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya (and also from Nuwara Eliya down to a) Bentota and b)Unawatuna?

      4 Answers Jun 9, 2011 at 8:53 AM
    • Transportation cost from Colombo airport to Nuwara Eliya, St. Andrews Jetwing Hotel

      Nuwara Eliya Mar 21, 2011 at 1:40 AM

      Please give me idea as i will be traveling with my wife. Suggest me a safe mode of transportation of the location mentioned in the subject. Also, return from the St.Andrew hotel to Colombo Hotel?

      6 Answers Mar 24, 2011 at 9:29 PM
    • cheap halal food in nuwara eliya?

      Nuwara Eliya Mar 3, 2011 at 9:56 AM

      Can any one tell me the places where cheap food is available ? i am traveling with my wife, and i am muslim so i will be needing halal food.
      Or can you suggest what is the average price per meal per person in nuuwara eliya?

      Many thanks

      1 Answer Mar 3, 2011 at 2:02 PM
    • Kandy Perahara

      Kandy May 29, 2010 at 3:32 AM

      Hi,
      Im wondering, if someone can tell me what time Kandy Perahara starts? And also what's the best place to watch it without being pushed around..

      Is it hard to find accommodation in Kandy around that time?

      11 Answers Sep 9, 2013 at 11:39 PM