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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.

      8

      21 Aug 2015

      day at leisure on the beaches of Waskaduwa.

      9

      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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    • weather in November

      Jaffna Apr 27, 2015 at 8:02 AM

      hello

      we are visiting in early November 2015 and wonder how the weather will be?

      will it be rainy all the time?

      thank you

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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

      by ashwinkaarthik Online Now 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

      by mankam Online Now 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
    • Cheap accommodation in Kandy

      by aleciani Online Now 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
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      Travelling on...

      by cangle_192 Online Now 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
    • How do I book the Observation Car for the Kandy to Colombo Trains?

      by rach.coop Online Now 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?

      by rach.coop Online Now 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

      by manimuhilan Online Now 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

      by milburnator Online Now 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

      by VM66 Online Now 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
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      Turning up in Kandy

      by PaulH45 Online Now 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
    • Self drive hire Kandy

      by CarLitoGrande Online Now 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

      by bashboo Online Now 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

      by sanjaywg Online Now Nov 1, 2011 at 4:24 AM

      Hi,
      i plan to visit Srilanka in Nov end.

      suggest a itenerary.

      Sanjay Waghela

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      Train to Nano Oya for Nuwara Eliya

      by df53 Online Now 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
    • Kandy Perahara

      by Andare Online Now 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
    • Travel tups to Kandy

      by lucylex Online Now Mar 22, 2010 at 6:12 AM

      Hello,

      My fiance and I are travelling around Sri Lanka and want to get to Kandy from Kalamatiya, which is close to Tangalle. We are open to train travel or car hire but want to do the quickest as we would like to spend some quality time in Kandy but have only one night there.

      Any suggestions?

      Thanks,

      Lucy

      5 Answers Mar 22, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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      Is it worth paying the extra for a with pool hotel in Kandy?

      by LostinParadiseTR Online Now Feb 23, 2010 at 5:48 AM

      I'm looking for accommodation in or very near Kandy, and finding that only the most expensive hotels have swimming pools. I wondered if it was worthwhile stretching the budget for this ........... or will the water be too cold to be enjoyable (I realise temperatures dip low at nighttime)? I will be there next January.

      5 Answers Mar 18, 2010 at 4:38 AM
    • Amaya hills

      by JP5 Online Now Sep 28, 2007 at 3:11 AM

      How long does it take to get to kandy centre fom the amaya hills hotel and much would this be in a Tut Tut.

      Thanks

      5 Answers Oct 4, 2007 at 1:18 AM
    • How far from Kandy to the Elephant Millennium Sanctuary at Randeniya, Kegalle

      by michelet Online Now Mar 23, 2006 at 6:57 AM

      Hiya
      We're going to Sri Lanka in mid-May and want to stay near to the Elephant Millennium Sanctuary at Randeniya, Hiriwadunna in Kegalle. Does anyone know of a nice hotel or even private villa for approximately 5 people, 3-4 star, with hot water fairly nearby?

      Also do you know how long it would take to drive from Kandy to the sanctuary?

      Thanking you in anticipation!

      4 Answers Mar 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM
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      accomodations in kandy

      by waxyjax Online Now Feb 13, 2006 at 10:00 PM

      hi!
      just wondering if you all could recommend some safe and inexpensive guesthouses, hotels or hostels to stay in. i heard a lot of good things about the pink house--anyone have their contact info and address?

      thanks!

      6 Answers Feb 17, 2006 at 12:14 AM
    • farms to stay on near kandy

      by jeanniebusby Online Now Dec 25, 2005 at 6:52 PM

      I understand that there isn a really nice farm to stay on near kandy the owner is a super cook and most welcoming does anybody have any information please
      Jeannie

      1 Answer Dec 26, 2005 at 8:58 AM
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      accomodation in kandy

      by alycat Online Now Mar 29, 2005 at 7:36 AM

      I am a budget traveler, used to traveling in a group, but i will be travelin alone this time round and wanted to know bout cheap accomodation in Colombo. Im willing to shell out 5 to 10 dollars for a day, and by cheap i dont mean a junkyard, like maybe Im looking for a good deal here. Or do any locals offer cheap and neat accomodation. Something i can book in advance before reaching Colombo and dont get looted by agents at the airport. I have an open ticket and might travel in August or december!!

      I asked a Sri Lankan VT'er the same question but unfortunely he is too busy. All replies will be really appreciated thnx in advance.

      2 Answers Mar 30, 2005 at 3:05 PM