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    • Food and drink?

      Sri Lanka Yesterday

      going to sri Lanka in 3 weeks (late booking), roughly how much can we expect to spend on meals, both in hotels and cafes? Going with our 2 teenage boys who have hollow legs so won't be fine dining too often!

    • Accomodation

      Trincomalee Jun 12, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      Hi all. I am really struggling to find good accomodation in and around the Trinco/Nilaveli area for August. Ideally, we'd like a beach front location, quite secluded and happy to go basic as long as it's clean and has mosquito nets! Our budget is £60pn - does anyone know of anywhere they'd recommend?

      Thanks :)

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      Rough Route Any Help Please!

      Sri Lanka Jul 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      I'm hoping someone out there might be able to point me in the right direction and Help me. I'm going to Sri lanka for 17 Nights, Arriving on the 1st of September. I’m 26 travelling on my own. Therefore I'm honestly a bundle of nerves but it’s something I really want and need to do for myself.

      Knowing Nothing about Sri lanka. I bought A Lonely Planet Guide book. I've read a fair bit about certain places besides the North. To say the least it's hugely overwhelming. Even beginning to put an itinerary together is seriously daunting there's just so much to choose from and too much info on the net. That's why I turned here. Anyone’s guidance on a route and how to get from A to B would Be Invaluable.

      Initially I had written down in my Things to Do list:

      See Elephants and National Park
      Go for A longish cycle (Day-trip)
      Train Ride (Perhaps through the Hills)
      Some form Of hike forest-jungle
      See some wildlife + (See Some stunning Views)
      See Some Impressively big Buddha Statues

      Now after reading about Colombo, West Coast, The South, The hill Country, The Ancient Cities and the East my mind is boggled. My List has morphed into another Guidebook. The last thing I want to do is be running around like a headless chicken trying to see too Much .I'm clueless which direction to start going. I'd like to see some Nice views, wildlife, Rural Villages and experience Sri lanka and its people not at a frenetic pace. I'm not really interested in history to much and I'm not a mad drinker also I will be on a budget so I doubt I’ll be hiring Drivers at all. Any tips on how to fit these in or the best approach or any advice would be more than welcome.

      The only part I have decided on is to go to Negombo Over Colombo, So I will start out from here. It sounds like a place where I would be able to do a nice cycle and see some fishing towns. That’s what id really love to see authentic Villages and People. The only other concrete conclusion I have is it will have to be either the West or East coast to see some nice beaches both sound great. Galle again doesn’t hold too much to interest me, but it would be nice to see some nice beaches on the way south on the west coast and some towns and villages. So Maybe The south coast might be worth it (Love Fishing) It’s a toss up between west coast and The east coast for beaches. The east coast sounds a lot more interesting given its struggles over the past few decades and Argum bay and around sound equally nice any Opinions.I’m leaning towards the East.

      Negombo-West Coast-South (Either option would give me a good foundation
      Negombo-East to start my trip)

      The hill country sounds great (God It has So Much to Offer and I Bet Id get Great Views) I would like to see Horton plains – Worlds End .What stood out here was Sinharaja forest reserve for a trek (Even If Only for the day) or the Knuckles Range any advice would be Fantastic and also any recommendations for the hill country .I hear Nuwara Eliya and Ella are nice but I don’t want to bite of more than I can chew. What I have added to my original Wish List is Anuradhapura and Mirissa also Sounds Really Nice. So From my original list to Sinjahara ,Anuradhapura etc and the other places I have mentioned Could Anyone suggest what is achievable and what isn’t worth it. I’m Not sure where to fit the National Park into all of this Maybe once I have a rough route There may be one that will suit in the area I am in.

      I’m sorry for the ridiculously long Questionnaire. I feel this trip is out of my depth at the moment and if I had a Rough Idea of where I was going I would be an awful lot happier so any Feedback I’d be So grateful.
      Thanking you

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      mihinthalaya destination in srilanka

      Mihintale Jun 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      what is mihintale in anuradapuraya

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      Revised Route September 1st (Any Input Very Welcome)

      Sri Lanka Jul 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Im wondering if ye would be so kind as to give me your thoughts on what I have been thinking following my last post.I promise I wont annoy ye too much anymore but I could do with the advice.

      Looking At the Map I'm Wondering Is this feasible in the 17days and also How would be the best way to travel between each..

      Negombo (2-3 Nights)
      Sigiriya (Habarana Nartional park) and do my cycle trip
      Trincomalee (2-3 Nights)
      Maybe one more stop on the east coast
      Sinharaja (2Nights)
      Haputale (2Nights)

      (Nights in each Place Just guessing But I dont want to Rush)

      Therefore I would Skip Kandy and Finish my trip In Haputale.I think I would Be quite Happy with this Itinerary.Seem's to be a good Mixture. I'm Unsure where to base myself and for how long in Sigiriya (Habarana National Park) And Anuradhapura. What Do You think! And Ill be heading to trincomalee after.

      I finally feel I am getting Somewhere thanks for the Ideas Guys :)

      Thanks Fergal

    • Ideas for a beach stay - 5 days free in Sri Lanka

      Sri Lanka Jun 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Hi, we are 2 ladies visiting Sri Lanka from Australia in late August and have 5 days for a beach break before going on a tour around the country to see the main sights. We will be spending the first few days in Hikkaduwa so will travel from there, before starting the tour in Negombo.
      Any suggestions of where would be good to spend these 5 free days at that time of year? We are happy to get off the beaten track a little but prefer to spend it by the sea, a little relaxation and maybe some hiking and diving as well. We would like to experience more than just the areas dedicated to tourists and see the real Sri Lanka. Happy to travel around but this may prove challenging in the short amount of time we have.
      Any advice would be much appreciated! Cheers

    • where is averiwatte bus station?

      by kayedineen Online Now Feb 4, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      where to get bus from airport to negombo?

      2 Answers Feb 5, 2014 at 5:44 AM
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      accomodation close to airport

      by Masha_M Online Now Jan 20, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Can someone recommend a good place to stay (clean, but budget or mid-range) for catching an early flight on the way out?

      9 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 4:50 AM
    • Hindu temple in Negombo

      by premsesath Online Now Dec 13, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      I like to see a Hindu temple in Negombo. Recommend a place.

      3 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • Martial Arts in Negombo ??

      by Cronkman Online Now Dec 9, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Are there any Martial Arts schools in Negombo and if so what schools/styles are being taught there ?


      4 Answers Dec 14, 2013 at 4:40 AM
    • train times

      by petewalker Online Now Nov 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      have you the times for the train from Negombo to Kandy and return

      2 Answers Nov 20, 2013 at 8:49 PM
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      Negombo or Colombo?

      by Mekarinkak Online Now Jun 14, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      Which one is the best place for visit including beaches and nightlife?

      6 Answers Jun 25, 2013 at 5:14 AM
    • Negombo to Kandy and back

      by jahanzebahsan Online Now May 1, 2013 at 6:47 AM

      Hello, I will arrive in Colombo at night and shift to hotel in Negombo. Next day early morning, I want to leave for Kandy for a day trip. My travel options in the order of preference is bus, train and car. Can some body guide me how to travel. Thanks in advance. Jahanzeb Pakistan

      18 Answers May 8, 2013 at 4:02 AM
    • Train with a surfboard

      by from_atlantis Online Now Jan 6, 2013 at 3:08 AM


      I am arriving at the airport at 4pm and i'm undecided what the best way south is..:

      a) get a taxi to negombo, stay over night and then travel by train from negombo to colombo fort and then colombo fort to weligama (with a surfboard and rucksack!)
      b) get a taxi to hikkaduwa (i've been quoted80...seems quite expensive), stay overnight and then train to weligama.

      I quite like the idea of experiencing the local trains...but don'r know if it will turn out to be a lot of trouble!

      Thanks for any advice.

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      Negombo or straight to Kandy

      by PaulH45 Online Now Jan 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM


      I shall arrive in Colombo next Thursday around 12 midday. I will eventually end up in Kandy, but want to arrive in daylight. Will I do it by leaving the airport at say 1.30 pm, bus to Colombo fort station then the train to Kandy or is it better to stay in Negombo and get to Kandy next day (Friday)?

      Does Negombo have any cheap budget type guest houses?

      I have searched and the only info coming up was for the same question asked in 2010!

      Thanks in advance,

      Paul Holmes, UK

      8 Answers May 22, 2014 at 5:56 AM
    • Travel & Sight Seeing

      by anmolgagz Online Now Jul 24, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Hi I would be in Sri Lanka in months of October 2012. I wanted to know if i can get a taxi at around 11 PM at airport to Paradise Beach Hotel and any idea how much would it cost?

      Also what could be the best sight seeing and things to do in negombo and around. I would be in negombo for around 4 days.

      thanks in advance!

      4 Answers Jul 25, 2012 at 1:52 AM
    • transport from negumbo

      by johnpinny Online Now Oct 25, 2011 at 2:15 AM

      help ????? trying to get some transport from jetwing beach hotel to colombo daily for the test match 3-7 april 2012 the hotel group wont answer any e-mails so can you help in any way.We were loking at possibly trying to hire a taxi-or driver for the day ,what sort of cost would this be in u.s. dollars or would it be easier to catch the train into town and tuc-tuc to the ground many thanks john.

      4 Answers Oct 25, 2011 at 10:02 PM
    • Negombo for half a day?

      by funnyguppy Online Now Sep 29, 2011 at 9:45 AM

      My husband and I have an 8 hour layover in Colombo, and it just occurred to us today that we might be able to get out of the airport for a bit and explore. It seems like Negombo is the best option for us, but we were hoping someone could answer a few questions for us.

      1. What is the best way from the airport to Negombo? It sounds like people recommend tuk tuks... how do we catch one? And is it relatively easy to find a way back to the airport?

      2. Is it safe to go to Negombo with cameras, or does it make you a target for thievery? Are there lockers to leave our valuables at the airport? Is it at all dangerous for tourists?

      3. How much money would we need for 8 hours in Negombo? I figure we'll just need transportation to and from the airport, and then enough for maybe a meal and some non-alcoholic drinks (for 2 people).

      Thanks for any help anybody can offer!

      7 Answers Oct 24, 2011 at 12:27 AM
    • Negombo visit - Sept 2011

      by write2eddy Online Now Jul 26, 2011 at 7:05 AM

      I am planning a short vacation to India and I'll be travelling via Colombo.
      On the return journey, the flight from Chennai lands at 12:00 hours and the connecting flight is at 18:50 hours.
      With a 5 hour transit (assuming 2 hours for immigration clearance), will I be able to visit few places near airport? People suggested Negombo beach.
      Is it safe there? and anything interesting to see?
      I dont wanna waste 5 hours at the airport!
      Any other suggestions?

      2 Answers Jul 29, 2011 at 3:24 PM
    • Are there problems following Flood

      by Thorbs55 Online Now Feb 8, 2011 at 6:40 AM

      We are heading to Sri Lanka in April and have today read on the foreign office website that tourists are not advised to visit Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa due to the floods has any body found this on recent visit

      3 Answers Feb 9, 2011 at 3:21 AM
    • 1 daytrip in Negombo

      by auntiedoris Online Now Jan 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      Will arrive Negombo in the morning around 11.00am. Please name some places of interest that we can spend a day while waiting for another group to arrive after midnight.

      Thank you in advance

      2 Answers Jan 3, 2011 at 12:18 AM
    • Working around Negombo

      by insane28 Online Now Dec 20, 2010 at 11:05 PM

      Hi, I'm going to be working in Adiambalama. Wanted to know how far it is from Negombo and how far it is from Colombo by car. I will be given a car by my work, and sometimes I should have a driver. How bad is the traffic if I am going from Adiambalama to Negombo or to Colombo. I will usually leave Adiambalama during the weekend, so friday evening.

      What is there to do around there and are there any other interesting places closeby?

      Any places you recommend where I can meet people and make some friends to hang out with.

      Thanks in advance.

      4 Answers Dec 21, 2010 at 12:48 AM
    • November in Negombo and Beruwela

      by cazbaz Online Now Oct 11, 2010 at 1:53 AM

      1st time to Sri Lanka. Such conflicting advise - I think I have boobed. Read somewhere that Nov is a good time to visit area because the Monsoons ended Sept - Oct. Further reading noted that November has VERY high rainfall (so much for peak season). Going 6/11/10 staying 14 nights in total : 7 nights Beruwela (Eden Resort) and then travelling to Negombo to get nearer airport (Jetwing beach). We like a combination of sunbathing days and exploring. Have I booked a good time to go or are we going to be soaked!!

      2 Answers Oct 11, 2010 at 2:03 AM
    • Paggage price

      by Pekkaa Online Now Aug 4, 2010 at 3:44 AM

      We will visit Sri Lanka in peak season and make a tour.
      How much will cost 2 nights tour from Negombo to Hikkaduwa with seeing Kandy etc famous places on that 3 days 2 nights tour.
      Budget hotel with AC and budget Ac car.
      And how many hours Hikkaduwa -Negombo by train?
      Thank you for answer.

      7 Answers Aug 4, 2010 at 8:23 PM
    • Where can you go from Negombo?

      by zandi_shirin Online Now Jul 6, 2010 at 12:43 PM

      We're starting our honeymoon tour in Sri Lanka next year for 5 nights (before a week in the Maldives and a short stay in Dubai). We've been booked into the Browns Beach Hotel in Negombo and I'd really like to know how feasible it is as a base for the national parks, elephant sanctuary's and wildlife tours? Would we have to book overnight excursions or are there places to go nearby for day trips?

      Also, how safe is it in Negombo to explore outside your hotel? Other forums talk about a lot of restaurant and bars along the beach this right and is it safe for tourists? If so, what are the prices like for dining / drinking out in Sri Lanka? Comparison in GBP please!

      thanks in advance for any help...

      6 Answers Jul 11, 2010 at 2:06 AM
    • stop-over in Negombo (budget accomodation)

      by urssa Online Now Jun 17, 2010 at 11:53 AM

      my boyfriend and I are spending 5 days (4 nights) in Sri Lanka in July. Last night we want to stay somewhere in Negombo in order to be close to the airport. On the day before we want to visit Colombo so the accomodation should be close to the public transport.

      We want something of a hostel or guestroom style, not expensive but clean.

      Where do you recommend us to stay?
      What's the best way to go to the airport from there?
      What's the best way to go to Colombo from there?

      Thank you for your help,

      4 Answers Jun 27, 2010 at 12:28 AM
    • transfers from colombo airport to browns beach hotel in negombo

      by mainbe Online Now Apr 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

      is it possible to get a taxi from outside the airport to my hotel at negombo. if so what are the rates?

      3 Answers Apr 16, 2010 at 2:06 PM
    • rent

      by Andrey75 Online Now Mar 17, 2010 at 2:59 AM

      Hi friend,
      need your help - i look house ( maybe with pool - 3 bedrooms 6 persons) from 11.04.2010 to 19.04.2010 in Negombo near beach
      Thank you advance.
      B/R, Andrey

      4 Answers Mar 17, 2010 at 11:14 PM
    • Smoking/cigarettes.

      by penrooke Online Now Feb 10, 2010 at 5:52 AM

      I know it's awful but I do smoke. Last time I visited Sri Lanka it was ok to take cigarettes in, now it's not allowed. Does anyone know where in the Negombo area I can buy English or european cigarettes. Also, is smoking permitted in public areas such as restaurants & bars.
      Any useful advice would be great. Thanks

      11 Answers Feb 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    • mozzy plugs & advice re transport

      by trueblue9 Online Now Jan 30, 2010 at 7:59 AM

      my wife and i will be staying at the club dolphin hotel mid february do they still use mozzy plugs in your roooms we intend to use local transport rather than hotel any advice tips names of drivers etc prices expected for visiting elephant orphanage.kandy etc

      7 Answers Feb 9, 2010 at 12:49 PM
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      Eating in Negombo

      by Chyan Online Now Oct 29, 2009 at 6:21 AM

      May i know whether are there food courts in Negombo other than restaurants? How much does it cost to eat dinner in restaurants of Negombo? Are all restaurants there only serving curries and nothing else?

      11 Answers Nov 1, 2009 at 2:33 AM
    • Villa Rental

      by lightseeker Online Now Aug 25, 2009 at 8:23 AM

      I hope to visit SL in January 2010 and am considering renting a villa for 2/3 weeks. I am tired of paying supplements in hotels and the idea of having my own house and eating whenever I want, appeals to me. Any info much appreciated. Also, does anybody have experience of the Business Class on Sri lankan Air from Heathrow to Colombo ? It's my first visit so I like to plan well in advance.

      5 Answers Aug 29, 2009 at 7:02 AM
    • Dolphin Hotel - Cottage or de luxe room

      by welshplato Online Now Aug 22, 2009 at 8:48 AM


      Anybody stayed in Dolphin can advise on the pros and cons of cottage or deluxe rooms?


      6 Answers Aug 24, 2009 at 2:45 PM
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      by Lovetodive Online Now Feb 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM

      Hi, I'm of to Negombo in April, not specifically a diving trip but I'd love to do a bit while I'm there...exited. Anyone dived the area? Who with? Got a contact address?

      1 Answer Feb 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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      worried that theres not much to do

      by pj2904 Online Now Sep 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM

      hi going to negombo next year and worried that theresnot much to do for the 2 weeks were staying there,would like someone to tell me what negombo is like iyself if theres things to do or not thanks,

      11 Answers Nov 15, 2008 at 7:36 PM
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      by pj2904 Online Now Sep 11, 2008 at 8:14 AM

      hi going to negombo nxt july and was wondering where the best place is to by a ring for myself which isnt dear but not cheap in between and how much i can expect to pay,also can you tell me how far the elephant orphanage is from negombo,

      5 Answers Jul 27, 2010 at 3:13 AM