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    • Civil wedding ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Sri Lanka 14 hours ago

      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

       

       

      1

      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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      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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      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?

      Thanks.

      7 Answers Jan 27, 2015 at 9:22 AM
    • storing luggage

      Sigiriya Nov 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      Hi,
      We'll be visiting Sigiriya and we'd like to see Sigiriya Rock, but we will not be staying in Sigiriya overnight. Could you please advise if there is any safe place in Sigiriya where we can leave our luggage for a few hours ? Paid storage lockers or any storage office ?
      regards,

      Iwona

      7 Answers Nov 30, 2014 at 8:05 AM
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      mihinthalaya destination in srilanka

      Mihintale Jun 18, 2014 at 8:53 PM

      what is mihintale in anuradapuraya

      3 Answers Jun 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
    • need guest house in Anuradhapura

      Anuradhapura Jun 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      need guest house in Anuradhapura

      3 Answers Jun 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM
    • route question

      Polonnaruwa Jan 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      can i take bus from colombo to polonnaruwa? which bus? where? how long?

      3 Answers Jan 27, 2014 at 4:30 AM
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      from Colombo airport to Sigiriya by hired car

      Sigiriya Jan 5, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      How long would it take to get from the airport to Sigiriya by taxi? Also how much money?
      Thanks a lot.

      5 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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      Transportation within Sigririya

      Sigiriya Sep 12, 2013 at 7:54 AM

      If we don't drive, is it easy to move around within the area?

      5 Answers Sep 16, 2013 at 2:09 AM
    • sigiriya fort..

      Sigiriya Jul 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Can I take my 10 months old kid on the top of sigiriya fort.?

      3 Answers Jul 22, 2013 at 8:52 PM
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      wasps at Sigiriya?

      Sigiriya Apr 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      Hello
      Basic question, is there still a wasp nest at Sigiriya?
      If so, what about the location, could this pose a risk to the public?
      Many thanks

      2 Answers Apr 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM
    • AC Bus from Colombo Airport/City to Polonnaruwa

      Polonnaruwa Jul 31, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      Hi everybody,
      My plane will arrive at 8 am at Colombo Airport and I wanted go directly by bus to Polonnaruwa, which would be convenient as first step as I would like to start my visit with the Cultural Triangle.
      However, I've read on this forum that it was not advisable as it is a very long trip (7 hours?) with many people standing in the bus.
      1) Would you advise to go directly to Polonnaruwa by bus?
      2) Are there any AC buses going directly from Katunayake bus station to Polonnaruwa and how long would it take ? or do I have to go to Colombo City first?
      3) From Colombo City, are there often AC buses to Polonnaruwa with chances to have a seat?
      4) How long takes the bus n°187 from Katunayake bus station to Colombo City at about 9 am?
      Thanks in advance for your answers.

      6 Answers Jan 17, 2014 at 7:19 PM
    • senior travel at Sigiriya?

      Sigiriya Nov 14, 2010 at 4:19 AM

      I am organizing a trip for my parents to Sri Lanka. I am wondering if it is reasonable to take them to Sigiriya. If they get tired and cant make it to the top, will there be things to see along the way which make it worthwhile?

      1 Answer Nov 14, 2010 at 4:40 AM
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      type of plug

      Sigiriya Nov 1, 2010 at 9:42 AM

      I'm trying to find out what type of plug adaptor I will need for Sri Lanka. I've looked on the internet but have seen conflicting information. Some say Sri Lanka uses the same as England,(i know the voltage is the same) some say it's the same as the old style English plug and some say it's the same as they use in India. Does anyone know?

      4 Answers Nov 1, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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      Catch train at Veyangoda

      Anuradhapura Sep 27, 2010 at 2:59 AM

      Could anyone confirm whether my travel idea is achievable? It goes like this:
      Land at Sri Lanka Int Airport, travel to Veyangoda by taxi & then catch the train to Anuradhapura.
      Thanks
      Rob

      7 Answers Sep 20, 2011 at 2:42 AM
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      Driver from Bandaranike Int. airport to Anuradhapura

      Anuradhapura Sep 23, 2010 at 11:23 PM

      Is it possible to hire a driver & car to get from the International Airport to take us to Anuradhapura? If its possible does anyone know what the average costs are?
      Thanks
      Rob

      1 Answer Sep 23, 2010 at 11:55 PM
    • Accomodation in Sigiriya

      Sigiriya Jun 27, 2010 at 12:45 AM

      Hello,

      we are coming to Sigiriya around 22. July. Do you think we need to book accomodation in advance or can we count on some available rooms when we show up?

      Is there some accomodation where we can book via internet or at least arrange booking by email? I haven't found anything yet.

      We are looking for a budget accomodation and didn't find any hostels in Sigiriya. If there's anything in Dambulla of that kind it's fine with us, too.

      3 Answers Jul 29, 2010 at 7:42 AM
    • Devi Tourist Home contact details?

      Polonnaruwa Jun 26, 2010 at 10:43 AM

      Does anyone out there have an e-mail address or any contact details for the Devi Tourist Home in Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka,
      Kind Regards,
      Mark and Donna.

      1 Answer Jun 26, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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      hotel sigiriya meal prices

      Sigiriya Jun 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM

      We are due to stay at the hotel Sigiriya in December on a half board basis. Does anyone know how much we should expect to pay for lunch and drinks from the bars?

      3 Answers Jun 5, 2010 at 4:34 PM
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      weather near Sigiriya in December/ January

      Sigiriya Aug 29, 2007 at 11:16 PM

      Hi,

      I'm planning a group trip to the area that Sigiriya is located in. How is the weather there during this time?

      I have not been back to Sri Lanka in more than a decade, so I'm excited to go.

      thanks

      2 Answers Sep 9, 2007 at 11:31 AM
    • transportation in sri lanka

      Sigiriya Jan 30, 2006 at 7:09 PM

      do u know anyone who can take us around sri lanka? cheap only. we dont care if the car has no air con

      3 Answers Feb 5, 2006 at 2:17 AM
    • Accommodation in Polonnaruwa

      Polonnaruwa Oct 23, 2005 at 6:01 AM

      I wish to find some nice accommodation in Polonnaruwa. I have read reviews of the bigger hotels (e.g. Royal Lotus, Rest house, Sudu Araliya) but they are not very good - the hotels sound tired and the service is bad. I would therefore like to find a nice guesthouse with nice rooms and hot water. Could anyone recommend one?

      Many thanks,

      Caroline

      2 Answers Oct 25, 2005 at 3:12 AM
    • Accommodation in Polonnaruwa

      Polonnaruwa Oct 22, 2005 at 8:47 AM

      I wish to find some nice accommodation in Polonnaruwa. I have read reviews of the bigger hotels (e.g. Royal Lotus, Rest house, Sudu Araliya) but they are not very good - the hotels sound tired and the service is bad. I would therefore like to find a nice guesthouse with nice rooms and hot water. Could anyone recommend one?

      Many thanks,

      Caroline

      1 Answer Oct 22, 2005 at 12:20 PM
    • Accommodation in Polonnaruwa

      Polonnaruwa Oct 22, 2005 at 4:18 AM

      I wish to find some nice accommodation in Polonnaruwa. I have read reviews of the bigger hotels (e.g. Royal Lotus, Rest house, Sudu Araliya) but they are not very good - the hotels sound tired and the service is bad. I would therefore like to find a nice guesthouse with nice rooms and hot water. Could anyone recommend one?

      Many thanks,

      Caroline

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      Central Bus Stand in Colombo?

      North Central Province Jun 13, 2005 at 11:09 AM

      Dear friends who know Sri Lanka well,

      Could anyone tell me how long (time)and how much($) it takes to get from the Colombo International Airport to the Central Bus Stand?

      What district of Colombo is the Bus Stand in? in Colombo 1 or 2 or 3 or…?

      And can I get to Kegalla (Kegalle) from the CBS? Thanks a lot in advance and many blessings!

      8 Answers Jun 22, 2005 at 11:40 PM
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      Devalegama

      North Central Province Jan 17, 2005 at 12:47 PM

      Dear friends, I want to visit Kandegedera, Devalegama but cannot locate this area on the map of Sri Lanka. If anybody knows where it is, North, South, or the center, pls, let me know. Aslo, has this area been affected by the tsunami recently? Thanks in advance, Cosmique

      5 Answers Feb 5, 2005 at 1:33 PM
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      from india to sri lanka by ferry boat

      North Central Province Dec 4, 2004 at 7:10 AM

      dear friends, i am planning a trip across india and would like to visit sri lanka as well. is it possible to get to lanka from india by ferry boat these days. if it is, then from port in idia should i set off? if it is impossible, then what is the southernmost place in india where i can take a flight to lanka? many thanks in advance, cosmique

      1 Answer Dec 4, 2004 at 10:20 AM
    • Advice on travelling from Sigiriya to Arugam bay

      North Central Province Feb 12, 2004 at 7:09 PM

      Hi. My boyfriend & I are planning to stay in Sigiriya for a few days & wanted to then make our way down to Arugam Bay. Does anyone have any advice on the best route to get there? I was thinking of going through & sopping overnight in Batticaloa but haven't seen much on this part of Sri Lanka & if it's safe traveling through there?

      1 Answer Feb 12, 2004 at 8:11 PM
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      How long for a car trip from Sigiriya to Colombo?

      Sigiriya Nov 13, 2003 at 12:09 PM

      How long would it take for a privately hired car for the trip from Sigiriya to Colombo? I am planning on leaving Kandy by hired car, catching sunset in Sigiriya and staying one night, visiting the rock area for the morning/afternoon, and then trying to get back to Colombo by that evening.

      7 Answers Jul 17, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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      sound and light show

      Sigiriya Aug 31, 2003 at 11:52 PM

      what would be the effects of a sound and light show at sigiriya gardens have on the site

      3 Answers Sep 2, 2003 at 4:05 AM
    • Colombo to Anuradhapura

      Anuradhapura Jun 21, 2003 at 11:29 AM

      I'm travelling from Colombo to Anuradhapura in October. Could someone tell me about train times. Also in a 2 week stay hoping to also include Kandy, the elephant orphanage, Nuwara Eliya and some beach days, how long would be a good time to spend in Anuradhapura

      1 Answer Jun 21, 2003 at 8:18 PM