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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

    • Centara Ceysands Hotel

      Bentota Jun 7, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Hi guys,

      Coming out there for 10 days in August with my family.
      Staying at Centara Ceysands and wondered what's there to do out there, are there any tours we can do from the hotel?
      Any tips and advice?
      We've booked with Kuoni, who unfortunately are next to unless with info for us!

      Thanks in advance!

      1 Answer Jun 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
    • Best non-surf beach in September

      Southern Province Apr 22, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      We're going to be in Sri Lanka in September and we're looking for a beach that is not too rough to spend about 5 days. This is the 'nicer' part of our trip, so we're looking for somewhere nice to stay (though not necessarily a resort, smaller more boutiquey places are our preference). We've been looking at Bentota, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa... but a bit confused as to which one would be best for us ...

      10 Answers Jul 9, 2014 at 2:08 AM
    • A swimwear/ bikini shop in Unawatuna

      Unawatuna Apr 8, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Hi, I am arriving from Rishikesh, in north India. Are there any shops close by Unawatuna for swimwear?

      3 Answers Jun 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM
    • Airport shuttle

      Bentota Mar 28, 2014 at 6:10 AM

      Can anyone suggest a good taxi firm that runs a service from Bentota to Colombo airport?



      2 Answers Apr 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM
    • modes of travel in srilanka

      Bentota Mar 25, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      we are 4 adults and 1 child. Want to know the best way to travel from Colombo airport to bentota. and later from bentota to kandy

      2 Answers Mar 25, 2014 at 1:12 AM
    • modes of travel in srilanka

      Bentota Mar 25, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      we are 4 adults and 1 child. Want to know the best way to travel from Colombo airport to bentota. and later from bentota to kandy

      4 Answers Mar 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM
    • West Coast Sri Lanka i.e. Bentota

      Bentota Jan 25, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      When is the best time to go to Bentota Sri lanka

      7 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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      snorkelling in Mirissa

      Mirissa South Jan 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      How is snorkelling in Mirissa? Should I take my snorkelling gear with me or is it a waste of energy?

      3 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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      Taxi rates

      Koggala Jan 17, 2014 at 5:35 AM

      What are the current taxi rates Koggala-Mirissa and Koggala-Galle?

      2 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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      Hostel accomodation

      Southern Province Jan 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM

      Does anyone know of good hostels (shared accomodation) in any of the south coast towns? I'm travelling alone and find it easier to meet backpackers this way :)

      2 Answers Jan 27, 2014 at 4:06 AM
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      do I need to book ahead?

      Mirissa South Jan 8, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      We're planning to stay at a mid range place in Mirissa in February. Do you think that we should book ahead or is it possible to find a nice place on the spot? We're planning to stay for about 2 weeks, do you think we can get a good bargain? Thanks

      5 Answers Jan 27, 2014 at 3:47 AM
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      Sri Lanka tour, self touring or through traveling agency?

      Bentota Jan 5, 2014 at 11:55 AM


      I'm visiting Sri Lanka in mid January and have planned everything myself, the only thing left is transportation, I'm planning on hiring a driver.

      It will be my first experience in an east Asian country, and I know especially in Sri Lanka that moving from one place to another and finding suitable accommodation can be difficult. Therefore, I am wondering if planning the tour through a traveling agency would be better than planning it myself.

      Here is my plan, I would appreciate an comments or advise on it:

      Arrival: 16 Jan 10 AM

      Kandy 2 nights: 16 Jan - 18 Jan

      Hotel: Hunas Falls by Amaya. Checkout: 12 PM

      Activities and Places to visit: Elephant orphanage, Royal botanical garden.

      Nuwara Eliya 3 nights: 18 Jan - 21 Jan

      Hotel: Brockenhurst villa. Checkout: 1 PM.

      Activities and Places to visit: Pedro state tea factory, Horton plains national park, Adam's peak, Gem mines, Gregory lake.

      Mirissa 2 nights: 21 Jan - 23 Jan

      Hotel: Villa Vatura @ Talaramba Reef. Checkout: 1 PM.
      Activities and Places to visit: Beach, whale watching, Safari Yala national park, Deep sea fishing, hot air ballooning.

      Bentota 2 nights: 23 Jan - 25 Jan. Hotel prices are inflated we couldn't find a suitable place.

      Departure 26 Jan.

      I have contacted some traveling agencies and they have proposed some itineraries. I found their prices quite expensive, since I am traveling with a group of 7 the total amount would reach $8000, excluding entrance fees and lunch and dinner . Based on my calculation, my plan would cost me much less.

      Any advice?

      Thank you


      5 Answers Jan 16, 2014 at 8:06 AM
    • Unawatuna hotels

      Unawatuna Dec 24, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      any place in unawatuna,sri lanka  where you can get a room just for a day. as in come in the morning and leave in the evening?


      1 Answer Dec 24, 2013 at 6:49 AM
    • Direct beach access accommodation in Unawatuna or Hikkaduwa? (Not resorts)

      Unawatuna Dec 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Hi, can anyone recommend a clean cabana/bungalow/hut with private shower that has direct access to the beach? Nearby restaurants, snorkeling facilities etc. would be a plus. Price range: 50-70 USD. Time: 15-17th january. Our ideal match Gallawatta is unfortunately booked.

    • Express A.C. bus from Galle to Colombo airport?

      Galle Dec 6, 2013 at 7:32 AM

      is there an express A.C. bus that goes from Galle directly to the international airport near Colombo? If not, what about express A.C. buses from Galle to Colombo itself?

      3 Answers Dec 6, 2013 at 8:18 PM
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      Nightlife in Galle

      Galle Dec 4, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      Any nightclubs in galle

      3 Answers Dec 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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      Accomodation on the beach

      Unawatuna Nov 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      I tried to book accomodation were we stayed before in July last year, but during the Xmas season they require a stay of minimum 6 nights. Can you recommend any other accomodation on or very near to the beach for a family of 5 people.

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      Hotel Thilak

      Unawatuna Nov 26, 2013 at 5:56 AM

      Does anybody have the contact details of the Thilak hotel in Unawatuna?

      3 Answers Nov 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM
    • Need a Travel support during my stay in Bentota

      Bentota Nov 13, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      my family will be in Bentota fm 16/11 - to 25/11 - so I would like to have a some excursion during my stay. But I have 2 adults + 3 children ( 14 years / 8 years / 3 years) - so long excursion suppose will be a problem for children.
      For sure - I would like to have
      1. yala jeep Safari
      2. maybe rafting
      some other which will be interesting for children

      + I studding the possibility to visit SIGIRIYA with one night in kandy -

      so in case You can offer me some program for excursion & Your price - pls. send me an email.

      3 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • prices in bentota

      Bentota Nov 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      What is the average price of food and drink in Bentota and if anyone knows the price for day trips! thanks

      2 Answers Nov 6, 2013 at 9:29 AM
    • Is there a lot to do outside of the hotel complex's?

      Bentota Oct 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      Me and my girlfriend like to get out of the hotel complex to do day trips and eat in local restaurants. Are there a lot of activities to keep us engaged for a weeks stay?

      2 Answers Dec 3, 2013 at 8:45 PM
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      developement in galle

      Galle Oct 20, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      how has Galle fort and city developed after post tsunami and war periods ?

      2 Answers Oct 20, 2013 at 8:32 PM
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      Is the sea shallow enough for a 2 year old (going in Feb.)?

      Tangalla Oct 17, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      Hi there, what would be the best beach to stay on with a two year old in Februray? We're "old backpackers" and prefer to avoid package tour masses and resort type of places. We'll also be travelling on a budget seeking some relaxed vibe and yoga classes if possible. Thanks for all your answers.

      1 Answer Oct 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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      How crowded is Unawatuna now (in February)?

      Unawatuna Oct 17, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Hi there, what would be the best beach to stay on with a two year old in Februray? We're "old backpackers" and prefer to avoid package tour masses and resort type of places. We'll also be travelling on a budget seeking some relaxed vibe and yoga classes if possible. Thanks for all your answers.

      2 Answers Oct 20, 2013 at 9:53 PM
    • Most haoppening area in Hikkaduwa

      Hikkaduwa Oct 16, 2013 at 4:05 AM

      Which is the most happening area to stay in Hikka. Also do you know of any budget hotel in this happening /downtown area?

      2 Answers Oct 16, 2013 at 7:10 AM
    • private trip to National Park from cruise ship

      Hambantota Oct 5, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Arriving n a cruise ship December. they offer a trip to bundala is it possible to arrange privately? Or Yala?



      5 Answers Oct 13, 2013 at 1:16 AM
    • Mosquitos in bentota

      Bentota Sep 26, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Are they present all year round, visiting bentota in early October, how much of a problem will they be, staying in the vivanta hotel! would hope for nets over the bed.

      7 Answers Oct 1, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      Unawatuna Sep 26, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      PLEASE let me know safe accommodation around Unawatuna beach within arount US$ 25-30 for four of us (2 adults, 2 children) including home statys. If you can help KINDLY inform me e-mail etc. We shall be there for four days from 4th to 8th Jan, 2014. TRAVEL HAPPY.

      yours always


      5 Answers Sep 28, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      Unawatuna Sep 25, 2013 at 7:46 AM


      9 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 4:40 AM

      Mirissa South Sep 6, 2013 at 3:01 AM

      is it safe to go with kids for the whale watching tour by boat.We are planning to travel in December 2013

      3 Answers Oct 17, 2013 at 11:27 AM