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    • bus timetable

      Sri Lanka 2 hours ago

      i arrive sri lanka at 2.30 am from chennai. i only have 2 days in sri lanka. i want to go to dambulla,sigiriya and pulonnaruwa. may be someone can help me give information the fist bus leave katunayake to kurunegala or give me advice how i have to do so i can reach 3 places in 2 days by bus. thank you

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      Rough Route Any Help Please!

      Sri Lanka Jul 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Hello,
      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)
      Sigiyara
      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
      Fergal

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    • Whale watching from Unawatuna or Mirissa

      Sri Lanka Jul 14, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      We would like to go whale watching, but are uncertain if we can do it from Unawatuna or should rather stay a night in Mirissa to do it?
      As it seems like the tours start around 6.00 or 6.30 I assume it is best to stay in the town where you head out from?
      We would prefere to go from Unawatuna to avoid changing hotel, but uncertain if it the right choice?

      Any advice on where to go from and which company to use?

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    • Food and drink?

      Sri Lanka Jul 9, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      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!

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      Revised Route September 1st (Any Input Very Welcome)

      Sri Lanka Jul 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Hey
      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
      Anuradhapura
      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

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

      by janineoz Online Now 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

      7 Answers Jul 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM
    • Qs about Cultural Triangle

      by kormo Online Now Jun 7, 2014 at 6:10 AM

      Cultural Triangle question

      16 December 2011, 20:14

      What do you suggest as visiting Cultural Triangle for two nights, We want to visit Sigirya but not climb to the top so a Cultural Triangle ticket seems pointless as we do not really want to fill our entire time with ruins (not our favourite pastime). But we do love wildlife and birdwatching. We are visiting Yala and Bundala as well so a safari might be a bit of overkill. We are really looking for interesting activities that have a bit of peace and quiet and a chance to walk and spot birds and wildlife.We think we might do Dambulla caves as well which look interesting and would give us a flavour of the Buddhist culture. But what else?

      3 Answers Jun 8, 2014 at 9:01 PM
    • Buying a used car and employing a temporary driver for one month?

      by Britontour Online Now May 3, 2014 at 6:35 AM

      I think this will work out well for a small group or family: I was wondering why they should not buy their own car (or people carrier or van), hire a driver and go wherever they want to go, then sell the car at whatever price that's offered, or give it to the driver as his wages!) Diesel at a price of about Rs. 120 per litre,and at a conservative economy of 8 km/litre the fuel cost could be Rs 15/km. Driver wages Rs. 1200 per day? For 1 month Rs. 36 000, call it 50 000 including tips (National average is 43 000) . Vehicle cost Rs 1 00 000. (£500, at Rs 200/£ exchange rate ). If one travels 200km per day for 30 days, it's 6000 km total, costing Rs. 90 000 .
      Summary:
      Car 100 000
      Driver 50 000
      Fuel 90 000
      Incidental 10 000
      Total 250 000
      Minus 50 000 from sale of vehicle,

      Overall cost 200 000

      4 people sharing, Rs 50 000 per person, or £250 pp for 30 days, working out at just over £8 per day for travelling.

      A lot depends on the honesty of the people involved.

      Has anyone in VT dared doing it? Is the hassle worth it? If not, why not? If yes, is my estimate right?

      9 Answers Jun 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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      weather, risk of cyclone,

      by neats1966 Online Now Apr 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      we are planning to visit sri lanka early january and concerned about the risk of cyclones/ bad weather. which part of sri lanka is considered the warmest/driest part in january to visit?

      6 Answers Apr 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM
    • Colombo-Unawatuna-Yala National Park

      by zlayman Online Now Apr 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Can someone tell me how long it takes from Colombo airport to hotel in Unawatuna and from Unawatuna to Yala National Park.
      Am looking to spend a day trip from Unawatuna to Yala National Park.

      Thanks

      3 Answers Apr 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM
    • tsunami warning system in sri lanka

      by Zygmunt63 Online Now Apr 18, 2014 at 12:57 AM

      Hi,
      Sri Lanka cost have a risk of tsunami wave. My question cencern local warning system. If in case of any risk I can expect worning, early enough to escape on any safe place?
      ZN

      8 Answers Apr 19, 2014 at 9:25 AM
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      Car and driver

      by MichelleA28 Online Now Mar 16, 2014 at 5:41 AM

      Hi all i have booked a car and driver via my travel agent for when we tour srilanka for 5 days, has anyone done this and is it a good idea.

      16 Answers Mar 17, 2014 at 2:50 AM
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      April weather

      by aymank Online Now Feb 18, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Hi, how is the weather in Sri Lanka in April? I saw it can vary quite a bit from one place to the other and depends a lot on the time of the year as well.
      We are in between going to the cultural triangle or south east to yalla and the surrounding beaches.
      Thanks

      5 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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      Galle Treatments

      by sha55 Online Now Feb 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Hello again,
      I will also be in Galle for a few days. Does anybody know of anywhere offering good but reasonably priced Ayurvedic treatments please?
      Many thanks

      7 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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      Adams peak

      by sha55 Online Now Feb 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      Hello,
      I will be in Sri Lanka in a couple of weeks time. I intend to climb AdamdPeak to see the sunrise. How strenuous/ difficult is it to climb?
      Many thanks.

      4 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
    • Festivals in Negombo

      by robg22 Online Now Feb 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Hi,
      I stay in Negombo from 17th February-5th March 2014. In this period are held Buddhist or Hindu festivals and where?
      Or other recommendations for events.
      Thank you.

      3 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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      re: budget apartment/studio rentals

      by akamaial Online Now Jan 27, 2014 at 12:02 AM

      My intent is to live on Sri Lanka for 6 mos to a year, and I'm looking for clean comfortable quarters such as studio type residence that I can lease/rent on a mo. to mo. or 1/4 ly basis. . . a mean average would be most helpful in planning a budget. . any reliable sources? . . or is feet on the ground and search it yourself the norm?

      9 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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      Livings Ouarters

      by akamaial Online Now Jan 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      I like what I hear of Sri Lanka's beauty and culture. . . what I am apprehensive about though is living there on a ritiree's fixed and limited budget. What or where is a good source re: housing (preferably a studio)?

      7 Answers Jan 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM
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      paying in rupees or USD/Euro

      by Masha_M Online Now Jan 23, 2014 at 4:36 AM

      Do you always pay in rupees or do they sometimes prefer USD or Euros, eg. some hotels/guesthouses, car hire or safari tours?
      Thanks a lot.

      15 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 6:37 AM
    • Touring the entire Sri Lanka by bus!

      by Britontour Online Now Jan 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      Has anyone done this? Can you share your experiences here please?

      11 Answers Jan 26, 2014 at 4:46 AM
    • Ayuverdic hospital/spa

      by Stephan123 Online Now Jan 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      I will be going to Sri Lanka in mid February for a month and I was wondering if anybody can recommend a good place which focuses on good ayuverdic treatments. Doing a lot research online it is rather difficult to distinguish between holiday resorts that offer the treatments and proper centres that have competent doctors and good treatments. The places I have found so far are: Pilapitiya Ayurveda, Sign of Life, lotus Villa, Ulpotha, Kingdom Resort andVattergarden. Does anybody have a suggestion?
      Thanks

      6 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
    • Adam's Peak

      by mikesimojoki Online Now Jan 17, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Without staying in Dalhousie, is there a way to climb AP? Such as a bus from Kandi, climb, and a bus back to Kandi.

      2 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • Vavuniya to Jaffna Train Service

      by Britontour Online Now Dec 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      The Vavuniya - Jaffna railway line was being laid the last time I was there. (1) Up to which part in Northern Sri Lanka are trains running now? (2) Where can I get a timetable for this line?

      2 Answers Jan 24, 2014 at 2:22 AM
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      Nuwara Eliya

      by malin_flying Online Now Dec 12, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Im planing to go to Nuwara Eliya on 27 Dec morning by train 1st class. anyone wanna join. contact me asap.

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      Local help!

      by ZoeK7 Online Now Dec 5, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Im travelling to Sri Lanka from UK for the xmas period... my first ever visit to Lanka! Looking for people that are also travelling there for Christmas and NY and also any advice on where to meet new friends and what to see! Im very outdooesy, love scuba'in and surfing! Hoping to travel right down south. Thanks :)

      10 Answers Dec 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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      Rabies inoculation

      by sha55 Online Now Nov 23, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      We have had conflicting information regarding having Rabies jabs for our trip in Feb/March 2014.
      Can anyone advise please?

      15 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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      Can you travel as front passenger

      by Johartmadhouse Online Now Nov 23, 2013 at 2:20 AM

      We are off to Sri Lanka at the end of Jan , I'm slightly concerned about the sightseeing & travelling to & from the airport as I get travel sick in Cars unless I am a front seat passenger , was wondering if you are allowed to travel as a front seat passenger in the private car hire/ taxi's , many thanks ...

      11 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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      Climbing Sigiriya with a 2 year old?

      by Masha_M Online Now Nov 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM

      Would it be possible to do the climb with a two year old attached to your back? What is the track like? Not too narrow, not too steep? (My husband is very fit.) Thanks for your input.

      3 Answers Nov 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM
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      Srilanka 10 days

      by NorainS Online Now Nov 18, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      what I can do in 10 days ?

      7 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • Wattala, Sri Lanka and Colombo

      by WilsonEH Online Now Oct 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      I am looking for cheap, safe accommodation in Wattala, Sri Lanka. As well, Colombo area. Hotels, Bungalow, guest homes. Also, will consider houses, and Apartments for rent on monthly basis.

      1 Answer Oct 31, 2013 at 10:30 PM
    • Mirissa Beach

      by Nutcity Online Now Oct 31, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Has anyone experience with Mirissa Beach, for me it sound more calm, original than Unawatuna, just like Unawatuna was 10 years ago

      4 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • Unawatuna Beach

      by Nutcity Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 8:26 AM

      I have heard that the Beach at Unawatuna can be some noisy, also during evening/nighttimes. Thought of a stay by thevend of Januarary 2014

      7 Answers Jan 25, 2014 at 2:34 AM
    • journey times?

      by rach.coop Online Now Oct 21, 2013 at 4:11 AM

      I am trying to do the Ella to Nanu Oya train ride but need to reach Ella from Galle. I have been told the road trip will take 5-6 hrs and the train on to Nanu Oya is 3 hrs so this is going to take all day?! Should we shorten it by getting out at Haputale but is that a nice area to stay around in for 3 days? Is there enough to see and are there any places to stay in that region? Getting a big bogged down and don't know what to do. Going on to Kandy a few days later by train.

      5 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • Closed season?

      by rach.coop Online Now Oct 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      I have been reading from some of your blogs that certain sights are closed after Nov 1 Eg Adam's Peak. Is this correct? If so what other main attractions will be shut at this time? Many thanks for your attention.

      3 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 4:53 AM
    • places to stay near airport?

      by rach.coop Online Now Oct 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      I am looking for a nice place to stay for my first and last nights in SL within 30 mins of the airport. Not a big modern resort type, I am looking at Villa Araliya, Negombo, but it does have mixed reports and Negombo doesn't get a good write up. Arriving 22.15 so can't travel too far. On to Galle the next day. Any better ideas before I book V Araliya? Colombo is pretty well booked out for the Commonwealth Conference which is happening just as we arrive (November).

      Also I keep seeing 2 different names given to SL Int Airport. Which is the one near Colombo?

      Many thanks! Rachel

      7 Answers Nov 16, 2013 at 4:11 AM