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    • Civil wedding ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka

      Sri Lanka 10 hours ago


      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!


    • 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.

    • 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




      14 Aug 2015


      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.


      15 Aug 2015


      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.


      16 Aug 2015

      Visit the Peradeniya botanical gardens and Pinnawela elephant orphanage

      Day at leisure  


      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.


      18 Aug 2015

      Day at leisure  


      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.


      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.


      21 Aug 2015

      day at leisure on the beaches of Waskaduwa.


      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.



      Rates valid for travel: 14 – 22 August 2015

      Currency quoted in US$

      Based on a minimum of 2 Adults traveling




      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


    • Can anyone suggest some travel booking sites?

      Sri Lanka May 4, 2015 at 6:13 AM


      Does anyone have a good experience with booking tours at some sites like that?

      or at some domestic agencies placed in Sri Lanka? I found also one with good feedback here at forums:

      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

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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.

    • 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

    • 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! :) :) :)

    • 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

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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


      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!

    • 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? :) :)

    • 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

    • 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!!

    • Unawatuna beach

      by RadanaH Online Now Mar 17, 2015 at 7:09 AM

      Hello all,I booked a 5 night stay (no weekend date) at a guesthouse with great reviews at the end of our 14-day trip. What I am worried about is the local beach, I have been reading recently that it gets really overcrowded (even dirty). Is it really that bad or I can find a quiet part nearby as well to feel just the sand and palms? My plan was to end up our Sri Lanka trip in a paradise feel beach environment :-) where we can swim/snorkel safely. Thank you for your advice!

      4 Answers Mar 20, 2015 at 7:49 AM
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      Train the best way from Colombo to Unawatuna? What about toilets on the trip??

      by Bladewings Online Now Dec 21, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      I was going to go to Bentota but now Unawatuna beach looks very nice. It is a bit of a further trip. Are there any clean toilets on the trains? The trip is a bit over 2 hours and I'll be with my son. It could be a real problem!

      17 Answers Dec 23, 2014 at 12:21 AM
    • A swimwear/ bikini shop in Unawatuna

      by adrianavajova Online Now 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
    • Unawatuna hotels

      by dashith Online Now 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)

      by Miraasgaard Online Now 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.

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      Accomodation on the beach

      by hanshek Online Now 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

      by hanshek Online Now 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
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      How crowded is Unawatuna now (in February)?

      by Masha_M Online Now 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

      by badali Online Now 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

      by badali Online Now Sep 25, 2013 at 7:46 AM


      9 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 4:40 AM
    • Condition of Unawatuna Beach

      by glenngerryhill Online Now Sep 3, 2013 at 2:55 PM

      We read that the beach has been wash away. As a place to relax after a tour, is it still an option?

      3 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 4:42 AM
    • coming for first time

      by bala65 Online Now Oct 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM

      we are three middle aged men coming to srilanka for a brief holiday for the first time. choose unawatuna.

      can some one guide on the night life and related activities and any other info that could help.

    • Unawatuna

      by santhilatha Online Now Sep 18, 2010 at 7:18 AM

      Hi there - How far is this hotel from the airport and is it beach front?

      2 Answers Sep 18, 2010 at 9:37 AM
    • Unawatuna Hotels and Map

      by sidabu Online Now Nov 26, 2008 at 12:55 AM


      We are a group of three going to unawatuna around Xmas time,is it imperative that we book accommodation prior to going or is there plenty available?would anyone know where i can find a detailed map of unawatuna with hotel listings?looked in google,not that helpful.appreciate your replies.

      2 Answers Dec 2, 2008 at 7:36 PM
    • Weather on the south coast

      by tomgolanka Online Now Nov 24, 2008 at 3:34 AM

      Hi everyone

      My girlfriend and I are off to Sri Lanka on Saturday 29th Nov for two weeks. Had assumed the south-west was going to be clear of the monsoon but looks like it's still raining?

      Can anyone give me an update on current weather conditions in Galle/Unawatuna?

      I'm looking for a relaxing beach holiday so if anyone can recommend guaranteed sun somewhere else just let me know!


      1 Answer Nov 24, 2008 at 9:35 PM
    • curious about Sri Gemunu hotel in Unawatuna

      by JanetGolden Online Now Mar 31, 2008 at 8:03 AM

      There are no reviews to read and I'm very skeptical about this place. Can you give me any feedback on Sri Gemunu? Is the air-con working? how is the beach in front? Is there really a reef to snorkel around there? Is the food decent?

      2 Answers Jul 17, 2008 at 2:51 AM
    • Present situation update

      by mikeytiger Online Now Oct 13, 2005 at 4:31 AM

      Is there anyone who can give me an update on the present situation in the areas of Galle, Unawatuna, Dalawella, etc. I plan to come on vaccation in December but I need to know if things get back to normal slowly after the Tsunami in Dec 2004. I don´t want to see people suffering and trying to survive somehow whilst I am sitting on the beach relaxing! If this is the case I would rather donate the money for the trip. Don´t understand me wrong.......I simply just don´t like to make people feel bad because they are struggling and I am making holiday at the same time!I just want to be polite!
      So? Is Unawatuna ready for some tourists and visitors or would it be better to stay at home?? Greetings MIKE

      10 Answers Oct 27, 2005 at 11:16 PM
    • August

      by Hotspring Online Now Jul 19, 2005 at 6:06 AM


      I am travelling to Sri Lanka in August. Flying into Colombo then heading to Kandy for a few days. We are then going to head to Arugam Bay and were thinking of heading to Unawatuna on the way back to Colombo for our flight home.

      How are things after the Tsunami, are people happy to receive visitors yet? What is the weather like in August? Is there much accomodation available. Is the sea calm enough for snorkelling at that time of year and are there any good snorkelling spots? Is it possible to hire drivers from Arugam to Unawatuna or are there better methods of transport?

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated

      1 Answer Jul 19, 2005 at 11:47 PM
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      Where to Stay

      by RickSpangle Online Now Nov 18, 2004 at 1:13 AM

      Hi there, Does anyone have any recommendations for nice (and fairly cheap) places to stay in Unawatuna? Going to stop there for 2-3 days in early Feb. I've heard the 3 Fishes is nice. Cheers, Nick.

      1 Answer Nov 19, 2004 at 5:30 AM
    • Weather in May

      by Sanpri Online Now May 15, 2004 at 7:31 AM

      Hi there, My boyfriend and i were thinking of heading down to Mirissa and Unawatuna for a few weeks in the sun, at the end of it still possible to get down there or has everyone packed up for the end of the season? Whats the weather like at this time of year? (May 18th-beginning of June) And if these beaches are off peak, can you recommend some beaches on the East coast (not Arugam Bay and Trincomalee) Thanks

      2 Answers May 23, 2004 at 12:07 PM
    • Rental

      by KEGGY Online Now Mar 10, 2004 at 10:26 AM

      Hi My family 2 teenage daughters and myself and wife will be in Sri Lanka in April We are looking for a reasonable bungalow for rent in or around the UNAWATUNA area from the 7th to the 14th of April We would like to be near or on the beach but pretty private if possible with somone close to hand for help with cooking and or buying groceries

      1 Answer Mar 21, 2004 at 11:13 AM
    • children

      by bopotnik Online Now Jul 15, 2003 at 2:37 PM

      We are planning for a 2 months visit to sri lanka. We are traveling with 2 children, 2 years and 6 months. How is unuwatuna for children? Are the beaches safe. Swiming pool?

      2 Answers Sep 25, 2003 at 4:17 AM