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    • bus timetable

      Sri Lanka 21 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

      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

    • 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?

    • 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

      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

    • where is averiwatte bus station?

      Negombo 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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      avani hotel

      Kalutara Jan 27, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Hi we are coming in August to Sri Lanka for the first time staying at the Avani. Does anyone know is there a shuttle boat that takes people to Kalutara? What are the top things to do and see in the area??


      5 Answers Mar 24, 2014 at 8:07 AM
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      Entry Visa & extensions

      Colombo Jan 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      How long is Sri Lanka's entry visa good for & can one get visa extensions up to a year?

      5 Answers Jan 29, 2014 at 3:59 AM
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      accomodation close to airport

      Negombo 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
    • Renting a house / Homestay

      Colombo Jan 9, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      Are there trustworthy agents who can help me rent out a house in/around Colombo for a short term? Who are they?
      You may know personal friends who either have used such facility or those who rent their house out to tourists. Can you pm me with their details? Thanks!

      10 Answers Jan 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM
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      Hotel as a "day room"

      Colombo Jan 3, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      I'll be departing Colombo at about 2am and was looking to get a hotel room for the afternoon/evening.

      I'm staying in Bentota for a week and will just pass through Colombo on the way to the airport. I was after a fairly central location so I can arrive at about 3 or 4 and see the city briefly before leaving for the airport at midnight. The hotel would just be for storing bags and having a quick shower. The Shalimar is available for about $40AU which seems like a good option, but what is the location like?

      10 Answers Jan 27, 2014 at 3:12 AM
    • passengers list

      Colombo Dec 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      what are the passengers list of 31st december 6.50pm in srilankan airlines flight

      4 Answers Dec 30, 2013 at 3:59 AM
    • Hindu temple in Negombo

      Negombo 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 ??

      Negombo 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
    • Sambodhi chaitya

      Colombo Dec 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Is it possible to climb stairs to reach the entrance? Are tourists allowed

      2 Answers Dec 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM
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      Where to go ?!

      Wadduwa Dec 4, 2013 at 6:43 AM

      Hello :) guys, what's the best place here to go for having fun ? :)

      3 Answers Dec 4, 2013 at 7:43 PM
    • Bentota-Pinnawala

      Western Province Dec 3, 2013 at 4:35 AM

      We have finally booked a trip to Sri Lanka in january and will be staying in Bentota. (that we have visited Before) We are travelling wth 2 kids, age 1 and 3, and want to visit Pinnawala, preferably with an overnight stay (in Pinnawala or around). Is it easy enough to arrange that in Place, or could it be booked full?

      What could a rough price be? We need nothing fancy but Clean. I guess most drivers have their deals with hotels so maybe its easier to let them put together a package?

      Thanks for input.

      2 Answers Dec 3, 2013 at 11:43 AM
    • train times

      Negombo 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
    • Wadduwa with children?

      Wadduwa Nov 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      Hello, we are planning a trip for 2-3 weeks to Sri Lanka in jan/feb next year, and are looking at Wadduwa. How is the beach? And are the currents bad? We Went to Bentota 2 years ago (with one Child), and loved it, now we have 2 Children (1,3 years old) and are going more on a budget/midrange. Is there a few restaurants in the village/Town?
      The transfer time seems reasonable, and we Think that we have found a nice Place to stay, Since we have the small Children, most of the time will be spent at the beach or Close surroundings.
      Would be happy for input!

      9 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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      railway ticket agents

      Colombo Nov 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      itickets from colombo to Trincomalee ( boarding Polgahewala ) for 2 people required. Can you suggest ant travel agents with contact details

      9 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 8:36 AM
    • Traveling with kids??

      Colombo Nov 2, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      I am traveling with my wife, and two kids, ages 5, and 2. Would you recommend renting a car and self drive, or taking taxi to and from places? From what I read the buses seem to get overcrowded and the long buses only stop once maybe twice on trip. We have 1 med-large backpack, 1 suitcase, and 2 small backpacks with us. We just arrived in Colombo late last night, and have a month to explore Sri Lanka.

      5 Answers Nov 12, 2013 at 10:25 PM
    • Evening in Colombo?

      Colombo Oct 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

      I am travelling down from Kandy to Colombo by train on the 12.50 arriving 15.27. We then dep Colombo airport 00.40 the following morning. Is the station anywhere near the Galle Face and Mount Lavinia Hotels? Is it easy to catch a driver at the station to take us there? How long would that take?

      I really want to have drinks over sunset in one and a meal in the other to get to enjoy both great hotels. Is this a practical plan and which would you choose for each event?

      Thank you! Rachel

      5 Answers Oct 31, 2013 at 12:43 AM
    • plenty to do outside of hotel complex?

      Kalutara Oct 27, 2013 at 7:21 AM


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


      1 Answer Oct 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM
    • Storage in Colombo

      Colombo Sep 5, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      Hi, I'm looking for a safe storage space to stack house holdings. please let me know if you know a place

      1 Answer Sep 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM
    • Places to sit and work on the laptop for long

      Colombo Aug 28, 2013 at 1:24 AM

      What are places in Colombo, or preferably places between Colpitty and Moratuwa where we could plug in a laptop, sit and work peacefully for long hours? Somewhere we could go quite often (as in, several days of the week)?

      4 Answers Feb 7, 2014 at 4:45 AM
    • Changing money

      Beruwala Aug 8, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      Hi. Where are the best places to change money. We are taking around £50 worth off rupee's just to keep us going and £400 cash sterling. We then want to use our cash card whilst we are over in Beruwala.Is the best thing to do or shall we take travellers cheques or US$?

      Kind regards

      1 Answer Aug 8, 2013 at 4:44 AM
    • things to do

      Wadduwa Aug 7, 2013 at 3:17 AM

      Hi we are going to wadduwa in dec this year for 6 days, we are a group of 10.... family and friends , youngest 18. oldest me....a very young minded 52 yr old. we would love to make the most of our 6 days , so don't want to miss out on anything going on..... day & eve. would very much welcome ideas and tips . thanks . laura

      3 Answers Sep 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM
    • Wondering about area?

      Beruwala Aug 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Hi. Is it safe to walk around unaccompanied both in the day and at night in Beruwala?

      9 Answers Aug 5, 2013 at 12:16 AM
    • Bakery's

      Beruwala Jul 22, 2013 at 6:16 AM

      Hi. Can anyone advise whether Beruwala has any bakeries to get snacks from? I have just read that they are quite an inexpensive source of tasty food for lunches or snacks.

      5 Answers Jul 23, 2013 at 1:15 AM
    • Supermarkets

      Beruwala Jul 19, 2013 at 3:04 AM

      Hi. I am travelling to Beruwala on the 9th August for a self catering holiday, staying at the Raajmahal Villa with 11 family members. We have a chef to cook whatever we desire but on arrival, we are planning a 'Big' shop to get all our necessary essentials.
      Can anyone advise if there are any supermarkets or places where we can buy in bulk which are reasonably priced and of good quality?
      Once we have these then we can explore and find for ourselves.
      Thanks in advance.

      7 Answers Aug 6, 2013 at 4:30 AM
    • General Info

      Beruwala Jul 12, 2013 at 2:00 AM

      Hi. My Fiancee and I and 9 other family members are staying at the Raajmahal Villa Beruwala in 4 weeks time. We have never been long haul before and are a little in the dark with regards to many aspects of the country.
      My biggest fear is the weather for the time of year as we have read various forecasts. Also we have a chef on site to cook us what ever we like but are supplies readily available within reasonable travelling distance and how do local prices compare to the UK?
      I ask because I have no idea whether to take £1000 or £5000 for the 2 week stay?
      Thanks in advance.

      7 Answers Jul 14, 2013 at 11:25 PM
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      Visa for 4 days on arrival

      Colombo Jun 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I would like to ask about the visa or transit visa on arrival at srilanka? Is it open or we have to apply for visa from our country before coming there?

      1 Answer Jun 23, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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      Visa for 4 days on arrival

      Colombo Jun 23, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I would like to ask about the visa or transit visa on arrival at srilanka? Is it open or we have to apply for visa from our country before coming there?

      1 Answer Jun 23, 2013 at 11:04 AM
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      Negombo or Colombo?

      Negombo 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
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      First time in Colombo, Please guide.

      Colombo Jun 9, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      Hi everyone, We will be 3 or 5 guys staying in colombo for 4 days. Kindly guide for few things:

      1) How can we get to the city from Air port? Bus or Train?
      2) where we can find an adequate accmdtn but in cheaper prices? any hotel suggestion?
      3) what about food? Halal available? Cheaper or expensive? MCdnlds, Kfc Available?
      4) Places to visit specially beaches? not very far but few beaches nearer to colombo that we must do?
      5) What about night life in colombo? bars or clubs? suggestions of some bars not very expensive?
      6) Any upcoming events on 29th June to 2nd July?

      8 Answers Jun 10, 2013 at 4:50 PM