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    • JohanW's Profile Photo

      Bundala national park

      Matara Oct 9, 2016 at 10:23 AM

      Are there any tours to Bundala national park from Matara?

      Or any kind of direct public bus?

      1 Answer Oct 9, 2016 at 10:54 AM
    • best place to stay with unlimited budget

      Unawatuna Jun 3, 2016 at 12:44 AM

      dear travelers, please advice a decent place to stay in Una.
      - on the beach
      - 4-5 star hotel (that really worth the price, not like those on tripadvisor or, that are extremely overpriced and do not match their star rate) or bungalo that also will fit for 4 star place (clean and new bathroom, toiletters, hair dryer, new white bed sheets etc.)
      - pool and bar optional
      We visited Sri Lanka once and we really liked it but never stayed at Una beach. Hotels we loved were Amaya Lake in Dambulla and Mars hotel in Tangalle.
      Also regarding nightlife, is it only Jungle beach to party and dance?

      2 Answers Jun 5, 2016 at 11:29 PM
    • best place to stay with unlimited budget

      Unawatuna Jun 3, 2016 at 12:27 AM

      Dear travelers,
      Please advice a decent place to stay in Una in earliest august. It is our honeymoon and budget is unlimited, but we want to get a valuable place if we pay good money for it,
      We need:
      -stay on the beach
      -close to bars and restaurants
      -4-5 star hotel or bungalo which is well maintained with nice bathroom
      -pool and bar area (opt)
      From what I saw on tripadvisor and - all 4-5 star hotels do not match their rate and are crazy overpriced. I though found some good options on Airbnb, but just 2, maybe you can recommend something really nice?
      Also about nightlife... Is it only Jungle Beach parties nearby or there are some other places to go?

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      hikkaduwa or bentota

      Bentota May 3, 2016 at 12:31 AM

      which place has better beaches and parties?

      3 Answers May 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM
    • Ayurveda in Mirissa

      Mirissa South Apr 15, 2016 at 5:52 AM

      Hi  can anyone recommend a place for Ayurveda treatments in Mirissa please?

      1 Answer Apr 22, 2016 at 1:37 AM
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      Unawatuna Mar 2, 2016 at 12:42 AM

      hi guys :)
      can anyone of you suggest the best and fastest transportation method from Colombo airport to Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna

      Thanks in advance

      2 Answers Mar 2, 2016 at 12:54 AM
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      Unawatuna Mar 2, 2016 at 12:39 AM

      hi guys,
      can anyone of you suggest the best and fastest transportation method from colombo airport to Unawatuna

      thanks a lot in advance

      4 Answers Mar 2, 2016 at 5:36 AM
    • Travelling Alone

      Hikkaduwa Apr 15, 2015 at 3:54 AM

      I will be travelling to Hikka this coming July.
      Is it safe for a lady to travel there alone?
      Any places and things you could recommend me in doing and going?
      is USD900 enough for 4 days?

      6 Answers Mar 15, 2016 at 11:48 AM
    • Galle to Colombo

      Galle Mar 25, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      Is there a comfortable air conditioned bus from Galle to Colombo airport or Colombo? We will be travelling on Sunday. We have enjoyed local buses etc but have luggage and would prefer comfort on this trip.

      4 Answers Mar 26, 2015 at 1:42 AM
    • Unawatuna beach

      Unawatuna 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
    • Transport Colombo-Mirissa(Matara)

      Mirissa South Dec 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      HI,i will visit Sri Lanka in feb2015.What is the best transport between towns (price,time)(bus train taxi)????We are 4people :)

      5 Answers Dec 29, 2014 at 3:36 AM
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      Train the best way from Colombo to Unawatuna? What about toilets on the trip??

      Unawatuna 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
    • Airport transfer

      Mirissa South Dec 21, 2014 at 6:34 AM

      Going to Sri Lanka in April 2015. From Colombo flying to Mattala & then traveling to Mirissa. Can anyone recommend reasonable return transfer to and from airport. Public transport no problem. Need websites/timetables and/or costs

      5 Answers Feb 3, 2015 at 8:31 AM
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      Daytrip to Bentota?

      Bentota Dec 14, 2014 at 6:42 PM

      Hi Guys, I'm Samantha and may be travelling to Sri Lanka in January (2015), with my son. Is mid January a good time for a swim at the beach at Bentota? i'm assuming it's quite a safe beach. My son is autistic and loves water. We will likely stay in Dehiwala. A quick search told me I can get an express train early morning to Bentota and also return via train the same day in the late afternoon.

      2 Answers Dec 15, 2014 at 6:03 AM
    • September weather /tours

      Bentota Aug 15, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Can u lay on the beach in Sept? We r arriving Sept 7th also what tours are available & is it best to book through hotel? Can u visit temples? Also are there other types of money u can use in bentota eg dollars?
      Too many questions 

      4 Answers Aug 20, 2014 at 1:09 AM
    • 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 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM
    • 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 ...

      9 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 Apr 8, 2014 at 10:40 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 Mar 28, 2014 at 10:07 PM
    • 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

      8 Answers Sep 15, 2015 at 11:51 PM
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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 Jan 27, 2014 at 4:42 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 Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 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 10, 2014 at 7:26 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