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My friend and I are planning on going to Sri Lanka in the summer of 2014.

We intend to go to Kandy from Colombo then havw 2 full days in Kandy.

We would like to go to the pinanawla elephant orphanage, the temple of the sacred tooth and a tea plantation.

we are finding it hard to gauge distances etc.

Any advice as to whether this is feasible, and the best mode of transport would be greatly received.

We are thinking of getting the train to kandy but possibly a driver back but we are unsure whether this would be expensive.

Thanks!!

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1. Re: Advice

Yes, can be done in 2 days. Best mode of transport is hiring a car with driver, but train is also a possibility.

Hans

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Thank you very much for the reply.

Do you know if there is a tea plantation near Kandy and if so where?

Thanks!

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Yes plenty, though not the most superior quality for buyers. Hantana has a tea museum and plantation next door, and near Pilimatalawa there is also an estate; both less than 30-45 mins from town.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Thank you for all your help.

We are thinking of going to the Mermaid Hotel and Club in Karlutara after Kandy, do you have any advice on how easy it is to travel between the 2?

Thanks.

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Hi again,

Well about 5 hours by cab transfer. Or similar by train; unless you take the 5:10 AM train from Kandy you need to transfer trains in Colombo Fort or Maradana.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Thank you very much! Does the 5:10 train not require any changes then?Also do you know of any websites where I can get train times/booking etc?

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That's indeed the sole one not needing changes. Info can be found through this overall story

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293961-c195051/Sri-L…

but don't expect too many trains that can be prebooked at all :-(

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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