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Travel Times/Best Routes/3 Cities

Madison Alabama
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Travel Times/Best Routes/3 Cities

Arriving Sept 22nd. We have a planned 3 or 4 day's of recovery in Bentota after a 11 and 1/2 time change from the US. The question we have is with the rest of our 12 nights in Lanka. Planning on staying in 2 other towns Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, visiting Horton Plains, Elephant Orphanage and possible another town or back to the beach before we take the long trip home.

Looking at the Lanka road maps. Can anyone help us plan which direction would should travel etc?

Bentota-through Galle then north-Nuwara Eliya-kandy?

Bentota-North-Colombo-kandy-Nuwara Eliya?

Any suggestions would be very helpful.

Thank You

Steve

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Hi Steve,

Clockwise and counterclockwise would both work. Counterclockwise is not exactly as you describe it: it's Bentota-Galle then EAST - Hambantota and then Ella-Nuvara Eliya. Itself a 9-10 hour drive so not recommended for 1 day, better have an overnight break. Possibly at Udu Walawe park, making a dusk wildlife safari on the day of arrival or a dawn safari next days and seeing herds of jumbos in their real habitat?

Good that you take a leisurely speed, but in this way you cover 2 out of 3 inland tourist areas being Kandy and Hill Country. You miss the complete Cultural Triangle with e.g. the splendid Sigiriya Rock Fortress. That one could _just_ be done as a day trip from Kandy, other parts not.

Hope this helps a bit, have a lovely journey,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Eric,

Thank you for you fast response.

After reading your post and looking at the map we think we are going to try the clockwise route bentota- train to kandy, train to Nuwara Eliya then back to colombo with lots of day trips at each stop. The clounter-clockwise route looks a bit dificult for first timers.Would you agree?

The train sysem is confusing to me, so we are now trying to learn how the train system works.

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Steve

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Hi Steve,

Yes as erik mentioned cultural triangle is something that you shouldn't missed. May be one or two nights stay at Habarana would do it better because its a convenient location.

Nishantha

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