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itinerary help - 5 days/ 4 nights in sri lanka

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itinerary help - 5 days/ 4 nights in sri lanka

hi all,

i got a very cheap round trip ticket to sri lanka but then i could only stay there for 4 whole days (i know it is a shame)

i love taking pictures and i would like to visit those places:

1. Sirgiya

2. Polonnaruwa

3. any coast line city where i can take pictures of the stilt fishermen

given that i will be arriving at colombo at 7.45am in day 1 and leaving very early on day 5, is it possible to travel to the above 3 places? any recommendations?

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1. Re: itinerary help - 5 days/ 4 nights in sri lanka

Hi there,

Risky. I'd split as follows:

* Day 1 direct to Sigiriya. Climb in afternoon and stay overnight

* Day 2 from there to nearby P'ruwa as a daytrip

* Day 3 to a place close to Colombo (South side), I'd day Mount Lavinia suburb or Wadduwa

* Day 4 a long day trip, 6+ hours return, to Weligama for snapping the 'tourist trap' of the stilt fishing.

* Day 5 early departure to airport.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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3. Re: itinerary help - 5 days/ 4 nights in sri lanka

Hi,

Sri Lanka's "famous" stilt fishermen is a set up just to rip off tourists. I would certainly not drive all the way from the cultural triangle to the south coast between Koggala and Weligama just to take pictures of that.

20-30 years ago the stilt fishermen were authentic, but now it is just a business for young men posing for tourist to take pictures and then demand a hefty tip.

Hans

Edited: 14 March 2010, 11:12
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4. Re: itinerary help - 5 days/ 4 nights in sri lanka

I also think it is best to drop the 'Stilt Fishermen' and maybe spend that day in Kandy instead. Like Hans says it is not authentic anymore. Frankly, I have been driving past this scene for at least 25 years and I can't really understand why it is such a big deal. Not worth a dedicated trip just for that. Worth a stop only if you are passing by.

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