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One Day Cruise Stop in Colombo - private guide

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One Day Cruise Stop in Colombo - private guide

Our ship is stopping in Colombo on January 4, 2011 from 8 am until 8 pm. Several of us are looking to put together a private excursion for the day -- emphasis on cultural sights, scenery, wildlife. Any recommendations for sights? for a private guide?

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1. Re: One Day Cruise Stop in Colombo - private guide

Hi woofee.

In your situation sadly not possible to visit any wild life sanctuary within the time duration form 8.00 AM – 8.00 PM . all are far distance from colombo . but you will able to visit pinnawla elephant orphanage / millennium elephant foundation , kandy historical city including tooth relic temple , botanic /herb garden, tea factory ect. you need to be punctual .

Thanks,

ind

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3. Re: One Day Cruise Stop in Colombo - private guide

Your best bet is probably a trip to Kandy, which has a number of interesting things to see.

It is 116 Km from Colombo to Kandy and will take about three hours each way by car. The journey is quite scenic in the latter stages especially and you will see a lot of Sri Lanka towns on the way. That gives you about five hours of sightseeing, to be on the safe side.

A range of options but you will not have time for them all.

Elephant Orphanage - this is about 45 minutes before Kandy, where you can watch a large number of elephants bathing in the river. Rather touristy and not my cup of tea but many enjoy it. Costs $20 per person

Botanical Gardens Peradeniya - Just as you enter Kandy these magnificent and extensive gardens. It is a must, with exotic flowers and huge stands of palms and other trees, also colonies of fruit bats. Cost $8 per person.

Temple of the Tooth - In the very centre of Kandy, this houses the most sacred Buddhist relic in all Sri Lanka. Entry is $10 per person

Boat Trip on the lake beside the Temple - not sure of the cost of this.

Bahirawakanda Buddha - This enormous white Buddha dominates the whole town and from here you get the best views of Kandy and the lake - brilliant for photos. Costs about $2 - 3.

Kandy Markets - there is a traditional market in the centre and a new mall, close by. If you want to buy spices and tea there are cheaper places, also central to Kandy.

Hantanne Tea Museum - an old tea factory telling the history of tea growing in Sri Lanka (the first tea was planted near Kandy in 1867) and showing the process. This is about 15 - 20 minutes out of town. If you go a bit further you could visit a working tea factory.

Udawattekele Reserve - a forest practically in the heart of Kandy with loads of monkeys and other wildlife. Up behind the Temple of the Tooth. Was used to make a Tarzan film.

My favourite eating place in Kandy - Rams Restaurant in Colombo Street. Have to say they are not that quick as everything is cooked to order. You can go in, order and pay and they will call you on a cell phone when it is ready. It is in the heart of the shopping area, so while you wait time for shopping.

So a lot of choice, though not too much time.

A taxi from Colombo to Kandy and back would be about $75 - 80, you would have to add on to this entry fees for the places you visit.. I suggest you ask the DEs for a recommended driver/guide or tour company and organise the trip beforehand.

Good luck,

David.

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4. Re: One Day Cruise Stop in Colombo - private guide

Thanks for the suggestions. Since we will barely have 10 hours in port, I'm thinking that even the day trip to Kandy might not be totally feasible. Maybe we should save it for a later more in-depth trip to Sri Lanka (which we may take during August 2011). If we stick to Colombo, are there any special sights we might see -- interesting temples, scenis highlights, etc?

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5. Re: One Day Cruise Stop in Colombo - private guide

Hmmm... tastes differ but our answer (as parttime inhabitants of our Colombo house) would be NO. One of the most boring cities of Lanka and quite atypical for the country, only interesting for shoppers. Sue's proposal is lots better...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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