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Yet another itinerary!

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Yet another itinerary!

I was hoping you might be able to cast your eyes across this and let me know if there is anything glaringly wrong or problematic. Any answers to the questions would be an added bonus but if it all looks too tiresome just a comment on the general flow and workability would be appreciated.

Arrive 1am on 25/4, stay at Jetwing Sea Negombo (ask for late checkout)

Have a brief look around, see traditional catamarans, fish markets if there is time.

Get a taxi to Colombo train station (1.5 hours) for the 3:35 train to Kandy.

Arrive in Kandy and meet driver to take us to Amaya Hills followed by dinner at a local restaurant in Kandy.

Stay at Amaya Hills Kandy.

Questions:

Is cab the best way to get to Colombo station from Negombo?

In Kandy can we walk to the main local restaurants from Amaya Hills? Or would Earls Regency or Mahaweli be more conventient?

26/4

Leave Kandy to get to Pinnawala (1.25 hours drive). Get there by 11am for bathing and stay until 1:15 for feeding, leave approx 2:15 after feeding time.

Drive to Dalhousie (3 hours) by sunset for an early night staying at Slightly Chilled.

Questions:

Does this work for Pinnawala and drive times?

27/4

Wake at 1:00am for a 1:30am start to the trek. Back by about 9:30am.

Go via Nuwara Eliya to see tea fields and spice plantations en route to Ella (5 hours driving in total).

If not too exhausted an evening cooking class (at Ella Spice plantation?) before staying at 98 Acres.

Questions:

How many hours should we add to the climb given it’s a Saturday?

Does 98 acres resort face east or west? i.e. is it best at sunrise or sunset?

28-30/4

This is where it gets vague. From here it would be good to leave Ella to spend the next night in one of the National Parks for a safari and then the next night in Galle.

Which national Park makes the most sense with these plans?

And which is a nice hotel to stay at and do the safari from (price range of USD100-250 per night)?

From here we will be looking at the beaches but have decided not to book in advance at this stage. Possibly the weather will dictate where we head.

We will be leaving in the wee hours of the morning on 6 May.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or comments.

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1. Re: Yet another itinerary!

Hi again,

1] Negombo could also get cab to station and take local train from there to Fort. Plan well with the train times though.

2] Kandy all topclass hotels (Amaya, Earl's, Mahaweli, Citadel) are isolated; no tourist restaurants nearby except a few local rice & curry shops near Mahaweli. Hilltop, Thilanka, Suisse, Serene Gardens are 3-star and central enough for restaurant trips.

3] 26/4 fine. 27/4: the resort faces south, some chalets will get more morning sun and some more afternoon sun. And I would expect you to be down 10-11 not 9:30 AM; leave 6:30 after sunrise and expect a bit packed walk due to the weekend crowds.

4] Udu Walawe is nicest for big elephant herds and landscape, Yala is best for variety of animals. But very packed in weekends. Yala: Chaaya Wild. UW: Kalu's Hideaway

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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