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Help / Suggestion on my plan

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Help / Suggestion on my plan

Hi,

we group of 12 people planning to visit Srilanka in Aug 2014.

I have created rough plan with the help of internet and other travelers review.

Can you please see below plan and let me know any suggestions/modifications?

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Day 1

Arrival at Colombo 2.30 AM

Departure from Colombo to Kandy By Expo Rail : 7.00 AM

Departure from Kandy to Anuradhapura (Arnd 2.00 PM)

Departure from Anuradhpura to Kandy (Arnd 6.30 PM)

Night at Hotel in Kandy

Sight Seeing

Anuradhpura Heritage sightseeing

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Day 2

Breakfast at Kandy Hotel - 8.30 AM

Proceed to Sigiriya (Arnd 9.30 AM)

Lunch at Sigiriya

Proceed from Sigiriya to Dambulla (Arnd 2.30 PM)

Return Journey to Kandy (Arnd 4.30 PM)

Back to Kandy Hotel

Night at Hotel in Kandy

Sight seeing

Sigiriya Rock visit

Dambulla Cave Temple Visit

Meanwhile visit to Temple of Tooth, Kandy Lake, Palace and Botonical Gardens etc.

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Day 3

Breakfast at Kandy Hotel

Departure from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Lunch at Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing

Back to Hotel

Night at Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Sight seeing

Nuwara Eliya Sightseeing

Amid Tea Plantations and City Visit

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Day 4

Breakfast at Hotel

Proceed towards Yala National Park

Safari at Yala National Park

Lunch at Yala

Proceed towards Bundala Bird and National Park

Back to Hotel in Nuwara Eliya

Night at Nuwara Eliya

Sight Seeing

Wildlife Safari

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Day 5

Get up Early morning

Head towards Adam's Peak

Breakfast at Adam's Peak

Back to Nuwara Eliya Hotel

Departure from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo

Arrival at Colombo city

Colombo City visit/ Shopping

Back to Hotel

Night at Colombo

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Day 6

Breakfast at Colombo

Procced towards Colombo Fort

Reach Matara Station

Lunch at Matara

Departure from Matara to Galle/Mirrissa

Departure from Galle to Colombo

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Day 7

Breakfast at Colombo Hotel

Shopping at Colombo/ City Tour

Lunch at Colombo

Proceed towards Bentota/ Mount Lavinia Beach

Back to Hotel

Proceed towards airport

Sight Seeing

Beach sports and Water activities

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Thanks

Benet,

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1. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Far too much traveling. Some of the days are totally impossible.

Hans

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2. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Hi there,

Good start but at parts really incomplete research, sorry. Esp. the travel times are nowhere near reality...

Day1: Kandy to A'pura is 3:30 hours at least. You arrive Kandy 9:30 AM by train and after that want FIVE hours of travel back and forth to see A'Pura for a few hours? Similarly day2, Kandy-Sigiriya is 2:30 hours. And Sigiriya climbing should start before 10:30 AM or after 3 PM due to midday heat. Also one day is filled with Rock and Dambulla, absolutely no time left for "Temple of Tooth, Kandy Lake, Palace and Botonical Gardens etc.".

Suggestion for day1 and day2: pick a base in Triangle, e.g. Dambulla or Habarana.

Day4: Eliya to Yala is FIVE hours drive, and safaris are 3-6 PM. Hence totally impossible to return to Eliya.

Day5: AP is closed in August (and 3 hours from Eliya), simply drop that part of the plan.

Day6: Colombo to Matara is 4 hours.

Most logical order is hence Dambulla-Kandy-Eliya-Tissa/Yala-Mirissa-Colombo, upto you to replan.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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3. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Thanks Erik,

thanks for valuable suggestions. we need to re plan.

what do you think which places we should skip and which are must watch? Also for 12 people what type of transport is available and what would be approx rent for one day?

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4. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Hi again,

Well you don't need to skip that much except Adams Peak, but you might have limited time per base. If e.g. it's the six nights split over Dambulla 2N-Kandy 1N -Eliya 1N-Tissa/Yala 1N-Mirissa 1N then for Colombo you only have half a day left, and you can't see all of the Kandy sights.

A large minivan or small bus for 12 people should cost around LKR 60/km and for this route of 1200 km that comes down to around LKR 75,000.

All the best,

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5. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Hi

I am planning to visit Srilanka in Aug'14. I have revised our plan as we are going 12 ppl.

Day 1 : 22-Aug-14 Flight from Mumbai to Colombo (Arrive Colombo at 2.30 AM)

Day 2 23-Aug-14 Departure from Colombo to Kandy By Expo Rail 7.00 AM to 9.30 AM (At kandy)

Check In Kandy Hotel

Kandy City Tour

Back to Hotel 7.30 PM

Night at Hotel in Kandy

Day 3 24-Aug-14 Early Morning Proceed to Sigiriya 7.00 AM to 9.30 AM (at sigiriya)

Visit Sigiriya Rock

Lunch At Sigiriya

Proceed to Dambulla 3.30 PM to 4.00 PM

Visit Dambulla Cave Temple 4.30 PM to 6.00 PM

Back to Kandy Hotel 8.30 PM

Night at Hotel in Kandy

Day 4 25-Aug-14 Early morning proceed to Nuwara Eliya 7.00 AM to 9.00 AM (at Nuwara Eliya)

Check In hotel at Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya City Tour 10.30 AM

Back to Hotel 8.00 PM

Night at Nuwara Eliya Hotel

Day 5 26-Aug-14 Breakfast at Nuwara Eliya Hotel

Visit Nuwara Eliya Tea Factory 9.00 AM 9.30 AM

Proceed to Tissa from Nuwara Eliya 11.00 AM 4.00 PM

Check In Tissa Hotel

Rest in Tissa Hotel

Night at Tissa

Day 6 27-Aug-14 Early Morning Yala Safari 6.00 AM

Yala wildlife Safari (3 Hours)

Departure from Tissa to Hikkaduwa 12.00 PM 4.00 PM

Check In Hikkaduwa Hotel

Visit Hikkaduwa Beach

Night at Hikkaduwa Hotel

Day 7 28-Aug-14 Breakfast at Hotel

Galle City Tour 9.30 AM

Lunch at Galle

Visit Bentota Beach 4.00 PM 5.30 PM

Proceed to Colombo 8.30 PM

Night at Colombo Hotel

Day 8 29-Aug-14 Breakfast at Colombo 9.30 AM

Shopping and Colombo city Tour

Check out hotel

Day 9 30-Aug-14 Proceed to Colombo Airport 3.20 AM

Can you please suggest if above plan is feasible?

Thanks

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6. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Hi again,

More or less. Day4 (25 aug) the ride to Eliya takes 2.30 hours not 2, and I don't see reason to leave so early; 9 AM, after B'fast, leaves enough time to see the few things Eliya town has to offer. And Galle city tour needs to move from Day6 to Day5 as it's on the route Tissa-Hikka, otherwise you backtrack.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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7. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Thanks Erik,

I will modify the plan according to your suggestion.

one more question.. can we get a single 12 seater vehicle for all days?

Thanks very much for your prompt reply.

Ta

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8. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Hi again,

Yes minivans in Lanka come in all sizes and shapes, from 6-seaters to 15- or more seaters...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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9. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Hi Erik,

Sorry for trouble.. Do you have any reference or contact number so we can contact travel agency who can give us vehicle for all days.

Thanks

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10. Re: Help / Suggestion on my plan

Major inbound operators are e.g. Walkers Tours, Aitken Spence, Jetwing and Red Dot.

Hans