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Sri Lanka in 26 Days - advice needed

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Sri Lanka in 26 Days - advice needed

I will be backpacking to Sri Lanka , solo traveler. I wish to experience more on local culture (+ street photography) > historical sites > hill country > beaches .

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

The following is the draft itinerary :-

Colombo Airport (Arrival time 1450) --> (bus 5 hrs) Dambulla 2N (Dambulla , Sigiriya , Polonnaruwa ) --> (bus 3 hrs) Trincomalee 2N --> ( via Vavuniya / direct bus ?) Jaffna 3N --> (bus 5 hrs) Anuradhapura 2N --> (bus 5 hrs) Kandy 4N --> ( TRAIN : Kandy-Peradeniya-Nanu Oya) Nuwara Eliya 2N --> Haputale 2N --> (TRAIN) Ella --> (bus) Tissa ( Yala National Park) 1N --> (bus) Tangalle 2N --> (bus ) Galle 2N --> Colombo 1N --> (bus) Negombo 2N--> Airport ( Departure 1155)

Qs :-

1) Hill country – better weather in May or June ?

2) Trincomalee to Jaffna - Is direct bus available ?

3) Ella to Tissa - Is direct bus available ?

4) What’s the name of the railway station to get off if taking train from Colombo? ( to experience the short route where train runs very close to the coast)

5) The best place to see the tilt fishermen ?

6) Is Kandy the best place to see the locals celebrating full moon Poya Day ?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Sri Lanka in 26 Days - advice needed

Hi there,

Good research.

1] May

2] Probably not, indeed Vavuniya transfer

3] Yes plenty, it's the main north south route there.

4] Please be more clear. Colombo-Matara line runs close to beach for at least 30% of the stretch.

5] Weligama but they are a pumped up tourist trap, nothing real anymore.

6] Any town with larger vihara will do

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Sri Lanka in 26 Days - advice needed

We do some suggestions,

1st Day - Airport Arrival and to Dambulla - stay @ Dambulla

2nd Day - visit Dambulla Cave temple via to Sigiriya, visit rock - stay @ Sigiriya

3rd Day - Transfer to Polonnaruwa, visit trangle site - stay @ Polonnaruwa

4th Day & 5th Day - Morning transfer to Tincomalee - stay @ Trincomalee - 2N

6th Day - Available driect bus Trincomalee to Jaffna - 3N

Then other days you can travel by bus according to your travel plan.

Weather is normally good in May June months.

Available the direct bus Ella to Katharagama.,you can use this.

Colombo main Railway station is Petta station.

you can see the tilt fisherman between at Kockgala, Ahangama & Waligama.

Kandy full moon poya day special is in Tooth Temple.

Jeromwin

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3. Re: Sri Lanka in 26 Days - advice needed

thank you for the reply.

Wesak Day is in May , is it difficult to get accommodation in Kandy? (walk-in basis) or public transport two/three days before Wesak Day?

i read about people taking train from Galle to Colombo but had suggested to take only the short route from Mt.Lavinia ( not sure whether this is the correct station?) to Colombo where the train runs extremely close to the coast.

thanks again.

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4. Re: Sri Lanka in 26 Days - advice needed

The train runs pretty close to the sea from Mount Lavinia to Kollupitiya.

Hans

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5. Re: Sri Lanka in 26 Days - advice needed

thanks for the suggestions,Jeromwin.

is direct bus available from Polonnaruwa to Trinco? the distance is shorter from Polonnaruwa vs Dambulla to Trinco?

is the direct bus from Trinco to Jaffna runs by private company and the daily time schedule? the only info. that i found was via Vavuniya.

thanks.

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