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Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

norfolk
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Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Hi everyone, have just booked Hikkaduwa for 5 nights before 10 days in the Maldives.

We will be there the end of March so hoping can still snorkel and see turtles. Staying at Coral Sands.

We would like to visit the fort at Galle, is it a good idea to get a train, if so how often do they run and how long a journey is it?

Is there any where else doing a trip to on the train please?

There will be 4 of us so would it be a good idea to hire a car to visit different places for a day?

Two of the people going are experienced divers, any trips worth recommending, or fishing trips?

Finally we love local food and so are only doing BB at Coral Sands, can anyone recommend good places to eat please?

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1. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Hi there,

Don't selfdrive, hence use bus/train or hire car with driver for some excursions. See

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293961-c122197/Sri-L…

for the options, Galle is indeed easy by train or bus. See TA restaurants section for eating options.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

norfolk
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2. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Thank you will have a good search!

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Hello,

on my google maps: https://www.google.de/maps/ms…

you'll find a lot of destinations around HIkkaduwa, but its in German. This will give you a short overview of doable things, with travel time info.

For good food try Curry Bowl in Hikkaduwa, located sea side.

Edited: 02 September 2014, 05:51
norfolk
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4. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Thanks Thirana and I have made a note of the Curry Bowl.

That map is really good for giving you an idea of time allowance. Brilliant!

Are trains and buses fairly regular.

Edited: 02 September 2014, 21:31
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5. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Buses are more frequent than trains.

Hans

norfolk
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6. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Thank you Hans!

As there will be 4 of us it may be worth using local taxis for places not too distant.

Edited: 02 September 2014, 21:48
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7. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Hi Diana,

Since you are already visiting Maldives, suggest you skip the beach in Sri Lanka and do a 6days tour inside the country. it has lots to offer. what i suggest is

D1 - Airport to Negombo

D2 - Negombo / visit the Elephant Orphanage / to Sigiriya

D3 - Visit the Sigiriya fortress / then the Polonnaruwa ruins

D4 - go to Kandy. Visit the Dambulla caves enroute. in Kandy visit the Temple of the tooth relic and the cultural dance show at 5pm

D5 - to Colombo. Commence city tour and shopping

D6 - to the airport

Best rgds

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8. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Train to galle very easy, runs at about 10.30 am and will take about 1 hour, cost 100 rupees one way, so quite cheap compared with a taxi which will cost loads more. Also, galle is very accessible by foot, the fort is only a 5 minute walk from the station behind the cricket ground. Quite expensive shops and cafes there.

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9. Re: Hikkaduwa area, must do trips/ restaurants

Hi MBerryBolten_England, that is most helpful thank you!

Do you pay on the train or at a ticket office before boarding please?

We are staying at Coral Sands so I think the train station is not to far away.

Hi Rohan_De_Silva I do like your suggestions but we will revisit and do a longer trip at a later date.

This time we just wanted to do somewhere for a few days, with a little snorkelling ,see the turtles, visit the fort, maybe visit temples and eat local food, men can have a dive and maybe go whale watching. Seems Hikkaduwa can offer a variety of interesting things to do without to much of a rush, hopefully!

Also I think Boosa is worth a visit to feed and wash the elephants, 20 mins away from Hikkaduwa, is that correct please.

Any other options gratefully received thank you!

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