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Which cities/places to visit in Sri Lanka

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Which cities/places to visit in Sri Lanka

Which cities/places to visit in Sri Lanka &

how many nights in each to see/visit all main attractions?

Also what routing for a round trip from Colombo--Colombo?

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1. Re: Which cities/places to visit in Sri Lanka

Hi,

Cultural Triangle - 3 nights

Kandy - 3 nights

Hill Country - 3 nights

Kataragama/Yala 2 nights

Beach ?

Colombo - Cultural Triangle (Habarana/Sigiriya/Dambulla)- Kandy-Hill Country (N'Eliya/Haputale/Ella)-Kataragama-south/west coast- Colombo.

Hans

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Thx Hans,we r plannin to stay 9--12 nights in SriLanka on the way to K.L in Nov 09

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consider the travelling time as well. road travel in SL is time consuming.. but interesting. so be ready to spend some time on the road as well.

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Hans' schedule, backed by all DE's, would be 11 nights without beach. So if you're okay, just do those 11-12 nights. If you also want beach time, then scrap one of the blocks mentioned (save for a 2nd visit)...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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5. Re: Which cities/places to visit in Sri Lanka

Thx Erik & Hans

We would prefer to travel less with luggage.

So, we could do

Colombo 3N

Sigiriya 3N (& visit Habarana & Dambulla from Sigiraya)

Kandy 3N

N'Eliya 3N (& visit Haputale/Ella from N'Eliya)-

Kataragama-2N

A round trip Colombo-Sigiriya-Kandy-N'Eliya-Kataragama-Colombo; right?

Inter city travel by train, bus or taxi?

Which are the main attractions in each place?

Thx again in advance

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Hi there,

As you'd need a car anyhow to visit the 'satellite' attractions, most convenient and comfortable is car-with-driver. And maybe a train part Kandy-Eliya where the car follows you (empty).

By train/bus not all of these connections are doable in one day, also.

Main attractions:

* Sigiriya: Rock, elephantback ride, wildlife safari (Minneriya), P'ruwa, A'pura, Mihintale, Dambulla temple

* Kandy: Tooth Temple, Peradeniya Gardens, Hill Buddha, Pinawela, 'temple circuit'

* Eliya: not much in town. Tea factory, waterfalls, vistas all outside (e.g. Haputale); Horton Plains nature park and Hakgala botanical garden

* K'gama: pilgrimage temples, Yalae wildlife safari

Have fun,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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very good advice on here so not much to add except to say that one thing to do in Nuwara Eliya is to go to the Hill Club for dinner - that's if you are interested in a real old colonial experience. The Hill Club used to be just that, the Planters' Club for the tea estates and it has maintained that atmosphere very well. Nowadays it is a hotel and you can go there for dinner for a taste of colonial life. You are expected to dress quite formally but they have a supply of jackets and ties which they loan you for the evening. Food tends to reflect those old British favourites and is served by uniformed waiters. Afterwards you can relax in a lovely chintzy sitting room before your game of snooker in the magnificent snooker room - the best anywhere in Sri Lanka, if not the whole of Asia. There an attendant will hand you your cues and give you expert advice - more than necessary in my case. Altogether a wonderful evening to be had and the cost of dinner is very reasonable (about $20US four years ago) by European standards. (Hope this all still applies, as my last visit was four years ago. Anyone with recent expereince would be good to hear from them as I plan to go there in February.)Also near Nuwara Eliya are the Hagalla Botsanical Gardens.

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Do you have a special wish to stay 3 nights in Colombo? IMO Colombo is just another polluted and dirty 3rd world city.

From Sigiriya I would definitely prefer Polonnaruwa over Anuradhapura. Polonnaruwa is more "compact". You should consider including Rittigala. You need to hire a jeep from Habarana as the road to Rittigala is not suited for standard vehicles.

The climate in Nuwara Eliya can we quite nasty - rain and heavy windy - and you can see the town in an hour or max two. I would recommend you spend your time in Ella or Haputale. There are lots more to see there and a friendlier climate.

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9. Re: Which cities/places to visit in Sri Lanka

Thx Hans, DM51 & Erik

So, we could do

Sigiriya 3N (& visit Habarana & Dambulla from Sigiraya)

Polonnaruwa 3N

Kandy 3N

Haputale 3N (& visit Ella/N'Eliya)-

A round trip Colombo-Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Kandy-Haputalle-Colombo; right?

Which is the best time of year to visit?

Which are the main attractions in Polonnaruwa & Ritigala?

Thx again in advance. U all are v. helpful & kind

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10. Re: Which cities/places to visit in Sri Lanka

Hi there,

Rightly summarised. As it's a roundtrip without beach it's not easy to indicate a 'best time of the year' - Lanka has 5-6 different climate zones. Kandy and Haputale are worst in December-February and August-September, due to East monsoon and 'intermonsoon' influences. But Sigiriya is best December to April, after that it can become more hazy and unsettled. So probably best simply to avoid the East monsoon season and hope that in the chosen month the other areas have enough sun; most likely they will have, esp. before noon.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]