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Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

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Dubai
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Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Hi guys - can any one help us we are looking to go for the first time to Sri Lanka end of May, firstly is it good weather at that time & secondly which one can you recommend, Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota beach resort? Also how far are they from the airport in Colombo & how can we get there from airport? Thanks for your help?

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1. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Hi there,

Yes should be decent weather. Some risk of a few bad intermonsoon days, which mean all-cloudy with intermittent showers, but generally still good weather with sun on vast majority of the days.

Bentota Beach is better than Kalutara, and also allows to stay BB basis as there are enough restaurants and bars at walking distance; at Kalutara one must book HB at least. So if the price offered is similar, Bentota it is.

Kalutara is about 2.5 hours transfer by cab from airport and Bentota about 3 hours. Cab prices hence also different - 6500-7000 versus 8000-8500. Take cab on arrival at airport, prebooking from the 'airport taxi' websites gives only scamming companies with horrible prices.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

I would go for Avani Bentota. The beach at Bentota is much better than Kalutara, but neither will be safe for swimming in the end of May.

You will likely experience late afternoon/evening showers.

Kalutara is approx. 2.5 hours form the airport - Bentota approx. 3 hours.

There are 6 taxi/transport counter in the arrivals hall at the airport.

Hans

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3. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Thanks both for your replies. seems we will go with Avanti Bentota beach resort :-) Do you know what is the exchange rate to the US Dollar ? I.e how much does a cab from Airport to Bentota cost in US dollar? is it not cheaper to go by train & is the train station near to the airport?

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4. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Hi again,

Currently around USD 126.

Yes train is cheaper but takes a lot more time. The airport has no working train station, there's a dormant one 500 m from Departures; and a working one called Katunayaka Junction at 3 km. But basically it's impossible to get a seat there as the trains are already packed once they halt at this stop. So the cheaper options are

a] Bus 187 airport-town and then train. Total duration around 4-5 hours, cost below Rs 500

b] Cab airport to town (Colombo Fort station) and then train. Total duration around 3.5-4.5 hours, cost around Rs 3,200 (3,000 for the cab).

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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5. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Thanks Erik - so is that 126 US total cab fare to Bentota?

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6. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Oops, meant to say 126 rupee per USD. So that's 8000/126 makes USD 63 cab fare...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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7. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Wow so total cab fare will be 63 US dollar - thats not too bad & we can get these straight from airport with no need to prioir book? And they will take us all the way to Avani Bentota? (sorry about all the questions?)

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8. Re: Avani Kalutara or Avani Bentota Beach resort & Spa??

Yes, you can exchange your money & get a taxi from inside the arrivals area at the airport, once you have passed through immigration. Your taxi will take you from the airport to your hotel

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