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Excursions from Kandy

Dubai
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Excursions from Kandy

Hey there,

I´m planning to go to Kandy soon I would like to do two excursions:

1 day to Dambulla (spend the morning) + Sigiriya (spend the afternoon) and back to Kandy

1 day hiking to Knuckles Mountain and back to Kandy

Do you know the best way to do this? maybe hire a car+driver for the first day? any local agency for the hiking? any email contact to arrange it before going there?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Excursions from Kandy

Hi there,

Easy to arrange locally, just ask around. Plan the first day such that you start climbing Sigiriya after 2-3 PM because midday it's simply too hot; which means a late return to Kandy, 8 PM / after dark! Maybe better swap: leave Kandy 8 AM, start climb 10:30 AM and be back 1:30 PM whilst avoiding the midday heat at the top. Then lunch and the 90 mins Dambulla visit, and back in Kandy at 6-7 PM.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Excursions from Kandy

Yes, the best will be hiring a car with driver/guide.

You can also do Dambulla/Sigiriya by bus. I would prefer going to Sigiriya in the morning (before 10 am) to avoid the climb in the mid day heat.

Hans

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3. Re: Excursions from Kandy

Thank you very much! I´ll do that, morning Sigiriya, afternoon Dambulla.

For the hiking to Knuckles Mountain any ideas? I would like to arrange this before getting just in case.

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4. Re: Excursions from Kandy

Googling 'hiking Knuckles Range' brings up quite a few names.

Hans

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5. Re: Excursions from Kandy

I read somewhere that Dec-Jan is raining season for Knuckles Range... is that true?

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6. Re: Excursions from Kandy

Weather in Knuckles Range is unpredictable and could transform within few minutes. A thick mist could shroud the mountains in a mater of minutes. Rain could breeze in any day.

December to February is a good period to enjoy trekking at Knuckles. Possibility of rain is moderate.

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7. Re: Excursions from Kandy

Well yes you have quite some risks for that, but same holds true for all mountains on the east side of Kandy. So it means checking with the planned guides on whether the trek is recommended, either due to upcoming rains or due to recent rains which might have made paths very slippery or even have caused some mudslides...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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