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need advice on planning 10 day trip !

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need advice on planning 10 day trip !

advice needed please:

4 girls travelling all late 30's...

Looking for great beach base which will allow days to relax and then close enough to do day trips.

Really want to do elephant sanctuary... is it realistic to do it in day?

Never been to Sri Lanka before- is Marawila a good place to start?

Would you recommend an all inclusive?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Debbie

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1. Re: need advice on planning 10 day trip !

Hi Debbie,

day trips will be kind of tricky: if you stay in the Negombo area you should take into account about 3 hours each way to Dambulla or Sigiriya, 3 hours to Kandy and 4.5 hours to Anuradhapura (www.secretlanka.com/faq_travel_time.php…). 6+ hours in a car don't make such a great day trip.

About the elephant sanctuary: if you refer to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage that should be about 2.5 hours away from Negombo so it's feasible in one day, but not so funny.

Your best option might be to combine some days in the cultural triangle (maybe two nights Sigiriya and one night in Kandy) and then move to a beach location.

The choice of the beach location also depends on which season your plan to travel to Sri Lanka: right now the best places would be on the South (e.g. Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa) but if you go in summer, say June, July, you want to be on the east coast (e.g. Nilaveli/Trincomalee, Batticaloa or Arugam Bay if you're into surf). When is your trip planned?

ciao

Elia

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3. Re: need advice on planning 10 day trip !

Thanks Elia,

We are going for 10 days (23rd December -3rd Jan)

So you think 2 nights Sigirya /1 night Kandy then beach will be best bet?

IS it cheap to travel around in Sri Lanka?

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Public transport is cheap, but not very comfortable.

Hans

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Hi Hans,

I see your a destination expert! Please some advice.

Worked out need to split holiday into touring and beach to keep all happy.

Would you also recommend 1 night Kandy and 2 nights Sigirya or something different?thanks

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Yes, that seems fine to me, though an extra day in both places would be more relaxed.

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7. Re: need advice on planning 10 day trip !

If you plan to visit Sri Lanka between 23rd and 3rd, that is the peak period. hotel rates are generally expensive over this period (peak supplement will be added). most of the coastal area get fully booked early, so i suggest that you book your hotels early.

Sigiriya and Kandy is not very far from each other. If you wish to cover the cultural triangle, you can be based in Dambulla or Kandy.

go with "BB" and keep your options open for meals. however, certain hotels only offer full board over the period period.

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8. Re: need advice on planning 10 day trip !

Please read the reviews of Pinnawala elephant orphanage ,I would suggest seeing elephants inthe wild at a national park

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10. Re: need advice on planning 10 day trip !

Hi Debbie,

2 Nights in Sigiriya and 1 night in Kandy would work. Then it depends on where you want do go for the beach day: if you go to Marawila you can get there directly from Kandy or Sigiriya (travel time should be around 4 hours in both cases), on the other end if you pick a destination on the South (e.g. Mirissa or Unawatuna) you might like to have another stop after Kandy, possibly in the Tea region (Ella might be a good option to split the trip to South in 2, even though room availability can be limited there, especialky during the holiday season).

ciao

Elia

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