Sri Lanka Travel Guide

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Sri Lanka Highlights

  • Pro
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    jungles says…

     ancient sites, wildlife, great food, beautiful beaches, friendly people 

  • Con
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    Hmmmm says…

     Tropical diseases, hawkers, low infrastructure and cows on the road :o) 

  • In a nutshell
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    jungles says…

     This small island has so much to offer! 

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Colombo

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388,861,34

Kandy

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303,715,28

Negombo

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86,189,21

Nuwara Eliya

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100,221,11

Bentota

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56,132,25

Hikkaduwa

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53,177,10

Galle

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91,294,11

Sigiriya

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103,272,5

Trincomalee

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30,59,2

Unawatuna

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68,150,8

Beruwala

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62,124,3

Anuradhapura

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95,274,11

Polonnaruwa

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115,277,4

Dambulla

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53,158,3

Kataragama

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13,30,1

Sri Lanka

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75,183,5

Kalutara

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5,17,7

Mirissa South

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25,56,0

Bandarawela

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13,30,1

Ella

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35,98,0

Wadduwa

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15,22,5

Pinnawala

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44,85,0

Tangalla

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13,22,4

Jaffna

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16,34,1

Batticaloa

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11,34,0

Aluthgama

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5,7,1

Badulla

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0,5,0

Matara

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21,92,0

Horton Plains

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8,34,0

Hambantota

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8,26,1

Haputale

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9,36,0

Avissawella

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0,3,0

Hatton

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1,13,2

Horana

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0,1,0

Matale

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5,13,0

Marawila

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0,0,2

Kegalle

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3,16,0

Kurunegala

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0,1,0

Kelaniya

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0,1,0

Gampaha

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Chilaw

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3,18,0

Pottuvil

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5,15,0

Minuwangoda

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0,0,1

Tissamaharama

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11,49,0

Mount Lavinia

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3,10,5

Yala National Park

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8,51,0

Matugama

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1,3,0

Kadugannawa

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0,2,0

Ingiriya

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0,2,0

Induruwa

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4,19,1

Colombo

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  • Temples

    Colombo Things to Do

    In the Pettah area of Colombo is the famous Sea Street, home to three important Hindu Temples, the Ganeshan, the Old Kathiresan and the New Kathiresan. All have their intricately-carved and colourful gopurams (doorways). This street is also a business centre for many jewellery shops.

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  • Mount Lavina Hotel

    Colombo Hotels

    This is the closest hotel you can experience the Beach as you come to Colombo. Good food, good rooms...

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  • Burgers Salads wraps and more

    Colombo Restaurants

    The pub is filled with cricket memorabilia it has an inside and outside eating area as well as a designated smoking room. They offer a range of different lagers on tap and bottled.On my last visit I met up with Britta & Nath who are living in Colombo and involved in the fashion and artitectural industry. We sat outside and enjoyed a excellent lunch...

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Kandy

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  • Why Not Getaways around Kandy and Sri...

    Kandy Transportation

    I used the services of Why not getaways in Kandy which is just a couple local guides and drivers making my dream Holiday come true!I really want to recommend them to everybody that wants to make a tour in a car or van around Sri Lanka. They knew a lot, took me and my friends to every place that I wanted, the price was good and no extra charges. It...

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  • Earl's Regency Hotel Kandy

    Kandy Hotels

    Very pleasant polite friendly front desk staff. Exceptionally efficient. Greeted with a warm towel...

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  • Sri Lanka Souvenirs

    Kandy Shopping

    Kandy is the ideal place to shop for sri Lankan souvenirs and my recommendation is a very top tip.Roshan is the wholesale distributer for kandy, sigiriya, nuwar eliya and dambulla so its better to go straight to the source. At the time of writing he has a store at 47 Station road this is a small market stall on the road leading down to the station...

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Negombo

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Nuwara Eliya

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  • Waterfall walk

    Nuwara Eliya Things to Do

    There is a small waterfall near the king fern bungalow a nice 45min stroll to settle your breakfast we went early in the morning and discovered so lovely birds and plants. It was a little bit of a climb up be careful if its been raining as it could be slippery but the reward of the gushing icy cold water and the quietness was a great reward.

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  • The Tea Factory

    Nuwara Eliya Hotels

    I stayed in one of the 49 Standard rooms. It was tastefully furnished & had a beautiful luxurious...

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  • Bluefields tea estate

    Nuwara Eliya Things to Do

    A trip to Nuwar Eliya is not complete without a trip to a tea factory and if you are a lover like I am its really interesting just inhaling the fumes made me thirsty. All of the equipment that is used is still the old british items and this cannot be changed by law so Ceylon tea will always be produced the old british colonial way. The educational...

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Bentota

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  • Tour guide/driver

    Bentota Transportation

    If you need a tour guide/driver for your excursions by van or tuk tuk , I can recommend a guy called Sena.You can meet him at his "offfice" on the beach between Bentota Beach Hotel and Hotel Ceysands, or you can contact him by mail or phone.

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  • Saman Villas Bentota

    Bentota Hotels

    Way overpriced. Not a 5 star hotel in the least. Location and establishment may be 5 star but the...

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  • Bentota Tour

    Bentota Transportation

    You won't regret using Bentota Tour. I have contacted with many different car charter companies in Sri Lanka beforehand but he was an absolute best chauffeur.Mr.Himashi is an intelligent and knowlegeable about nature/culture and of course Sri Lanka.He speaks well English and is a very punktual guy. Oh, even he speaks Japanese too!His car is Prius...

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Hikkaduwa

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  • Sri Lankan breakfast on Galle Road

    Hikkaduwa Restaurants

    We ate at Dasu's Hut on our first morning in Hikkaduwa in March 2014.We had just walked along the beach for the first time and were ready for a late breakfast. Dasu's Hut looked like an inviting place to eat with its upstairs terrace looking out over busy Galle Road.We were met by the owner and shown to an upstairs table (at our request). We had...

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  • Aditya

    Hikkaduwa Hotels

    719/1 Galle Road, Devenigoda, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Taxi from Colombo Airport to Hikkaduwa

    Hikkaduwa Transportation

    During our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014, we landed at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport and needed to make our way to our hotel in the south-west beach resort town of Hikkaduwa, some 140km away.We knew from our pre-trip research that we could easily hire a taxi at the airport from one of several companies. We also knew, thanks to the...

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Galle

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  • Decent food, abysmal service.

    Galle Restaurants

    One parti8cular evening, my preferred eating house in the Fort area of Galle was shut. It is the excellent Sea Green restaurant which forms the basis of a separate tip. I took a little walk and came upon the Fort Dew restaurant which I had walked past several times before, so that sounded like a plan.When I walked in there was nobody there other...

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  • Tamarind Hill

    Galle Hotels

    No: 288 Galle Road, Dadella, Galle, 80000, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • A late but decent find.

    Galle Things to Do

    I had seen the Sydney Hotel a few times as it stands right beside the rather large bus station in Galle (see separate tip) but it was only on the day I was leaving the town that I managed to visit as I was always getting a bus somewhere or returning lateish when it was shut (most bars in Sri Lanka shut @ 2200 hours). This turned out to be somewhat...

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Sigiriya

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  • Exploring Sigiriya Lion's Rock.

    Sigiriya Things to Do

    Sigiriya - what is it? A 'Garden of Eden' or The Fountains of Paradise? Thoughts and Impressions of My Visit. I want to outline my impressions, based on facts and observations – including observations of some things that are unexplained in terms of what we are familiar with in the 21st Century. As these are simply my impressions, I would...

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  • Cinnamon Lodge

    Sigiriya Hotels

    P O Box 2, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Sigiriya viewpoint.

    Sigiriya Things to Do

    Outside the site there is a viewpoint in which we can enjoy a magnificent view of the city and stone. A good place to imagine the magnificence of the complex.

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Trincomalee

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  • VP Hospital

    Trincomalee Favorites

    If you are in need of minor treatment perhaps an ear infection or bought of stomach ailments this clinic is the ideal choice. They have a doctor consulting on a daily basis and the costs are minimal I think lkr500 I paid for a consultation. The prescribed medicine can also be obtained there but for your own safety sake ask the doctor or pharmacy to...

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  • Pigeon Island Resort

    Trincomalee Hotels

    11th Milepost, Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Cafe opposite the bus garage

    Trincomalee Restaurants

    This is a muslim run clean cafe style restaurant opposit the bus stand very convenient if you want to grab a snack before catching the bus to an onward journey they do plenty of shorties such as meat or vegetable samoosas, egg rolls and roti as well as a few sweet treats.Also they serve a range of eastern delights kotthu roti, hoppers and rice and...

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Unawatuna

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  • A fine roti hut.

    Unawatuna Restaurants

    For those of you who have not been lucky enough to visit Sri Lanka, I should explain the concept of the roti (or rotti) hut. It is basically a place that sells an unleavened bread, either sweet or savoury, and it forms a staple of the Sri Lankan diet, they are everywhere. Roti huts range from the most humble little shacks to quite upmarket places...

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  • Sri Gemunu Beach Resort

    Unawatuna Hotels

    Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Worth the walk up.

    Unawatuna Things to Do

    I have mentioned in my Unawatuna introduction page that the main draw here is the beach and that is undoubtedly what the vast majority of travellers come here for. There is, however, one other thing to do if you are not intent on topping up your tan and that is to visit the Buddhist shrine at the "far" end of the beach from the main road. It sits...

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Beruwala

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  • Tour guide/driver

    Beruwala Transportation

    If you need a tour guide/driver for your excursions by van or tuk tuk , I can recommend a guy called Sena.You can meet him at his "offfice" on the beach between Bentota Beach Hotel and Hotel Ceysands, or you can contact him by mail or phone.

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  • Hotel Club Palm Garden

    Beruwala Hotels

    We paid £116 each for the two day overnight trip and £29 for the one day trip, we then go to the...

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  • Trips from Beruwala

    Beruwala Things to Do

    Short trips from BeruwalaBoat trip on Bentota riverKande Vihare Buddhist Temple- Sri Lanka's tallest Buddha Statue. The Buddha Statue which is 160½ ft tall is constructed in Bhoomi Sparsha Mudra (Calling the Earth to Witness His Enlightenment).Sri Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya, Kaluwamodera (opp. Araliya Hotel)- This temple has the tallest ancient...

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Anuradhapura

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  • Lacy Stuff

    Anuradhapura Shopping

    Next to the Twin Ponds is a quaint shop (Jayamini Lace Centre) selling intricately-crafted lace items. The lady stocks table mats, bed sheets, shopping bags, souvenirs made of wood and of bamboo. Next door is a cold drink stall. Lace table clothes, covers, local curios, paintings, cushion covers, bags, dolls, table mats, foodstuffs.

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  • Palm Garden Village Hotel

    Anuradhapura Hotels

    The Palm Garden Village is like a colonial club, but one with a relaxed and freestyle-air. It was...

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  • Isurumuniya Temple-The Lovers

    Anuradhapura Things to Do

    The same act of abdication of the throne of Britain by the King-Emperor Edward VIII to marry Mrs. Wallis Simpson, a twice-divorced American socialite, in December 1936, was done by King Dutugemunu's son, Saliya for his beloved, low-caste maiden, Asokamala, many centuries ago in Anuradhapura. Saliya and his wife, Asokamala, are immortalised in a...

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Polonnaruwa

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  • Gal Vihara.

    Polonnaruwa Things to Do

    Since I was a child I remember the famous video of Duran Duran and its wonderful Buddhas, well here my dream came through as i saw them live and in color. The Gal Vihara is a majestic group of Buddhas all cut from one long slab of granite, Four images of different sizes are carved out of a cliff about 56 yards long and falls away gradually at each...

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  • Hotel Sudu Araliya

    Polonnaruwa Hotels

    If there's a hotel I have loved to bits in Sri Lanka, this hotel is the one! Not only because it had...

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  • Rangkot Vihara.

    Polonnaruwa Things to Do

    Outside the quadrangle, north of the city wall, stands the Rangkot Vihara a huge Dagoba (the largest in Polonnaruwa) constructed as other Dagobas in the country of a earth fill building, covered by a dome made of brick mantle and plaster.

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Dambulla

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  • At The Top

    Dambulla Things to Do

    These cave temples are the best preserved and biggest in Sri Lanka. The rock rises to a height of 160 m (520 ft.) from the surrounding plains and houses more than 80 documented caves along its 2000 feet length. However, the most important are 5 caves, which contain priceless statues and paintings relating to the life and times of Buddha. I counted...

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  • Heritance Kandalama

    Dambulla Hotels

    Wonderful bathrooms with huges shower-cabins. Excellent cuisine ! Built in an special location the...

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  • Cave 4

    Dambulla Things to Do

    Cave 4 houses 10 images of the Buddha and two dagobas. There is also a huge bo-tree outside the vihara.

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Kataragama

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  • Lagoon sand & golden beach

    Kataragama Favorites

    This place is few kilometers away from Kataragama, a safari called Yala. This National park is the best place for you to see loads of Elephants, Bears, Leopards, Birds & many more other wild animals within a few hours of travel. The sites are breath taking. When you get to this place, you are in a totally a different world. Experience it...I am...

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  • Mandara Rosen

    Kataragama Hotels

    No 57 Detagamuwa, Kataragama, Sri Lanka, Kataragama, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Lagoon sand & golden beach

    Kataragama Favorites

    This place is few kilometers away from Kataragama, a safari called Yala. This National park is the best place for you to see loads of Elephants, Bears, Leopards, Birds & many more other wild animals within a few hours of travel. The sites are breath taking. When you get to this place, you are in a totally a different world. Experiance it...I am...

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