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My boyfriend and I are going to Bentota in Sri lanka for 2 weeks, we land Saturday 22nd June and depart Friday 5th July. Primarily we just want a beach holiday; to sit and relax and eat lovely food!! But we do want to get out there and explore Sri Lanka.
We alredy know that we will visit the elephant sanctuary, visit one of the national parks and possibly go on some boat/ fishing excursions. I just wanted to know if anyone had some good tips on other things to see and do, we don't mind travelling around and want to see as much as possible.
I have also been trying to look on the internet for some good markets that there may be, but I havent been able to find any info. Does anyone know if there are any markets or shopping areas that are good to visit?
Any tips welcome!
Ashley : )
i will be traveling from dehradun to malana in first week of june. this will be my first time so i am little curious. my idea is to just lay back and relax in the beautiful valley for a week or two. i will be traveling alone.
important suggestions and tips are welcome.
Also, if anyone is planning the same route, then we can plan it together.
my plans are flexible.
Toying with doing this over 2 week period starting around 19 November, couple of answers to questions to help me make up my mind please :
1) What will weather be like en route last 2 weeks of November ? I appreciate this is not an exact science but just a general indication please, rainfall, temperatures, snow
2) Will it be busy or would this be the back end of trekking season ?
I am travelling to Sri Lanka in June 2013 for 2 weeks. My plans so far are flying into Colombo, and that is it so far. Any tips or anyone else going to be around at that time
how is travelhot portal? I am planning to visit South India. My tour includes both rail and air ways.
Kindly suggest on about this portal.
Hello all you experts out there. Shine your wisdom this way a bit please. I have 2 weeks late june early july, in and out of Kathmandu. cant change that bit. I want to go into tibet for part of that time. I dont mind if i dont get to Lhasa. i wuold like to do a trek up to or from a border crossing point and into tibet and then where ? what crossing point ? and where to re-enter? Is there a short circuit that could suit my time constraints?.7-10 days say. And, include some adreniline activities aswell like rafting?. I will be taking a guide i had enguaged at EBC trek last year as a companion. i am seeking alternative advice as he has not done to much across the border, so please...and thanks.
Cant wait for the cold Gorkas in rockin Thamel.
Heading to Sri Lanka's east coast tomorrow and interested to hear what places people like. Happy to find some quiet places where you can mix with the locals. thanks!
We are going to Nepal to trekking for Fall season..While there my wife and I will be celebrate are 3rd wedding anaversary. To make this occasion very memorable we would like to get Napali tribal face tattoos..Can anyone recomend a good shop in Kathmandu or Pokhara or Beni that will do this expression of love for us?Also can I buy pain medication without a perscription in nepal.
Just wanted to share a few words about our experience during our trek to the EBC in March 2013. My 14 year old son joined me, and needless to say, we had a fantastic time! He even wrote a blog peppered with dozens of pictures, he took over 2,000 photos and short videos during our 16 days in Nepal and one day in Dubai...
After the initial excitement of deciding to go to Nepal, we had the challenge of finding a reliable tour guide and a good porter. As I had back problems since a kid, carrying a full load was out of question for me (so we only hiked with a larger day pack, each). Also, traveling with a 14 year old made the preparations all the more critical, although he was/is/will be in a better shape than me.... After carefully reviewing the gazillion advertisements, recommendations, web sites, tour books, and contacting their former clients, we selected Raj Nepal's te... more »
I recently spent a short while in Jaffna and the following might help.
About 2 km's north of Omanthai, there is an Army checkpoint. I was asked to go to a desk, where a soldier filled in a form for me. Most of the required information is on passports, but he did ask me where I was staying, why I was going, my e-mail address and my mobile phone number. He also wanted me to give him a photocopy of my passport. I do carry spare photocopies with me, but I'm not sure what would have happened if I hadn't had any on me. Some travellers lodge their passports at Embassies in Colombo for various visas and I'm not sure what would have happened had I not had had my passport with me.
All on all, it's not a big deal. If you are heading to Jaffna, it might be best to have a photocopy of your passport with you.
During my brief time in Jaffna, there were 3 power cuts. It seems that th... more »
There's a local lady in Kandy that rents out beds in her basic house. It's not a guest-house. I think she's just trying to get a bit extra to pay bills, etc. It's just an average house, nothing special. It's definitely not tourist accommodation.
It's about 1 km east of the Temple of the Tooth (free if you enter before 5.30 a.m.). It's on the same road as the Kandy Lake Club (where they have Kandyan dancing) and the Nature Walk Hotel.
The lady has been renting out beds since 1979, and has many full guest books. I think that after her Mother died in 2003, some of the adjoining property was sold and consequently, I think the place is a shadow of its former self. It was mentioned in LP's Sri Lankan edition about 10 years ago. During the festival season, it seems like the floor was covered in mattresses as many travellers were staying there.
She now has 2 rooms. One has 2... more »
Recently, I read an article in a Sri Lankan newspaper that says that tuc-tucs should cost anywhere between 35 to 45 rupees, per kilometre. That's an on-average price, anywhere in the country.
In my almost 4 weeks in Sri Lanka, it is obvious that there are few honest tuc-tuc drivers around. Even if you get that price, you will almost certainly be told that a place is further away than it actually is. As a general rule, whatever distance I get told by a tuc-tuc driver, I then divide by 2 for a more accurate distance. When I was explaining to a tuc-tuc driver that the distance from Colombo Fort railway station to th Vietnamese Embassy is about 3 km's, he told me that all the roads had been torn up and the correct distance was now about 12 km's. When I mentioned the per-kilometre fare, he told me that the law had been changed the previous night, and all had fares had doubled over... more »
I am an Indian and would like to travel to bhutan in later part of october this year.
I had many questions as I will be going from mumbai to darjeeling. so, how to I get to thimpu from darjeeling.
Do I have to book hotel before hand or I can get it there.
About me : I am a budget traveler, solo and would like to explore thimpu, punakha, paro and back to bagdogra.
Please suggest me the options for accomodation and how to go from
Dajeeling to thimpu and thimpu to punakha thimpu to paro and paro to bagdogra
On 1 july we want to travel from Amritsar to Chandigarh.
As there is only a direct train at 5 am we'd take the airco Mercedes or Volvo bus and would like to leave between 9:30 and 10 am.
Is there a bus at this time? If so from where does it leave?
Can we book the tickets online 1 month in advance? If so could you give the link please.
In which sector in Chandigarh does this bus arrive?
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