travelling around Sri Lanka
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 2:07 AM Last Post By: lgdhunter
Jan 20, 2013 12:32 AM
travelling around Sri LankaHello,
Together with my girlfriend im planning to visit Sri Lanka starting 14th of july and leaving the 1th of august. We would like to travel low - middlebudget, and use public transport all the time, unless its easier or more appropriate to get a cab, a tuktuk.
The plan is:
We arrive at 06:00 in Sri Lanka and we would like to go to Sinharaja Forest. Can it easily be done by bus or train? What time will we arrive there? Do you have to go with a guide? In wich town can we sleep and maybe visit something else the day after arrival?
The 16th of july we would leave in the direction of Yala National Park (like to see it 17th of july). Can we go there by bus? What else can we do that day when we arrive?
The 18th of july we leave and go to ella. (easily doable by bus?) Can you visit Horton Plains easily from Ella or better to go to Nuwara Eliya? Do you see lots of tea plantations in ella?
The 21th of july we would go to kandy for two days. 22th i would also like to visit the elephant orphanage.
The 23th of july we go for Dambulla and visit Dambulla, Sigiriya and maybe Minneriya National Park.
We leave the 25th and go to Nilaveli Beach to relax and enjoy nice beach and snorkelling (Pigeon Island). Is it nice or do you recommend a beach more beautiful?
The 28th of july we leave to Anuradhapura en visit Anuradhapura and Mihintale.
The 30th of july we go back to negombo and prepare for the way back.
We have 1 day in reserve for the most beautiful place on the route or just as backup :). We leave the 1th august at01:00 (31th night)
Is this route easily doable? Do we need more time or less time for some things? Any hints or remarks? Maybe some alternatives that you prefer more?
Jan 20, 2013 11:40 PM
Jan 21, 2013 2:25 AM
2"" The 16th of july we would leave in the direction of Yala National Park (like to see it 17th of july). Can we go there by bus? What else can we do that day when we arrive? ""
The best place to go for a Yala safari is Tissamaharama... In Tissa, Every one and his uncle knows a jeep driver and they'll all be offering you safaris at various prices and in a range of jeeps from quite good to wrecks.
From the main bus stand in Tissa it's a 5 minute tuk tuk ride to The Lakeside Inn.
That's a low budget cheap hotel. Good value for money. If you are looking for accommodation, it's worth checking out.
If you stay there, the hotel reception will arrange a jeep and driver for you. It's also worth asking if they have any other guests that you might team up with as the jeep prices are per vehicle, not per person. You'll probably pay about
5000 rupees for the jeep and thats better split 4 ways than two. On top of that you still have to pay the park entry fee per person.
If you prefer to find and book your own jeep and driver. Walk about 100 metres from that hotel to the lakeside. Thats the start of the Kataragama Road.
Walk along that road about another 100 metres and you'll find a bunch of jeep drivers parked up on the lakeside. You can chat to them, find one that you like, speaks some English and has a decent vehicle , then arrange the price. They'll then pick you up from your hotel at an arranged time for the safari.
You've also asked what else to do around there.
From the main bus stand in Tissa, you can get a bus to Kataragama.. You can also glag down thqat bus at the place where the jeep drivers are parked up.
In Kataragama, find a tuk tuk driver and bargain a price for a trip, in through a small rear gate into Yala park.. ( No entry fee through this gate ) and a do trip through jungle tracks to an ancient Budhist monastry called Situlpahuwa.
The monastry is built on some huge granite outcrops in the jungle and is a fascinating site. No charge at all, just the tuk tuk and a small donation box
If you did that trip in an afternoon, then stay in Kataragama for ther evening Pooja... There's a big religeous complex with different religions temples all mixed in together. Great to watch and mix in with the pilgrims that come from all, over to worship in Kataragama.
Jan 26, 2013 2:07 AM
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