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haha, yeah, the taxi will cost you about 15 dollars, you are just better off taking a bus to colombo from the airport. Just don't expect world class public transport and you won't be disappointed :p

Just a word of advice, When traveling to places such as trinco, expect alot of security checks in almost all the checkpoints you encounter. So have your IDs near you at all times. It is a necessary hassle. As far as I know trinco town is also a one big HSZ, so you can be subjected to random ID checks etc. Nothing big. Same story in Central Colombo area.

Other than that you are going to love Kandy and Haputale areas. By haputale do you mean the town ? That area is bloody beautiful.

Also, you going down south ? Be sure to check out below Galle, like Matara, Tangalle. Most of the tourists are bunched up in towns to the north of Galle, so they are just rather touristy.
Points taken, and yes I guess I'm going to the town of Haputale itself.

I'd really want to visit Galle and the south, I know there are tons of exciting beaches down there but lets see.. 4 days is short so to avoid delays and rush, I need to know where in Colombo shall I catch the cheap minibuses/ buses to other towns ( Kandy, Galle, Trinco etc. )

I'd suggest the train. So much more fun that a bus, and it comes to around Rs. 700 one way. www.railway.gov.lk now has a decent "trip planner".
I just checked it, there are 2 departures from Colombo Fort to Trinco, at 06:05 and 21:00, both are great timings ! Morning train allows me to see the landscape ( arriving just before 2 pm in Trinco ) while night train lets me save on overniht accommodation and travelling time too !


well all said, to be honest I dont think you will be able to see all these places in 4 days !

Tell me how ? Day 1..Leave Colombo by Morning Kandy by noon... spend one evening, then overnight to Colombo by night ?

and early morning bus to Trinco next day...arrive by afternoon.. book into hotel.. and local trip..

Day 3.. look around Trinco and take afternoon bus to Batti.. arrive by nightfall.. book into hotel... you already are in day 4 and it takes a day to get bac kto Colombo and from Colombo to BIA...

You need atleast a week for all that.. if not I suggest you skip Trinco and Baticaloa and stick to Colombo ( 1 day ) , Kandy ( and nearby 2 days ) and possibly a beach near Colombo ( 1 day ) !
Hmm..my plan was :

Day 1: Colombo- short stop at Kandy- Trinco
Day 2: arrives at Trinco, look out for beach and get around the city, then off to Batti in late afternoon
Day 3 : Batti-Colombo
Day 4 : back

I think I'd take your advice to stick just to Colombo, Kandy and the beaches. I can always travel to Sri Lanka for multiple times ( 3-day weekends ? ), this year. Flights are damn cheap. :cheers:
 

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Awesome pictures Amal. Where'd you get them?

What a Paradise island, Tangalle will be a must!
My Mom is from Tangalle. It's a nice place, but not really developed for tourism yet. There are places up the coast you prolly should rather go if you're looking for creature comforts.
 

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Koggala

















Main Point, Arugam Bay



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Tangalle







Nilaweli



Coral Cove



South East Coast near Panama








Sangamankanda Point

"If you are looking for a lonely but beautiful beach for camping, this is an ideal location. At Sangamankanda Point, I saw miles and miles of sandy beach and not a soul around. In fact this is known as the East most point in Sri Lanka.

This is close to Potuvil - Batticaloa (A4) road and it lies about 25km from Potuvil towards Akkaraipattu. The main road does not go close to the beach, so you have to turn towards the sea side and travel further 3-4 km on a gravel track. For the last bit, you may need to walk through an open land where there is no roads but only footpaths.

At the beach you will see an abondoned lighthouse. From there you will see endless beaches on both sides. One notable feature about Eastern beaches is that it has wider beaches than Southern or Western beaches. Here at Sangamankanda, the beach is over 100m wide.

This place is a real treat for a hiker! "

http://kirigalpoththa.blogspot.com/2009/03/lonely-beach-at-sangamankanda-point.html








Overview of Club Oceanic and it's beach

 

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I just returnd from Nilaveli Beach northe of Trinco. It was a lovley place to be. Very clean and less people.
I will visit beautiful Lanka again in 30 days, could you or anybody explain to me on how to get to Nilaveli straight from Colombo airport main bus terminal ? Do I need to get down to Pettah first, or can take straight bus to Trinco via Vanuniya from there ? Lonely Planet forum is very slow, so i can't check from there.

Sri Lanka is my 2nd home, now :)
 

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I will visit beautiful Lanka again in 30 days, could you or anybody explain to me on how to get to Nilaveli straight from Colombo airport main bus terminal ? Do I need to get down to Pettah first, or can take straight bus to Trinco via Vanuniya from there ? Lonely Planet forum is very slow, so i can't check from there.

Sri Lanka is my 2nd home, now :)
omg, you are going to fly again then Skyprince ? surely living up to your name !!
 

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I will visit beautiful Lanka again in 30 days, could you or anybody explain to me on how to get to Nilaveli straight from Colombo airport main bus terminal ? Do I need to get down to Pettah first, or can take straight bus to Trinco via Vanuniya from there ? Lonely Planet forum is very slow, so i can't check from there.

Sri Lanka is my 2nd home, now :)
You seem to have so much time on your hands skyprince! :) Hope you have fun!!

Unfortunately I have never been to Eastern Sri Lanka, or Trincomalee so am sandly unable to tell you. Hopefully someone else can help out here....
 

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Sorry for late reply again as I have been extremely busy recently.

omg, you are going to fly again then Skyprince ? surely living up to your name !!
Hahah its not really a big deal as flying is cheap to Colombo and I don't need visa to SL. I have canceled 2 forward bookings to India due to the recently-announced new Indian visa policy and replaced them with Colombo flights.

I really miss the Sri Lankan hospitality and within 5 hours flying time from KL, Sri Lanka attracts me the most considering so many factors.

You seem to have so much time on your hands skyprince! :) Hope you have fun!!

Unfortunately I have never been to Eastern Sri Lanka, or Trincomalee so am sandly unable to tell you. Hopefully someone else can help out here....
The coming trip will be just for 3 nights like the 1st trip :) Will leave on Feb 20th and now considering the 2 options of southern beaches like Mirissa or heading Eastwards to Trinco and Nilavelli.

Anyway thanks Amal for the PM , will get back to you soon !

I think it is easy to take a bus from Colombo to Trinco and a short taxi drive to Nilaveli beach.
Would be easy then. Probably will couple that up with snorkelling trip to Pigeon Island as well.
 

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There are number of guys out there to take tourists to the Pigeon Island and a boat ride is about Sri Lanka rupees 2000.00, about $20 US dollars for a round trip. It is a lovely island for snorkeling and swimming. However, I warned you for sharp corals. They are like razor blades .Make sure to take a pair of water shoes and a good snorkeling gear with you. It can be rented, but they have been over used. Don't forget to bring your water. Try to spend at least a half day in the island and it is worth it.

I made this trip about three months ago.
 
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