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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2017
late night transport and accommodation  (3 Answers)

My young son and I arrive in Colombo late and are looking for safe transport and accommodation. Where to stay in Colombo? How to get there at that hour?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2017
Pure Vegetarian Food in Jaffna  (4 Answers)

Which restaurants in Jaffna serve South Indian style food like Saravanas in Chennai ( kind of 'Thali' as North Indians call it)? I loved the food in Chennai, but am still looking for a similar place in Jaffna. Tried already Vishnu in KKS Road, Malayan Cafe in the centre and Adchathai in Stanley Road. Not happy!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 21, 2016
Weekend Beach get-away  (10 Answers)

We are flying from Mumbai. Which beach towns will you recommend for a quick weekend getaway?
We just want to chill and lie on the beach with palm trees :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 13, 2016
Suitcase on buses  (14 Answers)

I'm planning a 16 days long backpacking adventure to Sri Lanka in January 2016. But not litterary. Due to problem with my shoulders I'm gonna need a suitcase instead of av backpack.

I've heard there's not much luggage storage in the regular, local buses in Sri Lanka. Will not even a cabin size (and a small backpack) fit?

Is it easy to find bigger, tourist buses just for transportation between places? Like from Kandy or Ella to the east coast or sout coast. This far I've only found tourist companies that offers multi day tours with guided tours, hotels included etc. But I just want the transportation.

Mostly I will go by train, but I need to take buses or mini buses sometimes.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2016
Proposed Itinerary for 6 days in Sri Lanka  (10 Answers)

two of us will be travelling to Sri Lanka in Oct for 6 days. ( arrived on 7th Oct night and departure colombo on 14th Oct at 1am
would like to like what are the best itinerary to cover as many places as we can ?
any recommendation for agent ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2016
Visitor visa extension fees for UK passport  (12 Answers)

I can't find info on this. Do you know?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 06, 2016
Initerery-New Year  (5 Answers)

We have almost completed our December Itinerary to Sri Lanka. We will travel the following direction: Colombo, Habarana, Kandy, Unawatuna and Colombo. I still need to fill in two nights over the New Year period. Can someone please suggest a nice place (beach?) to stop over for the New Year (30.12, 31.12 and 01.01) between Unawatuna and Colombo?
Thank you :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2016
How lenient are the immigration officers at Katunayake?  (7 Answers)

Will they overlook 2 days of overstay? Were you in this situation before? What happened?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2016
Galle ..where is the hotspot?  (10 Answers)

I'm having a difficult time deciding where to stay in Galle. My only requirement is that I be where the action is (perhaps markets, tourist attractions, beach broad walk etc. I don't want remote. Is this place near Galle fort? I'm guessing galle fort is the place to be in galle? Or is it in some remote area of town. Again, any hotel hotel recommendations? Cost is not a concern.. Just want to be In the center of action. I'm there one or two nights depending on how good the place is. It's my last stop before returning to the airport in colomobo.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 28, 2016
Climbing Sigiriya  (7 Answers)

I plan to take an early bus from kandy to Dambulla. Instead of going to the hotel/hostel and to To beat the heat, I will take my luggage with me to Sigiriya to be climbing before noon, as recommended. Would prefer to drop my luggage at a hotel but afraid id arrive too late to climb. Afraid of getting heat stroke.

1. Is there a place at Sigiriya to store personal items? If yes, cost?
2. Are you permitted to climb wearing shoes, or is it just socks to the top?
3. Is it really worth the $40? If one doesn't climb, does one pay less?
4. Besides water, a camera and perhaps sunscreen, is there anything else one needs if one does climb?

In case I decide not to stay the night, is there an afternoon bus back to kandy that would arrive before 4pm. The train from Colombo departs at 3pm.

Thank you?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 27, 2016
Problem obtaining visa online  (4 Answers)

Hi, Me and my SO are travelling to Sri Lanka next month, so I've been trying to obtain a visa online, through but after I enter my VISA card details, my application doesn't go through. Tried with my wifes Credit Card, same, tried with a different browser, same... anyone else have trouble... what should I do, call an embassy? I'm from Slovenia, Europe...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 22, 2016
tips for vacation in Sri Lanka  (14 Answers)

We are a familily on 5. to adults 3 kids age. 6-9-12. We are going to sri lanka in september.
Which place is best at that time thinking of weather? North/East?
Also please share some recommondations for hotel/resorts with Beach and fun for kids.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2016
Street Beggars?  (12 Answers)

Just curious if one sees a lot of poverty in places like Colombo or Kandy..i.e. People (kids included)coming up to you asking for money? If so, are they legit or are they being sent by someone as a day job? Is it okay to give money and in the case of children, candy bars etc. if you encounter persons with an obvious need, or is it regarded as an insult?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2016
National parks  (3 Answers)

Hi. We are 3 families with children between 3 and 10 years old. Considering a trip to Lanka in October. The plan is to stop in Kandy and go towards Dambulla, climb Sigiriya, do a few temples and national parks. We're also considering Wilpattu park. Is it worth it? As it is a little further out.

Maybe stop in Negombo on the way back to Colombo.

Any opinion/advice is much appreciated


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2016
Hotel / Hostels Rec. In Dambulla ?  (2 Answers)

Planning to spend one night in Dambulla to visit Sigiriya. Anyone have any hotel/hostel recommendations? Cost is not a major factor, just Prefer somewhere central, if there is a central place in Dambulla.

Also, is one night enough?? Planning to arrive in Dambulla in the morning, head to Sigiriya and cave temple. The next day I will return to kandy to visit Ella!

Are there buses/train from Dambulla to Ella or must I stop in kandy and transfer to Ella? Any hotel/hostel recommendation in Ella? Also is there any thing I must see in Ella? Or am I better off returning colomobo and heading to
Galle (my last stop) before returning to Colombo and departing the country?

Thank you! Trip almost planned. You all have been extremely helpful! Travelling solo!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2016
Cost of Hiring a Tuk Tuk for a day or half day?  (3 Answers)

When I visited Myanmar several years ago, I found It more convenient to hire a rickshaw for a day to take me around the city. I also paid for his meals and made a friend(we are still in touch).

In a city like Colombo, how much should I be looking to spend to hire a tuk tuk driver for a day to take me around the city? Let's say from 10am to 4pm? Would $20USD be enough?Again, the driver won't be driving the entire time since I'll spend 30 mins to an hour at a time visiting sites. However, the driver would need to wait or go and return if I'm spending more than an hour at a place.

Also, could I hire a tuk tuk to take me from Dambulla to Sigiriya? Cost?

Also,hiring a tuk tuk for a day in Galle? Cost?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2016
From Kandy to?  (2 Answers)

Hey there! After Colombo and Kandy I want to visit Sigiriya. What's the next city/town I should be visiting that will bring me close to this destination? Is it Dambulla?

Do I take a train or bus from kandy to get there? Are these readily available or should I book online?

If Dambulla, do I need to spend a night there? If yes, can you recommend a centrally located hotel/hostel?

How does one get to Sigiriya from Dambulla? Are their busses? How long and how much should I be looking to spend on transport to and from Sigiriya?

Thanks for your wonderful tips?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2016
Cultural Taboos  (4 Answers)

From perusing this forum I've gathered the following:
1. Take hats and shoes off when entering temples
2. No holding hands if you're a gay couple
3. Dress conservative if single female
Any others? No touching Buddhas? No photographing locals without permission? No drinking alcohol outdoors?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2016
Overnight in Kandy: Necessary? Ella and Pollunaruwa: worth it?  (7 Answers)

Should I take train direct from Colombo to Sigiriyu and stop in kandy on the way back? My purpose for kandy is I must visit the elephant orphanage in pinnawala. Can't Leave Sri Lanka without seeking a wild elephant...

Not sure what else there is in kandy. I also want to visit Ella.. Heard that train ride scenery from kandy to Ella is beautiful. Should I also visit Pollunaruwa? Only have 3 days for kandy, Ella, Sigiriya and Pollunaruwa.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2016
Places for Good Curry. Also, places for fresh fish (saltwater)?  (5 Answers)

Any restaurant in Colombo that is a must? Also, any restuarant/cafe recommendations for Kandy? galle?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2016
$38 one way from Colombo airport to the city center? Seriously?  (7 Answers)

I'm staying at the downtown hotel at 59 Ananda CoomarAswamy Mawatha. I was quoted $38 to have a car take me from main airport. Seems quite high. Tempted to walk. Lol. Anyway, any cheaper options (airport shuttles)? Public bus? I arrive around noon, so plenty of time to get to hotel.

How long does it take to get into the city from the airport?

Thanks for you tip, :-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 14, 2016
Tipping? Pickpockets? Colombo?  (10 Answers)

1. Is Tipping at restaurants and hotels expected?
2. Any warnings I should pay attention to? Pickpockets at Markets? Train stations?
3. Will spend 3 days in Colombo before going to Kandy and other places. Is 3 days too much? What are the top 5 things/sites to visit? Any cultural shows, night markets, restaurants I must do/see?
4. Can Galle be a day trip from Colombo or is it better to spend one night?
Thank you! ;-)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 31, 2016
Sri Lanka itinerary  (11 Answers)

Ha guys. Can someone please help me and my husband with planning three weeks itinerary in Sri Lanka. We will be arriving in Colombo on 14.12.16 in the morning. We are thinking to travel for a week inland and then spend two weeks exploring beaches. We would like to spend Christmas on a beautiful beach, any suggestions please? I understand that the best option is to travel by train? We need to be back in Colombo on 02.01.17 ready for our flight back home on 04.01.17. Is this workable please. Any suggestions? Thank you :-) M

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2016
Safety, transportation and costs  (10 Answers)

Hello! Me and my friend are planning to travel to Sri Lanka this August. We are both female students (22) from Croatia.
We just want to know if it is safe for two girls to travel there, and how hard it is to manage to find all the little places which are not bigger cities like Colombo and Kandy. Where is it best to stay? Does the majority speak english and is it hard to understand how local transportation works (ex. trains which connect villages)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2016
sinharaja rainforest  (1 Answer)

Planning to go to Sinharaja Forest in august. Can't get clear what is the best entrance gate. Is there an entrance where it is possible to do long daywalks on your own or with (a reasonable priced) guide (i am a solo traveller and prefer not to join big groups on naturewalks)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2016
Sri Lanka Late July Itinerary Help  (7 Answers)

I m travelling solo to Sri Lanka mid jully for 2 and a bit weeks. I was planning on doing Kandy, Adams Step, and train to Ella. I did book Tallala but now have been told that its not the right time to go down south due to monsoon. I want to meets some other travellers and do a bit of surfing etc. I am female traveller. Help wheres best to go, I m even happy to maybe fly back into India to Kerales.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 21, 2016
Sri Lanka Itinerary 13dec-4jan 22 days  (20 Answers)


Me and bf are planning a trip to sri lanka in december and i basically would like to know if the following itinerary is doable or any suggestions:

14dec arrive colombo airport and go to hotel in negombo

15dec-18dec go to hotel in Sigirya and spent 3 nights (explore dambulla caves and other temples and safari etc)

18dec-21dec go to kandy and explore city and temples (wondering if 3 nights is to long?)

21dec-22dec catch the train to Nuwara Eliya and overnight

22dec-26dec catch train to ella and spend 4 nights (planning on doing trekking,tea plantations,adams peak and time to relax etc)

26dec-27dec move on to Yala national park staying hotel nearby Kartaragma overnight

27dec-28dec Tangalle overnight in a beach chalet 

28dec-30dec Mirissa have 2 nights in a nice hotel 

30dec-2jan Hikkaduwa for a more lively party scene - to visit beaches in Unawatuna and 


3Jan-4Jan Colombo relax at the Cinnamon Red hotel

4Jan-8Jan Maldives

8Jan-9Jan layover in Dubai

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 22, 2016
6 days in sri lanka-can be extended to 7  (4 Answers)

Hi me my wife and 3 year old will be in sri lanka for 6, possibly 7 days. we are thinking of visiting the nuwara elya and the southern beaches such as bentota. our tentative plan is
day 1-arrive in sri lanka(5pm) and travel to bentota(or another southern beach)
day 2-3chill in beaches, visit galle-still not decided on what else to do
day 4-go to nuwara eliya
day 5-stay at nuwara eliya-still not decided on what else to do
day 6-return to colombo still not sure if this is too hectic a schedule with a 3 year old.
2.i get a feeling i must hire a car for the whole otherwise may not be feasible
3.bentota to elia takes around 5-6 hours-not sure how good the road is-are there many turns and is it uphill. i have the same concern for the trip to colombo as well
4.will eliya require lots physical activity-with a 3 year old we cant do anything very strenuous
5. apart from beaches, what else is there to see or do near the the south-west

would really appreciate your feedback

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2015
Any body traveling to srilanka mid of December  (12 Answers)

hi there anyone plan to travel srilanka mid of december ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 28, 2015
After Trinco  (1 Answer)

I have planned a couple of nights in Kandy followed by Harabana and I'm thinking Trinco next, has anyone got a travel route to suggest thereafter to get to the south west area for my remaining week without returning back along the A6 highway?

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