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Places to stop between Udawalawe and Thalpe?

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Places to stop between Udawalawe and Thalpe?

We will be hiring a car/driver to take us from Udawalawe to Thalpe where we will be spending three nights. I tried looking online but did not find an answer to this - are there any places along the way that are worth a special visit? Beaches, villages, etc? Or should we just go straight to Thalpe and take short day trips from there?

We could also go along the coast between Tangelle and Mirissa. The quickest route seems to be inland.

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1. Re: Places to stop between Udawalawe and Thalpe?

Plenty of options, compare South Coast list in the faq with a map...

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29396…

< Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Places to stop between Udawalawe and Thalpe?

I had a look at the FAQ doc and it looks like these could be our stops:

1. Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya; 2. Wewrukannala Buduraja Maha Viharaya; 3. Point Dondra

...or maybe we can skip Mulgirigala if it is too repetitive after Dambulla and Aluvihare.

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3. Re: Places to stop between Udawalawe and Thalpe?

It's even on our todo list after having done the other two, will let you know later this year how it was ;-)

< Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: Places to stop between Udawalawe and Thalpe?

Dondra has one of the tallest lighthouses in the world. If you ask them politely they might even let you go up. It is a spectacular view from the top.

It is the southern most point of the island and the bay has lots of turtles. I have never swam there so I don't know the sea conditions.

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5. Re: Places to stop between Udawalawe and Thalpe?

@gnaj - I have not yet visited Sri Lanka (am going next month). I did have Wewurukannala Buduraja Maha Viharaya on my list of sights to see but I removed it from my list when I was told that they still have a chained elephant there.

I would be very happy to hear that the elephant is actually free now????

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