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Where to Stay, What to Do?

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Where to Stay, What to Do?

Am planning a short one-week break to Sri Lanka. My priorities are:


Natural Beauty

Peace and Tranquility

As I have never been to Sri Lanka, I nned help from someone who knows the place and can tell me where to go and what to do... Any seasoned travellers out there?


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1. Re: Where to Stay, What to Do?

Hi Naved,

I'd split my time between Kandy and Haputale/Ella. Kandy is reachable from the airport (3 hour transfer) and Haputale is another 3 hours - so probably best to do 2 nights Kandy first and then on to the higher Hill country. As for Kandy, better choose a guesthouse/hotel more on the outskirts, e.g. Citadel or Amaya Hills or Suisse, than a city centre one. Ella and Haputale are small towns so any hotel/guesthouse will give you enough nature nearby and peace/tranquillity.

Transfer between these two can be done by train; the final transfer back to airport will depend on your flight times, maybe train and then a last night on Negombo beach (near airport) or alternatively 6-7 hours by car.

Hope this gives a reasonable first start...

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2. Re: Where to Stay, What to Do?

Hi naved,

I was about to suggest the same thing when Erik's post suddenly appeared.

I'd also suggest that you head straight for Kandy and at least take a look at the Temple of the Tooth and maybe the Botanical gardens before moving on , by train , south through the hill country.

Haputel is a small bustling, nusy mountain town set on a ridge. When you drive down the main street it looks like you're going to drive straight over the edge into an abyss. But,, yo don't , the road turns right just before you get there.

Ella , a little further on down the track, is a little sleepy village . As it's surrounded by beautiful views and mountains, it's a popular stop off place so there's plenty of accomodation.

I don't know of any star rated hotels around either but if you want extremely comfortable , friendly accomodation, with incredibale views then I can suggest a coupole of really top class guest houses.

For Haputale,

The Sri Lak View Holiday Inn,

48 Sherwood Road,

Haputale. Tel; +94-(0)-57-2268125

Beautifl views out over lower peaks and valleys.

A couple of must do visits, there,, the walk up to Liptons Seat, walk starts just a few kilometers out of town by the Dambatenne tea factory. Built by Sir Thomas Lipton, sometime before they invented tea bags. Fantastic walk up through the tea plantation , views all around on the way up are stunning and the view from the top equals any in Sri Lanka.

Also a visit to the Diyaluma Falls , on the Wellawaya Road.The falls are more or less on the road side but you can walk up to the top and bathe in the natural infinty pools at the top.

For Ella, The Tea "Garden Holiday Inn,"

+94-(0)-57-2228860. There ask for the top rooms. There are two rooms set above everything else with a huge wrap around, 270 degree balcony. To the left you have Little Adams Peak and to the right Ella Rock with the view in the middle down through the Ella gap to the plains below. This place specialises in curry cooked in Banana leaves and it's gorgeous.

Walking here is mainly either of the places I've mentioned.

Little Adams peak for a half day Ella Rock for a complete day. Both beautiful and varied walks.

Then, also as Erik said, best to make your way back nearer the airport, " Negombo ? " the day bedore your flight, unless you have a late in the day flight.


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Try this place: http://bouganvillasl.blogspot.com/ - honestly - it's quite new and really beautiful! Just outside Kandy and if it's peace and tranquility you're after, that's your place! They don't have a website yet, apparently, as they're getting set up, but the hostess, Shirlene is Sri Lankan born and really lovely and kind!

Give them a go and have a great time!

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