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Stay in Colombo or drive to Udawalawe

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Stay in Colombo or drive to Udawalawe

Our family of five (2 x adults, 3 kids aged 2, 4, 8) will arrive at Colombo airport at noon after a 13 hour flight journey. Our trip will mainly be in Galle but it has been suggested we visit Udawalawe for a safari. We only have one free night at the beginning before needing to be in Galle.


1. Should we go directly from CMB to Udawalawe and overnight and then do safari the next day?

-If yes, what is best/most direct way to get there with the kids in tow after long flight?

-Are car seats an option through any hired service?

2.How long is the drive from Udawalawe to Galle? Is it better to go CMB to Galle and then do trip from Galle to Udawalawe?

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1. Re: Stay in Colombo or drive to Udawalawe

The drive from the airport to Udawalawe is approx. 4-4.5 hours by car/van.

Drive from Udawalawe to Galle is approx. 4 hours.

Anyway you will need an overnight stay near Udawalawe as safaris are 6-9 am and 3-6 pm.


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2. Re: Stay in Colombo or drive to Udawalawe

Regarding child car seats, the car hire agency that we used claimed to have them, but couldn't provide details before we went. We got the impression that the seats may not really have existed. So we ended up taking a booster seat with us for our 5 year old. Obviously that would be a bit more of a pain with three children ...

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3. Re: Stay in Colombo or drive to Udawalawe

with a family it is best to take van ,from air port to udawalawe it will cost around 14000rs ,then udawalawe to unwatuna it will cost around 6500rs

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4. Re: Stay in Colombo or drive to Udawalawe

Thank you for your reply on the seats. I think we may need to do the same-just take booster and then bigger one for the two year old. Will check with hire company and see if they are able to provide info prior to going, if not will bring our own. Appreciate your reply.

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