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15213 FRIDAY LESSON 835-Nondescripts Cricket Club Swimming Pool
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Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC)
NCC | Nondescripts Cricket Club
29, Maitland Place
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka
94 11 2695293
Hotel Windsurf
15-A. De Souza Avenue

http://www.mountlaviniahotel.com/front/index.php
Mount Laninia
Colombo - Ph. 011 2732299

Kandy
Laxmi Guest House

Anuradhapura
Sri Sarananda Perivemi

Colombo to Kandy by Train

Kandy to Dambulla by Bus

Dambula to Anuradhapura - by Bus

Anuradhapura to Colombo  - by Train
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Hotel Windsurf -
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Hotel Windsurf - Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Hotel Windsurf is very centrally located in Mount Lavinia, the beach resort suburb of Colombo.
Only 50 m away from the Mount Lavinia beach and
close enough to the Galle Road, Colombo’s main road, for easy access
without the noise and traffic that comes with it.

A
perfect place for your stay in Colombo as well as a ideal gateway for
your explorations of Sri Lanka’s Coasts and hill country.

beach-front location water sports Internet television family friendly entertainment

The Hotel Windsurf consist of 18 rooms and a idyllic beach hut.
All rooms are en-suite with hot water and air-conditioned.

the beach resort suburb of Colombo

The owner of the Hotel
Windsurf, Mr. Rajapakse, offers a lot of indoor and outdoor activities
for his guests including access to the adjoining tennis court and, as
the name indicates, windsurfing facilities.

http://www.go-lanka.com/Kandy/lakshmi/lakshmi_guesthouse_kandy.html

Lakshmi Guesthouse (Palm Garden II)
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Lakshmi Guesthouse Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Lakshmi Guesthouse (Palm Garden II) is a favorite place for the young and/or independent travelers to Kandy.

Located close to the city center, the Lakshmi Guesthouse (Palm Garden II) is an ideal starting point to explore Kandy and the sourrounding hill country.
French and English speaking management.

wildlifeInternetfamily friendly entertainment

The eleven rooms of the Lakshmi Guesthouse (Palm Garden II) cater for all needs and budgets.

independent travelers to Kandy

The Lakshmi Guesthouse (Palm
Garden II) offers many services including an in-house Internet cafe,
motor bikes rentals and a full range of tours and excursions.

The Lakshmi Guesthouse (Palm Garden II) restaurant is well known for their local and Western cuisine.

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Kandy Sri Lanka Reservation

The Lakshmi Guesthouse, Kandy is 136 km from Sri Lanka’s international airport and 116 km from Colombo.

Colombo to kandy

The roof-top beer garden of the Hotel Windsurf offers great views over the Mount Lavinia beach.
All travel arrangements can be planned and booked with the friendly help of Mr. Rajapakse.

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The Hotel Windsurf, Colombo is only 30 km from Sri Lanka’s international airport and 3 km from Colombo’s main railway station.

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You can get a train from Colombo to Anuradhapura.

22:00…arrives 03:17

08:45…arrives 14:10

13:45…arrives 18:48

16:20…arrives 20:10.

Cost is 1st class ….520 rupees.

……. 2nd class…..290 rupees.

……..3rd class…..160 rupees.

I don’t know if there’s a direct bus from Negombo but you can get
either a bus or train from Negombo to Puttalam and another bus from
there to Anuradhapura.

Again, I don’t know the bus fare but much cheaper than the train.

Safety,,,, many people swear off the buses because of safety worries
and I know rthere are a lot of bus related incidents on the roads but
I’ve used them for years and never
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CMB Bandaranaike Airport Taxi Service Options

To help with your Bandaranaike Airport
ground transportation planning, we list the official Bandaranaike
Airport taxi service options, the current Bandaranaike Airport taxi
rates and fares, plus any other notes regarding transfers from
Bandaranaike Airport by taxi, such as unofficial or pirate taxis or
other taxi scams.


 Official Bandaranaike Airport Taxi Service


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Bandaranaike International Airport Taxi

Bandaranaike Airport taxi photo

There
are several options for Bandaranaike Airport taxi service. For the
cheapest option, go to the taxi counter in the Arrivals Hall at
Bandaranaike Airport. They provide minivan taxis without air
conditioning and for about a third cheaper than Bandaranaike Airport
taxis provided by ‘hotels’. It is worth noting that this service is
primarily intended for the locals, so the counter staff will try to
persuade you to go to one of the ‘hotel taxi’ counters. If you want the
cheap fare, insist that you only want a minivan taxi.

Otherwise, the official Bandaranaike Airport taxi service provided
for tourists, supervised by the airport, offer taxis both with and
without air conditioning.

 
Colombo Taxi Payment: Cash onlyBandaranaike Airport taxi rates given below
Colombo Taxi Tipping Recommendation: Tipping recommended, 10%



 Bandaranaike Airport Taxi Rates & Fares to the City Centre

Transfers from Bandaranaike Airport by taxi using the official Bandaranaike Airport taxi service are listed below.

Bandaranaike Airport taxi fares to:

 

Destination Mini van taxi (no AC) Regular taxi (no AC) Regular taxi with AC
Colombo LKR 1490  LKR 2640 LKR 2904
Negombo town LKR 812 LKR 1380 LKR 1518
Negombo Beach LKR 862 LKR 1430 LKR 1568
Beruela and Bentota LKR 4235 LKR 7170 LKR 7887
Kandy or Galle LKR 4500 LKR 7410 LKR 8151



 Private Bandaranaike Airport Car Service with Meet and Greet Service



Private Car Transfers from Colombo Bandaranaike Airport Private Transfer

Colombo Bandaranaike Airport Private Transfer

Vehicle: Sedan (Private Transfer)
From: USD 13.33 (about INR 724) Per Passenger
Colombo Bandaranaike Airport Private Transfer
“Arrive Stress-Free”
We
offer a private airport transfer service to/from Colombo Bandaranaike
International Airport for clients who value comfort, safety, speed and
efficiency whether traveling for business or for pleasure.
Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our driver/representative carrying a
sign with your name and they will assist you with your luggage to the
waiting vehicle to get you on the road in the quickest and easiest way
to your destination.
To ensure your peace of mind, we carefully select only the most
experienced and reliable operators in each city.
Please Note
- Transfers up to 2 persons use a private car, while transfers for more
than 2 persons will use a private micro van. We recommend booking this service at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled arrival at Bandaranaike Airport.



 Bandaranaike Airport Taxi Service Scams

Some
first time travellers to Colombo find themselves falling victim to
scams and touts. Be on guard for anybody trying to help you by giving
you unsolicited directions or travel advice. Take any advice from
Bandaranaike Airport taxi and auto drivers with a grain of salt,
especially if they tell you the place you want to go to is closed,
dangerous, etc. If you are unsure, check a map. If you have been told
your hotel is closed or full, give them a call. If you are a first time
visitor to Sri Lanka, do not admit it, as it will make you a mark for
the scam artists.


 More Bandaranaike Airport Transfer & Airport Connection Options





Rout KANDY to COLOMBO FORT
Arrival to KDT Departure from KDT Reaching to FOT Train Starting from Train Runs to Available days of the week Type of the Train Train No Other Name
02:36:00 02:36:00 05:17:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT DAILY LONG DISTANCE 1046
05:10:00 05:10:00 08:23:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT SUNDAY ONLY LONG DISTANCE 1040
05:10:00 05:10:00 08:17:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT MONDAY TO SATURDAY LONG DISTANCE 1040
06:15:00 06:15:00 08:52:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT DAILY LONG DISTANCE 1030
06:30:00 06:30:00 09:47:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT DAILY LONG DISTANCE 1036
10:40:00 10:40:00 14:02:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT DAILY LONG DISTANCE 1024
15:00:00 15:00:00 17:36:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT DAILY LONG DISTANCE 1010
15:30:00 15:30:00 18:55:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT DAILY LONG DISTANCE 1020
16:50:00 16:50:00 19:25:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT SATURDAY AND SUNDAY LONG DISTANCE 1032
17:30:00 17:30:00 20:05:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND HOLIDAYS LONG DISTANCE 1032
18:35:00 18:42:00 21:27:00 KANDY COLOMBO FORT DAILY LONG DISTANCE 1008
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1st Class 340.00 LKR (View in USD)
2st Class 190.00 LKR (View in USD)
3st Class 105.00 LKR (View in USD)
Telephone Contact Number and Distance
Kandy 081-2222271 120.737 Km from FORT in Matale Line
Colombo Fort 011-2434215 0.000 Km from FORT in Main Line

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Train No Name Departure Station Time Arrival Station Time Frequency Service
5 Podi Menike Colombo-Fort 5:55 Badulla 16:20 Daily Runs via Kandy A, B, E
6 Podi Menike Badulla 9:10 Colombo-Fort 19:45 Daily Runs via Kandy A, B, E
9 Inter City Express Colombo Fort 7:00 Kandy 9:35 Daily C, E
10 Inter City Express Kandy 15:00 Colombo-Fort 17:35 Daily C, E
15 Udarata Menike Colombo-Fort 9:45 Badulla 19:05 Daily A, B, E
16 Udarata Menike Badulla 5:55 Colombo-Fort 15:30 Daily A, B, E
19 Express Colombo-Fort 10:30 Matela 16:15 Daily A, B
20 Express Kandy 15:40 Colombo 18:55 Daily A, B
23 Express Colombo-Fort 12:40 Hatton 20:00 Daily A, B
29 Inter City Express Colombo-Fort 15:35 Kandy 18:05 Daily C, E
30 Inter City Express Kandy 6:25 Colombo-Fort 9:00 Daily C, E
35 Express Colombo-Fort 16:55 Kandy 20:00 Daily A, B
36 Express Matale 5:15 Colombo-Fort 10:10 Daily A, B
39 Express Matale 13:15 Kandy 21:00 Daily A, B
40 Express Kandy 5:25 Matale 13:15 Daily A, B
45 Night Mail Colombo-Fort 19:40 Badulla 6:30 Daily A, B
46 Night Mail Badulla 17:45 Colombo-Fort 4:40 Daily A, B
47 Night Mail Colombo-Fort 22:00 Badulla 8:45 Daily A, B, D, F
48 Night Mail Badulla 19:50 Colombo-Fort 5:50 Daily A, B, D, F
50 Night Mail Matara 18:30 Trincomalee 8:45 Daily A, B
51 Night Mail Trincomalee 17:00 Matara 7:15 Daily A, B
56 Gaalu Kumari Maradana 13:40 Matara 18:40 Monday to Friday A, B
57 Gaalu Kumari Matara 7:25 Maradana 11:50 Daily A, B
58 Ruhunu Kumari Maradana 15:50 Matara 19:30 Daily A, B
59 Ruhunu Kumari Matara 5:40 Maradana 9:20 Daily A, B
77 Yaldeve Colombo-Fort 5:45 Vavuniya 11:50 Daily A, B, G
78 Yaldeve Vavuniya 13:15 Colombo-Fort 19:20 Daily A, B, G
81 Express Colombo-Fort 6:15 Trincomalee 14:10 Daily A, B
82 Express Trincomalee 9:45 Colombo-Fort 17:45 Daily A, B
85 Rajarata Rajini Matara 9:15 Vavuniya 20:25 Daily A, B
86 Rajarata Rajini Vavuniya 3:15 Matara 14:15 Daily A, B
89 Night Mail Colombo-Fort 21:30 Vavuniya 4:25 Daily A, B, D, F
90 Night Mail Vavuniya 21:30 Colombo-Fort 4:50 Daily A, B, D, F
94 Intercity Train/Express Colombo-Fort 16:45 Galle 19:15 Daily C
95 Intercity Train/Express Galle 7:40 Colombo-Fort 10:00 Daily C
96 Express train Colombo-Fort 15:55 Vavuniya 20:40 Daily A
97 Express train Vavuniya 5:45 Colombo-Fort 10:25 Daily A

Service Codes:

A – Unreserved 2nd and 3rd Class
B
– Restaurant/Buffet
C
– Reserved 2nd Class
D

– Reserved 2nd and 3rd Class Reclining Seat (Sleeperette)
E
– Reserved 1st Class Observation
F
– Reserved 1st Class Sleeping Berth
G
– Reserved 1st class Air-conditioned coach

Kandy to Dambulla

Getting there & away

Dambulla is 72km north of Kandy on the road to Anuradhapura. The Colombo to Trincomalee road meets this road 2km north of the cave temple, then splits off from it a couple of kilometres further north, leading to Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa.
Because Dambulla is on so many major routes, plenty of buses pass
through with varying frequency. However, the nearest train station is at
Habarana, 23km to the north, from where you can catch a Kandy-bound bus to get to Dambulla.

By bus it takes 1½ hours to get to Polonnaruwa (Rs 40, 66km), two hours to Anuradhapura (Rs 40, 68km), and two hours to Kandy (Rs 40). There are buses to Sigiriya
(Rs 14, 40 minutes) roughly every 30 minutes. Touts will tell you
otherwise to get you into a three-wheeler. The bus takes four hours to
get to Colombo (normal/air-con Rs 85/170).

You can flag buses plying this busy route to go between the two parts of Dambulla, or take a three-wheeler for Rs 50.


http://distancebetween.info/dambulla/kandy

Distance between Dambulla and Kandy

Dambulla
is one of the Sri_Lanka city. It is located at the longitude of
80.637655 and latitude of 7.837655. Kandy is a Sri_Lanka city located
at the longitude of 80.617655 and latitude of 7.277655 . The total
distance between Dambulla and Kandy is 62 KM (kilometers) and 325.74 meters. The mile based measurement distance is 38.7 miles

Dambulla direction from Kandy:

Dambulla is located nearly north side to Kandy.

Traveling from Dambulla to Kandy is connected by more than one
route. Soon you may expect those different routes to reach Kandy,
hotels in Dambulla etc. Dear Dambulla peoples you are welcome to
publish more detatil alike dambulla hotels, dambulla bus and related
information to this page.

dambulla travel guide provides the travel distance guide from dambulla and the following cities; distance between Dambulla and Anuradhapura, distance between Dambulla and Colombo, distance between Dambulla and Galle, distance between Dambulla and Kandy, distance between Dambulla and Sigiriya.



Dambulla is a city in Central province of Sri Lanka.

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Buses from Colombo, Kandy, Sigiriya and other places arrive regularly at the Dambulla bus station located 1 km outside of the town on Kandy road.

Dambulla cave temple (Golden Temple), (Entrance on Kandy Road). The
main if not the only attraction of the town. Caves are accessible after
10 minutes of stone stairs climbing. These caves contains well
conserved statues and paintings.
The entrance
is 1300 LKR for foreigners. Note that the Cultural Triangle ticket does
not include access to the caves, and is valid only for the Dambulla
museum. Ticket is checked only right at the entrance of the caves, and
if you are not having the proper ticket, you will have to go all the way
down to get one. The ticket counter is not very obvious, so ensure you
have a proper ticket before starting your climb
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  • Kassapa Lions Rock, Digampathana , Kimbissa, Dambulla, Sri Lanka, + 94 66 5677440, [1]. Kassapa
    Lions Rock is located at Dambulla, Sri Lanka. Some of the famous
    trourist spots that you can visit while staying here are Sigiriya Rock,
    and Minneriya National Park. It offers 31 superior rooms with a veranda
    that opens to a mini garden, all of which have air-conditioning,
    satellite TV, and and mini-bar. Fill your senses by dining at their
    Sakya Bar. It has local and international cocktails and spirits while
    enjoying the scenery of Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rocks.
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  • Amaya Lake, Kap Ela, Kandalama, Dambulla, +94 66 4461500, +94 66 2286823/5 (), [2]. 120
    Room Hotel On the shores of enchanting Kandalama Lake, discover a
    lifestyle defined by tradition and natural splendour. Nestled amid 40
    acres of lush forest, Amaya Lake preserves the aura of local historical
    treasures, creating a feeling of old-world Sri Lankan charm matched with
    modern luxury. Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle,
    the resort is the ideal base for exploring nearby wonders such as the
    ancient city of Anuradhapura and the Dambulla cave temples. After days
    filled with exploration, return to rooms that awe and inspire. Unique
    village-style accommodation allows guests the traditional experience of
    Sri Lankan village-life, while private lodges, chalets and suites create
    locally inspired spaces with touches of luxury. At our two scenic
    dining venues, savour traditional Sri Lankan flavours made fresh with
    homegrown ingredients. Indulge in treatments at the Ayurvedic Spa,
    immersing yourself in a full range of natural remedies as old as the
    hills.
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  • Heritance Kandalama Hotel, +94 66 5555000 +94 773043554 (), [3].  edit
  • Brook Boutique Hotel & Spa, Madahapola Road, Alipallama, Melsiripura, (+94) (0) 667 500 500, [4]. Their
    boutique hotel in Sri Lanka offers rooms equipped with 300 count
    Egyptian cotton bed-linen, over-sized beds with soft cushions &
    pillows, mini bar, free internet connection, air conditioner, DVD
    player, satellite TV, bathroom with hot and cold water. Some of its
    facilities and services are reception, restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming
    pool, spa, jacuzzi, 24 hour room service, 24 hour on call doctor,
    laundry service and free use of internet.
    Rates start at USD 212.50
    .
There are several buses to Colombo from the bus station, it would cost you about 140 LKR in non A/C buses.
  • Buses to Kandy are approximately 190LKR (AirCon small bus) or 100LKR by regular bus.
  • Dambulla cave temples would take you only an hour or two, so
    you should be visiting Sigiriya the same day. Bus to Sigiriya can be
    obtained from the Dambulla bus station.

http://www.feelsrilanka.com/travel-plan-cultural-triangle-tour.html

 
Classic Tour
 

Day 01 - Airport-Dambulla or Habarana

Arrival at the Airport. You will be met by our National Tour
Guide and Airport Staff and offered assistance. Thereafter leave for Habarana with a comfort stop en route.

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours 30 minutes.

Habarana - the central point of Sri Lanka’s
cultural triangle and the most convenient base for excursions to our
ancient historical cities – Anuradhapura 60 minutes, Polonnaruwa 45
minutes, Sigiriya/Dambulla 30 minutes, Ritigala 10 minutes and
Minneriya National Park 15 minutes (site of the renowned “Gathering” of
over 300 Elephants witnessed between July and September).

The area is awash with picturesque lakes and reservoirs
providing some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery and habitat
for Sri Lanka’s incredible bio-diversity.

Activities available include village and forest walks, bird
and wildlife watching, Elephant Back Safari, cycling, trekking and
boating.

Habarana is also the location of two of the country’s best hotels - The Cinnamon Lodge and The Chaaya Village, idyllically located by a peaceful lake with extensive landscaped gardens.

PM: At leisure, OR optional Elephant Back Safari through the jungles of Habarana

Hotels:

Category A: Chaaya Village Cinnamon Lodge       
Category B: Sigiriya Hotel

Dinner & Overnight in Habarana

 

 

 

Day 02 - Dambulla or Habarana - Anuradhapura - Optional Jeep Safari

Breakfast at the hotel. Thereafter, proceed to Anuradhapura the first capital of ancient Sri Lanka.

Travel time: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

Anuradhapura - a UNESCO World Heritage
Site located in the north central part of the Island is renowned as the
centre of Buddhist civilization and undoubtedly the grandest city of
ancient Sri Lanka. In interest and in antiquity, it is the equal of any
ancient ‘buried city’ in the world.
Among the main attractions is the Sri Maha Bodhi, the
oldest historically documented tree on earth, over 2,200 years old and
other impressive monuments embellished with handsome stone carvings or
sculpture, pleasure gardens, beautifully executed stone baths and
ponds.

PM: At leisure, OR Optional Jeep Safari to Minneriya National Park to witness Wild Elephants.

Minneriya National Park - A good
alternative to other busier wildlife parks, this sanctuary is well known
for its large colony of Elephants, numbering over 200 at times. These
gentle giants visit the Minneriya tank to laze around, graze on the
grass, while intently watching over their cubs at play.

The Minneriya tank is also home to Sambar, Deer, Leopard,
Sloth bear and birds such as Jungle fowl, Grey Herons, White Pelican,
Grey hornbills and more.

Dinner & Overnight in Dambulla

Hotels:

Category A: Chaaya Village Cinnamon Lodge        
Category B: Sigiriya Hotel

 

Day 03 - Dambulla or Habarana - Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya

After breakfast, climbing the Sigiriya rock fortress

Travel time: Approximately 20 minutes

Sigiriya – the beautiful rock fortress
celebrated as the palace in the sky stands majestically for visitors to
explore. Elaborate landscaped gardens, beautiful maidens known as the
Sigiriya Frescoes and the lion platform are just a few of the
attractions that will leave you awe struck.

PM: Clients will travel to Polonnaruwa which is another ancient city and later visit a wood carving factory.

Travel time: Approximately 45 minutes

Polonnaruwa - this medieval city is also a UNESCO
World Heritage Site. Several man-made reservoirs dot the region, the
most famous is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama which is
larger in size than the Colombo harbor.

Evincing Sri Lanka’s glorious past are monuments and
buildings well preserved. These include the spectacular Gal Vihare
complex of four massive images of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of
granite - a highlight of ancient Sri Lankan rock carving, the Royal
Palace complex including the Kings Palace, the Audience Hall and the
Quadrangle.

Some of the best examples of the Hindu influence in the
country are also seen through the Temples of Shiva and the intricate
statues of Hindu Gods.

Other fascinating and impressive sights are the
Lankatileka and Watadage temples, the Galpotha, the Lotus bath and the
Kiri Vihare Dagoba.

Return to the hotel and relax by the poolside, enjoying the beautiful landscaped nature resort.

Dinner & Overnight in Dambulla

Hotels:

Category A: Chaaya Village Cinnamon Lodge
Category B: Sigiriya Hotel

 

Day 04 - Dambulla or Habarana - Matale Spice Graden – Kandy

After breakfast, leave for Kandy via a visit to the popular Dambulla cave temple.

Travel time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Dambulla Cave Temples - dating back to
the 01st century BC, this caves complex was used as a refuge by an
ancient king who commissioned magnificent carved images within the rock.

Thereafter, proceed to Kandy via a visit to the Spice Garden in Matale Spice Garden, Matale
– experience exotic spices such as cinnamon, cardamoms, pepper plants
and many others. Visitors will have the opportunity to gain knowledge
on different spices and its relevance to local cuisine, especially in
the preparation of Sri Lankan rice and curry dishes. Spices can also be
purchased.

PM: Arrive in Kandy

Kandy – this exotic city in the hill
capital retains an aura of royal grandeur. The city’s charming setting
including a tranquil lake is the site of the renowned temple that
enshrines the Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Another popular attraction in
Kandy is the Royal Botanical gardens – home to one of the world’s finest
collections of Orchids.

A cultural sanctuary where many legends, traditions and
folklore are still lovingly kept alive, Kandy and its satellite villages
are the centre of the islands handicraft industry which comprises
items of wood, brass, exquisite silver or gold jewellery and precious
gems of many varieties including the world’s famous blue and star
sapphires.

In Kandy, travellers can check into the hotel and relax
by the poolside. Thereafter, enjoy a cultural show and later visit the Temple of the Tooth popularly known as the “Dalada Maligawa”

Temple of the Tooth Relic - The
famous Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic in
Kandy is one of the most venerated place of worship for Buddhists
throughout the world.

Built in the 16th century, this temple houses the sacred
Tooth Relic of the Buddha brought to Sri Lanka from India in the 4th
century AD. Several buildings have been added to the temple complex by
successive rulers, the latest being the Golden Canopy over the inner
shrine where the Tooth Relic is placed. Originally the Temple was
within the King’s palace complex and recognized as the symbol of Royal
Authority. 

Dinner & Overnight in Kandy

Hotels:

Category A: Chaaya Citadel Hotel
Category B: Swiss Hotel

 

Day 05 - Kandy - Royal Botanical Gardens and Visit of 3 Temples of Kandian Era (Gadaladeniya, Lankathilka, Embakke)

Early breakfast at the hotel.

Thereafter, will leave the Hotel in the morning and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

Royal Botanical Gardens -
admired as one of the most beautiful gardens in South Asia this
tropical paradise houses thousands of varieties of tropical and
temperate trees and flowers.
A special house for orchids and e cacti are also on
display. Visitors will be amazed by the Orchid House which exhibits an
outstanding collection of Sri Lankan orchids, the fernery, spice garden,
and the many trees planted by distinguished visitors to the Island.

Gadaladeniya – the Gadaladeniya Temple is
situated at Pilimatalawa on the Kandy-Colombo Road and is famous for
its beautiful stone carvings. This temple was built on a flat rock in
the 14th Century.

Attractive to visitors are the faded paintings providing
many clues as to the manner in which the temple was built. The South
Indian influence is also reflected in the designs.

Lankathilka - The large Gedige Lankathilaka (ornament of Lanka)
known as the image house with a Buddha statue, had 5 stores. This
impressive structure is essentially a shrine and its architectural
style will be of interest.


Embakke –
the Embekke Devale is famed for its
elaborate woodcarvings, pillars and other structures to the extent that
UNESCO has identified these marvellous but elaborate carvings on
wooden pillars to be the finest products of woodcarvings to be found in
any part of the world.

PM: Return to Kandy and indulge in a city
tour and visit a popular gem mining factory together with visits to
market places where vegetables and fruits from other parts of the
country are distributed.

Late in the afternoon visitors can enjoy a Cultural show 

Dinner & Overnight in Kandy

Hotels:

Category A: Chaaya Citadel Hotel
Category B: Swiss Hotel

 

Day 06 - Kandy – Departure

Breakfast at the hotel and later check out and leave for the Airport for Departure

Travel time: Approximately 3 hours.

 
 

End of Program

 


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Understand

This is the last kingdom of the country. Since it was conquered by the
British only around 1815 you can still see the living traditions.
Kandyans are usually proud of their heritage. Since the western elements
has played a comparatively little role in the city most Kandyans are
upholding Buddhist values. Since it is in the cultural triangle the
authorities try to retain this values as much as possible. Situation had
changed recently because of many immigrants coming from other parts of
the country. So don’t expect to find the honest Kandyans they describe
in the colonial literature now. Be careful with your belongings and the
people whom you associate with. But this is a peaceful city compared to
most other parts of the country with a lesser crime rate.


Get around

Kandy Express ( Metered Taxi Company In Kandy)

See


The Temple of the Tooth Relic

Peradeniya Botanical Gardens






Buy

Eat

Budget

There are lots of cheapish guest houses to the south and east of the
lake, all a only a short walk from the town centre, and generally clean
and friendly.

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Useful
country information

Train
operator:

Sri Lanka Government Railways. 

www.railway.gov.lk
.  Also try

www.slrfc.org/sri-lanka-railways-time-table.html
,

http://colombofort.com
or

www.reddottours.com
 

 

 

Time zone:

GMT + 5½ all year.

Dialling code:

 

+94.

Currency:

£1 = approx 200 rupees, 
$1 = 120 rupees    
Currency
converter

Tourist
information:


www.srilanka.travel
  
Find hotels in
Colombo, Kandy & Sri Lanka

Recommended guidebooks  
Tripadvisor Sri Lanka page

Hotels:

 

Hotel search in
Sri Lanka

Visas:

Until the end of 2011, UK, EU, US, Canadian, Australian & NZ citizens do not need a visa
for up to 30 days, see
Sri Lanka High
Commission website
..  However, an online visa will be
required from 1 January 2012, which you can get at
www.eta.gov.lk.

Page last
updated:

13 January 2013.



Sea
travel to Sri Lanka

Ferry service to/from India re-started June 2011, suspended again Dec
2011…

After many years of being cut off from each other, a new ferry service
started between Colombo in Sri Lanka and Tuticorin in India
in June 2011, website

www.flemingoliners.com
.  The modern cruise
ferry ‘Scotia Prince’ started sailing twice a week in
each direction, leaving at
18:00 and arriving at 08:00 next morning, although
sailing days changed from week to week.  All
passengers got a sleeping berth in a cabin, fares ranged
from 2,243 Indian rupees (about £47 or $77) in an economy
class single-berth cabin to 2,760 Indian rupees (£58 or
$95) in a super deluxe single-berth cabin, all fares
included a non-alcoholic ‘welcome aboard’ drink and a
fixed-menu dinner.  They had aspirations to make
it a daily service in due course.  However, due to
a dispute over money owed to the caterers(!), the ferry
was impounded in December 2011,
and isn’t currently running.  The operator isn’t sure when
(or if) it
will resume.  A second ferry service, between Rameswaram and Talaimannar
was rumoured to be starting by
the end of 2011, but again no details are available and
nothing seems to have happened.  So currently no
ferries at all link India with Sri Lanka.



Train
travel in Sri Lanka

 
View from Kandy to Colombo train

The view from the train:  The view from the morning
train from Kandy to
Colombo.  Courtesy of Nicola
David
.

Sri Lanka train route map

Once in Sri Lanka, trains are a cheap, safe and
enjoyable way to get around.  Trains link the major
cities and have several classes:

  • 1st class sleeper.  1st class sleeping-berths are available on
    a few overnight
    trains.  The cars have lockable 2-berth
    compartments with separate toilet and washbasin. 
    Bedding is provided.

  • 1st class observation car.  The 1st class
    observation car is highly recommended.  It’s available on the best
    daytime trains on the amazingly scenic route from
    Colombo to Kandy and Badulla.  The observation car
    is normally at the rear of the train (occasionally
    behind the locomotive) and has
    comfortable (if slightly grubby) armchairs facing a
    large window looking back along the track.  Seats
    must be reserved before departure.  Seats can be
    reserved within 10 days of departure, but book early as
    the observation car is very popular and gets booked up
    fast, especially during school holidays.  You can
    reserve from outside Sri Lanka via

    www.reddottours.com
    .

  • 1st class air-conditioned seats car.  Only available

    on one or two InterCity Express trains between Colombo &
    Vavunia and Colombo & Batticaloa.

  • 2nd class seats, available on all trains.  These come in several versions,
    depending on the train:  (1) unreserved seats,
    where you buy a ticket, hop on and sit in any available
    seat, (2) reserved
    seats where you must make a reservation and you get an
    allocated seat, and (3) reserved ’sleeperette’ reclining seats
    which are available on most overnight trains and recline
    to about 45 degrees for sleeping. 
    2nd class seats are the recommended option on trains with no 1st
    class.

  • 3rd class seats, available on most trains.  These come in several versions,
    depending on the train:  unreserved seats, reserved
    seats, and reserved ’sleeperette’ reclining seats. 
    3rd class is very basic and gets very crowded, and it is not generally
    recommended for visitors.

  • New luxury ExpoRail carriage:  Two trains a
    day on the Colombo to Kandy & Badulla route now carry a
    privately-run deluxe car with special fares, WiFi, power
    sockets & inclusive meals, see

    www.exporail.lk
    .  A similar air-conditioned private carriage is now running on
    other trains on the Colombo to Kandy & Badulla route,
    and on the Colombo to Galle & Matara route, see

    www.rajadhani.lk
    .

Train times…

Colombo - Kandy -
Nuwara Eliya - Badulla

Colombo - Galle -
Matara

Colombo - Galoya - Polonnaruwa,
Batticaloa, Trincomalee

Colombo - Kurunegala - Anuradhapura
- Vavunia

The timetables on this page show the principal trains on
the most popular routes.  There are many other
trains, stations and rail routes in Sri Lanka,
but
note that trains no longer operate to Jaffna or Talaimannar. 
You can

check routes and train times at the new Sri Lanka
Railways website,

www.railway.gov.lk
.  There is also train
information at

www.slrfc.org/sri-lanka-railways-time-table.html

or

http://colombofort.com

or www.reddottours.com.  If you visit Sri
Lanka,

feedback
would be appreciated!

How to buy tickets

You cannot book online*, but it’s easy to buy tickets when you get to Sri Lanka,
there is a special ticket window for tourists in the 1st
& 2nd class advance booking office at the east end of Colombo
Fort station. 
Reservations for trains with reserved seating such as
InterCity Express trains open 10-14 days in advance. 
Other trains (shown as having ‘unreserved’ seats) don’t
require a reservation, you just buy a ticket on and hop
on.  Seats in the 1st class observation car from
Colombo to Kandy can get fully-booked from time to time,
so book a few days ahead if you can, but you may well
find seats available on the day of travel. 

If you
really want to pre-book a train before you get
to Sri Lanka, and are prepared to pay a booking fee, try
contacting a local travel agency (and
let me know if
you find a good one!) or even asking your hotel to
arrange tickets for you.  If you want to book some
hotels or tours as well as train tickets, reputable
agency

www.reddottours.com
will book train tickets for you if you’re
also booking £300 or more of other tours and accommodation with them.

* The special deluxe ExpoRail carriage Colombo-Kandy
can be booked online, at
www.exporail.lk
.

Colombo Fort railway station   A train at Colombo Fort station

Two
views of Colombo Fort Station
.
Photos courtesy of  Paul White.


This scenic train ride is the way to reach Kandy,
121 km by rail from Colombo, or the hill station at
Nuwara Eliya. 
The ride onwards to Badulla, into the hill country, is
also wonderful, and probably the best train ride in Sri
Lanka.  Travel in the 1st class observation car is
recommended, and if possible on an InterCity Express
train.

 Colombo
► Kandy ► Nuwara Eliya ► Badulla

Km

 Notes:

3

O,2,3,R,Lux,Raj*

ICE,Lux

2,3,R

O,2,3,R,Raj**

Sat, Sun.2,3

2,3

ICE,Raj

Mon-Fri,2,3

2,3

Sleeper

0

Colombo Fort depart:

-

05:55

07:00

08:10

09:45

08:50

12:40

15:35

16:35

17:45

20:00

115

Peradeniya Junc. arr/dep:

-

08:40

09:21

10:30

12:23

11:17

15:47

17:56

19:27

20:46

23:06

121

Kandy arrive:

-

09:00

09:31

10:38

|

11:26

15:58

18:06

19:39

20:58

|

121

Kandy depart:

03:30

09:00

-

10:50

|

-

17:00

-

-

-

|

173

Hatton (for Adam’s peak)

07:07

11:00

-

12:53

14:30

-

19:52

-

-

-

01:35

207

Nanu Oya (Nuwara Eliya)

09:02

12:27

-

14:00

15:55

-

-

-

-

-

03:03

246

Haputale arrive:

11:49

14:09

-

15:34

17:37

-

-

-

-

-

04:55

?

Elle arrive:

13:05

15:07

-

16:30

18:31

-

-

-

-

-

06:05

292

Badulla arrive:

14:10

16:00

-

17:20

19:25

-

-

-

-

-

07:10

* This train is the PODI MENIKE.    **
This train is the UDARATA MENIKE.     
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Lux = One or two privately-run ExpoRail air-conditioned
carriages are attached to these trains, with at-seat catering & WiFi
see
www.exporail.lk
with online booking available. 

See this news article with photos
.  The special
fare from Colombo to Kandy is 1,200 rupees (£7 or $11),
children aged 3-11 900 rupees.  Colombo to Badulla
costs 2,250 rupees, children 1,700 rupees.

Raj = One or two privately-run Rajadhani
Express
air-conditioned carriages with reclining leather seats are
attached to these trains.  Special fare
Colombo-Kandy 950 rupees (£5.50 or $9), Colombo-Badulla
1,750 rupees, see

www.rajadhani.lk
for more info & online booking. 
It runs daily on the 15:35 Colombo-Kandy & 06:15
Kandy-Colombo.  On the 05:55 Colombo-Badulla &
05:45 Badulla-Colombo it only runs on Tues, Fri, Sun. 
On the 08:50 Badulla to Colombo it only runs on Mon,
Wed, Sat.  On the 09:45 Colombo to Badulla it only
runs on Mon, Thur, Sat.

ICE = InterCity Express, with 1st class observation car with
reserved seats, 2nd & 3rd class reserved seats.

Sleeper = NIGHT MAIL, 1st class sleepers (2-berth compartments), 2nd & 3rd class reserved
sleeperettes (reclining seats), 2nd & 3rd unreserved seats, buffet
car.

O = 1st class observation car with reserved seats.

2 = unreserved 2nd class seats.

3 = unreserved 3rd class seats.

R = buffet/restaurant car.

You can check train times using the official Sri Lanka
Railways website,

www.railway.gov.lk
, but please check all times
locally.

Additional Kandy trains on Saturdays & Sundays:  Colombo
depart 08:50, Kandy arrive 11:26;  Kandy depart
16:50 & 17:30, Colombo arrive 19:25 & 20:05.

Nuwara Eliya (City of
lights) is a colonial hill station 2,000 metres above
sea level, surrounded by tea plantations  It’s easy
to reach by train.  The station is Nanu Oya, 6 km
from central Nuwara Eliya, with plenty of taxis and
auto-rickshaws available.  It’s also possible to
walk.

Peradeniya Junction
is 6km (3½ miles) from Kandy.  Take a taxi or tuk-tuk
here to board
trains for Hatton, Nanu Oya, Elle & Badulla if they don’t call at Kandy.


 Badulla ► Nuwara Eliya ► K
andy ► Colombo

Notes:

2,3,R

ICE,Raj

2,3

3

3

O,2,3,R,Raj**

ICE,Lux

2,3

O,2,3,R,Lux,Raj*

3

2,3,R

Sleeper

Badulla depart:

-

-

-

-

-

05:45

-

-

08:50

10:30

11:50

18:00

Elle depart:

-

-

-

-

-

06:43

-

-

09:47

11:35

12:40

19:07

Haputale depart:

-

-

-

-

-

07:48

-

-

10:51

14:11

13:35

20:22

Nanu Oya (for


Nuwara Eliya
)

-

-

-

-

-

09:35

-

-

12:30

16:25

15:15

22:17

Hatton (for Adam’s Peak)
dep

-

-

-

05:10

09:00

11:01

-

-

13:55

18:20

16:29

23:43

Kandy arrive:

-

-

-

07:59

12:16

|

-

-

|

22:02

18:35

02:36

Kandy depart:

05:10

06:15

06:30

-

-

|

15:00

15:30

|

-

18:42

02:36

Peradeniya Junction arr/dep

05:22

06:25

06:43

-

-

13:03

15:10

15:48

16:40

-

18:27

02:20

Colombo Fort arrive:

08:17

08:52

09:47

-

-

15:40

17:36

18:55

19:35

-

21:27

05:17


 Fares

One-way adult fares..

3rd class

reserved
seat

2nd class

reserved
seat

1st class

observation car

1st class

sleeper

Colombo-Kandy by InterCity Express

Rs.150  (£1/$2)

Rs.220  (£1/$2)

Rs. 360  (£2/ $3)

Rs. 360  (£2/ $3)

Colombo-Kandy by normal train

Rs.105  (50p/$1)

Rs.190  (£1/$2)

-

-

Colombo-Badulla

Rs.270  (£2/$3)

Rs.450  (£3/$5)

Rs.
750  (£5/ $7)

Rs.
750  (£5/ $7)

Children under 12 pay half
fare, children under 3 travel free.

Traveller’s reports…

Traveller Antony Smith reports  “All the
windows in the 1st observation car opened fully so,
though it was a baking hot day, the carriage was
wonderfully breezy and naturally cooled. And yes there
are only two pairs of seats with uninterrupted views
through the rear observation window, but to be honest
the best views are to the sides anyway rather than back
down the track.  And there’s a great child-like
pleasure to be had from sticking your head out of an
open side window, which you can’t do in the seats
directly in front of the rear observation window. I do
agree about not wanting to be locked into a ‘tour bus’
environment with only other tourists for company, but
passengers in the 1st observation car on the day we
travelled were a real mix of Westerners and Sri Lankans.
We took a peek at the ExpoRail ‘luxury’ carriage (which
now also does the train we were on, the 05.55 ‘Podi
Menike’ from Colombo).  It is undoubtedly
comfortable, though not luxurious in my opinion, and has
the advantage of online booking and on-board catering. 
But it lacked the old-fashioned charm of the 1st
observation car and looked to be a 100% tourist only
experience, mostly tour groups.”

Traveller
Graeme Thorley reports
“I thought the observation car to
Kandy was okay although it requires you to travel
backwards (in my case at least) which is not to
everyone’s taste. It also got incredibly hot (36°C
at one point) due to the large window and there were
only a limited number of seats that had a really good
view. Rather irritatingly on my outbound trip two of
these were occupied by people who slept for most of the
trip..! The other point is that the carriage was
occupied almost entirely by Westerners - this might be
considered a good thing but personally I felt it left me
more remote from the travelling experience.  On the
train to Anaradhapura several locals stopped to chat,
practise their English, exchange complaints about the
delays etc. I also bumped into one of the families I had
met on the train whilst sightseeing (they recognised me)
and we had another chat. I find that sort of thing an
important part of travelling.”

Traveller Paul White reports “Don’t panic if you
can’t get a ticket for the 1st class air conditioned
trains to Kandy.  2nd class is more than adequate,
but do try & get a window seat. The best side to sit on
for scenery is the right hand side as you face forward
from Colombo to Kandy, as this will give you the best
views once you get past Rambukkana.  Do be brave
and try the food on the trains! Many vendors will wander
up and down selling cold drinks, fruit, spicy snacks and
so on at reasonable prices.”

Also see

www.bootsnall.com

for a good account of this trip…

Great scenery from the train in Sri Lanka   1st class observation car on the train from Colombo to Kandy, Sri Lanka

Above
Travelling by train in Sri Lanka is a great way to
see the scenery…

 

1st class observation car at the rear of the train,
its window looking back along the track.

The photos above courtesy of

Bill Wood
of Massachusetts

A visit to Bill Woods website,

www.billwood.com
, is highly recommended to see
more photos of this journey.

The first class observation car on a Colombo-Kandy train   2nd class seating on a Sri Lankan train

Above
The Colombo-Kandy 1st class observation car at Colombo Fort. 
Photo courtesy of
Graeme Thorley

 

Ordinary 2nd class seats on a
Sri Lankan train. 
Photo courtesy of Ciao Monteiro

Scenery from a Colombo-Kandy train   Looking back along the track from the 1st class observation car

Above
On the train to Kandy. 
Photo
courtesy of Marilyn Le Ruyet

 

Looking back along the track from the 1st class
observation car. 
Courtesy of Marilyn Le Ruyet



Colombo - Galle
- Matara

A great way to reach the cities of
Galle and Matara, by train along the coast…  2nd class
is the recommended option, as 3rd class gets too crowded.  The
Colombo-Galle fare is
only about Rs.65 (£0.50/$1) one-way in 2nd class for the
116 km. 
Colombo to Matara is about Rs.90 2nd class.

ENGINEERING WORK NOW OVER! 
Until April/May 2012, a temporary bus
service replaced the train for part of the journey, while
track was replaced on much of this route following tsunami
damage.  However, it’s now reported that the work has
been completed and trains are running normally again all the
way from Colombo to Galle and Matara.

 Colombo
► Galle ► Matara

Km

 Notes:

2,3,Raj

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

Mon-Fri,
2,3

3

Mon-Fri,
3

Sat, Sun,
3

3

0

Colombo Maradana depart:

06:30

-

-

14:15

15:40

16:40

17:20

17:50

17:50

18:45

2

Colombo Fort depart:

06:55

08:35

10:30

14:25

15:50

16:45

17:25

18:00

17:55

19:30

116

Galle arrive:

09:26

11:49

12:42

16:31

17:34

18:37

20:03

20:23

21:26

22:55

159

Matara arrive:

10:53

11:50

13:50

17:48

18:20

19:30

-

21:33

-

-

There’s
no 1st class on this route.  Unless shown
otherwise, trains run every day.    
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2 = unreserved 2nd class seats;

3 = unreserved 3rd class seats;

Raj = Daily except Thursdays, a privately-run Rajadhani
Express
air-conditioned carriage with reclining leather seats
is
attached to this train.  Special fare
Colombo-Matara 990 rupees (£5.50 or $9), see

www.rajadhani.lk
for more info & online booking. 

You can check train times using the official Sri Lanka
Railways website,

www.railway.gov.lk
, but double-check train times
locally.

 Matara
► Galle
► Colombo

Notes:

Mon-Fri,
3

Sat, Sun
3

3

Mon-Fri
2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2.3

2,3,Raj

Matara depart:

-

-

-

04:55

06:05

06:10

10:15

13:35

14:10

Galle depart:

03:40

04:15

05:00

05:50

06:55

07:25

10:55

14:45

15:30

Colombo Fort arrive:

07:00

07:46

07:47

07:51

08:43

09:30

13:30

17:20

18:05

Colombo Maradana arrive:

06:58

07:35

07:48

07:57

08:49

09:36

-

17:25

18:12

 


 Fares

One-way adult fares..

3rd class

reserved
seat

2nd class

reserved
seat

1st class

seat

Colombo - Matara

Rs.130  (£1/$1)

Rs.230  (£1/$2)

 
-

Children under 12 pay half fare,
children under 3 travel free.



Colombo - Trincomalee
/ Batticaloa

2nd class is recommended on this route, as 3rd class is
too crowded.  The Colombo-Trincomalee is 296 km.

 Colombo ► Trincomalee,
Batticaloa

 

 

 Trincomalee, Batticaloa ► Colombo

Km

Daily:

2,3,R

2,3

Sleeper

Sleeper

Daily:

2,3

2,3,R

Sleeper

Sleeper

0

Colombo Fort depart:

06:05

(06:05)

19:15

21:00

Trincomalee depart:

07:00

-

19:30

-

227

Galoya arrive/depart:

11:19

15:30

00:30

02:54

Batticaloa depart:

|

07:15

|

20:15

260

Polonnaruwa arrive:

12:08

|

01:34

|

Polonnaruwa depart:

|

|

|

22:25

350

Batticaloa arrive:

14:20

|

04:00

|

Galoya
depart:

08:50

10:15

21:55

23:20

296

Trincomalee arrive:

-

17:20

 

05:10

Colombo Fort arrive:

(15:25)

15:25

04:05

04:52

(06:10) = Depart Colombo 06:10, arrive Galoya 11:19,
change trains, depart Galoya 15:30 for Trincomalee.

(15:25) = Arrive Colombo at 15:25, having changed at
Galoya, arrive 08:50, depart 10:15.

ICE = InterCity Express. On this route ICEs have 2nd & 3rd class reserved seats
& buffet car, plus a first class reserved seat

car.

Sleeper =
1st class sleepers (2-berth compartments), 2nd & 3rd class reserved
sleeperettes (reclining seats), 2nd & 3rd
unreserved seats, buffet car.

You can check train times using the official Sri Lanka
Railways website,

www.railway.gov.lk
, but please
double-check all train times locally.


 Fares

One-way adult fares

3rd class

reserved
seat

2nd class

reserved
seat

1st class

sleeper berth

Colombo-Trincomalee

Rs.205  (£1/$2)

Rs.370  (£2/$3)

Rs. 750  (£5/ $7)

Colombo-Batticaloa

Rs.230  (£2/$2)

Rs.420  (£3/$5)

Rs. 900  (£6/ $9)

Colombo-Batticaloa by ICE

Rs.320  (£2/$3)

Rs.500  (£3/$5)

Rs. 900  (£6/ $9)

Children under 12 pay half
fare, children under 3 travel free.



Colombo -
Anuradhapura
- Vavunia

Trains link
Colombo with Anuradhapura and Vavunia.  However, since
1990 trains no longer operate
as far as Jaffna or Talaimannar Pier (previously the ferry
terminal for India) because of the security problems in that
area.

 Colombo ► Vavunia

 

 


 Vavunia ► Colombo

Km

Daily:

2,3

2,3

2,3

ICE,Lux

Sleeper

Daily:

2,3

ICE,Lux

2,3

2,3

Sleeper

0

Colombo Fort depart:

05:45

06:50

13:45

16:20

22:30

Vavunia depart:

03:20

05:45

13:30

15:10

22:00

205

Anuradhapura arr/dep:

09:40

10:02

18:40

20:06

03:40

Anuradhapura arr/dep:

05:00

06:40

14:35

16:00

23:30

254

Vavunia arrive:

11:21

10:50

20:11

21:16

05:08

Colombo Fort arrive:

10:10

10:25

18:35

19:15

04:35

Lux = A privately-run luxury ExpoRail air-conditioned
carriage is attached to this train with at-seat catering
& WiFi,
see
www.exporail.lk
with online booking available.  The special
fare is around 1,600 rupees one-way (£10 or $16).

ICE = InterCity Express.  On this route ICEs have 2nd & 3rd class reserved seats
& buffet car.  The 16:20 from Colombo & the 05:45
from Vavunia also have a 1st class air-conditioned car
with reserved seats.

Sleeper = NIGHT MAIL, with 1st class sleepers (2-berth compartments), 2nd & 3rd class reserved
sleeperettes (reclining seats), 2nd & 3rd unreserved seats, buffet.

1 = 1st class air-conditioned seats car with reserved seats;

2 = unreserved 2nd class seats; 

3 = unreserved 3rd class seats;

R = buffet/restaurant car;

You can check train times using the official Sri Lanka
Railways website,

www.railway.gov.lk
.  
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Guidebooks


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Recommended
guidebooks…

To get the best from Sri Lanka, you’ll need a good guidebook. 
For independent travellers, the best guides are probably either the
Rough Guides or Lonely Planets.


Buy
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Travel
insurance

Get travel insurance, it’s essential…

 
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Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable
insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover.  It should also cover
cancellation and loss of cash (up to a limit) and belongings. 
An annual
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policies even for just 2 or 3 trips
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In
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to compare prices & policies from many
different insurers.

If you have a pre-existing medical condition or are over 65
(no age limit), see

www.JustTravelCover.com
.

 

 
   
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Australia, New Zealand, Ireland or the EU, try

Columbus Direct’s other websites
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If you’re resident in the USA or Canada, try

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.

Get a spare credit card, designed for foreign travel with no currency
exchange loading & low or no ATM fees…

It costs nothing to take out an extra credit card. 
If you keep it in a different part of your luggage so you’re
not left stranded if
your wallet gets stolen, this is a form of extra travel insurance in itself.  In addition,
some credit cards are significantly better for
overseas travel than others.  Martin Lewis’s

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explains which UK credit cards have the lowest currency
exchange commission loadings when you buy something
overseas, and the lowest cash withdrawal fees when you use
an ATM abroad.  Taking this advice can save you quite a
lot on each trip compared to using your normal high-street
bank credit card!

You can avoid ATM charges and expensive exchange rates with a
Caxton FX euro currency Visa Card, or their
multi-currency ‘Global Traveller’ Visa Card, see

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for info.


Get an international SIM card…

Mobile phones can cost a fortune to use abroad, and if you’re
not careful you can return home to find some huge bills
waiting for you.  I’ve known people run up a £1,000 bill
in data charges just by leaving their iPhone connected during a
simple trip to Europe.  However, if you

buy a global SIM card for your mobile phone
from a company
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you can slash the cost by up to 85% and
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Cow kneels to saviour


Below is a picture taken in 2008 in Sri Lanka. The monk in the picture
saved those cows from slaughter. And after he saved their lives, this
was what one grateful cow did.



I think this is more than sufficient to show that animals do not just
behave instinctively, have no emotion, and are meant to be meat and milk
machines to serve us. No doubt some people do not even have gratitude
like this cow.

Ven. Porwagama Somalankara
Nayaka Thero.

Ven. P.Somalankara Nayaka Thero.
Sri Wardanarama Purana Viharaya
Porawagama,
Elpitiya.
Sri Lanka.

Tel : 0094-91 3783802
         0094-91 7913524
         0094-716648703

On the
Restoration of Bhikkhuni Order (1)
 Selected articles



[1] The revival and survival of Buddhist nuns.
Ven Bhikkhuni Gotami
.
[2]

A path less travelled. Atiya Achakulwisut

[3]

Her holiness. Atiya Achakulwisut.
[4]

A nun’s life has limited appeal. Sanitsuda
Ekachai
.
[5]

The Dhammananda controversy. Sanitsuda Ekachai.

[6]

Women in Buddhism: Planting the Seed of Peace.
Aree Chaisatien
.
[7]

A New Dawn for Women’s Rights. Hsi Lai Temple,
California, USA

[8]

Revival of the Bhikkhuni Order in Sri Lanka.
D. Amarasiri Weeraratne.

[9]

Women’s Ordination. Bhikkhu Punnadhammo.

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