Lonely Planet Sri Lanka (Travel Guide)
Lonely Planet, Ryan Ver Berkmoes
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Lonely Planet Sri Lanka is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Follow in the footsteps of Buddha and modern-day pilgrims to the summit of Adam's Peak, wander the crumbling ruins and lost cities of the cultural triangle in the heart of the island or explore undiscovered beaches on the recently reopened east coast; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Sri Lanka and begin your journey now!
Inside Lonely Planet's Sri Lanka Travel Guide:
- Colour maps and images throughout
- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
- Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
- Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - tea, cuisine, wildlife, history
- More than 50 maps
- Covers Colombo, Galle, South, West and East coasts, the hill country, Jaffna, the ancient cities and more
Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Ryan Ver Berkmoes, Stuart Butler, Iain Stewart.
About Lonely Planet: Since 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel media company with guidebooks to every destination, an award-winning website, mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet covers must-see spots but also enables curious travellers to get off beaten paths to understand more of the culture of the places in which they find themselves.
descended to the dry plains that were once home to the ancient Sinhalese kingdom of Ruhunu. Wellawaya is simply a small crossroads town and, apart from the nearby Buduruwagala carvings, there’s not much of interest in the area. Roads run north through the spectacular Ella Gap to the Hill Country, south to Tissamaharama and the coast, east to the coast and west to Colombo. 1Sights oBuduruwagalaMONUMENT (admission Rs 200; h6.30am-6pm) About 5km south of Wellawaya, a side road branches west
There's a growing selection of accommodation in the Giritale area. Lak NillaHOMESTAY (%077 911 5265, 224 6808; firstname.lastname@example.org; r Rs 2500; aW) A very simple but hospitable homestay with three clean rooms in a friendly local's house, in a village setting off the highway. A sumptious dinner costs Rs 650 and bikes can be hired and safaris set up. It's around 10km northwest of Polo. oRice Villa RetreatGUESTHOUSE (%077 630 2070; www.letsgolankatours; 21 mile post, Polonnaruwa Rd,
( GOOGLE MAP ; St Anthony’s St; h9am-5.30pm Mon-Fri, to 1pm Sat) 8Getting There & Away Air Batticaloa’s airport is 2km southwest of the bus stand. SriLankan Airlines (%1979; www.srilankan.lk) flies to/from Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport four times a week (one way US$258). The Sri Lankan Air Force’s Helitours (%011-314 4244, 011-314 4944; www.helitours.lk) has flights on military planes to/from Colombo’s Ratmalana airport on Tuesdays (one way Rs 4650). Bus CTB buses (
wooden shack, stuffed full of old clocks and radios, has great seafood as well as rice and curry. This is a great lunch stop and there are nice views over the mangroves. 8Information You'll find plenty of banks and ATMs in the centre. There's a popular Cargill's Food City ( GOOGLE MAP ; Main Rd; h8am-10pm). 8Getting There & Away Tangalla is an important bus stop on the main coastal road. Major destinations include the following: AColombo regular/semi-luxe Rs 248/350, six hours AGalle
alcohol, cigarettes, meat and recorded music, so the atmosphere remains reverential. The Summit The summit can be cold, so it’s not worth getting there too long before dawn and then sitting around shivering. Definitely bring warm clothes, including something extra for the top, and pack plenty of water. If you’re in Dalhousie in the pilgrimage season, stalls at the market sell warm jackets and headgear (although on busy nights the crush of humanity can be so intense that you'll be kept warm