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Trip Report Just back from Sri Lanka

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We (husband and I from Italy) have just returned from 3 weeks in Sri Lanka. The main purpose of our trip was to take part in the World Carrom Championships which took place in Colombo in early November. When this event was over we set off for some tourism.
In Colombo we stayed at the Galadari hotel which exceeded our expectations. Between games we were able to visit the colourful Pettah neighbourhood with its lively market, the beautiful and interesting National Museum and some very nice cafes like Barefoot and especially Geoffrey Bawa's The Gallery. Colombo does not get good press on most travelblogs but I think it is definitely worth a visit and there is plenty to see and do.

After a few days of really heavy rain we finally saw some sun just as we were due to leave for Kandy. We travelled on the observation carriage of the Colombo Badulla train. This is a great experience though the ride is very bumpy. Be sure to get seats number 43 and 44 or 21 and 22 as these are the only ones that give you a really good view.
In Kandy we stayed at the Queens Hotel. This does not get good reviews but we loved it. The location is umbeatable,the public parts full of charm an the decor of the old wing rooms is perfect. The pool is lovely too. The staff were very welcoming and efficient. I wouldn't hesitate to go back. It is also especially convenient if you don't have a car as it is so central. Kandy is a good sized town with lots to do and see. The Tooth temple and Periadeniya botanical gardens are the obvious ones but there is also a nice covered market, lots of shops, nice walks. We ate rather badly in the pretty White House restaurant and somewhat better at The Pub, but I wouldnt call Kandy a foodies paradise!
We travelled backwards and forwards from Periadenya station by tuk tuk spending 300 rupees (about 2 euros) each way.
Coming up next ......Nuwara Eliya

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