Kathie plans her return to Sri Lanka

Jan 26th, 2013, 09:09 PM
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Kathy – glad to hear you are returning to Sri Lanka. I first have to say that I will be there in July on a Habitat for Humanity trip, so if you have any interest in joining that, let me know. You can see in on the trip http://www.habitat.org/gv/trip/GV13354. The leader is a fantastic guy who I have done several other HH trips with, and this is his last trip (he is 75! But very fit….)

As for Galle, I actually would say to stay at the Galle Fort (not the Fortress which is outside of town). See http://www.galleforthotel.com/. Fort Printers is quite nice (just have eaten there), but does not have the lovely pool and large green courtyard area that the Galle Fort has. Fort Printers has a pool and courtyard, but is is tiny and narrow and all-concrete. (That being said, I don’t think really you would be disappointed with Fort Printers so if that works better for you I would choose that.) You can also rent villas within Galle fort, which may be a good idea. See the Luxe Guide on this. I looked at a few last time I was there, and could give you some thoughts. You can also rent villas on the beach outside Galle (again see the Luxe Guide) – I have not seen those but if you want a beach experience, these would be a good idea. That would give you beach and Galle and then you can explore other areas.

The Fortress outside Galle is also very nice and may work if you want a beach hotel.

Don’t know the Ulagalla but the Luxe Guide reccos it which is enough for me. (Found the fabulous Kandy House via them.)

I would return to Tea Trails in a heartbeat, and may add that to the end of the HH trip. They are adding a 5th villa (Dunkeld) but I think it will be several years before it is done.
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Jan 26th, 2013, 11:40 PM
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Kathie/cicerone,

we had a drink in the Galle fort and the parts of the hotel we could see [most of it is closed to non-residents] looked lovely. but it comes at a price, most rooms being substantially dearer than the Fort Printers.

i agree with what is said by cicerone about the courtyard and pool of the Fort Printers, but OTOH they have some very airy public areas and being able to use the sister hotel is a bit of a compensation.
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Feb 10th, 2013, 06:02 PM
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Hi Kathie --

Funny, I'm reading your posts and trip reports for Myanmar for Myanmar right now (going in December). Thanks for the advice!

I went to Sri Lanka last December and was just on a vacation high for weeks after my return...

Galle: yes, it's charming but after 2 hours of it, you'll have seen pretty much everything. I would not stay in that town, I would stay at Apa Villas Illuketia if you like rainforest and architecture (I was in heaven) or Apa Villas Thalpe if you prefer the ocean (didn't stay there, but I stopped by to take a look).

Chaaya Wild in Yala was FUN (if you like crocodiles, elephants, wild boar, etc.) Escorts take you to the main hotel at night because wild animal are everywhere. Safaris are right there. The rooftop bar at sunset is a trip.

I'm partial to the Ellerton outside of Kandy but you've already been to that area.

Am working on a trip report, but in the meantime can offer only postings on Tripadvisor for the above-mentioned properties.

- Esme
www.esmetravels.com
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Feb 10th, 2013, 06:19 PM
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Hi Esme, We have postponed our return to Sri Lanka until next year. We will be going to Japan this November instead. Thank you for your recommendations, I will look into them.
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Feb 11th, 2013, 05:50 AM
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Galle: yes, it's charming but after 2 hours of it, you'll have seen pretty much everything>>

Esme - i can't agree. we had 2 nights there and would have liked another. there's a lot to soak up there and in the surrounding area.

Kathie - our DD started her Far Eastern Tour in Japan and loved it, so i think that it's a very good choice. I'll look forward to your TR.
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