WDYT of Sri Lanka Itinerary

Jun 30th, 2019, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by progol View Post
Having gone to Sri Lanka this year and not written a trip report, I do feel a bit guilty chiming in here!

I second sartoricís comments re: Ella and Galle. We were there in the beginning of February for 2 weeks.

We loved Ella for 3 nights - but even with 2 full days, we did everything we wanted to do and still have time to chill out. 4 nights is too many and could be added to Fort Galle, which is beautifully-sited, and has a lot more to do. My only caveat is that it is a very busy city with tourists, but it has great architecture, restaurants, and even a few decent museums. Also, it was very, very hot when we were there. Ellaís weather was actually the most pleasant we had in the entire trip - it was a bit too cool for swimming, but perfect for walking. I loved the walk up Little Adamís Peak.

Sadly, I got very ill the one day we had in Colombo, so we never did get to explore the city, which I wouldíve loved to do, and it broke my heart to have to cancel my reservation at Ministry of Crab. I was so looking forward to trying it.
progol -- bummer to get sick and miss a once in a lifetime meal. We will definitely put Ministry of Crab on our list.

I think I'm going to divide the nights between Ella and Galle as suggested at 3 & 3. Appreciate the comments.

BTW Boutique Sri Lanka has been very easy to deal with. They are prompt in their responses and helpful. I probably wasn't a very challenging or difficult client though with everyone's suggestion on this board and elsewhere I pretty much knew what I wanted. I wish every trip was this easy to plan.

Thanks, everyone for your help!
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Jun 30th, 2019, 10:53 AM
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Hi YT - it’s a bit old now but FWIW, here is a link to my TR Sri Lanka - Tea, floods, cricket and curry

We spent a couple of days in Colombo, it was ok, but not my favourite Asian city by a long way. If you are into markets, I would definitely include a visit to The Pettah. In terms of your overall itinerary, I would probably cut the time in Ella in favour our time elsewhere, maybe along the coast at Mirrisa, Weligama , Goyombokka before hitting Galle, although we were quite happy spending te last 4/5 nights of our trip in Galle at the end.

We spent just a night in Ella and, pleasant though it was, it was enough to do what we wanted.

If you like hiking, then a highlight for us was a night hike up Adams Peak to see the dawn.

The train rides were also highlights - don’t bother with first class, third is more fun!
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Jun 30th, 2019, 02:23 PM
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Thanks, crellston! Always enjoy your TRs. That flood sounds quite exciting. You sounded so calm.
If you like hiking, then a highlight for us was a night hike up Adams Peak to see the dawn. - what time did you hike up? how long did it take, do you remember?
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Jun 30th, 2019, 09:00 PM
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I think we started out around 02.00 and I do recall getting there well before dawn so I would guess at 4-5 hours up and half that going back down. We didn’t actually wait for the dawn, partly because it was freezing at the summit and we had to remove our shoes as it was a sacred site and partly because I had a "gastro intestinal issue" and the facilities along the way were the worst I had encountered anywhere on our travels ( apart perhaps from our time living in Sierra Leone) .

A less hardcore alternative is Little Adams Peak which I think is in Ella.
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Jul 1st, 2019, 02:23 AM
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Little Adam’s Peak is in Ella, and is a short walk up a hill with steps - and as much as my poor knees are able to handle these days! Great views from the top and looks much more demanding than it actually is.


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Jul 1st, 2019, 02:26 AM
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The steps up Little Adam’s Peak
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Jul 1st, 2019, 06:13 AM
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Wow! Beautiful views! Sounds challenging. Perhaps more than our knees can endure these days.

Progol -- thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

crellston -- quite the hike -- I doubt it's something we could endure. I think we'll likely stick to Little Adam's Peak.
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Jul 1st, 2019, 12:53 PM
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Thursdaysd " I hiked to World's End instead" We were due to do that just after Adams Peak but my legs were so sore I decided on a rest day instead!
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Jul 2nd, 2019, 12:53 PM
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lovely pics, progol, and yours too, Thursdaysd. I love those waterfalls.

As for its being called "World's End" a story doing the rounds while we were there was that a couple of tourists had ventured too close to the edge in the fog one day, and for them it was. Whether this was true I cannot say.
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Jul 5th, 2019, 02:40 AM
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Thanks -- I had seen your blog. Wonder if things have changed any since you were there?
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