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Some friends and myself are going to Sri Lanka soon and was wondering if you guys could answer some questions for me. What is the best way to get from Colombo to Kandy and Dambulla? What are the trains like? Recommended hotels in Colombo?  Best tourist attractions and night spots? Any useful info would be greatly appreciated! BTW we'll probably see some matches, so I'd be happy to post pics for you guys.

Peace and thanks

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That question elicits a

That question elicits a response tantamount to a a small book, but here is a brief bit of information to set the ball rolling:

Best way to get to Dambulla is probably by road (i.e you could book a taxi/van for a pre-arranged price)
In my opinion, the train would be a great (not to mention cheapest) way to get to Kandy, as the scenery along the way is incredible.

Recommended hotels in Colombo -
It depends on what exactly you are looking for. Nevertheless, the better 5 star hotels include:

Cinnamon Grand
Cinnamon Lakeside
The Hilton
Taj Samudra

Best Tourist Attractions -
Again this is quite subjective, but here are a few I would suggest -

Sigiriya Rock Fortress (near Dambulla)
Pollonaruwa Ruins
Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage
The Beaches (and Resorts) - (Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa - thriving nightlife to kick)
Tea Factories/ The hill station of Nuwara Eliya

... the list is can go on :)

Might I ask where you are from and what cricket matches you intend to watch?

Cheers and I'm sure you will have a splendid time in our beautiful island.

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These books are a good read

These books are a good read as well:

Sri Lanka Insight Guide (Insight Guides Sri Lanka)

Sri Lanka (Country Guide)

The Rough Guide to Sri Lanka (Rough Guides)

I rented a van with a driver who took us upto Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Pollonnaruwa, and Dambulla in 2005. The 7 day trip cost around $250 for van and driver. All the hotels have free accommodation and meals for the driver as well. Just buy the guy a bottle of cheap arrack in the evenings and he'll be happy.

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Junaid, it depends greatly

Junaid, it depends greatly with whom you intend to travel. If it's a family trip your options are going to be limited as you need to think of the comfort as well - especially if you have kids. If so, hiring a vehicle would be the best thought the Kandy-Colombo intercity train too is quite good. Plus it gives you great views of the hills.

But if you are willing to compromise your comfort a bit I say go for a road trip. Use whatever the public transport you can get - train is always the best, but other than the Kandy-Colombo intercity you don't have intercity trains so, again, not comfy but it'll be damn fun. It'll be actually hard but you'll be left with great memories.

First Anon's comment is great on hotels in Colombo and attractions. Here are some Hotels in Kandy.

Earl's Regency (five star, expensive, a little away from Kandy town)
Amaya Hills (great view)
Mahavali Reach (nice food)
Hunnas Falls (awesome view)

Those are the major ones but there are a lot of smaller, inexpensive but great joints too, if you ask around.

Cheers man!

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@ Anon: Thank u very much.

@ Anon: Thank u very much. Probably going to a couple of Asia Cup matches seeing as we'll be in Dambulla around that time.

@Hilal: Thanks buddy, very useful!

@Sach: Hey man, from South Africa, just me and a couple of friends. We're university students. Thanks for the advice!

Oh and do you think that if we just rock up at the stadium, there will still be tickets available? For SL matches hehehe don't really think I want to go watch Bang v Pakistan...

Thanks again

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