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Colombo
I boarded the bus from Unawatuna to Colombo which was around 3 hours journey. I had booked the hostel at Galle Face in Colombo which seemed to be a bit up beat place. There was a concert organized for the night at the beach by Udit Narayan.
Galle
4.Get the morning train to Galle which comes from Colombo. You can stay here for relaxing at Jungle beach or can get back to Bentota after sightseeing Galle fort in evening. I preferred to return to Bentota as I am more interested in sightseeing than relaxing.
Anuradhapura
My injury had made me weak and to some extent killed my enthusiasm. I woke up a bit late. I was running short of cash. So, I walked around few ATMs and finally found the right one. It was the Commerical Bank ATM that read international cards. Anuradhapura was different from all cities/towns I visited in Sri Lanka. Everything was pretty scattered here. So, I took a tuk-tuk and asked the driver to take me around the city.
Jaffna
It was a long tiring journey. And, there was no one in the train compartment in which I was travelling, therefore it turned monotonous too. It took good 8 hours or more to reach Colombo from Jaffna.
Trincomalee
I visited Sri Lanka in June end (pretty hot) but almost a very good season to travel across. Starting from Colombo --> Dambulla --> Sigiriya --> Polandua, we reached Trincomalee at the end of our trip. It takes almost 8 hours (a bit more or less) from Colombo, 4 hours from Dambulla. I travelled by public, non-luxury buses (definitely not with chickens) with local people, no AC and it was not horrible. They charged me almost $2 for the trip. 
Matara
Nothing paints a prettier picture of the paradise island than coconut palms glinting in the sun. The tall palms along the beach are the embodiment of enjoyment—it truly is a tropical heaven. Yet, the copses of coconut that we glimpsed en route to Matara represent the economical importance of this unassuming palm. From its fruit to its root, this tree serves as cooking ingredients, medicine, roof material, and lumber for furniture. The estates of the coconut triangle that leans on the E01 span out in acres, catering to a never-ceasing demand.


Galle
4.Get the morning train to Galle which comes from Colombo. You can stay here for relaxing at Jungle beach or can get back to Bentota after sightseeing Galle fort in evening. I preferred to return to Bentota as I am more interested in sightseeing than relaxing.
Kanyakumari
Best time to visit - November- May
Also known as Cape Comorin, Kumari Munai and Kumari, this city is on the southernmost tip of the subcontinent and is right on the confluence location of the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. The unique part about this beautiful city of Kanyakumari is that this is the only place where you can enjoy the view of the sunset and the moonrise at the same time. Also, during the Chitra Paurnima during April- May, you can also see the sun and moon facing each other on the same horizon which is an absolute rare sight you will find elsewhere on the planet. Apart from this Kanyakumari is also a city of temples and most of them are dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The main attraction are the beaches of course and for a pure experience of the beautiful waters, this city in Tamil Nadu is just perfect.
Nuwara Eliya
Finally we reached "Nuwara Eliya". Nuwara Eliya resembles an old English town, complete with a lake, race track, well kept lawns with hedges, an Anglican Church and an 18 hole golf course. We were pleased with the view from our hotel "Heaven Seven". Enjoyed the weather most.
Anuradhapura
My injury had made me weak and to some extent killed my enthusiasm. I woke up a bit late. I was running short of cash. So, I walked around few ATMs and finally found the right one. It was the Commerical Bank ATM that read international cards. Anuradhapura was different from all cities/towns I visited in Sri Lanka. Everything was pretty scattered here. So, I took a tuk-tuk and asked the driver to take me around the city.
Dambulla
After check-in to hotel, I left for Dambulla caves which were mesmerizing. The rain made me leave early and reached the hostel back by 4-5pm. Since it was too dark, I decided not to leave hostel for dinner. I slept and had decided to leave early next day for Sigriya fortress to see the sunrise.
Rameshwaram
Best time to visit - N/A
An island in the Gulf of Mannar region, Rameshwaram is joined with the mainland with the help of the Pamban Beach. The main attraction here is the Rama Temple after the name of whom the place was named Rameshwaram. It is said that after slaying Ravana, Lord Rama came here to seek forgivance for his act of slaying Ravana. This is where the temple is built and the temple has 22 wells. The number defines the number of arrows in Rama's quiver. The temple is marked with huge pillars and magnificent corridors. The third corridor is said to be the longest in the world. The other attractions here are the beaches known as the Olaikoda, Dhanushkodi and the Pamban Beaches. The main activities you can enjoy here are scuba diving, migratory bird- watching. You can also enjoy conch collection and fishing here.

Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

Peak season to visit Sri Lanka is December to March when the country sees little to no rain and the temperatures are warm and pleasant throughout.       

 

Shoulder Season: May to September is when the temperature ranges from hot and dry to wet and agreeable. From May onwards, some parts of the country see intermittent showers, bringing temperatures down.   

 

Off-season: April and October to November. In April, early mornings and evenings are a good time to sightsee, though you should stay inside in between. October to November is when the country welcomes the heavier of its two monsoon, which affects the whole country.


Budget for Sri Lanka

For Budget Travellers: INR 500-700 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 277-330
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 241-300
  • Public Transport in trams and buses: INR 74-124
  • Sightseeing (Entry-tickets & shows): INR 259-300

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1500-2000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and homestays: INR 848-1100
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 584-670
  • Local transport: INR 200-250
  • Sightseeing & Tours: INR 714-830

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6,000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 2,982 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 1,329 and upwards
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 576 and upwards
  • Sightseeing, Guided Tours: INR 2,131 and upwards

Visa Information for Sri Lanka

Before setting off for Sri Lanka, apply for a 30-day visa online. Log on to the Electronic Travel Authority website for this. Follow the process online, pay the fees and once your visa is approved, take a printout. It is possible to get a visa on arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport as well. But this could take time, so it’s best to get your visa before entering the country.   

 

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