Accommodation Places of interest
ISBN: 978-955-0028-43-6

11th edition - September 2014

Compiled and written by: Dinesh Kulatunga

Editing: Asiff Hussein, Rasika Perera

Photography: Dinesh Kulatunga, S. Galhena, Sujeewa Perera

Marketing : S. Galhena, Sujeewa Perera, Ajantha Perera, Rasika Perera

Cover Design and Maps: Sujeewa Perera
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We thank all our readers, our advertisers, special thanks to our team Galhena, Sujeewa, Ajantha and Rasika for their untiring effort in updating the information contained in this work. Suwan De Silva and Sudaraka Ranga Gomas at Printel for designing the book, and Sumith Wijeratne and the staff of Printel.

While all efforts have been made to ensure that information contained in this publication is true and correct at the time of compilation, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on accuracy. None
of the staff members or the author give warranty or assurance and make representation as to the accuracy of information or advice contained in this publication. You are advised to contact the relevant parties to obtain more details prior to making your decisions.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in any form or transmitted in any form or by means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior permission in writing from the publisher.

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Direct comments: Dinesh on 077 738 1335
E -mail: dinesh@handsoncolombo.com
Regular updates: www.infotravelsrilanka.com

TEAM - INFO TRAVEL SRI LANKA

S. Galhena

Galhena from Mirissa, is a writer and an author of four children’s novels. He started working for Info Travel Sri Lanka six years ago as a researcher traveling around the country. In the very first year he joined Dinesh, he contributed not only to research work, but also marketing. He eventually found a new passion – traveling to remote destinations to discover interesting landscapes.

Ajantha Perera

Ajantha has been serving as a marketing consultant for over six years and strengthened the venture step by step to reach the current status of Infotravel enjoys.
Sujeewa Perera

Sujeewa has been involved with our team as a photographer (National Parks and Bird Sanctuaries, Sceneries and Landmarks) and a designer for the cover page, provincial cover pages and maps. He is the co-author of Info Parks Sri Lanka ( A Guide to National Parks in Sri Lanka) He is also part of the Info Travel team as a consultant on marketing, research & development. He owns an advertising agency “Promoz Ads” and an adventure tourism company “Promoz Adventure” He presently resides at his own “Rodgers’ Hideout” a nature camp site on the banks of Kirindi oya in Keeriyagolla, Ella.
Rasika Perera

Rasika joined the team after serving Sri Lankan Air for over twenty years, as a Promotional and Development partner. Her contribution
to Infotravel is immense, blending her long experience in the travel trade with marketing skills.

Throughout last year we received thousands of comments and after an
extensive evaluation we were able to accommodate most of them, that the
size be more user friendly, more in the style of a pocket guide book. As such we appreciate the support we got from our advertisers who wholeheartedly agreed to the change.

We are also pleased to announce to our readers that our website has been
improved with many new features for your convenience, which is also good
news for our sponsors.

As we have repeatedly mentioned, Sri Lanka is a country many love to visit,
offering holidaymakers an array of activities to experience - nature, culture
and people. Accommodation is available from star class to medium and budget range which we have categorized accordingly. Other conveniences include home stay units and holiday bungalows. Heritage sites, beaches, national parks, hills, and activities such as camping, boating, water sports, health care activities, and meditation, all make Sri Lanka a land like no other.

You will find that this guide book is not a mere advertisers’ forum though we
need their contribution to bring this information to you. We give maximum
possible exposure to them as our partners.

We are happy to see Infotravel at World Travel Markets in London and Frankfurt, as well as in bookshelves all over the country. Readers are most
welcome to comment on our efforts towards promoting Sri Lanka on www.infotravelsrilanka.com.

Happy Journey !!!

Dinesh Kulatunga

Publisher

READ BEFORE YOU START TRAVELING

Vehicle:
You may be planning to drive your own vehicle or maybe use a hired one, but make sure the vehicle is mechanically sound and in good order.
Get the vehicle thoroughly inspected by your mechanic.
Replace all worn-out parts.
Pack in all the spares required for any emergency and the tool kit.
Make sure the spare wheel is on standby.
Make sure that you load only things that you absolutely need.
Check all revenue license and insurance of the vehicle.
You can use the Motor Guide published by us for assistance at any emergency.
When to Start
Calculate the time backwards from the final destination
Add supplementary time for visiting the places on your way
Confirm the time with the place where you are going to stay at the final destination.
(Road maps and the distance chart will help you to make these estimates without much difficulty)
Preparation
Food and Water are very important and you will not get them wherever or whenever you want; it’s better to prepare at least one meal as you could get stranded somewhere or held up by a breakdown or some other mishap.
Meals must essentially be prepared when you are travelling with kids.
Always carry some confectionary items and water.
Get everybody involved in pre-trip planning, especially as kids will get a good exposure in this.
Plan the accommodation; if you are looking for budget accommodation it’s always advisable to carry your sleeping needs.
Take a good country map in order to have a closer overview of the country.
Take sufficient money for the entire journey. We also have provided
information of ATMs on the Road Maps.
Do not rely on your credit cards alone.
Compartmentalize your goods and pack your vehicle in such a way that you could easily access contents. For instance, Food, clothes, medicine, emergency needs, tools, spares etc.
Keep informed a reliable person where you are going and when you plan to return.
Take an umbrella and a torch always in your vehicle.
Remember to take your phone charger and emergency phone numbers.
First Aid
Make sure that you take a well-stocked first aid kit, when you have the supplies you need to be ready for most minor emergencies. alls, bee stings, burns, allergic reactions - all of these are common accidents that can happen in any home or on any outing.

BE A PLEASANT TRAVELLER

Our desire is to see pleasant travellers everywhere! How can one be a pleasant and decent traveller? We hope the person who drives the vehicle keeps everybody happy on the journey. It’s so simple to be pleasant if you decide right now. One who respects the other travellers, pedestrians or other users of the road, which is a public property, becomes pleasant !!

Remember speed is a thriller and a killer. Why you travel is to enjoy with your family or colleagues. By travelling slow, reasonable speed will slow down your thinking, your body and allow you to absorb the environment passing through, allow you to talk with other travel partners. Isn’t it enjoyable? As you know, roadways in Sri Lanka are not the same everywhere. There could be humps and pits in the middle of roads. Be careful when passing and overtaking other vehicles. Remember there are very few pleasant travellers, but once you become pleasant there will be a day that everybody will become pleasant. Stick to Good Travel Etiquettes.

Do not allow to throw litter or any scraps when you are moving and keep all the rubbish with you until a proper place to dispose of them is reached.

Be careful when parking. Make sure that you always lock the vehicle. At some places there are people who ask money for parking, ask the rate beforehand. Some people wash your vehicle; agree to an amount beforehand.

Talk to people when you want to get photographs and get their consent. Remember, not only people, there are places (with historical value) where you are not allowed to take photographs.

When your vehicle breaks down, find out where you are, near which Km post. The road map shows you the nearest garage; seek for help from another traveller. In any case do not leave anybody inside the car without opening shutters. It is a good practice that you too help if you see somebody seeking help on the road, but be very careful !!

Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC)

The Automobile Association of Ceylon was established in 1904, and offers many services related to motoring in the country including Information on local touring such as mileage, flood news, and road conditions.

Mechanical services, emergency break down services, an island wide breakdown service through officially appointed Aid - Point garages, and towing service are made available for AAC members. You can become a member of the association so that all the services offered by the AAC can be made use of, making your journey a hassle-free and enjoyable one.

Hot line for information: 011 242 1528 – 9, 011 243 8999, 011 450 5579
24 hours breakdown service: 011 755 5557

USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION
EMBASSIES AND DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS
TRAVEL AGENTS AND TOUR OPERATORS

SRI LANKA


Pre-History of Sri Lanka
Facts
Beaches and Lagoons
Mountains
National Parks
Bird Sanctuaries
Elephant Orphanage
Sinharaja Forest
Rivers and Waterfalls
National Zoological Garden
Botanical Gardens
Museums
Archaeological Museums
Art Galleries
Sports
Health and well being
Cultural Shows
Food
Alcoholic Beverages
Gems and Jewelry
Events and Festivals throughout the Year
Buddhist Pilgrimages
Christian Churches
Hindu Temples
Historical Mosques
Travelling

CENTRAL PROVINCE

Kandy – Places to visit
Places of Interests in the Suburbs
Kandy - Accommodation
Matale- Places to visit
Matale- Accommodation
Matale Spice Gardens
Rewerston – Places to visit
Rewerston - Accommodation
Dambulla- Places to visit
Dambulla – Accommodation
Sigiriya – Places to visit
Sigiriya - Accommodation
Wasgamuwa – Places to visit
Wasgamuwa – Accommodation
Nuwara Eliya – Places to visit
Nuwara Eliya – Accommodation
Adam’s Peak
Adam’s Peak – Accommodation
Dikoya – Accommodation
Hatton – Accommodation
Kothmale - Accommodation
Nawalapitiya – Accommodation
Ginigathhena – Accommodation

EASTERN PROVINCE

Trincomalee – Places to visit
Trincomalee – Accommodation
Uppuweli – Nilaweli- Places to visit
Uppuweli – Nilaweli- Accommodation
Batticaloa – Places to visit
Batticaloa – Accommodation
Kalkudah-Pasikudah
Kalkudah-Pasikudah- Accommodation
Ampara – Places to visit
Apmara – Accommodation
Kalmunai – Accommodation
ArugamBay – Places to visit
ArugamBay- Accommodation
Pothuwil – Accommodation

NORTHERN PROVINCE


Jaffna – Places to visit
Jaffna – Accommodation
Kilinochchi
Kilinochchi – Accommodation
Vavuniya- Places to visit
Mannar- Places to visit
Mannar – Accommodation
Mullaitivu – Accommodation

NORTH CENTRAL PROVINCE

Anuradhapura – Places to visit
Anuradhapura – Accommodation
Mihintale – Places to visit
Mihintale – Accommodation
Medawachchiya – Accommodation
Polonnaruwa – Places to visit
Polonnaruwa – Accommodation
Giritale – Accommodation
Minneriya – Accommodation
Habarana – Places to visit
Habarana – Accommodation

NORTH WESTERN PROVINCE

Kurunagala – Places to visit
Kurunagala – Accommodation
Melsiripura – Accommodation
Chillaw – Places to visit
Chillaw – Accommodation
Puttlam – Places to visit
Puttlam – Accommodation
Marawila – Accommodation
Kalpitiya – Places to visit
Kalpitiya – Accommodation
Wilpattu
Wilpattu – Accommodation

SABARAGAMUWA PROVINCE


Kuruwita – Places to visit
Kuruwita – Accommodation
Ratnapura
Ratnapura – Places to visit
Ratnapura- Accommodation
Sinharaja Rain forest
Sinharaja – Accommodation
Balangoda – Places to visit
Balangoda – Accommodation
Belihul Oya
Belihul Oya – Accommodation
Embilipitiya – Places to visit
Embilipitiya – Accommodation
Udawalawa – Places to visit
Udawalawa – Accommodation
Kegalle – Places to visit
Kegalle – Accommodation
Pinnawala – Places to visit
Pinnawala – Accommodation
Mawanella – Places to visit
Mawanella – Accommodation
Kithulgala – Places to visit
Kithulgala – Accommodation

SOUTHERN PROVINCE

Aluthgama – Places to visit
Aluthgama – Accommodation
Bentota – Places to visit
Bentota – Accommodation
Induruwa – Accommodation
Kosgoda – Accommodation
Balapitiya
Balapitiya – Accommodation
Ambalangoda – Places to visit
Ambalangoda – Accommodation
Hikkaduwa – Places to visit
Hikkaduwa – Accommodation
Galle – Places to visit
Galle – Accommodation
Unawatuna – Places to visit
Unawatuna – Accommodation
Koggala – Places to visit
Koggala – Accommodation
Ahangama – Accommodation
Midigama – Accommodation
Weligama – Places to visit
Weligama – Accommodation
Mirissa – Places to visit
Mirissa – Accommodation
Kamburugamuwa – Accommodation
Matara – Places to visit
Matara – Accommodation
Deniyaya – Accommodation
Dickwella – Places to visit
Dickwella – Accommodation
Tangalle – Places to visit
Tangalle – Accommodation
Ambalanthota – Accommodation
Hambanthota – Places to visit
Hambanthota – Accommodation
Weerawila – Accommodation
Tissamaharama – Places to visit
Tissamaharama – Accommodation
Kataragama – Places to visit
Kataragama – Accommodation
Kirinda – Places to visit
Kirinda – Accommodation
Yala – Places to visit
Yala – Accommodation

UVA PROVINCE

Badulla – Places to visit
Badulla – Accommodation
Ella – Places to visit
Ella – Accommodation
Passara – Accommodation
Wellawaya – Accommodation
Thanamalwila – Accommodation
Bandarawela – Places to visit
Bandarawela – Accommodation
Haputale – Places to visit
Haputale – Accommodation
Mahiyanganaya – Places to visit
Mahiyanganaya – Accommodation
Bibila – Accommodation
Monaragala – Places to visit
Monaragala – Accommodation


WESTERN PROVINCE

Colombo – Places to visit
Colombo – Shopping malls
Colombo – Accommodation
Colombo – Restaurants
Colombo – Nightclubs
Colombo – Casinos
Mount Lavinia – Accommodation
Moratuwa – Accommodation
Wadduwa – Accommodation
Kalutara – Places to visit
Kalutara – Accommodation
Beruwala – Places to visit
Beruwala – Accommodation
Gampaha – Places to visit
Gampaha – Accommodation
Katunayake – Accommodation
Negombo – Places to visit
Negombo – Accommodation
Negombo – Restaurants
Awissawella – Places to visit
Awissawella – Accommodation
Eco-Tourism/Adventure/ Nature based activities and Excursions


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