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hi, im travelling to sri lanka next year as part of my round the world travel. i was wondering what is the cheapest mode of travel to...

...travel around? also, is it safe to travel on public transport? we are looking at spending time at the best surf spots so if you could let me know where the best place to go that would be great.

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If you're a girl I wouldn't recommend public transport...then again I wouldn't recommend it even if you are a guy...it can be dodgy. Taxis are you're best bet (everything is cheap here with the exchange rates) or tuk tuks if you can barter correctly cos they can be the same price as a taxi...or more since they raise the price if you're a tourist.
Best surf spots I know of are Arugam Bay and Hikkaduwa..but now that the war is over there may be some place further up north that are even better that haven't become touristy. Hope this helps.
Well if you're looking for surfing spots Hikkaduwa is the best and easiest place to travel by public transport. its safe if you travel by train. Train services to Hikkaduwa are available from the Main Station in Colombo.

Good Luck
The cheapest travel is by public transport. The best surf spots? It depends on the time of year you will be in Sri Lanka, there's Arugam Bay on the East and many places on the west coast as well. Remember Sri Lanka is an Island with 2 monsoons a...nd different climatic conditions in different parts of the country. The North and North Central is dry and arid and not too far down in the central part of the country is the salubrious hill country widely known for its tea plantations. Sri Lanka is steeped in a rich history and culture of over 2500 years. If you are interested in wild life and bird life there are sanctuaries you can visit. Sri Lanka manufactures clothing for popular name brands. You can shop for all of it here. Gems and jewellery- why not look around for some unique designs and genuine gem stones. Sri Lanka is known for her Sapphires and they are the best in the world. Let me know in what areas I can help you make your visit to my beautiful country one to remember.
Combine buses and train that is the cheapest. However, if you are going in a car with a chauffeur guide that is the safest. Best surf-spots are Hikkaduwa, Bentota & Arugam Bay. Should there be more information needed, I am happy to provide them as you raise them. Happy Sri Lanka !!
The cheapest travel is by public transport. The best surf spots? It depends on the time of year you will be in Sri Lanka, there's Arugam Bay on the East and many places on the west coast as well. Remember Sri Lanka is an Island with 2 monsoons and different climatic conditions in different parts of the country. The North and North Central is dry and arid and not too far down in the central part of the country is the salubrious hill country widely known for its tea plantations. Sri Lanka is steeped in a rich history and culture of over 2500 years. If you are interested in wild life and bird life there are sanctuaries you can visit. Sri Lanka manufactures clothing for popular name brands. You can shop for all of it here. Gems and jewellery- why not look around for some unique designs and genuine gem stones. Sri Lanka is known for her Sapphires and they are the best in the world. Let me know in what areas I can help you make your visit to my beautiful country one to remember.
For surfing, it depends on the time of the year. Between Nov - Mar, the best surfing is in the South. Hikkaduwa is the most popular spot, but there are other good spots such as Mirissa. If you are travelling to Sri Lanka from May - September, Arugam Bay has the best surf. There are many good and inexpensive accommodation there.

The train is safe and inexpensive, but not so convenient. The bus is more regular and inexpensive, but not as comfortable. Train is perfect for the trip South, but to get to A-Bay, it is better to either share a van or a long, overnight bus journey. Let me know if you need more info.
Hi i'm English living in Negombo with my Sri Lankan family since 2005. You can catch us on Facebook HI5 or Friends Reunited. Our names Shamila & John. Public transport is dirty unreliable and unsafe but we have used it many times as have our guests. Both bus and trains. Its the cheapest way to travel. Some trips are unmissable and unforgetable like the train journey to Kandy from Colombo in the observation carrriage at the rear of the train at $3 a ticket. The scenery is spectacular. Tuk tuks are a cheap form of travel too but you have to know the rates or as a tourist you will be ripped off badly. You will find the odd pervert on both buses and trains when its very busy in the rush hours touching you up (if your female) so avoid those times of day but no more so than on the London underground. We have a couple of furnished chalets to rent in Negombo 15 minutes from the airport and minutes from the beach here. So if you would like us to meet you at the airport upon arrival you could rest up here for a few days and we will help you plan your trip. Best places for surfing are all down south Hikkadawa etc The rate for our chalets sleeping up to three people is $140 a week ($20 a night) thats not each but $20 for both of you and up to three people including breakfast, minimum stay is 7 nights which can be split, say three nights upon arrival and four before you fly back home and we have excellent client references from the USA to Australia. each chalet has a lounge, bedroom and bathroom. Free Sat TV. Free DVD + films. Free Internet use. Free maid service. Free te/coffee. E mail Shamila or John . for details and pix. If we can help further just ask. Enjoy your trip.
Hello I ám Theo from Holland and I ám living no 5 years in Sri Lanka.
For surfing Between Nov - Mar, the best surfing is in the South. Hikkaduwa is the most popular spot, but there are other good spots such as Mirissa. If you are travelling to Sri Lanka from May - September, Arugam Bay has the best surf. There are many good and inexpensive accommodation there.
Transport what the other people told you, buses are the cheapest tuk tuk are the S.L. transport Maffia and trains what to say? The only train you can take in my point off vieuw is Colombo to Gall the express train.

Take care
Theo
Hi,
The best way to travel and enjoy this island is on a motor cycle,
If you want to surf you should go to the east cost,
then again it depends when you plan in coming over?
Good luck.
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easiest is Hikkaduwa. good road and rail access. But, best is Arugam bay. takes sometime to reach but its the Spot.
Public transport is ok but get a taxi its not that expensive if you can use your brain!
dear friend , it depend on where do you want to go, and how much time you have, sri lanka is fairly covered by the network of railway tracks. they are not running on exact time as europe but not very bad either. so if you want to see the country as local do it the best i can suggest.
hikkaduwa and arugam bay is the best for surfing in sri lanka..if u are daring and wudn't mind the sweat smells,u can use the public buses or trains.taxis are a bit expensive but the best mode for a comfortable ride.
Arugambay and hikkaduwa are the best places for surfing,sometimes pasikuda also is suitable during some days of the year.
Best modes of transport depends on the amount you are going to pay,If you need low rates and have motor bicycle experience,best is the motor bike but you have to be very careful on the road,it is risky,The next alternative is Tuk Tuk for short distances with confirmed rates,and then comes the normal buses but for long distances you can select luxury or semi luxury buses which take people only for the amount of seats,but when you have more luggage ,it is difficult,Trains also are comforatable if you book observation coaches.If you can afford, the next best mode is travel by hired car or a vagon,at a lower cost,with a qualified cheuffeur guide,by which you can travel comfortably and also you can travel anywhere you like or stop anywhere you like
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The cheapest travel is by public transport.Also taxis are not that much expensive. They are reliable. The best surf spots? It depends on the time of year you will be in Sri Lanka, there's Arugam Bay on the East and many places on the west coast as well. Remember Sri Lanka is an Island with 2 monsoons a...nd different climatic conditions in different parts of the country. With a short distance of travel will make huge difference of weather.
hi tell me when uare arriving if u are december good wave in gall dalawella surf break i can also bring u to the water also i can give foods everything thanks
If you are a girl im not recomended public transport.In sri lanka we have responsible transport services.You are a boy its ok.I think the best places for surfing Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa.You can goto this places by train olso.Its starts from Colombo.
rgds Dinuka
Hi there...it is not clear if you all are girls travelling or travelling with male friends,hikkaduwa which is down south about 2 1/2 hrs from the airport is the shortest surfing destination and from here there are daily bus services to arugambay which is the best location for surfing.this ride would be recommended only if you are traveling as a group, and with some male friends as well.
Also you could hire a luxury van to take you and your gear across.would advisable to check with climate conditions as well during the period you intend to travel.
Good luck and feel free to contact me for any specfic details you would wish to know.you could contact me by mail care and hope you have received the info you were seeking.
Well, glad to hear that you are looking at Sri Lanka as a holiday destination. It is safe to travel in public transport but its not the easiest method but definitely the cheapest. I would recommend hiring a vehicle for ur trip, as it would be more convenient for you to see our paradise isle at your pace. The best surf spot would be Arugam Bay. Its known to be one of the best spots in the world. If you like the beach i would also suggest Trincomali and Negombo, the beaches there are to die for. If u like to see some wild life - Elephants, leopards,deers - Yala would be an excellent place. Places like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya (up country) are also very beautiful and the drive up is the most scenic serene view...
Hi, it's nice to hear you have chosen to visit Sri Lanka. You will surely feel the hospitality of the Sri Lankans. However there are few who would try to sell you whatever possible for your money. Apart from that travelling around Sri Lanka is quite safe, specially now the war is over. However better not to walk alone in lonely areas after 7.30pm.

Public transport is the cheapest (something like 1US$ for 100km!) and you will enjoy train rides. Buses are too crowded. But when travelling you can choose 'Intercity buses', buses that are A/Ced and number of passengers are limited to the number of seats and stopped at towns only. The fees are about double of that of a normal bus, but you might find it a bit comfortable.

Colombo is the capital but the best places to visit are Kandy (there are so many places to see around my home town), Anuradhapura & polonnaruwa (ancient ruins), Galle (Fort and the beautiful beach), Hikkaduwa (Beach & Coral reef). I think Sigiriya (pronounced Seegiriya) is another place that must be seen. If you are interested in wildlife there are several sanctuaries. In fact our island is surrounded by beautiful beaches and the hill country boasts of scenic mountains and numerous waterfalls while low lands are lush with cultivation and graced with 100+ rivers. I have just mentioned few of the places here but you have the option to choose from hundreds of beautiful places of Sri Lanka.

You have to be specific about the time of the visit. You see, how much you will enjoy and whether you can surf will depend on monsoons and the climate. There are so many areas to surf provided there is enough wind during the time of your visit.

I hope your visit to my motherland will be a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable one!
If you have good knowledge about the Sri Lanka,by Bus is better

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