i want to visit SL from 31st Dec to 5/6th Jan with a bunch of friends (about 8 of us). Wanted to know closest happening beach nearest... colombo (with chilling in the day, dolphin/whale watching, snorkelling, pubs, night clubs - a little of everything if possible even if its not the best for say dolphin/whale watching or snorkelling). Any suggestions for accomodation (A/c). Even a boutique hotel will be fine - budget is around 80$ per night inc of taxes and half board. Thanks in advance.


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I think the best place for you to stay is negombo.Kalpitiya is the place for whale watching and dolphine watching.For otherthings you have mentioned, are available in Negombo.It is closer to Colombo also.For your budget you cannot stay in a butique hotel, but possible in a small hotel or an inn.I can arrange your holiday if you contact
first of all i would like to welcome you and your friends to our lovely island.
I think as to your question, Mount lavinia would be great. it's very close to colombo and you can have a nice time. but you won't be able to watch whaledholphins in there but other than that it's superb. and you'll be able to find a place to stay below to your budget. anyhow if you want any help drop me a mail to .
once again welcome you and may you have a nice time...
for pubs and nightlife, cmb will offer the best variety, and if you wanna chill out on a beach, just head south of cmb to mt. lavinia (30 min from cmb in traffic) or further south to wadduwa (1 hr fm cmb in traffic) or Bentota (1 hr fm cmb in traffic).
For Dolphins/ Whale watching, the closest to cmb is either kalpitiya (3 hrs north of cmb) or Mirissa (3 hrs south of cmb).
Negombo is an ideal base for you since its a) close to the airport and b) sitauted between cmb and Kalpitiya and c) has quite a few interesting bars and pubs and less nightclubs along the lewis place strip.
If you do chose Negombo as a base i can suggest the 8 of you take a house. Try which is located close to negombo (20 min)
or there are several other options of boutique hotels in negombo. hope this helps. good luck and have a nice holiday.
Its not the closest to Colombo but Mirissa just beyond Galle on the south coast is a great place for Whales. Back in Jan 2009 the charge was between 4K and 8K per head (depending on the group and your negotiating skills). I was there with my wife in early April and met some freelance guys who were filming.There are some cosy hotels there and the beach is awesome.
thank you all for your inputs and the prompt mails. I will discuss with my friends and get back with further questions, if any. Looking forward to the trip already!
i think Mount Lavinia is the place for you guys, because that is the nearest best beach to colombo,

i am not dealing with Mt. Lavinia, i just wanted to lwt know know. by the way if you interest about Downsouth in Sri Lanka, such as Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, MIrissa .etc i would able to offer you a low budget tour package.

for information about hikkaduwa just visit our website.

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Thank you!
so sir if u saied u want to watch wale watching and dolphin watching u shuld go to our place to 45 minute its call mirissa beach also if u looking great new years eye u should come to our place its call " wijaya beach " in dalawella we have sea food buffet on 31 and bomb fire, fire working, dj from europe and beach bar and fantasy cocktail,also u want surfing ,snorkling ,football in the beach and lots events also we have room per 2 person with breakfast 45 us dollers with breakfast also u have to book room before november if u like u can book to my boss his name is mahendra number is 0094777903431 thanks
I think the best place to stay in Mount laviniya for you and your guys and for your buget.Its nearst beach from Colombo.And there are best night clubs and pubs in colombo.Vut you wont be ablt to watch dolphons and wales in that beach.Kalpitiys ,Mirissa and Trincomalee is the best place in that event.If u want to more deatails Pl contact email address bellow

Its possible to organise your tour to watch whales & Dolphins chirstmas & new year gala. please call me on 0094-722-829692 Hemal or . I have tailor made packeges to meet any budget.
Welcome to sri lanka soon,
Dear Sir,
according to your request, that Mount Lavinia is the Best Place to enjoy your trip as well. Mt.Lavinia beach is very spacial at 31st Night..Night club/pubs/sea bath/everything if possible.(with out dolphin).
If you like that i can arrange every thing for you(with accommodation)..please contact me on:0094-771624892 or Email:
Thanks, Have a good day..
i think da bst plce 4 u guys will be mt.lavinia tz bst beach in colombo bt dy dnt hve dolphin nd whale wtchin nd snorkling bt dy got awsme pubs nd night life wanna cntct me 0094771654594
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