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Giswulf
Post subject: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 19:34 on 10th Sep 2012

Joined: 19:21 on 10th Sep 2012
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Hi All. Sadly unable to join you all for the Twenty20, but while we were out there for the tests earlier this year we hired Janaka as a driver to get us around. Excellent knowledge of the island and very reasonably priced. Car is air-conditioned (vital !!) and despite his web-site aimed at Italian visitors, his English is excellent and only rivaled by his driving skills on the Sri Lanakan roads. For those of you who were there in the Spring you'll know how "exciting" travelling by road can be ! We had an excellent few days travelling to Kandy & Yala and loads of places in between. This guy knows places & he picked us up from the pub as well ! Oh, & he also sorted us out some tickets in the President's Box for the Galle Test (we spent a charming couple of days in the company of Mrs Christina Jayawardene) and he acquired for us tickets for the Colombo Test as well. Ok, can't guarantee that this time, but can guarrantee he'll add to the Sri Lankan experience.

Yeah, it's a bit of an advert, but honestly give him and his company a try, we were well impressed. They are based in Bentota on the main Colombo to Galle road, an hour south of Colombo. Dare I say, mention Brian & Della Burns when booking !! .. and no, we've not got shares !! (This brought back too many good memories, how ace was the party !, wish I was coming now. Have a great trip all)

srilankanviaggio.com/index.html
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Maidenover
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 10:39 on 12th Sep 2012

Joined: 09:13 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2913
You'll find loads of similar knowledgeable drivers in SL. All the times i've been (double figures), never found one who didn't match the general description above, so dont worry if you miss out on this particular one. Look out for the GoSL/tourism approved guide badge though
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Jeeder2
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 15:21 on 12th Sep 2012

Joined: 21:59 on 8th Dec 2011
Posts: 101
I'm travelling from Colombo to Kandy for the Super 8's then back to Colombo for semis & final.

I've just booked train travel so if anyone needs to do likewise, just go to: https://onlinebooking.exporail.lk/exporail/online.htm

A 1st Class return ticket from Colombo to Kandy is GBP £10. I've no doubt there are cheaper and alternative options but for me I just want peace of mind of having my train travel all sorted.
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mattyk50
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 15:55 on 12th Sep 2012

Joined: 22:53 on 12th Jan 2011
Posts: 121
to quote my old man, "HOW MUCH?!"

im sure the colombo to kandy train was about 50p last time i was there
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Jeeder2
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 16:03 on 12th Sep 2012

Joined: 21:59 on 8th Dec 2011
Posts: 101
You're probably right mate. There is another train which has various price classes and various times but i'm struggling to book it online and can' be bothered to mess around going to the station to buy tickets when I get there. And this £10 price is for 1st Class travel.

For me personally, a tenner is a small price for convenience, comfort and a confirmed booking.

But each to their own etc.
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mattyk50
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 16:09 on 12th Sep 2012

Joined: 22:53 on 12th Jan 2011
Posts: 121
Jeeder2 Wrote:
But each to their own etc.


yes absolutely, ive done similar with airport taxis etc
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 07:53 on 13th Sep 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2357
Jeeder2 Wrote:
You're probably right mate. There is another train which has various price classes and various times but i'm struggling to book it online and can' be bothered to mess around going to the station to buy tickets when I get there. And this £10 price is for 1st Class travel.

For me personally, a tenner is a small price for convenience, comfort and a confirmed booking.

But each to their own etc.


Yes, it all depends what you want from your trip. Travelling in a normal carriage costs a few pence, but can't be booked on-line. On some trains you can reserve a seat, but only by going to the station beforehand or getting someone else to do so. Alternatively you can just turn up at the station, buy a ticket, and get on, which is what I've normally done in the past. If you do that of course, you may find yourself having to stand for some or all of the journey.

The up side of paying the tourist price is that you get a greater level of comfort. The down side is that you miss out on much of the Sri Lankan experience (good and bad), since you'll be travelling entirely with other tourists.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 14:01 on 13th Sep 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
Posts: 2131
Location: Preston UK
Do'nt remember the 1st class being that comfortable. The cost is associated with the 'viewing' facility, ie the ability to look out of a large rear window. Prob being if you're not too sharp on the camera you'll have missed it. Preferred the 2nd class and to be able to see where you were going.
The peace of mind of having the booking is worthwhile though.
Enjoy the ride.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 09:45 on 14th Sep 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2357
blueandy1mac Wrote:
Do'nt remember the 1st class being that comfortable. The cost is associated with the 'viewing' facility, ie the ability to look out of a large rear window. Prob being if you're not too sharp on the camera you'll have missed it. Preferred the 2nd class and to be able to see where you were going.
The peace of mind of having the booking is worthwhile though.
Enjoy the ride.


I think the carriage Jeeder 2 is in is a privately owned luxury one, not the normal 1st class observation carriage.
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bread
Post subject: Re: Travel In Sri Lanka
PostPosted: 12:43 on 14th Sep 2012

Joined: 12:04 on 18th Jun 2008
Posts: 191
Location: Mansfield
Cheers Jeeder, been meaning to look into the train. Prob gonna do it from Colombo down to Galle after the cricket, I presume that line is open as think it was shut back in March
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