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Old Jul 2, 10, 6:36 am   #1
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Sri Lanka on a budget [Lots of pics]

Hi all. This is my first post on FlyerTalk although I've been lurking around for a couple of months and love reading the trip reports here.

Last month a group of friends and I traveled to Sri Lanka for leisure. We did it on a budget and sadly there wasn't any premium travel involved. I thought that it might be a good idea to share our experience on FT.

Sri Lanka Trip [10 - 18 Jun 2010]

Part I: Pre-Trip [Singapore, 10 Jun 2010]
Part II: The Long Shuttle [Singapore - Kuala Lumpur, 10 Jun 2010]
Part III: AK255 [KUL - CMB, 11 Jun 2010]
Part IV: A Slice of Cultural Triangle [CMB - Dambulla, 11 June 2010]
Part V: Temples [Dambulla - Kandy, 12 Jun 2010]
Part VI: Into the Hills [Kandy - Haputale, 13 Jun 2010]
Part VII: Trekking to World’s End [Horton's Plains National Park, 14 Jun 2010]
Part VIII: Retracing the steps of Sir Thomas Lipton [Lipton's Seat & Tea Factory, 15 Jun 2010]
Part IX: Leopard! Leopard! Leopard! [Haputale - Tissa, 16 Jun 2010]
Part X: Will this journey ever end? [Tissa - Negombo, 17 Jun 2010]
Part XI: Goodbye Serendib [CMB - KUL - Singapore, 18 Jun 2010]
Part XII: Epilogue

For those who are only interested in the flight segments, part III and part XI will be of particular interest.

I enjoyed myself in Sri Lanka and highly recommend it as a travel destination.

Hope you all enjoy the trip report and feel free to comment or ask question.

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Old Jul 2, 10, 12:31 pm   #2
  
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i didn't go through all the parts yet, but i can say it's a Great Report
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Old Jul 2, 10, 4:15 pm   #3
  
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lol, u got me all excited to read about ur TR, as my first time to SL was earlier this year and I loved it.
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Got to part VI.

I'm loving this report
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Some of your pictures are outstanding. You have a career as a travel journalist ahead of you. Excellent stuff
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part VII - coniferous trees ! ( I've a B.Sc. in Forestry)
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Thanks all for liking the trip report.

ballogie - Most of the pictures weren't taken by me but by my friends. My photography skill is still a long way behind theirs sadly.
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What a superb first post!! Welcome to FT chongsss!!

Great TR!

BTW, did you get to see any of the Asia Cup Cricket in Dambulla?
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What a superb first post!! Welcome to FT chongsss!!

Great TR!

BTW, did you get to see any of the Asia Cup Cricket in Dambulla?
Thanks snod08

We left Dambulla several days before the start of the tournament so didn't get the chance to see any matches. Everyone around Sri Lanka was watching cricket on TV though.
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Thanks snod08

We left Dambulla several days before the start of the tournament so didn't get the chance to see any matches. Everyone around Sri Lanka was watching cricket on TV though.
Ah I see. At least you got to enjoy the beauty of the country!

To say the least, cricket is definitely a craze in the sub-continent.
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Great Stuff!

I've been to Colombo a few times and can't wait to go back...
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Nice report. And a good reminder why I try to avoid LCCs.
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Great pictures and a great report!
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amazing review!

nicely done...photos/text...and i like the epilogue too.

I wanna get to Sri Lanka
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Great read, thanks for taking the time to share your trip. I frankly know very little about Sri Lanka, so really enjoyed seeing the pics of the countryside.
All in all I think you and your friends managed to see alot given your time there.
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