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Travel to Sri Lanka

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- You can travel three areas in two weeks at a good pace, or almost everything in three weeks more restfully ... I did it in 24 days, because I was in no hurry or obligation to return to Europe (advantages of not having a partner or a mortgage).

- If you only have one week, there are people who rent a car with a driver-guide and they look quickly and running through the old cities, the mountainous area and end up with a couple of days of beach. Please, Get more time and don't do it!

- When I went to Sri Lanka, the army had just successfully completed its offensive against Tamil guerrillas. There are areas in the north of the country that are forbidden to tourists and others, such as Trincomalee, which until two or three years ago were not under government control, so be prepared to see many Checkpoints in some cities and to get off the bus regularly and present the documentation according to which routes.

- Cost of living: around five euros for the single room with bathroom, but in coastal areas you can even fold. Lunch for less than one euro in local restaurants, dinner with fish and beer in tourist areas for up to two euros. Or more, it all depends on where you want to sit! I came to spend an average of 21.76 euros per day, because of tickets to national parks and a couple of places where there were only almost European prices, without accommodation alternatives, or where getting to a site involved renting a car with driver (or that, or not go). Oh yes, ahem, and for buying me an ebony Buddha, carved wooden boxes and various souvenirs ...

- Transportation: Whenever I could, railroad in 2nd class, with the premises, or 1st or local bus, the best air conditioning is to lower the window! The prices are ridiculousFor example, the train from Colombo to Kandy travels a little over 100 kilometers, takes three and a half hours and costs less than one and a half euros in 1st class.

- Currency exchange: Banks everywhere with ATMs or currency exchange offices. Check several entities before changing your euros, there are differences. It is not usual, but there may be a merchant (usually jewelry stores), who will exchange the rupee euros at a better price. Ask the hostel or the tuk tuk drivers.

- English is a language spoken by most people, with a different level of fluency so do not be surprised that every time someone sits by your side try to practice it and get to know you a little better. And when you get off at your stop, have another friendly Sinhalese take over.

Although Sri Lanka is not a destination that is on its way to other sites, it is an interesting detour for those who are already traveling through South India.

And, with permission from the end of the summer and my imminent return to Ireland, little by little I will tell you more about that country-island.

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