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The following posts have been tagged with "Colombo". Browse through these Colombo articles to gain insight into what you may or may not want to do on your trip if it includes Colombo.

Travel Colombo: What To Do And See

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Mt. Lavinia Beach. Colombo
Mt. Lavinia, the best beach in Colombo

Although Sri Lanka is an amazing country to visit, their capital city of Colombo is not one of the highlights. Don't plan to travel Colombo, but since you'll probably be entering and exiting from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, you'll have to spend a little time in the city, so you should know what to do and see. I had 1 day in the city, and chose to have a wander around, find a haircut shop, then board the local train down to Mt. Lavinia, Colombo's best beach.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka
The elephants playing in the river at the Elephant Orphanage

At the time I was travelling from Colombo to Kandy in Sri Lanka, I didn't even know the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage existed. I saw a few signs and my driver asked if I wanted to stop by; I love elephants so of course I did. Not sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't really as much of a zoo-type facility as I presumed. For the 2 hours I was there the elephants (most of them) were free to roam around and play in the river as they pleased.

7 Day Sri Lanka Itinerary – Colombo to Negombo

Monkey vs King Cobra
A monkey taunting a spitting king cobra on the beach of Mt. Lavinia

Late this summer I visited Sri Lanka on my way from Singapore to India.  I flew into Colombo and spent a couple days in the city and down on Mount Lavinia beach.  Then, since my time was limited and I was feeling lazy, I booked a tour through a company so I could see as much of the rest of the country as possible.  I had a basic idea of what I wanted to do and see, and worked with the agent to come up with this 7 day Sri Lanka itinerary. The itinerary is something she wrote, and I added a few of my comments to each location. A fair warning the article may be a bit choppy because of this.

Would You Expect Sri Lanka To Be Cheap?

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Lion Gate
Whats left of a once fantastic Lion Gate entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Palace.

I'm currently wrapping up my time here in Sri Lanka, a place I never planned to visit on this trip, but threw in last minute as I worked my way west towards India. I had about 3 weeks of time to fill from when I split with one set of friends in Vietnam, and before meeting another in India. Originally I was going to head straight to India, but instead I ended up cruising up the Mekong to Cambodia for 5 days, then stopped over in Singapore for a couple, and then noticed flights to Sri Lanka and on to India didn't cost much more than straight to India. On a whim I went for it and booked my flight from Singapore to Sri Lanka.

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