What Recent Travelers say!

14. Erik & Sandya, May 21, 2007 
The best months for the popular beach area are no doubt December to March. With Feb-Mar having lower prices and better availability. For Sigiriya these months also almost guarantee good weather, for Kandy they're slightly more mixed - it can be a bit cool at nights in these 'winter' months.
The best model for most first timers is a roundtrip in car-with-driver followed by some days relaxing on the beach. The minimum duration for a roundtrip covering all main tourist areas would be 10 days for us, so if you're there for only 2 weeks then it's either a (too) short beach stay or solely doing the Northern loop: Sigiriya region, Kandy, Elephant Orphanage and wildlife safari (Minneriya near Sigiriya) but not the tea/waterfall country and southern plains.
Have a nice time,
13. Fickle2005, Surrey, UK.  Apr 28, 2007
We stayed here for 2 nights in April 2007. The quality of the villa, its furnishings and attention to detail on every level was excellent.
We ate at the villa one evening and the food (although quite pricey by local standards) was fantastic, and worth the added expense. Bearing this in mind, by UK prices, this was an absolute bargain with wonderful service.
Thanks to all the team at Villa Kusum for a very memorable stay.
12. Paul09, UK.  Apr 15, 2007
"Fantastic holiday experience!"
Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend?  absolutely!
I selected this hotel because ...  Beach / Sun, Great food / Wine
My age: 25-34
Traveling group: Family with young children
My visit was for: Quality time with family
My wife and two children spent seven nights here at the start of April 2007. The villa is stunning and luxurious as is the pool. We had the beach to ourselves about 1km in each direction, awesome. The food was excellent and always fresh and cooked to our specification. The staff were very helpful and we even had a guy who was personally responsible for looking after us. Our every need was catered for even down to ordering tuc tucs into Hikkaduwa in the evening, which incidently was very quiet. All in all it was an excellent stay and we were sad to leave.
Many thanks to Lammert, Jan and the staff for a fantastic holiday. We would reccomend this villa to all, definetly 5*
Liked: Everything
Disliked: Nothing
11. tigerlil 3 February 2007
The elephant orphanage is a wonderful place to go because you can feed baby elephants with a bottle. If you go in the middle of the morning or at 2 o'clock you can see them having a bath in the river. Nearby you get a ride on a very big fat elephant. It is exciting and nice to see elephants.

From Lily Hardcastle (age 7) and Phoebe Hardcastle (age 4).
10. dclarencejohn, south wales  Oct 28, 2006
Would I recommend this hotel to my best friend?  absolutely!
Hikkaduwa, Sunils Beach Hotel; I selected this hotel because ...  Beach / Sun, Other
My age: 35-49
Traveling group: Family (extended)
My visit was for: Quality time with family
My wife daughter and i stayed here in Feburary 06.
The rooms are basic but at a good price.
It has a very nice pool and the food is also exellent.
All the staff are exellent and we could not fault anyone.
The manager "Susil" spoke perfect English and also was very helpful.
"Lanka" the taxi driver is the man to take you on any long trips, maybe for just a few hours, pick up from the airport, or even a few days.
He speaks perfect English is extremelly intelligent, honest and a family man of the highest integrity, you could safely leave your daughter with him. If you intend to travel for a few days use Lanka you will not regret it. Exellent holiday and very rewarding for lots of reasons
Liked: very friendly staff
9. Maxus 23 September 2006
Galle Fort is a Sri Lankan ‘must see’ and is only a few minutes walk from Galle railway station (you can’t miss it). The Fort is free to get in and the sea breeze on the ramparts is a real treat. There are plenty of places to eat, drink and stay inside and outside the fort, watch out for touts, who can be a nuisance.

Galle is stuffed with history, the old gate tells anyone passing through it something about the history of the Fort, on one side is the Lion and the Unicorn of the British Coat of Arms on the other the Lions and Cock of the Dutch East India Company (VOC).
At the South West tip of Sri Lanka and on the west coast railway line (Colombo to Matara).
8. Maxus 23 September 2006
Browns Beach Hotel is a large sprawling place in Negombo, which I occasionally use as a base (it’s just 20 minutes from the airport). A package deal to Sri Lanka often costs about the same as a flight so you can leave your heavy gear here while you pop off on your travels.

Popular with British package tourists and more well-to-do Sri Lankans at the weekend (when the nightclub opens), Browns Beach is a friendly enough place with a large pool and several bars. In the season, the place gets full, in June I was one of around 20 guests, out-numbered 10 to 1 by staff.

Try to get one of the ground-floor chalet type rooms (practically on the beach) rather than the older upstairs rooms in the main building. All have AC and a fridge.
Negombo beach
7. Maxus 23 September 2006
The Minara Hotel is a well-managed and reasonably priced modern boutique hotel adjacent to the magnificent Bopath Ella Waterfall. No doubt it gets busy in the season but when we stayed in June 06 we had the place to ourselves.

I would recommend this place to any traveller (particularly those looking for a break from the grubby bed sheet circuit).

A small modern, professionally run place with air conditioned rooms, a good restaurant and unrivalled views of the falls.

6. I loved Negembo beach, also Colomboom - Manuel Fernandes. Date of travel: Feb 2006
Its a great place for the tourist to really enjoy the courtesy provided by the people of Sri Lanka . A Nice place to feel like a paradise. The Tea plantation, Elephant orphanage, the Silgiri rock, the Negombo beach which is famous for the fish.
5. Palm-fringed beaches - Jose Kokkad. Date of travel: Jan 2006
Sri Lanka is a great place for the budget traveler. There are exotic palm-fringed beaches, deliciously spiced seafood, tea gardens, Buddhist temples and a great deal more. Accommodation is expensive by local standards, but at a 100 Sri Lankan rupees to a dollar, the Western tourist can live like a king. Colombo is heavily guarded and always under threat. The beaches however are beautiful, the food is special and shopping is inexpensive. The Buddhist temples are worth visiting. Negombo, a quiet beach resort located north of Colombo is a good place to spend a few days in solitude.
4. Ben Lovett. Date of travel: Jun 2005
Had a fantastic trip to Sri Lanka, people very friendly and lots to see and do. We visited the tea plantations, elephant orphange (well worth a visit) and a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.... I would recommend Sri Lanka to anyone, if you want to sit back on a beach and relax then there are lots of beautiful ones, if you want to explore the island then you will not be bored.
3. Sue Preston. Date of travel: Jun 2005
Had a fantastic trip to Sri Lanka. There is so much more to this country than just beaches. We visited the elephant orphanage at Pinnawella, the Temples of Kandy, the tea plantations, which are set in some of the most fanatastic secenery I have ever seen and, we even did a jeep safari at the Yala national park where we were lucky enough to have a sighting of a leopard. The people in Sri Lanka are very friendly and are eager for tourists to return to their country after the disaster of the tsunami.
2. Franklin Paul. Date of travel: Mar 2005
Pinnawela Elephant orphanage is a must see in Srilanka. Best time to visit is Noon when the baby elephants are bottle fed at 13:15 hrs immediately followed by the elephants going to the river for bath at 14:00 hrs. One disappontment was to learn that half of the Yala national park in southeast coast is destroyed by the Tsunami. 
1. Andy Bell. Date of travel: Oct 2003
Fantastic beaches, friendly people, amazing wildlife and stunning natural beauty, Sri Lanka has something to offer everyone. I would particularly recommend visiting the rock of Sigiriya which you can walk to the top of for a fantastic view. Pinnawela elephant orphanage is really a must (if you are lucky you may get to feed a baby elephant). And I would especially like to mention the Kandalama hotel in Dambulla, the best hotel I have ever stayed in, it has a pool carved into the side of a mountain and you can lay back and look out across Sri Lanka. Combine these with the gorgeous beaches and people who can't do enough for you and you really are onto a winner.
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