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    Hello! What an outstanding resource! We are hoping for some advice. We will be staying in Negombo upon arrival in SL and wish to travel to Anuradhapura as our first destination. Should we hire a car or take the train? (It looks like the train leaves from Colombo.) From there, we envision stopping in Sigariya for 3 nights as a jumping off point for various destinations in the Cultural Triangle. Any better ideas? Thereafter, onto Trincomalee. Should we hire a one-way car to Trinco? Thank you for any assistance!


    Hi Nette,

    It is definitely a good idea to take at least one train ride when you visit Sri Lanka. There is no need to backtrack to Colombo though, you can take the train from either Veyangoda or Mirigama, both about an hour by taxi from Negombo.

    To better advise on the rest of the trip please let us know how many days you plan to stay in Trinco, this will determine whether it is better to do one-way or round-trip hires. There is always the possibility of taking the train back from Trinco to Colombo also.

    Kind Regards,

    John – Admin


    Dear John,
    Thanks! Good to know about rail stations in Veyangoda or Mirigama! In total we have 14 days in the country. After a day exploring Anuradhapura, we are thinking our first base could be Sigariya to see the Rock, Kaudulla NP, and maybe Dambulla (unless other cave temples can substitute) . Then 2 nights in Trinco to experience Tamil culture, enjoy the beach and hopefully spot whales. Other places on our list include: Horton Plains NP for hiking Worlds End, Yala NP for safari, Weligama for snorkeling/diving, and Galle. Definitely open to other suggestions, especially regarding safari options. Note we are 2 adults and our 8 year old son. As a result, climbing Adam’s Peak and white water rafting in Kitulgala will have to wait until a future visit when he is older.


    Hi Nette,

    What time of the year are you planning?

    Based on a rough circle of the island as you have detailed with some extra km for unplanned sightseeing you will probably be covering some 1200-1400km in 14 days (based on round-trip with no train). There is probably not going to much difference between taking a driver for the entire trip or organising one-way hires from each destination (including a few train rides and local cabs to go sightseeing).

    The route in general looks sensible to me, but the time of year should also be considered.

    Kind Regards,

    John – Admin


    Thanks, that is helpful. We are actually heading there soon – arriving Saturday the 25th of March. We of course do not want to spend all of our time in transit, and may have to cut out one or two sights along the way in order to enjoy the others more fully. In any event, looking forward to our adventure! I may pop back in with additional questions as other details come together.

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    Dear Nette,

    When looking at your Itinerary first try to make proper plan.

    Day 1 – Arriving to Colombo
    Day 2 – Either take Taxi or Train to Anuradapura
    Day 3 – Anuradapura to Trincomalee
    Day 4 – etc….

    But to discover the Tamil culture the best place is Jaffna and not the Trincomalee. In Trincomalee there is lot of mixed culture.

    Admin – I hope we are welcome to offer our offers here. If not kindly please remove section below 🙂

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    You can contact info@lankacarhire.com if interested.



    Hi Lanka Car Hire,

    Thanks for your reply, I am going to remove the quote and ask that we limit offers to the “Request a Quote” forum unless of course the poster specifically asks for a quote in this forum. Rules for all forums will be published very shortly.

    Also, sometimes you have to be prepared for the traveller who does not want to plan every day. Sometimes it can cost more but this level of freedom from decision making is sometimes worth it to those who want an escape from making a plan 🙂

    Kind Regards,

    John – Admin

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    Dear Admin,

    Thank you very much for your kindness. Appreciate that.

    Yes of course we have to be prepared for any situation and we are flexible. 🙂

    Thank you

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