Hotels and beaches in Colombo

Коломбо, Шри-Ланка The Grand Orient hotel in Colombo

Colombo cannot be called the capital of budget hotels. Unfortunately, to find a budget hotel with acceptable quality at a reasonable price and with good location is almost impossible. There is a clear shortage of middle-sized hotels of good quality for an average price of: here you can find or expensive hotels from $ 50 per room or dead backpacker guesthouses $ 25 with cockroaches and dirty sheets.

In other words, don't expect to clear $ 30 a double room with all amenities. Is more likely to expect to spend for a normal room at least $ 50, and then, when booking in advance. So if possible, book hotels in Colombo in advance in any season. If you do decide to look for a hotel on the site, don't forget to hard bargain. Originally called rates overestimated at times and sometimes you can bargain to even lower prices than booking in advance.

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Hotels in Colombo are scattered throughout the city, a single concentration in a tourist place no. If you are staying in Colombo at the beginning or at the end of the journey for a couple of days to explore the city, go for a run in his sights and to go further, it is best to choose a hotel closer to the center, i.e. to the areas of Colombo Fort or Pettah.

Коломбо, Шри-Ланка In mount Lavinia, Colombo
So you will be closer to all the attractions, transport (bus and railway station are located in the Pettah area), and entertainment. The actual areas Colmbo Fort and Pettah very interesting for evening walks, and the Pettah district is the oldest and most colorful. To find a location in these areas, and next to them is possible, but you have to find and hard to bargain, because prices initially called sometimes simply speculative.

If you do not plan to stay in Colombo, and want to use it as a staging point to rest after or before a long flight, you can stay at a hotel in the airport area. There are a few hotels at an affordable price, just in order to rest for the night. But keep in mind that a quick dash to the city and to walk on it will fail: trip "quick" is possible only by taxi, and will take 1-2 hours one way depending on the congestion on the roads. If the intention is to walk around the city, it is better to immediately go to the town and to stay at the hotel.

Коломбо, Шри-Ланка The beach in mount Lavinia

The Mount Lavinia. There in Colombo special district – mount Lavinia (Mount Lavinia, Mt Lavinia) and surrounding areas. District mount Lavinia stretched out on the coast South of the city. Although administratively it is a suburb of Colombo, it is considered an urban area and back to Colombo. The advantage of choosing a hotel here is that, from here, you will be not too far from the city center and near the beach. The beach here is sandy and good for swimming and sunbathing, while the perfect. Yes, and the neighborhood is adorable and very different rhythm from the city centre: it is quieter and calmer, though at first sight it may seem that this is a real slum. Here you can find cheap hotels and guesthouses already on arrival into place, but the problem is that they are not at every step, and have not a few stray, before you can stumble to the hotel. In short, if you decide to stay for a holiday in Colombo for a few days-a week, better place than mount Lavinia to find.

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Elena 1207 26 may 2017, 00:28
Sorry, I bought the plane tickets there and back, November 11 in Colombo and 11 December from Colombo. Thought wrong, turns out I'm leaving for 31 days. A visa for 30 days, what should I do? ...
admin 26 may 2017, 06:13
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Paul M 15 Dec 2017, 00:15

I can't find a website where you can buy a ticket from Ella to Hikkaduwa on any train or bus.

Also wanted to ask about the local mobile operators. Necessary mostly the Internet. Suggest some kind of network? Just there to buy a SIM card (Colombo) and what the price would be for a package where a few minutes, but a lot of the Internet?

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admin 15 Dec 2017, 09:49
Hello Paul! And you will not find such a site. First, there are no such websites, electronic ticketing on trains and buses in Sri Lanka does not exist; and secondly, from Ella to Hikkaduwa can be reached only with a change in Colombo. Generally you do not see this as a big problem, tickets for 2 and 3 class will be able to buy on the spot right before the departure. Timetable here ... on?lang=en If you definitely want to travel first class in observation car, then it is better to buy in advance the plot of Ella-Colombo, but not necessarily. Available in advance through special sites to the Agency with a large wrap, but it will not be an e-ticket and the paper that you get in the place.
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Lauryn 15 Dec 2017, 17:33
Good evening!
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admin 15 Dec 2017, 17:38
Do not see the advantages of what to do at the airport. First of all expensive and secondly have at the airport to spend more time, you need it. Make from home a few days everything will be ready. ...