Lonely Planet: Sri Lanka

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Lonely Planet knows Sri Lanka. With our 11th edition we help you board the train to the lush tea plantations of Ella, show you where the spotten leopards hide, lead you to Sigiriya's mysterious ancient ruins and when your adventuring is done, reveal the nation's most-secluded beaches.

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Lonely Planet knows Sri Lanka. With our 11th edition we help you board the train to the lush tea plantations of Ella, show you where the spotten leopards hide, lead you to Sigiriya's mysterious ancient ruins and when your adventuring is done, reveal the nation's most-secluded beaches.

Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip.

In This Guide:

Complete national-parks table leads you to the best elephant-spotting Detailed research on safe travel Unique Green Index directs you to sustainable listings

Fact-filled, with invaluable practical information, color photos and a fold-out map.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741048353
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Country Travel Guide Series
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

On the Road 4

Traveller Highlights 5

Destination Sri Lanka 15

Getting Started 16

Itineraries 22

History 26

The Culture 38

Food & Drink 56

Environment 65

Colombo 75

History 76

Orientation 76

Information 76

Dangers & Annoyances 82

Sights 83

Activities 89

Festivals & Events 91

Sleeping 91

Eating 94

Drinking 96

Entertainment 96

Shopping 97

Getting There & Away 98

Getting Around 99

West Coast 102

North of Colombo 103

Wilpattu National Park 103

Puttalam & Around 104

Puttalam to Negombo 104

Negombo 105

Around Negombo 109

South of Colombo 110

Kalutara & Wadduwa 110

Beruwela & Moragalle 111

Aluthgama, Bentota & Induruwa 112

Kosgoda 115

Ambalangoda & Around 115

Hikkaduwa & Around 117

The South 123

Galle 124

Around Galle 131

Unawatuna 132

Unawatuna to Koggala 135

Ahangama & Midigama 136

Weligama 137

Mirissa 138

Matara 139

Matara to Tangalla 141

Tangalla 142

Mulkirigala 145

Hambantota 145

Bundala National Park 146

Tissamaharama 146

Around Tissamaharama 149

Yala National Park 150

Kataragama 152

The Hill Country 155

Colombo to Kandy 156

Kandy 157

Around Kandy 171

East of Kandy 174

Adam's Peak (Sri Pada) 175

Around Adam's Peak 177

Kitulgala 178

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya 179

Nuwara Eliya 180

Horton Plains National Park & World's End 187

Belihul Oya 189

Haputale 190

Bandarawela 193

Ella 195

Around Ella 199

Badulla 200

Wellawaya 202

Embilipitiya 203

Uda Walawe National Park 203

Sinharaja Forest Reserve 204

Sinharaja to Ratnapura 207

Ratnapura 207

The Ancient Cities 211

Matale 213

Nalanda 214

Dambulla 214

Sigiriya 217

Polonnaruwa 221

AroundPolonnaruwa 227

National Parks 228

Habarana 229

Ritigala 230

Aukana 231

Anuradhapura 231

Mihintale 238

Yapahuwa 242

Padeniya 242

Panduwasnuwara 242

Ridi Vihara 242

Kurunegala 243

The East 245

Monaragala 246

Around Monaragala 247

Pottuvil 248

Arugam Bay 248

South of Arugam Bay 252

Ampara 253

Around Ampara 255

Batticaloa 255

Around Batticaloa 258

Trincomalee 260

Around Trincomalee 263

Jaffna & the North 267

Vavuniya 270

Vavuniya to Mannar 272

Mannar 273

Jaffna 274

Jaffna Peninsula 282

Jaffna's Offshore Islands 284

Directory 286

Transport 304

Health 312

Language 318

Glossary 324

The Authors 326

Behind the Scenes 328

Index 333

Map Legend 340

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