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Sri Lankan Highlights 26 December 09

Mon, 11/30/2009 - 10:52

Hi there, just wanted to make contact with others who are going on this trip departing 26th December (not sure why it comes up as 27th).  This is my first exodus trip and my first trip to Asia so I'm really looking forward to it.

Hope to hear from you.


Tue, 12/01/2009 - 12:25

Hi Sally Ann,
My name is Natalie, I'm 36, from Byfleet in Surrey and I'm really looking forward to going to Sri Lanka on Boxing Day.  Its my first holiday on my own ever so a bit apprehensive about not knowing anyone!  I went to Thailand a year ago and loved it so thought I'd give Sri Lanka a try.
Would be good to chat to you before we go!  Its coming up fast now, very excited!!!!

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 13:48

Hi Natalie

Sorry I've taken a few days to come back on the site.  Yes, its my first solo trip too so I was a bit apprehensive but I think it's going to be great.  Are you flying out of Heathrow or going from a regional airport?  I'm thinking of going down on the night of 25th and staying over cos I really hate getting up in the early hours! 

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 14:08

Hi Sally,
No worries, I'm going from Heathrow.  Where are you from?  I found out today there are more people in the group now, mainly in their 30's so I am sure we are all going to have a great time.  I am particularly looking forward to the elephant orphanage.  I was trying to figure out where we will be for New Years Eve.  I think we will be in Kandy.  I don't know how much travelling you have done but if you suffer from mosquito bites I would highly recommend taking Vitamin B tablets before you go! 

Fri, 12/04/2009 - 19:06

Hello, I'm Simon, I will also be on this trip and I'm travelling by myself.... This is my second trip with Exodus. I'm from Swindon, and will be taking the group flight from Heathrow.

Mon, 12/07/2009 - 13:33

Good to hear from another person on the trip.  I've been recommended to travel with Exodus by a few people at work who rate them very highly.  I've received a list of the other hotels now and they all look really good.  No doubt we will all bump into each other at Heathrow!!  I'm looking forward to some nice sunny weather after all this awful rain.

Tue, 12/08/2009 - 23:37
Hi Simon, good to hear from you, glad you'll be joining us.  Thanks for the Vitamin B tip Natalie and, yes, it will be really lovely to experience some good weather and gorgeous sights.  Had some jabs the other day for tetanus and hepatitis which wasn't too pleasant and gave me a couple of days of feeling like I'd been punched on the arm - hopefully it'll be worth it though!  I really need to start getting myself properly organised now but, even though I've not done any christmas shopping or organising, the very thought of it seems to render me incapable of sorting anything else out!  So any reminders on absolute "must remembers" will be gratefully received. How was your first trip with Exodus, Simon, presumably good as you're going with them again??  Best Wishes.  Sally
Thu, 12/10/2009 - 15:39

Hope you are both well.  I had a few problems with ordering currency today.  I wanted to take half rupees, half travellers cheques but my bank advised me that we can only take a small amount into the country around £30!  A bit annoying as I've only just found this out after I had already ordered it.  Banks are useless!  I'm checking with the team at Exodus to see what they would advise.  I know its cheaper to change money at the airport.  If you have any info on this please let me know!  Had my Typhoid booster today, ouch.  My work friend has just returned from Sri Lanka and she loved it.  She said the food & drink was very cheap and that generally places were very clean.  I will try and get some more tips from her to share with you all. 
Speak soon. Natalie

Thu, 12/10/2009 - 15:44

Hi All,
Me again!  Just spoken to Exodus and there is no problem with taking currency into the country so my bank are talking utter rubbish.  Thought I should just let you know in case I worried anyone.

Thu, 12/10/2009 - 17:46

Yes, I travelled to India\Nepal earlier in the year with Exodus and was very impressed.....I booked this trip not long ago, as it was convenient to use up the time over the xmas hols, where I'm off work anyway....

Currency is something else I need to sort out, but haven't found anywhere to buy it yet..... so I may just wait til the arrival airport...

Sat, 12/12/2009 - 20:44

Hi all - My name is Nicola and I am booked onto the Sri Lanka trip as well.

 Really looking forward to it - I have been to India and China a few years back but Sri Lanka was a bit unstable so missed it out. Have been on lots of similar trips but only once previously with Exodus. 

 As for the currency - have decided to get it from the airport on arrival - this was quite easy in India and it seems to be very tricky to get hold of outside of the country! 

 Another top tip to avoid mossie bites is garlic pills - changes your blood - I am a magnet to the blighters but don't like me when I have had garlic! 



Wed, 12/16/2009 - 09:27

Thanks for the tip on the garlic tablets.  I will bear that in mind.  Are you going on the group flight from Heathrow?  I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone.
I can't wait to finish work & get on that plane!  My last day is 23rd but its dragging!

Sun, 12/20/2009 - 11:24
Sun, 12/20/2009 - 11:25
Sun, 12/20/2009 - 23:52

Sounds like a good idea Natalie, thanks for suggesting it.  I've emailed through my contact details.  Re. currency (stupid question probably but haven't travelled much for a while!) those of you buying it at Colombo airport on arrival - would you be using sterling/card/dollars to purchase? And will it be open at half 2 in the morning? 



Mon, 12/21/2009 - 17:54

I was planning to take dollars and change them - I arrived in Delhi at 4 am and all of the exchange places were buzzing - most flights arrive in India at this time so think it will be safe enough assumption. The other option is loading a credit card so you don't get charged the interest which I have also done before.

 Will send through contact details - I am planning to check in online for the group flight.

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