I’m really looking forward to SL – my father served on a battleship there during WWII, and sounds like good scenery and historic sights. I won’t get there until Jan 2011, so am planning for Japan and South Korea right now.
.-= Kathy aka mytimetotravel´s recent blog ..Where Next? =-.
Thanks for visiting the site. Lonely Planet is right that there can be some issues with women on very crowded buses (usually the none air conditioned in town ones) and crowded trains. Although this also happens in Japan, so it is just a matter of being aware.
As for car and driver vs tour, it all just depends on your budget. Train travel can be a slightly less crowded option, or the intercity air conditioned buses that are smaller and thus not as easy for people to get frisky.
Prices are relatively cheap in Sri Lanka so hiring a car and driver can be reasonable. Like I said, it all depends on your budget. Perhaps a car and driver to start and then more local transport the farther you get from Colombo.
By the way, you are officailly this sites 300th commenter! Thanks a bunch and while I don’t have a prize for you, I’m happy to help with your Sri Lanka trip where I can. Cheers
.-= Todd Wassel´s recent blog ..Experiencing Sri Lanka’s Providence- Part 2: The Ancient Buddha Rock Statues of Polonnaruwa =-.