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Sri Lanka (Bradt Travel Guides) Paperback – 9 Jan 2014

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 5 edition (9 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841624853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841624853
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'An engaging written companion with practical information of the sort only a resident could impart.' Book magazine for librarians 'The definitive gazetteer to the island' Chris Haslam, Wanderlust 'Recommended' Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Travel writer Royston Ellis has lived in Sri Lanka since 1980. He is the author of 60 novels, guidebooks and biographies and also Bradt's Maldives.


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There aren't a huge number of guides to Sri Lanka and this one had pictures which swung it. Its a good basic guide however despite being updated in 2014 it feels as though as the writer is still living in colonial Sri Lanka and a bit out of touch with the modern country, For example advising ladies to pack a cocktail dress in case of a last minute invite to a cocktail party and suggesting men could "have a safari suit made locally" for such an occasion. I don't usually like Lonely Planet guides but on this occasion Lonely PLanet was far more comprehensive and relevant
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Royston Ellis lives in the country and explains the cultural traditions, festivals and etiquette which so often baffle a visitor. He urges the reader to absorb the sway and gentleness of Sri Lankan life and to listen to their stories without comparing their way of life to the one left behind at home. A non Sri Lankan is always regarded as a foreigner, even one who has lived in the country as long as Royston himself, and will be welcomed by friendly people renowned for their hospitality. Royston Ellis has a reputation for honest and accurate information which he sources personally. As a frequent visitor to Sri Lanka, I would recommend this travel guide to keep up to date with the many changes taking place in this rapidly developing country.
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This is travel writing, not a travel guide. Mildly interesting if you are interested in 20+ years of experience, but of very little use to plan your own trip.

Specific examples include writing more about one hotel in Ella than things to do once there, my personal favourite about how the author saw an elephant on the side of the road when travelling to Trinco, and a paragraph on receiving a random person's recommendation for a day's activity from ten years ago.
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After always buying LP books I thought I'd try something else. Great read full of interesting facts and Mr Ellis lives on Sri Lanka so knows his onions. Well that's what I'm led to believe. The proof will be when I visit the Island
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HASH(0x9537f5f0) out of 5 stars Not the Bradt You're Looking For 17 Mar. 2015
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A bizarre misfire from the generally rock-solid Bradt guides. Everything feels off – from the ambling hotel descriptions long on historical details and personal anecdotes but short on options to the rather militant focus on the tourist trail. Have you bought the Bradt because it steered you on remote mining camp visits in Guyana or hitchhiking adventures in Kurdistan? Well get ready for a book with letters from 80-year-olds bragging about how they took a tuk-tuk on a guided tour in the middle of the country. There’s a genteel, almost neo-colonialist attitude that creeps through the book, which lacks the sharp wit and editorial eye of the series best (Ethiopia and Madagascar for my money). According to this guidebook, here are some things best avoided: buses, self-directed car hire, most hotels below $150 a night and the entire North of the country except maybe Jaffna.

While there might be an audience for this sort of guide, it’s certainly not the normal Bradt audience.
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HASH(0x9515de28) out of 5 stars Useless. 26 Jun. 2014
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Worst travel guide ever. Not worth the paper it is printed on. Do not waste your money.
There are no great guides for Sri Lanka, but Lonely Planet is better. Or use the internet.
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