After more than 1.5 years of working in Georgia, my boyfriend Jan and I are planning a big overland trip from Sri Lanka to Central Asia. We will start our journey in Sri Lanka in April and are hoping to find a nice and quiet beach where we can relax and enjoy decent but budget (app 25$ a night) and hopefuly beach front accommodation for a couple of days. What places could you recommend for this time a year ? We are not interested in fancy resort places as we are traveling on a budget. Having been to India and Thailand before, is Sri Lanka really more expensive than these countries (especially Thailand) ?
Google and travel forums led me to believe that the beaches around/of Mirissa and Arugam are quite nice, but maybe you know of some better options for April ?
Also, we are relying on the fact that we can get the Indian visa in Colombo or Kandy. I read that this shouldn't be a problem ?
And then a last question, what is the latest on the Sri Lanka - India ferry ? Can someone confirm that the colombo - tuticorin is still running, twice a week, for 60$ ?
Thank you so much :)
Greetings from Tbilisi