Friday – day 6
Dawn was a little after six, and I saw the sun rise over Dutch Bay from the beach.
I probably shouldn’t ring hotels too early, so I waited until 7.30am. There was a bus to Jaffna at 9.30,and one to Anuradhapura at 9.45, so either way I had plenty of time. I got a room at London Palace, so 9.45 it was. One should catch the bus from where it starts, and be the terminal at least 20 minutes early to secure a seat. Standing would not be fun. So about 9am, after my omelette, I set off to the bus terminal.
The bus picks up and drops off people all along the route, so sometimes the bus is packed, and other times there are seats free. Right on time the bus departed.
We arrived in Anuradhapura at about 12.45, which was one hour early.
This turned out to be the nicest hotel I stayed at during the trip. After a shower and a meal I was ready to see the sights.
The tuk tuk driver at the bus station seemed OK; he had dropped me at the hotel. It was so hot I scrapped my plan to cycle around the sites, so I hired him to show them to me. It was supposed to be a three-hour tour, but I got him to stop off at the bus station to check schedules to Jaffna, and to a supermarket for some supplies, and thus get everything done in one go, so it was a bit longer.
The tour worked out well, and the half day I had in Anuradhapura was enough.
At night I had to try to book a room in Jaffna, but being a holiday weekend it was almost impossible. I ended up with a booking for a room with no air con and no bathroom for two nights, and then better accommodation for the next two nights, following which I have a train reservation back to Colombo.