Best Places for Backpackers in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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Top 47 hostels in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

These are the 47 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

1
The Deane Residence

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The Deane Residence

The Deane Residence is located on Gunaratna Avenue, Off Thimbirigasyaya road, Colombo 05. It is walking distance to the Independence Arcade, Indian Visa Center, Russian, British, Chinese & Canadian Embassies. There is a big Keels Super market 100 meters from the hostel, and many restaurants further...
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Colombo Mount Beach Hostel

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Colombo Mount Beach Hostel

Offering an outdoor Sea View Roof terrace, Colombo Mount Beach Hostel is located in Mount Lavinia. There are many common areas with TV with cable TV facilities and outdoor dining areas All the common areas are open 24 hours. Colombo mount beach Hostel is located approximate close to the Beach a...
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Moss Colombo

97 /100

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Moss Colombo

Moss Colombo is located on close to the Thummulla Junction, just a 5 minute walk away from the Colombo’s best cafes, art galleries (Barefoot & Paradise Road), restaurants (Green Cabin and Gallery Cafe), shopping (Majestic City) and the ocean. Spacious air-conditioned rooms come equipped with cool...
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Groove House Hostels

97 /100

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Groove House Hostels

With Free Wi-Fi throughout the property, all rooms at Groove House Hostels are equipped with an attached bathroom, Air Conditioning and Hot Water. You are sure to experience a "one of a kind" experience at Groove House Hostels. Various entertainment activities are offered to guests on selected da...
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Star Anise Boutique Capsules

96 /100

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Star Anise Boutique Capsules

Star Anise is housed in a historic 2-Story conservation colonial Shop House that is nestled in the cultural heart of Colombo. Star Anise is a luxury capsule hotel that offers travelers private sleeping sanctums that is inviting and decked in an antique and modern designer finishing. Want to in...
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Bunkyard Hostels

93 /100

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Bunkyard Hostels

A traveler's journey is a mixture of excitement, uncertainty, and exploring the roads less traveled. While taking the plunge into the unknown is enthralling, sometimes, it can seem daunting, this is where we would like to help. Sri Lanka is a country rich with culture, diversity and history so we he...
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Evergreen Colombo

92 /100

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Evergreen Colombo

Come enjoy Sri Lanka and all that it has to offer with the comforts you would expect from a Western establishment. We provide comfy dorms beds each with their own power socket, light and USB charging ports. All the rooms have A/C and large lockers to secure your items in. If you feel a bit fancier w...
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C1 Colombo Fort

92 /100

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C1 Colombo Fort

Set in Colombo and within a 7-minute walk of Khan Clock Tower, C 1 Colombo Fort has a garden, rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. C1 Colombo Fort is situated a short distance from attractions such as World Trade Center - Sri Lanka. C1 Colombo Fort is located 2.6 km from U.S. Embassy and 3....
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Drift BnB Colombo

92 /100

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Drift BnB Colombo

DRIFT BnB is a cosy modern 14 room hostel located in the center of Colombo 3 with free high speed Wi-Fi available throughout the building. We offer both double rooms and shared dorms that come with air conditioning, state of the art rain showers, extra long mattresses, free toiletries and stand fans...
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10
My Little Island Hostel

91 /100

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My Little Island Hostel

My Little Island - Hostel and Cafe We offer Mixed dorms and Private rooms. We are a non-judgmental place where people from all backgrounds and orientations are welcome. Our main aim is to be a rendezvous point for travelers. The space is designed in a manner to provide many hangout areas. We have...
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Hangover Hostels Signature @ Colombo City

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Hangover Hostels Signature @ Colombo City

Hangover Hostels Colombo is the perfect place to stay after a long travel or a day exploring the city. Centrally located in the heart of Colombo, the hostel offers easy access to all must-see attractions. The neighborhood is a vibrant area between Saint Peter’s College and the Ocean Drive with...
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Island Hostels Mount Lavinia

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Island Hostels Mount Lavinia

Overlooking one of the most popular beaches in Sri Lanka, Island Hostels Mount Lavinia is a short fifteen minute drive from the island’s capital, Colombo. The location is ideal to explore and discover some of the most exciting and entertaining areas of the country. Mount Lavinia is best known for it...
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Clock Inn Dehiwala

88 /100

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Clock Inn Dehiwala

Strategically located in Dehiwala, Clock Inn Dehiwala is closer to the Mount Lavinia beaches and night life. It is 10 minutes away from the beautiful beaches and night life and 20 minutes away from the Colombo City Centre. The key focus of Clock Inn Dehiwala is to drive the prices down even more...
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Steps Backpackers Hostel

88 /100

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Steps Backpackers Hostel

Steps backpackers hostel is located in the heart of Colombo and its a very convenient location for explore Colombo city and easily you can get public transportation to reach visa extension office as well as to the air port. Close to US & Indian embassy. We are offering clean, sunny, comfortable r...
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Colombo Lavinia Beach Hostel

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Colombo Lavinia Beach Hostel

Located on the south side of Colombo, the Lavinia Beach Hostel is only a 2 minute walk to the beautiful Mount Lavinia beach where the golden sand is lined with pubs and restaurants. Walking in the other direction to the main road you‘ll find supermarkets, take-away outlets, clothing stores and even...
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Thilhara Days Inn

86 /100

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Thilhara Days Inn

Located in the heart of Colombo, the property is within walking distance of all facilities, and a very quick taxi ride to all major areas of the city ( the famous central Beira lake & Gangarama Temple is within walking distance ). Hotel has 15 deluxe rooms and 3 suite rooms ( triple ) that has ho...
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Mount Lavinia Home Stay

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Mount Lavinia Home Stay

The House is situated 33 km. away from the Colombo International airport. 10 km. away from the Colombo City. 3 minutes walk to the Beach. 3 minutes walk to the Restaurants. Hotels. Take away outlets. Pubs. Odel. Clothing Store. Super Markets. KFC, Burger King. Places of Worship. Banks. Bus Sto...
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Lanka Hostels Colombo

86 /100

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Lanka Hostels Colombo

We Are LHC!. Probably the best Hostel in Colombo or in Sri Lanka some say. The only hostel in the Colombo city with a Pool and Air conditioned dorms. We are located in the heart of the city. LHC is located 3.6 Km's away from the central bus stand. 5 minutes walk to the beach, malls, most happeni...
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Colombo Beach Hostel By Nomadic

84 /100

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Colombo Beach Hostel By Nomadic

Colombo Beach Hostel, located on De Saram Road, Mount Lavinia is undoubtedly a backpacker’s perfect choice to start and end their exploration of Sri Lanka. The home of Nomadic Hostels Sri Lanka, we will help you with your journey of the Island. Having a restaurant of our own, we are located in clos...
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Lilac by Seclusion

83 /100

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Lilac by Seclusion

We are currently running a 20% off introductory offer on our dorm beds, 15% off introductory offer on our family room and 10% off introductory offer on our budget double room !! Located in the center of Colombo, Lilac by Solution is a hop away from restaurants, entertainment centres and historica...
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Island Hostels Colombo

83 /100

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Island Hostels Colombo

We are not your average hostel, located in prime locations around the Island our debut hostels can be found in both the scenic beach suburb of Colombo, Mount La vinia and in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Capital, Colombo 3. Here at Island Hostels, leave your preconceived notions of hostels behind, wa...
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CityRest - Fort

83 /100

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CityRest - Fort

CityRest Fort is located at the heart of Colombo’s City Centre with easy access to the City’s main Bus and Train stations and offers clean and comfortable accommodation to budget conscious travelers and backpackers. The Motel comprises of 17 Quadruple and Triple Dorm rooms as well as Private bedroom...
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Hitchhike Backpackers

83 /100

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Hitchhike Backpackers

As a family with a wealth of travelling experience we identified the need for a genuine backpackers hostel in Colombo, one that fulfils the main things we wanted when we travelled, a place that was clean, comfortable, safe and not to forget, good value for money! There are a variety of dorms and...
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Colombo City Jumbo Hostel

82 /100

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Colombo City Jumbo Hostel

Colombo City Jumbo Hostel is located in the heart of Colombo within close proximity to the main attractions such as the Gangaramaya Temple, Viharamahadevi Park, National Museaum, Beire Lake...We provide clean and comfortable accommodation as bunk beds ideally for single bed travelers. Colombo Cit...
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Casons B&B

81 /100

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Casons B&B

Casons B&B is one of the most preferred budget hotel in town that offers personalized service and make you feel home. Casons B&B warmly welcomes you to enjoy your stay in its brand new and tastefully designed room(s). No matter you are on a Business trip or leisure, travelling alone or with family/f...
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Clock Inn Colombo

79 /100

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Clock Inn Colombo

Located in Galle Road Colombo 03 (Colpetty); its a mere stroll a way from the Indian Ocean. Beds & Dorms- consists of 4 to 6 Beds per Dorm Room, Shared Bathrooms with hot showers, Air Condition, Private Lockers, Free WiFi. Private Rooms- consists of a King Size Double Bed, Private Bathroom wit...
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Hostel at Galle Face

78 /100

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Hostel at Galle Face

Location, location,, location!! Our hostel is less than just 2 min walk from the iconic "Galle Face Green" which is located in the centre of Colombo. Our small cozy hostel offers comfortable air-conditioned dorms with lockers, hot water showers, free wifi, cable TV and a simple complimentary breakfa...
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Colombo Downtown Monkey

75 /100

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Colombo Downtown Monkey

In the transport Hub of the city, Colombo Downtown Monkey is just 5 minutes walk from the Colombo Fort train station and main bus Station. Peaceful Beire lake is next to it and Galle face green / Historic Parliament building is also just 5 minutes walk. World Trade Centre and the Colombo Dutch Hos...
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Bed and Bicycle Hostel

70 /100

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Bed and Bicycle Hostel

Bed & Bicycle is a backpackers hostel located just outside Colombo, 10 minutes away from the beach. The atmosphere is homely, chilled out and peaceful with its comfortable indoor & outdoor lounge areas as well as a rooftop overlooking the neighborhood. The beds are made super comfy with 8'' thick sp...
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Tuk Tuk Hostels

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Tuk Tuk Hostels

Tuk Tuk Hostels is located in the heart of Colombo and offers its occupants everything they need to enjoy a perfect holiday just a Tuk ride away. From spaciously designed dorm rooms to cozy and cocooned private rooms we at Tuk Tuk hostels believe in giving our customers an option. Breakfast i...
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Backpackers Paradise Colombo

66 /100

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Backpackers Paradise Colombo

Backpackers Paradise Colombo is a well appointed hostel, catering to discerning backpackers who want clean, tidy and affordable accommodation, close to transport and other facilities and is centrally located. We are a backpackers hostel with bunk beds and may not be suitable for Guest house type...
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Backpack Lanka-Central Colombo

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Backpack Lanka-Central Colombo

Backpack Lanka is located at the heart of Colombo, Colombo 03, Colpetty to be exact which is about 40 minutes from the main international airport. Right on R. A. de Mel Mawatha (also known as Duplication Road) we’re a located on one of Colombo’s busiest roads, across from Liberty Plaza (shopping...
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Thambili Island @ Stubbs

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Thambili Island @ Stubbs

Accessible, Quite, Clean & Air Conditioned !. We have 16 recently renovated rooms with balconies, and a dormitory situated in the heart of Colombo yet in a calm residential area. Easy access by buses or tuk tuk during anytime of the day. All rooms are fully air conditioned with complementary Wi-F...
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Escapade by LVB

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Escapade by LVB

Escapade by LVB is located by the Bolgoda lake,the biggest natural basinin Sri Lanka, home to a wide range of birds and wildlife . The hostel offers a shared room, a double room and a dorm with 8 bunk beds. All rooms have AC,hot water, free WIFI and ensuite bathrooms. Outdoor swimming pool, water s...
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Fern Colombo

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Fern Colombo

The Property is designed to incorporate its surroundings with big windows and lots of light coming into the rooms. Each room is unique and has its own characteristics. Equipped with comfy king and queen size beds, Cable TV, the best high pressured hot water shower and great location make this th...
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Hotel 12

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Hotel 12

Imagine watching the beautiful fiery sun setting below the fierce expanse of the Indian Ocean as you sip a sun downer. At Hotel Twelve, you don’t need to leave these to your imagination all you need to do is experience them! Whether you are on holiday or on business, we have something to suit you...
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Royal Marine Inn

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Royal Marine Inn

Boasting a terrace, Royal Marine Inn is located a short distance from Barefoot Gallery and Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple. Local points of interest like R Premadasa Stadium and Colombo Town Hall are reachable within 6 km and 2.4 km, respectively. All rooms have private bathroom with free toiletries...
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FR16 by The Amber Collection

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FR16 by The Amber Collection

Located in the heart of Colombo FR16 offers spacious and comfortable apartments with semi luxury facilities and amenities to make your stay nothing short of comfortable and delightful. With all the main spots of Colombo city very close to FR16, our location is convenient and we have taxi service...
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Coral Breeze Colombo

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Coral Breeze Colombo

Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a seating area with sofa, flat-screen satellite TV and work desk. Featuring a shower, private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. At Coral Breeze Colombo you will find a 24-hour front desk, other facilities offered at the property include grocery...
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Bunky Monkey Hostels

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Bunky Monkey Hostels

Bunky Monkey's bunks are clean, comfortable & convenient, with a reading lamp and foldable laptop desk for every bunk. Apart from the bunks the space offers 2 private rooms. The rooftop bar offers a view of the Indian Ocean & marine drive. With its location in the heart of the city guests can ea...
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Waterfront Apartment Hotel

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Waterfront Apartment Hotel

Waterfront is the perfect Apartment Hotel for the discerning traveler. Located in an idyllic environment on the outskirts of the city bordering the Administrative Capital, complimented by waterways and a bird sanctuary, We offer the experience of living in a calm residential neighborhood away fr...
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My Story Hostel

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My Story Hostel

Where Old Charm meets New Design. My Story Hostel located in one of the most central locations in Colombo in probably Sri Lanka’s first condominium building “Bogala Court”; T&V Boutique Apartments presents a tastefully decorated hostel called My Story Hostel in this vintage building with 5 en-sui...
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VJ City Hotel

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VJ City Hotel

VJ City Hotel provides you our service with great hospitality, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers , Non-Smoking/ Smoking Rooms, Express Check-In/Check-Out, Public and Private spaces for non-smoking/ Smoking, Air-conditioning available. Airport Shuttle , Laundry , Ironing Service , Fax/Photocopying....
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Lafala Hotel

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Lafala Hotel

This property is 2 minutes walk from the beach. Modern rooms and apartments with free Wi-Fi and a balcony are found at Lafala Hotel & Service Apartment. 2 km from the city centre, it features a sea view restaurant, 24-hour front desk and garden. Lafala Hotel & Service Apartment is 100 m from Well...
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Ameesha Lodge

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Ameesha Lodge

Ameesha Lodge is spacious accommodation with large rooms, own balconies, large siting, living, dining areas. There are 6 rooms with en-suite. Each room can accommodate extra single bed if required and one large family suite consist of 3 rooms and can accommodate up to 6 guests. The lodge is clos...
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City Motel

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City Motel

CityRest Motel is situated in the adrenaline filled market district of Pettah in Colombo. The area comes to life during the day with many traders, bargain hunters and discount re-sellers marketing their wares all over the area. It is the perfect place for visitors to pick up a great bargain or a sou...
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Heina Villa

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Heina Villa

A four bed roomed, 3 tier Villa in Colombo with a beautiful garden, which can accommodate four different groups, situated in an artistic location in salubrious conditions is available for your next vacation. Self catering facilities and a restaurant are also available for your convenience. Her...
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