Bandaranaike International Airport, located 30km
off Capital Colombo, is the only international airport in Sri Lanka. One can
reach there by taxi or bus plying at regular intervals between the city and
the airport. One can also catch a train for reaching the airport. Facilities
like bank counters for money exchange, bar, restaurant, and tourist
information have been provided at the airport. Air tickets can be bought
from the offices of several airlihes.
Sri Lanka has four international ports including
Colombo, Talaimannar, Trincomalee, and Galle. Some cruise liners sailing
around India and Maldives, or on longer cruises from Singapore to Dubai port
in Colombo. Others commence at Colombo and head for Indonesia via Malaysia
and Singapore. Usual cruising season is from month of October through May
and cruises take about 12 to 16 days to complete the journey. However,
continuous ethnic conflict has stopped the ferry service plying between
Rameswaram in South India and Sri Lanka.
How to Move Around
Domestic airport of Colombo is located at
Ratamalana. Daily flights Operate for Batticaloa, Gal Oya, Palali, and
Trincomalee. However, flights to Jaffna are not available for they have been
disrupted by continuous.
Trains are the cheapest and perhaps the best way
to see Sri Lanka. Trains are available for all major tourist towns, but
number of first-class or air-conditioning carriages is few. An inter-city
express service connects Colombo with Kandy. Train services to Jaffna been
Sri Lanka has an extensive network of roads reaching
to all parts of the island. Buses plying on these roads connect all parts of
the country. Two main types of buses in Sri Lanka are: Central Transport
Board buses and private buses. Costs of these buses are easily affordable.
However one should be ready of jostling with the crowds.
One can avail taxis in any of the towns. However it
is advisable to discuss the price before boarding. You can't expect to find
the metered-taxis out of the big towns. Even in those taxis, you should
first negotiate the price before getting in. The three-wheelers or
auto-rickshaws are found in all towns of the country. In tourists spots as
well as outside the railway stations and bus stops, three wheelers are
easily available. The rule of negotiating the price implies itself here too.
You can hire a car for moving around the
country. Several car rental shops are available to choose from. This way you
would be able to escape the rush of public transport. Costs of hiring are
also not much and common tourists can afford them.