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Getting Around

It's not so easy to travel around this beautiful Sri Lanka. While in the Colombo and suburbs there are taxis and tuk tuks that offer inexpensive and speedy services 24 hours a day it's always advised to check if they are meter taxis and to make sure to zero the meter. Although you can be sure the route taken wouldn't be the shortest.

Travelling takes time in Sri Lanka because of the congested roads and the lack of flyovers and highways and a trip of 300 km takes 10 hours. But travelling out of Colombo either in any coastal or hill country route guarantees you picturesque view. But we recommend you to be driven around than drive by yourself because there may be traffic rules, but nobody seems to care about them.

An alternative to buses and tuk tuks which are slow and sometimes dangerous is to rent a private driver with a vehicle. Especially while travelling in a group and with children, this would be the most comfortable and reasonable way.

Travelling by train is slower, it's more comfortable and the journey is calmer. Travelling by train is the most low-cost, safe and pleasurable traveling method. The Colombo Fort railway station, which is the central Railway station, takes all travelers to different parts of the island which covers most of the significant places in Sri Lanka.

The three main lines the trains operate are
  • The Coastal lines starts from Colombo, through Aluthgama, Hikkaduwa, Galle and stops in Matara running south. While the Colombo Puttalam line runs along the North West coast and an inland line (Kelani Valley) runs to Avissawella
  • The hill country lines start from Colombo goes through Kandy, Nanu Oya (Nuwara Eliya) and to Badulla.
  • The Northern line starts from Colombo and goes through Anuradhapura to Vavuniya. One line branches off to reach Trincomalee, while another branches off and heads to Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa

There are three classes on Sri Lankan trains.
  • First class has air-conditioned coaches with sleeping docks and observation compartments, but is available only on few lines.
  • Second class has padded seats and fans and it's less crowded than the 3rd class in general
  • Third class is very cheap and always crowded, but if fortunate you'll get a seat

Information desk - (No 10) at Fort station in Colombo
Information office 244 0048
www.railway.gov.lk

Air Taxis
Getting to the destination, saving the journey time is preferred by some. So why not do it with an aerial view of this beautiful island. Since recent past domestic air traveling has increased in Sri Lanka. Most of the important places in Sri Lanka are covered by them. For more information of these contacts, please check our flight section

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