Travel options in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tiny island and getting around is very convenient given its well-connected road network. It also has a decent public transportation system that can get you around making Sri Lanka travel very affordable. For an extra thrill, consider renting a tuk-tuk or a scooter to truly explore the hidden gems of Sri Lanka.

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Getting around Sri Lanka

  • Air-taxi

Though domestic travel is not very popular in Sri Lanka, you can still charter a private flight to get around the country from Colombo. You are surely going to love the scenic birds eye view of the island as you go through the natural landscapes. These range from the hills of Kandy to the coastlines of Sri Lanka! It’s surely is a luxurious experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

  • Train

Not only is it cheap to use the train to travel in Sri Lanka, but it offers some breathtaking views of the country too. From picturesque views of the natural landscape, to the remote villages, to the beautiful coastlines, train travel in Sri Lanka has it all covered. Travel like a local by sitting on the footboard while enjoying the breeze. If you’re not feeling too adventurous, grab on to a window seat so you don’t miss out on the vistas the ride has to offer!

  • Tuk-tuk

Sri Lanka travel is not complete until you get into a tuk-tuk. These three-wheeled drives are the most thrilling rides you’ll ever experience. The open-air rickshaws can take up to 3 passengers at a time. Explore the city like a true local as you discover the hidden gems of Sri Lanka. Alternatively, you could decide to rent one too if you’re brave enough to get behind the wheels. Ask your local guide to make arrangements to have one rented out for you! It certainly is the best way to explore any city. Or maybe across cities too! Why not right? Sri Lanka travel cannot get better than this!

Top day trip tours in Sri Lanka

Full Day Charming Kandy Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Galle Day Trip: an Exotic Escape!

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Sri Lanka’s Best Treasures: Sigiriya Rock & Dambulla Caves

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Additional Options to Travel in Sri Lanka

  • Private Car

A common way to travel in Sri Lanka would be in the comfort of a private vehicle. You could opt for your private guide to drive you around. This is especially convenient if you are travelling with your family and have an itinerary that requires travelling across several cities. With your baggage, this would be an ideal way to travel in Sri Lanka. The road network is really good and you should have no problem considering this option.

  • Bus

Sri Lanka travel boasts of a well-connected bus service that can get you around the country at a very low cost. Once you get to a city, bus travel can be a good option to travel to the outskirts or to even far away places. Local tip: Some long-distance journeys offer comfortable overnight travel in coaches. Ask your local guides about it so they can book you into one. This way you would be saving on accommodation too!

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Janice Duneeshya
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Best Cooking Lesson in Sri Lanka

This is an in-depth cooking class, not your typical 2 ingredient simple tourist cooking class. You prepare a multi-course meal, eyeballing portions and tasting along the way.

You are invited into Duneeshya's home kitchen for a hands on experience and adorable conversation.

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Marg Duneeshya
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Best Cooking Lesson in Sri Lanka

A very pleasant and informative day. Duneeshya was a very good teacher and was also very patient with out attempts at local cooking. I’m only sorry we couldn’t take our leftovers back to the hotel with us.

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Florence Prasanna
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City Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

We had a great day touring Colombo with Prasana. His small A/C people carrier was spotlessly clean and the A/C was a huge bonus as it was a sweltering day ( 30*C ). We had our own itinerary which Prasana followed and he added a bit more interesting sights as these were enroute to our tour destinations. He is such a friendly and helpful guy and took us to a money changer ( enroute again so as not to waste precious time ) and he personally changed £10 for us. Again he had advised us how much we needed after ascertaining that we were not going to do much shopping but perhaps may purchase some local fruits from the market. We visited a wonderful Kovil which had a wonderful interior architecture and huge vaulted ceilings and explained to us what we were witnessing and the customs. Then onto Gangaramaya Buddhist temple which is just so beautiful and reverent , before walking over to Saleem Melaka temple by the Beira Lake. Then we stopped for coffee ( where there was working strong WiFi for us to catch up with emails etc ) before visiting Independence Square and then onto the Independance arcades nearby for a wonderful Sri Lankan lunch. After weeks of bland cruise ship fare , the food was a much needed welcome treat. We drove around to various sights , Galle Face hotel and esplanade , Jami mosque ( sadly there was nowhere close to park to take good pictures ), the Workd Trade towers , the iconic Lotus Tower and the Victoria park ( can’t remember what the local name of the park is ) . Or final destination was Maning Market ( where the locals visited ) and it’s a gritty place but we were delighted to find local fruits such as mangosteens , sour sop , jackfruit and bananas and mangoes . We take away delightful memories of our tour in Colombo which was made possible by Prasana in a seamless smooth way. Thank you Prasana for looking after us so well. Aibowan 🙏🙏🙏