- Close to Dubai (about 4 1/2 hours flying), flights available
with several airlines including Air Arabia (cheap), Emirates Airlines,
Sri Lanka Airlines (codeshare with Emirates), and Qatar Airways.
A few others fly once or twice a week - try Czech Airways, Austrian
- Cheap place for a holiday, can easily get by on less than 100
dirhams a day, even 50 dirhams a day if you go for lower end accommodation,
transport and food.
- Good intermediate level surfing and a few spots to keep advanced
level surfers happy.
- West coast (Hikkaduwa side) season from November to April, East
coast (Aragum Bay side) season from May to September.
- See forum
travel section for more information and discussion.
Travel in Sri Lanka
Roads are poor, crowded, and standards of driving are frightening.
Thankfully, due to the congestion, traffic doesn't go so fast. Except
for buses - remember the film 'Speed'? That could have been a documentary
in Sri Lanka. Choices are
- Bus - cheap but crowded, uncomfortable and driving is insane.
- Rental car - not a common choice, difficulties are coping with
the driving and navigation is difficult - very few street signs.
- Trains - cheap, but crowded and not that comfortable. At
least you're away from the madness on the roads while you enjoy
Some train trips are very scenic - Colombo to Kandy for example.
Try these timetables available here (looks
the most organised timetable), here and here.
No guarantee of accuracy or reliability. For the south west coast
look for trains from Colombo Fort to Galle and Matara - Hikkaduwa
is before Galle, Ahangama is between Galle and Matara. There is
a train station at Negombo near the airport otherwise a taxi from
airport to Colombo Fort train station is about 1 hour and 500-700
- Taxi - the preferred option but not the cheapest at all. At least
you get airconditioning. Usually.
- Tuk Tuk - cheap and great for short trips but not so good for
long journeys with luggage.
- Bicycle - you must be joking!
Links - information and some previous trips