Travel to Sri Lanka
Flying to Sri Lanka
The national carrier, Sri Lankan Airlines (www.srilankan.lk), operates direct flights from the UK, Paris and Frankfurt. Many tourists choose to divert to Sri Lanka en-route to India and, as a result, several carriers offer direct flights between the countries. Travelling from North America to Sri Lanka usually involves a stop in the Middle East.
Flights are most expensive between December and March, which is high season on the south coast beaches and in the Hill Country, while August tends to be the cheapest time to fly.
Major airports are: Colombo Bandaranaike Airport and Hambantota Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport.
From London - 10 hours 30 minutes; New York - 19 hours (including stopover).
Star Alliance (www.staralliance.com) offers an Asia Airpass that covers more than 270 destinations within 19 countries, including Sri Lanka.
Travelling to Sri Lanka by Rail
Driving to Sri Lanka
Getting to Sri Lanka by boat
The main ports in Sri Lanka are Colombo, Galle, Hambantota, Kankasanthurai, Point Pedru and Trincomalee. There is currently no public ferry service operating to Sri Lanka (routes to India have started and stopped over the years).
Ferry services between Sri Lanka and the Indian mainland ceased for 30 years during the island’s civil war, but restarted in 2011 when Flemingo Liners began operating a popular route between the southern Indian port of Tuticorin and Colombo. The route is currently suspended, along with a Scotia Prince service which ran from 2010-2011.