Sri Lanka is a very
diverse island but it is small in sizes, which makes reduces travel
time and increases leisure time. Also, the road and highway system in
Sri Lanka is very comprehensive and large arteries cover most areas of
the country. An aggressive programme to increase the number of and
upgrade existing highways is underway.
The Sri Lanka Government Railway provides an Inter-City Express
Service to and from Kandy. Special tours in restored vintage steam
trains could be arranged. Contact: Fort Railway Station, Tel.435838.
Wide network of bus services to all parts of the island. Rates are
among the cheapest in the world. Contact: Central Bus Stand, Olcott
Mawatha, Colombo 11. Tel.328081
More than 30 airlines have their sales offices in Colombo.
Bandaranaike International Airport. Tourist Information Counter of the
Ceylon Tourist Board at the Airport is open 24 hours. Airport
Restaurant-24 hours service. A train service is available from the
Airport to the city. A regular bus service is also available to
Colombo and Negombo.
Bottled water is available in shops.
FOOD AND DRINK
Staple meal is rice and curry. Curries are spicy. Abundance of fresh
fruit and vegetables in Sri Lanka. The breakfast dishes are
particularly tempting. Sri Lanka grows the finest tea in the world and
we drink it almost round the clock. The island also grows excellent
coffee. Arrack, a distinctive Sri Lanka alcoholic beverage is
distilled from coconut toddy. Leading hotels have daily `oriental'
buffets. A large number of three-wheelers operate on the roads. It is
advisable to agree to a rate before commencing your journey. Make sure
the driver has a clear idea of your destination. Dial-a-taxi service
is also available. Kangaroo, Tel. 0094 1 502888, 0094 1 501502 ,
GNTC Cabs Tel. 0094 1 688688 , SHEL Tel. 0094 1 727046,738080
CAR HIRE AND SELFDRIVE VEHICLES
The Ceylon Tourist Board's TIC would be pleased to help you draw up
your itinerary. Most local tour agents can supply cars with