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.

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

The Ceylon Tourist Board's TIC would be pleased to help you draw up your itinerary. Most local tour agents can supply cars with drivers/self drive.

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  Information provided by Sri Lanka Tourism Board.


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