Travellanka October 2017

116 Transport Colombo 01, Tel: 2421281 – Ext. 462. Railway Time-table to important tourist destinations is found on page 118. Domestic Flights AirTravel isanotherpopularmodeamongthebusinessand leisure sectors. Air Taxi, Expo Air, Helitours, Cinnamon Air, Cosmos Aviation, Simplifly and Senok Aviation are Domestic flight operators. One can arrange for drop and pick up at Golf links, excursions over historical sites and beach resorts. All fights are operated by Aviation licensed pilots. Ballooning Adventure Asia Int. Operates hot air balloon flights based in Kandalama. They also offer a range of land and water based adventures. See or Email: adventure@ Hiring vehicles If you prefer to journey by car or coach please contact the Travel Agents or Tour Operators listed in this guide who would provide chauffeur driven or self drive cars. (Vehicle Rates are subject to change owing to fluctuation of petrol rates) Cars A/C Cars could be hired@ rates from US$55.00 – 65.00 +15% VAT per to a minimum distance of 100 kms per day. (Rates Subject to Change) Coaches Depending on the capacity, make and condition of the Vehicle, the rates for AC coaches begin from Rs. 70 +VAT . For Mini- Coaches of 26 seaters range Rs. 200 onwards per km. Larger the vehicle with A/C the rates vary. Non AC vehicles are cheaper. Thedriver’sallowancemayrangebetween Rs.550/-toRs.750/- per day. (Rates Subject to Change) Airport Transfers TransfersfromtheInternationalAirporttoColomboandNegombo are handled by approved transport and travel agents. Airport to Colombo is around Rs. 2,800 onwards with Air Conditioning. This fare is for up to four persons travelling in one air-conditioned vehicle. (Rates subject to change) Taxis & Cabs There are radio-controlled taxi services operating in Colombo and the suburbs. The prices are metered. A kilometre begins around Rs. 68 at present. Some cab services will have a call up Road Sri Lanka has a good network of metalled roadsconnectingallprincipaltownsandplaces of tourist interest. Your travel agent will be able to arrange for a good three or four seater car (air-conditioned, if necessary) with experiencedchauffeur-guide.Mini-busesand coaches for larger groups are also available. Traffic circulation is on the left. Bus The Sri Lanka Central Transport Board maintains an island-wide network of bus services. Express bus services are available to all principal towns. Seats could be booked in advance, except during certain festival seasons. For information: Central Transport Board, Tel: 2329604/5, Central Bus Station, Olcott Mawatha, Colombo 11. Private bus services operate to all major towns in the island from the Private Bus Stand, Pettah. A/C Inter-City buses are also available from this stand. Tel: 3150916, 5852746. See page 120 Rail The Sri Lanka Government Railway serves allimportanttouristdestinationsintheisland. Towns served from Colombo include Kandy, Nanu Oya (Nuwara Eliya), Bandarawela, Badulla, Hikkaduwa, Galle,Matara,Matale,Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa,Trincomalee,Negombo, Bentota, Batticaloa and Vavuniya. The popular Yal-Devi xpress now runs daily to Kilinochchi. Accommodation: Twoclasses–2nd and 3rd – on long distance trains. 1st class – advance bookings – only on trains with sleepingberths,air-conditionedcoachesand observation saloons. For groups of 20 to 35 –adieseldeluxecoach isavailable. Contact: For information and bookings – Railtours – Fort Railway Station, Colombo 01. Tel: 2435838. Open 0800 to 1630 hrs. daily (except 1200 to 1300 hrs.) Also, Station Superintendents, Fort Railway Station, Transport