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Sri Lanka: Travel Tips. Roads & Road rules.
Sri Lanka still follows the British system when it comes to Road rules and Traffic Laws. However, traffic in Sri Lanka has a culture all its own.
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Within just a few minutes on Sri Lank's roads, you will notice that traffic laws seem to be more suggestions and the more you weave aggressively through traffic, the faster you will reach your destination. Roads are narrow, and in poor condition. However, many "A" Class roads are being upgraded to a smoother bitumen surface, as well as being widened with road markings. Public Transport. Self- Driven Car. If you like blazing your own trail in new places, or have visited the island before and have a good idea of where you're going, a self- driven car is a great option. Srilanka. com partners with a few rental car companies that have a great selection of cars for you to choose from, at reasonable prices.
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Click here to organise a self- driven rental vehicle. Chauffeur Driven Car. If you're travelling with a healthy budget and desire privacy and comfort with your transportation arrangements, why not rent a car that comes with its own driver? Not only is it cheaper than a self- drive car rental, it's a hundred times less scary than trying to brave Sri Lankan traffic. Chauffeur- driven cars are a particularly good option if you're planning long trips around the island. Srilanka. com partners with several companies that specialise in chauffeur- driven cars, and we would be happy to arrange this for you.
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Taxi. There are quite a few reliable taxi companies within the city limits of Colombo that are ideal for shorter trips. All these taxis are metered and, depending on the company, most taxis are in very good condition. List of Taxi Numbers will be available at all hotels & resorts. Tuk Tuk. The most common mode of transport in Sri Lanka is a three- wheeled automobile, commonly called a "three- wheeler" or a "tuk- tuk".
Taking a three- wheeler is the best way to see the local sights, have some fun and make friends with the locals. They are always available, and in the brightest of colours so you couldn't miss them. However, as they're not metered, some bartering is in order and you should make sure you agree on a fare before you start your journey, but they are definitely one of the cheaper modes of transportation. Bus. For those on budget, buses are everywhere. Although they are ridiculously over- crowded within the city, and tempting haunts with all pick- pockets, buses can be a good option for long journeys. They are unbelievably cheap and a few dollars can get you halfway across the island. Inter- City buses are a little bit more expensive but they offer A/C and guarantee you a seat, and are the better option for longer journeys.
For timetables, call the main Bus Stand in Colombo on Tel: (Sri Lanka +9. Train. Taking the train, you will be promised a slower and more comfortable ride than a bus, although slightly more expensive. The rail network is quite comprehensive and criss- crosses much of the island. Travelling first class is definitely the way to go as it is affordable, and the only way to be comfortable on Sri Lanka's older trains. The main city links from Colombo, Galle and Kandy offer great observation and night carriages and the coast line South from Colombo, up through the Hill Country and the northern line through the Cultural triangle, all offer scenic journeys. Taking the train is a cost- effective option for long journeys, if you're on a budget.
However, you will need to book in advance. For timetables, contact the Railway office in Colombo, Tel (+9. Tourist Board schedules. Air Taxi/ Sea Plane. Sri Lankan Airlines introduced an Air taxi service around the island, which gives you a unique way to enjoy Sri Lanka's rich, scenic views. The small 8- seater Caravan planes use waterways, lakes and domestic airstrips to land and take- off. Flights run conveniently to many tourist destinations like Kandy, Bentota, Galle, Tangalle.
Planes can also be chartered privately, as long as there is a suitable landing area. Although there are some scheduled flights each day, flights are mostly chartered according to demand. The costs are reasonable, especially when you are a group of 4 or more people.
Travelling by Air Taxi is a great way to avoid the unpredictable traffic and Sri Lanka's sometimes problematic road conditions. Click here to organise a Hop on Hop Off Air. Taxi Tour. Helicopter. Travelling by Helicopter is an even more luxurious and adventurous means of transport across the island. The cost of chartering a helicopter to your desired location starts at around $1. Many hotels have their own landing pad or one within 1. Srilanka. com will be happy to arrange this for you.
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