How Do I Get Around Sri Lanka?



A combination of transport options are now available and Ayu in the Wild Holidays can advise you on the best options depending on your holiday route.


By Road

Its best to hire a vehicle and a driver (chauffeur) to get around on longer tours. All Ayu in the Wild bespoke holidays include a private chauffeur driven vehicle, airport transfers, fuel, toll costs, decent accommodation and meals for the chauffeur, telephone costs for coordinating any tour details with us and a living allowance. We provide English speaking experienced chauffeurs, some who we have known for decades. A fleet of air conditioned vehicles are at your disposal to choose – from cars (maximum 3 persons), SUVs (maximum 3-4 persons), vans (maximum 6 persons), coaches (for larger tour groups). In the event of a breakdown we will immediately coordinate for a replacement vehicle to continue with your holiday uninterrupted. We do not provide Chauffeur Guides as we prefer that our guests see the island through the eyes of several local community based hosts.

By Rail

There are some wonderful scenic railway journeys that we can design into each bespoke tour depending on the route. The best ones are from Ella or Haputale to Peradeniya(Kandy), Nanuoya to Ella while Colombo to Kandy by rail is also a quicker option to travel than by car. The coastal route between Colombo to Galle and vice versa is also lovely.

By Air

Cinnamon Air offers internal flights. Some of the best flight connections are on a sea plane from Colombo to the southern coast in Koggala and Dickwella and to Kandy, Sigiriya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa. Special Charter flights can be arranged by us at special agents rates to several places on the island.

Are travel times long between destinations?

With the recently opened Expressways, travel times have been cut down drastically along some routes. However, depending on your itinerary and the time of day you travel in, it can be long but we try to keep it to about 3 hours. If this is not possible, we factor in places for quick stops to stretch your legs.

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Harriet Hoult