Travel Tips

Travelling in Sri Lanka

Bus, Train, Car and Taxi are the dominant modes of transport in
Sri Lanka.

Train travel is comfortable and modern private coaches provide tours at reasonable cost.


Self-drive cars are popular and with more than one person, it is economical to rent a car with a driver for a day trip or even a few days tour of the island.

On the road linking Colombo and Kandy are a series of monoculture villages with tropical fruits like pineapples, cashews, banana, avacado, mangos and king coconuts.

Woodcarvings, weavings, pottery and metal work are among the popular crafts. Sri Lanka is especially renewed for its Gems and Jewellary. Ambalangoda is the best place to see Sri Lankan Masks, and Ratnapura is the centre of Sri Lanka s gem trade while Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are famous for fresh tea from tea factories directly.

In addition, Air Taxi Service is also available between Colombo and all popular tourist destinations.

Hotels and Accommodation


Sri Lanka has a number of hotels, Serviced Apartments, Guest Houses and Cottage Cabanas ranging from 05 Stars to Guest Houses for Tourists Accommodation. They can be reserved online or through the travel agents. For further details, please visit: for further details.


Tour Operators / Agents


Sri Lanka has a organized form of Tour Operators / Travel Agents who will provide or facilitate you on Visa Procedures, Airlines Reservations, Reservations of Accommodations, Arrangements of Tour Guides with language options, Setting of Tour Itinerary etc. Please visit: for further details.    


Visa Procedure


Sri Lanka has established an online Visa System called “Electronic Travel Authorization System” (ETA System) for tourists. Please visit for online tourist visa process or to learn about ETA System. Chinese Tourists can also apply for tourist visa at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing, Consulate of Sri Lanka in Shanghai or Chengdu or Guangzhou.



For more information on Sri Lanka Tourism, please contact the Tourism Unit of the Embassy of Sri Lanka
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