Transport in Sri Lanka
There are many ways to travel around in Sri Lanka. Transport ranges from train, bus, taxi, car rentals, sea planes and helicopters.
The country has about 96,695 km of roads. Total length of roads is 11,285 km from which 10,721 km are paved and 564 km are unpaved. As many roads are narrow, government has now launched several projects aiming to bolster the economy and the transport system. The plan includes Colombo – Katunayaka Express way, Colombo – Kandy Express way, Colombo – Padeniya Express way and outer circular high way. However still the main roads in Colombo and around the town are in good condition and the roads that are commonly used are upgraded and repaved.
Bus transport which is provided by the state-run Sri Lanka Transport Board known as CTB is the principle mode of public transport in the country. However there are privates and air conditioned buses too.
Cars are very easily available in Sri Lanka for hire. Air conditioned and radio cabs are also available in Colombo. These car rentals services provides with a driver for a day or more tours. Moreover international rent a car companies are also represented in Colombo. This includes AVIS, HERTZ, EUROPE CAR and many more companies.
Sri Lanka’s most of the cities and towns are connected by railways. Sri Lanka Government Railway operates the country’s railway network. The railway which developed during the British colonial period now connects the main cities of Kandy, Galle, Matara, Anuradhapura, Gampaha, Negombo, Kurunegala, Avissawella, Kalutara, Polunnaruwa, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Badulla, Gampola, Nawalapitiya, Matele, Vavuniya, Puttalam and Chilaw with capital Colombo.
Planes are also a means of transport in Sri Lanka. The major domestic airport is Ratmalana at Colombo. They have daily scheduled flights to other small airports. There are 14 airports in Sri Lanka (est. 1999). Sea planes from Sri Lankan airlines offer the most convenient way of travelling around the country, which reduces the travelling time. Helicopters are also available for hire. Helicopters can be booked and land anywhere outside restricted areas.