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How to Reach Colombo from India

Many direct flights operate between Colombo and cities of south India such as Trivandrum, Bengaluru, Chennai and other international airports. From Mumbai and New Delhi, Sri Lankan Airlines operates direct flights to Colombo. Other cities such as Lucknow, Chandigarh and other northern cities have connecting flights to Colombo. These routes are mostly operated by Sri Lankan Airlines, Jet Airways and Air India.

Visa Policy for Indians

Sri Lanka has a 'visa on arrival' policy for Indians. Upon arrival, you will have to go through the process at the immigration office to obtain your ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation).

Most frequently searched routes to Colombo

Route Name Distance Time
Kandy to Colombo 123 km 3 Hours

How to reach Colombo by flight

Colombo doesn't have an international airport of it's own. The main international airport of Sri Lanka is Katunayake, which is just more than an hour north of Colombo. Flights from all over the globe land here, from Europe, US, Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Australia. The prime carrier is the national airline, Sri Lankan Airlines. Other international airlines such as Qatar, Malaysian, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific also operate the routes.

Starting city Return price (approx)
Mumbai ₹ 22,705 Non-stop View
New Delhi ₹ 18,923 Non-stop View
Bengaluru ₹ 11,118 Non-stop View
Chennai ₹ 10,928 Non-stop View
Hyderabad ₹ 16,966 View
Kolkata ₹ 20,895 View

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How to reach Colombo by road

Sri Lanka currently has 3 expressways, with two more expected to be opened by 2017. Of these, 2 run to Colombo, one from the airport, and the other is 128km long and connects Colombo with a few towns.

How to reach Colombo by train

Sri Lanka's railway line hasn't really developed all that much yet. Colombo's railway station is the at Fort, and trains run along the coastline to and from the city, with a few routes also going into the mainland.

Local transport in Colombo

Colombo is extensively connected by it's vast public bus service. These are run by both private contractors and government bodies. The city is not very well connected by rail, with only a few train stations. The trains and buses however, are very crowded, especially during the peak hours. A lot of auto rickshaws run throughout the city as well.

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