Private Car with Local Driver
We think this is the best way to travel around Sri Lanka; you can fully enjoy the journey and make stops to take photos. You’ll have your own private driver and air conditioned car. Travel in comfort as you pass by vast tea plantations, temples and unspoilt villages. Your driver also speaks English, so feel free to ask them any questions along the way.
Train through the Countryside
If you decide to travel to Ella, you’ll most likely get there by train. This train journey is known amongst travellers as one of the most beautiful in Sri Lanka so it’s well worth giving up your private car and driver for this part of your trip. We’ll buy you a 2nd class ticket so you’re travelling with the local people. You’ll ride past impressive mountains and spectacular gorges until you arrive at the station where your driver will meet you.
Flying to the Maldives
If you’d like to combine your Sri Lanka trip with a visit to the Maldives then the transport between the two countries will most likely involve a seaplane. The flight duration is approximately one and a half hours. After takeoff you’ll witness the atolls and an azure sea in the distance. As you approach the tiny islands you’ll realise that this really is paradise; green palm trees surrounded by white beaches. Depending on which resort you stay at in the Maldives, you may also travel by speedboat to the island.
Travelling with Meaning
Aside from the train journey to Ella, it’s not particularly easy to get around Sri Lanka by public transport, so you’ll mainly travel by private car. However, you can make up for this by eating in local places as much as possible and exploring each destination by foot or bicycle if you can – you never know what you might find! There are some lovely short treks to enjoy in Horton Plains and around Ella, and travelling by foot is always a great way to interact with the local people. As your driver might not be with you at all times, why not test out those haggling skills and travel by tuk tuk!