Flying is the only way to get onto the island of Sri Lanka , and most people at least pass through Colombo , since it is less than 20 miles south of the Bandaranaike International Airport , Katunayake. The airport, which features shops, lounges, bookstores, restaurants, banks, and a post office, accepts international flights from Europe , Asia , Australia , and the Middle East . There are also inexpensive flights available from to and from Madras , Trichy, Triyandrum, and Bombay .

From the airport it is very easy to get a bus into the city of Colombo . Buses depart every half hour or so all day long, and the trip to one of Colombo ’s main bus stations takes about 45 minutes.

If you prefer, you can easily locate a cab, as well, although it will cost you more. Agree on a fee before accepting the ride, and be prepared to bargain. If that makes you uncomfortable, stick to the “fixed price” ticket system taxi counter.