Train which run along the west coastline hugging the beach all its way, is the most pleasant and comfortable way of getting to Colombo from Galle. Depending on your flight timing you can either take the morning or afternoon train. Checkout the train timing and try to make a reservation on the day your arrive at Galle. Once you are at the Fort station, Colombo you can walk across a few hundred meters to the bus station to catch the bus to airport.
Travel Budget: This week long trip should cost you about 25k in INR (375 USD) including round the trip flight charges from Chennai - Colombo. If you are planning to try scuba diving here, it might set you back for another 4-5k INR.
Visa: Srilanka offers online visa for travelers which is cheaper and hustle free compared to visa on arrival. It hardly takes a few minutes to fill the form and make the payment online and you get your visa emailed to you within a working day. Follow this Srilanka visa link to get more details and to apply for the visa online.
Money exchange: There are quite a few money exchanges in York street, Colombo (Golden money changer, Royal exchange etc) that offer good exchange rate to Indian currency. Carry enough Srilankan rupees (about 2000 LKR should do) or some USD in order to get you from airport to Colombo city as the money exchanges in airport do not accept Indian rupee.
This blog was originally published on 'my travel hustle'
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