Head back home from Sri Lanka's Bandaranaike International Airport.
When to go
The best months to travel to Sri Lanka are December through March, when the country sees sporadic rains and the temperatures are pleasant to explore the island-country. Numerous festivals are celebrated during these months. In January, Duruthu Poya is held to commemorate Gautam Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka and Thai Pongal's harvest festival is held by Tamils to pay gratitude to the sun god. Padmarajarathri's (Maha Shivratri) elaborate ceremony is organised by the Hindu community in February. The Buddhist festivities resume in March and then in December, with the festival of Medin Poya and Unduvap Poya Day. December also sees the entire country coming out to the streets to be a part of the contagious Christmas revelry.
The best and relatively economical way to get around in Sri Lanka is via buses, with the ticket costing around ₹60 for short distances.
By road: Hire a tuk-tuk and drive it yourself for an authentic Sri Lankan experience. The three-wheelers (tuk-tuk taxis) are also very common on all the islands and cost around ₹30 for short distances. Similarly, commuting through buses is fairly easy and light on the pocket. The trains, though slower than the buses, travel to nearly every part of the country. Car and bike rentals are also available in abundance at all major markets.
By air: A small seaplane service is run by the Sri Lankan Airlines to the destinations of Nuwara Eliya, Kandy and Galle. Domestic flights between the Colombo City Airport and Ratmalana, Jaffna and Trincomalee are run by Aero Lanka.
Flight from New Delhi to Colombo, Sri Lanka: ₹14,657 (return fare)
One-way ticket on local buses: ₹70 for short distances
Taxi starting tariff: ₹20
Hotel stay in Colombo: ₹860 to ₹1,200
A meal at a small restaurant or a fast-food joint: ₹170