By Admin / December 29, 2015 / Getting Around, Travel with ease

Navigating the city of Colombo is undoubtedly a daunting task. This is especially true if you must take the old Galle highway to the Southern coasts. When all you long for is the beach, the last thing you want to deal with are the relatively tattered roads of Colombo and the constant traffic that plagues them. As much as the traffic in the city of Colombo is an experience that must be had before you leave Sri Lanka, the constant muggy haze, the sound of horns left right and center, the lack of proper lane or driving discipline, and the plumes of exhaust fumes from unkempt vehicles saps any semblance of energy that you may have had at the inception of a journey whose destination lies through Colombo city.

However, some visitors to Sri Lanka have no other option but to brave the traffic of the city of Colombo if they booked their accommodation within the bounds of the city of Colombo. Lodging oneself in the city itself is now considered against best practice if you plan on constantly going on day trips to Sri Lanka’s great sights instead of walking the streets of Colombo itself.

However, some visitors to Sri Lanka have no other option but to brave the traffic of the city of Colombo if they booked their accommodation within the bounds of the city of Colombo. Lodging oneself in the city itself is now considered against best practice if you plan on constantly going on day trips to Sri Lanka’s great sights instead of walking the streets of Colombo itself. What many visitors to Sri Lanka do not realize is that if you move away from the city of Colombo for accommodation, the prices drop significantly; at the same time, the furthest you would be from Colombo is less than 20 Km, which translates to about 30 minutes of travel by vehicle. The distance places a visitor in the outer suburbs of Colombo which are less crowded and noisy by an exponential degree allowing for a restful place to lay your head come day end.

This fact aside, if we take up the same scenario we took up earlier of heading to the Southern coasts, you will be able to easily join the Southern expressway and be in the beach in less than an hour tops. Be smart and book your accommodation beyond the city limits of Colombo for your first/next trip to Sri Lanka!


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