1. Bangalore & Chennai are nearly equi-distant from Colombo (little over an hour) but you will find significant difference in air fares. About 4-5 airlines fly Chennai-Colombo while only Srilankan Airlines fly Bangalore-Colombo. SpiceJet has launched Chennai-Colomobo and return fares are available under-Rs 5000 all inclusive.

2. The Srilankan tourism organization’s website is rich in content and more important, well classified making it a good starting point.

3. Autos are called Trishaws. They have no meters hence need to pre-negotiate the price. (If you thought “chennai”, yes, you got it). However, if you plan in advance you can call & book an auto which would be metered.

4. Local cuisine can be described as “Tamil Nadu type-dishes made in Kerala style“. Folks from Andhra Pradesh will enjoy the level of spice and others, be warned!

5. Colombo seems to have some “connect” to Japanese food. We found elaborate Japanese fare in breakfast every day at Cinnamon Grand hotel.

6. Tamil is not widely spoken in Colombo and further south as I had presumed. If you know Tamil and believe you can understand Sinhala, forget it.

7. Streets of Colombo are dominant with “large” vehicles – SUV, MUVs, Pickups. Toyota, Nissan & Mitshubitshi seems to be the majority. Our taxis were indirectly booked from Jet Wings travels – Both drivers were very good. Infact, I intend to keep in touch with one of them.

8. It cheap to shop for good branded clothes and accessories at House of Fashion in Colombo.

We covered only a bare minimum of the country (Bentota & Colombo) in this trip. More remains to be seen in the coming years when Aashira grows and allows us more “active” time in the day. Photos @ FacebookPicasa

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