Guide On How To Transfer From Colombo (Bandaranaike International Airport) To Pasikuda
Situated on the eastern shores of Sri Lanka, between Trincomalee on north and Batticaloa on the south, Pasikuda is one of the prime beach resort spots in Sri Lanka.
Featuring many upscale luxury resorts and hotels, but also those of a bit more wallet-friendly kind, it is one of the most popular places for beach vacations among Sri Lankans and visitors.
As opposed to waters surrounding Sri Lanka, which are mostly characterized by waves and breakers, here you will find the calmest and most serene sea around the island.
Due to one of the longest stretches of shallow reef coastline in the world, you can walk for hundreds of meters toward the open seas with water not reaching above your waistline. And this makes Pasikuda the most swimmer and kids-friendly stretch of Sri Lanka’s coast. And this huge stretch of shallow coral reef is the main snorkeling attraction.
But, area of the sea surrounding Pasikuda is also a popular diving spot, with nearly a dozen diving locations including a historic WWII wreckage of HMS Hermes, the very first purpose-built aircraft carrier in the world.
Pasikuda is a very popular destination for many other water sports, kayaking and windsurfing being the most popular.
Taxi from Colombo Airport to Pasikuda
If you are traveling from Colombo Airport to Pasikuda, you are most likely doing so in search of peace, quiet and relaxation.
You can choose to travel these 265 kilometers by means of public transit, and accept that you will spend the whole day traveling as the trip across the whole island lasts between 9 and 11 hours, by bus or train. Or you can book a private taxi with T2 Travels Sri Lanka and in half of that time get to your accommodations.
Hiring a private taxi means that your vehicle and a driver will be waiting for you at the airport, ready to take to one of the most beautiful beach resorts in Sri Lanka.
And T2 Travels Sri Lanka can provide you with a modern, comfortable vehicle that will take you to your destination in an air-conditioned environment safely and comfortably. And if you are traveling with kids, T2 Travels can provide you with the required number of a baby or booster seats.
No matter how big or small a country is, traveling from one end to the other is always a lengthy journey. But by booking a private taxi you are making sure that it will last the shortest possible amount of time, and will pass in the safest, most comfortable, and door-to-door manner.
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Transfers from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Pasikuda By Train
Traveling from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Pasikuda is somewhat possible by train and only part of the whole distance. While there is no direct connection between these two places, it is possible to take a train ride from the city of Colombo to Batticaloa, which is near Pasikuda.
These trains depart from the Colombo Fort train station, which can be most conveniently reached using the public transit system by catching a line 265 bus. The closest to Airport bus stop where you can do so is the 18th Mile Post, north and some 900 meters walk from the arrival terminal.
Through this bus stop, buses pass on average every 10-15 minutes. This bus will take you to the Colombo Central Bus Stand, some 700 meters from Fort station.
From Colombo, there are two daily departures heading to Batticaloa, at 0605 and 1900. The evening departure is a night mail train, which arrives at Batticaloa at 0355 the next day, which makes it very inconvenient.
From Batticaloa train station there is a kilometer walk to a bus stop where you can embark on lines 48, 48-1, 48-12, 48-13, 48-31; buses that will take you to Valaichchena Junction, which is 6 kilometers taxi ride from your destination.
These buses depart from Batticaloa 13 times a day at various times, on average every hour or an hour and a half.
- Duration is around 11 hours
- Cost is from €4.50 (excluding taxi fare from Valaichchena)
Transfer from Colombo Airport to Pasikuda By Bus
Transferring from Colombo Airport to Pasikuda is possible, but is equally inconvenient as traveling by train. Because there is no direct line between these two places you have to first reach the city of Colombo.
By taking a line 265 bus from the 18th Mile Post, located some 900 meters from the arrivals terminal, you can reach the Colombo Central Bus Stand. From here, it is 500 meters walk to Colombo Fort bus station. From Colombo Fort there are 13 daily departures toward Batticaloa, on the 48, 48-1, 48-12, 48-13, and 48-31; bus routes.
Though all of these busses pass through Valaichchena Junction, they do not stop there. Thus you will have to make a return trip on the same bus you have arrived in Batticaloa.
Once you reach Valaichchena Junction, your only option is to hire a taxi to your hotel in Pasikuda.
- Duration is between 9 hr 20 minutes and 11 hours depending on the bus
- Price is from €4.50 (excluding taxi fare from Valaichchena).