If you wish to get around Sri Lanka quickly, you should consider flying as despite an extensive road network (which they are currently improving), it does take a long time to get to your destination due to the mountains and traffic. There are a few faster options though, one of them being Cinnamon Air (C7).
Cinnamon Air is a Part 135 schedule service/charter operation flying amphibian/non-amphibian airplanes (Cessna 208 Caravans). Check with your airline to see if you have any pass agreements with them otherwise you can buy tickets at www.cinnamonair.com. They’ve been around for about a year as of this posting in November 2014 and operates from several airports and waterways around the country including the international airport in Colombo (CMB).
Cinnamon Air’s routes (all round trips) are:
- Colombo (CMB) – Koggala (KCT) – for the beaches in the south. This is the Lake from which I flew.
- Colombo- Batticaloa (BTC)
- Colombo- Trincomalee (TRR)
- Colombo- Sigiriya (GIU) – for Sigiriya Rock
- Colombo – Kandy (Polgolla Reservoir) (KDW) – for a lot of culture including the “Tooth” from the temple of Tooth
- Colombo – Bentota (BJT)
- Colombo – Dickwella (DIW)
- Sigiriya – Trincomalee
- Sigiriya – Batticaloa