Sri Lanka's seaplane service 'Cinnamon Air' has significantly helped to connect travellers to far-reaching parts of the island, which were once only accessible by hours on the road. The service makes internal flights within Sri Lanka easy and very enjoyable.
The airline's hub at Colombo International Airport on the West Coast is the gateway to some of the country's most notable sites such as Sigiriya (in the Cultural Triangle), Koggala (Galle Fort) and Nuwara Eliya (the hill country). These sites can take up to six hours to reach by car. There are also scheduled flights to the lesser-visited North-East, which is particularly good news for those hoping to enjoy the East Coast beaches, which enjoy excellent weather during the summer and considerably quieter shores than the West Coast. Flights to Trincomalee & Batticaloa take around just 50 minutes, versus a minimum 7-hour drive.
Nestled on Sri Lanka's northernmost tip, Jaffna is a fascinating area, often bypassed by travellers due to its isolation from the rest of the country. However, the air taxi service now makes this much more straightforward to include within an itinerary. It is an excellent stop for those looking to exploring the Tamil culture and ancient sites, without the tourists.
As well as being convenient, a voyage by seaplane is about the experience. With eight seats per carrier, these aircraft fly much lower than usual planes, offering unparalleled views of Sri Lanka's dramatic landscape. Any route by seaplane is impressive, but an especially enchanting location is from Castlereigh Reservoir in Hatton. A picturesque lake set deep within the rolling hill country, and an epic setting for both take-off or landing.
Whether you are looking to visit the remote corners of Sri Lanka without all the driving, or want a unique experience with mesmerising views, a journey by seaplane is a worthy choice. We can even create holidays designed specifically around travelling in this way, such as our Luxury Sri Lanka by Seaplane itinerary.
The seaplane schedules do vary, and it can take some planning to work around the international airline timings – but our expert travel consultants know the best options to help suit you. We'll also arrange all of your private transfers, hotels and experiences to ensure your holiday runs smoothly. If you're interested in a holiday to Sri Lanka, talk to us today about your holiday ideas.