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Going to Srilanka from India

Discussion in 'Visa and Passport' started by Rob Holden, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Rob Holden

    Rob Holden New Member

    This might actually sound like a stupid question but on our trip to India we would be traveling to Hampi and I was wondering if there is any way we could take a ferry to Srilanka from somewhere down South? Preferably to Colombo. If this is possible it would cut down our flight costs by a lot as Srilankan Airways flight work out so much cheaper for flying into Delhi and out of Colombo and we would also be able to cover Srilanka on the same trip.

    Anybody has any experience crossing over the border by sea? Is this even allowed? If this is possible then we would save up on coming back to Delhi from Hampi and move straight to Srilanka instead.

  2. DhongiBaba

    DhongiBaba Active Member

    I do not have any experience of going to Srilanka by sea or even by air but I would like to bring to your attention that Hampi is in Karnataka and is no where near any sea ports. You would need to travel a very long distance to get to somewhere like Cochin or Chennai. I just thought you should know that Hampi is not anywhere near those sea ports.

  3. Tia

    Tia New Member

    There is no ferry service currently operating between Hampi or any other port city in South India to Colombo, Sri Lanka. There was a historical ferry service between Chennai and Colombo that stopped operating in the 1980s.

    While not a direct ferry from Hampi, there is a new passenger ferry service that recently started operating between Karaikal Port in Pondicherry, India and Kankesanthurai port in northern Sri Lanka. This service is not as far south as Hampi, but it could be an option if you are flexible with your itinerary.

    Here are some of the reasons why there are no ferries operating between South India and Colombo:

    Distance: The distance between South India and Colombo is significant, which would make the ferry ride quite long. Flights are a much faster way to travel between the two countries.

    Demand: There may not be enough demand for a ferry service between these two points to justify the cost of operating it.

    If you are set on traveling by sea, you could look into options for freighters that take passengers. However, this is generally not a comfortable or convenient way to travel.

    Overall, flying is the most realistic and convenient way to travel between Hampi and Colombo. While flying back to Delhi to catch a connecting flight to Colombo might seem inefficient, it will likely be the fastest and most hassle-free way to travel between the two places.

    Here are some tips for finding cheap flights:

    • Be flexible with your travel dates.

    • Consider flying into a different airport in India, such as Chennai or Bangalore, which might be cheaper than Delhi.

    • Look for budget airlines like SpiceJet or IndiGo.

    • Book your flights in advance, especially if you are traveling during peak season.