By Car: You can book a car or van with a driver. The entrance to the new Airport Expressway is close to the airport. From the Airport Expressway you can connect with the Southern Expressway or take the longer coastal route (see below).
The beautiful Southern Expressway runs through vast swathes of rubber, tea and coconut plantations. Most people do not think of highways as bucolic but the lack of traffic and the scenery make for a very pleasant 1 hour 20 minute drive down to Weligama. The Weligama exit is just 4 km from La Cannelle. Of course, one could take the alternative route along the coast, 3-4 hours driving in the company of careening buses and darting tuk-tuks – a colourful and adventurous experience.
By Train: Slower than the highway, the train is a throwback in time and is an experience in itself. See Sri Lankan life as you trundle along on the narrow gauge track down the coast with a sea view for most of the journey. We recommend the express train from Colombo. It leaves early and takes about 4 hours to Weligama train station.
For a general idea of train schedules, see this website.