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Getting There & Away

The town of Valaichchenai is the gateway to the beaches. Trains stop at the Valaichchenai Railway Station, which is just north of the A15. Services:

Batticaloa 1st/2nd/3rd class Rs 110/60/30, 45 minutes, twice daily

Colombo 1st/2nd/3rd class Rs 1230/630/380, eight hours, twice daily

There's no bus terminal, but buses do stop on the main road near the train station. Three-wheelers charge Rs 200 for the short hop between Valaichchenai and Passekudah or Kalkudah. Buses include the following:

Batticaloa Rs 50, one hour, every 30 minutes

Polonnaruwa Rs 97, 1½ hours, every 30 minutes

Trincomalee Rs 160, three hours, every 30 minutes