Our 45 minutes flight from India bought us to Colombo Airport ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandaranaike_International_Airport )
Within the hour, we were through Immigration with the Officers immediately noticing this was a 2nd visit and wishing us a good holiday.
A new expressway had been complete reducing the normal 2 hour taxi trip to 40 minutes to Fort Colombo Railway Station ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Railway_Station ).
We were booked with ExpoRail, the new tourist concept of Sri Lanka Rail which offers airplane style carriage travel with meals. Our total cost for the 4 hour trip was $A 12.00 each
Leaving Colombo behind this is the late train and it quickly become dark. With the darkness came heavy rains. Yet it was still fascinating going through the small towns and jungle at night. The movies on offer were 'Madagascar' and 'Rio', both entertaining.
Before long we arrived at Anuradhapura ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anuradhapura ) and booked into the Ceylan Lodge ( http://www.ceylanlodge.com/ ) - a quick beer and off to bed...it's been a long day.