SriLankan touches down on water

SriLankan Air Taxi is giving passengers the opportunity of experiencing
an exhilarating water landing on the Bentota River with its Weekend
Scenic Flights starting this month.

“We have added a ‘Touch-And-Go’ at Bentota to our highly popular Weekend
Scenic Flights on our amphibious Turbo Otter aircraft,” said Herman
Pereira, Manager Air Taxi.

The flight, which departs from Ratmalana, takes a route that gives
passengers breathtaking views of the diverse landscapes of the Paradise
Isle, flying only a few thousand feet above the ground which is far
lower than the height of regular commercial aircraft. The aircraft first
heads south to Kalutara and inland from where passengers are very likely
to get a birds-eye view of towering Adam’s Peak and the central hills
during the clear skies of April.

The journey includes flying down the valley of the Kalu Ganga towards
the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, and a water landing at Bentota
- still one of Sri Lanka’s most popular resorts with its sparkling
golden beaches. The flight then proceeds back to Ratmalana, flying
northwards along the coast for a picture postcard views of the
Southwestern coastline.



Flights depart the Ratmalana Domestic Airport at regular intervals on
Saturdays and Sundays and last approximately half an hour.

SriLankan Air Taxi, the domestic arm of SriLankan Airlines, has made any
part of the island accessible within an hour for foreign tourists, local
holidaymakers, businessmen and NGO persons. It now operates to 15
locations - Katunayake, Ratmalana, Katukurunda, Bentota, Galle
(Koggala), Dickwella, Weerawila, Ampara, Kandy (Victoria Reservoir &
Mahaweli River), Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Hingurakgoda, and