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    I need some advise with cost, travel time and general tips.
    Me and my wife are in Kandy and going to Habarana tomorrow for 3 nights (visit Dambulla, Sigiriya and Kaudulla or Minneriya) by driver one way, then 3 nights Tricomalee by driver?/train?/bus? (Hotel booked), then we’re planning on going to Arugam Bay for 3-7 nights. What type of transport should we use? We’re trying to travel with a lower budget but can use private driver if its more efficient. Should we make this way with one night in
    After Arugam Bay we want to go to Unawatuna or Hikkaduwa for X nights. Whats the most efficient and costful way?
    We’re planing to end our south stay one night in Galle and then take a Uber to Colombo for one night and the off to airport early morning 30th.
    Thanks for your advise.


    Hey Joacim,

    As you are spending large amounts of time static in one place the best option is separate one-way hires. I would take the train to Trincomalee and then contact a taxi operator in Arugam Bay and get a quote for both Trinco to Arugam Bay and Arugam Bay to the south coast. It is low season in Arugam Bay and you should get a better deal with one of the local companies there for both transfers.

    After that you could easily take the train or express bus from the south coast back towards Colombo and the airport.

    Let me know if you have any further questions.

    Best Regards,


    Thanks for your fast answer!
    I read in FB that Arugam Bay was almost closed with very few restaurant open so we’ll skip AB this time and probobly go for Kalkudah/Pasikuda for a few says then take the train from Batticaloa back to Colombo and down to the south or do you recomend going to for example Jaffna for a few days and the to the south?
    How often are the trains going from Batticaloa to Colombo? Travel time?
    Could we connect with a train i Colombo and go direct to for example Beruwala or should we split the long trip in Colombo? Travel time to Beruwala?
    Is it possible to go by train to Jaffna from Barricaloa? Timetable?

    Best regards,


    You will find that the entire east coast and Jaffna is quiet at this time of year as it is low season. All the local restaurants will be open as normal but of course a lot of tourist places close at this time of year. The journey from Jaffna to the south is very long. You would want to split this over 2 full days at least. There is a morning train from Batticaloa to Colombo, it takes about 8 hours. I would stay the night in Colombo after that and head south the next day. There are no trains from Jaffna to the east coast. You need to head south first before heading east. See this link for train times.

    Kind Regards,


    Thanks again for your quick replay!
    What type of buses can we take from Trinco to Kalkudah? Is there any luxery buses? Do you know any timetable for this buses? It’s hard to find any good answers at the web. Do we need to go to Batticaloa and change bus and then go back upp till Kalkudah?

    Kind regards,


    There are no luxury buses running down the East Coast. You will need to take a local bus to Valaichchenai and then another bus or tuk tuk to Kalkudah. The buses run very regularly, every 15 to 30 mins.


    Is there any diffrence between the local buses? Which number should we take or any bus going towards Batticaloa? When is the best time to go? Around 11-12? How much should the bus cost and how much for a tuck-tuck from valaichchenai to Passekudah beach?


    Longer distance buses may be a little quicker as they should stop fewer times to pick up passengers. So take any bus heading to one of the main East Coast destinations such as Batticaloa, Kalmunai, Akkraipattu or Pottuvil. All of these buses follow the East Coast road. It is best to avoid rush hour as most school children and workers use these buses early morning and mid afternoon. The cost will be cheap, maybe a few hundred LKR. Tuk tuks charge about 50 LKR per km for a one-way hire.



    I have some more questions…
    1. Which way is the fastest from Galle to Hatton? Google say highway up to Colombo.
    2. Which way is the most prettiest?
    3. How much should a driver cost?


    Hi Joacim,
    The express way route via Colombo will be faster than taking the windy mountain roads. The prettiest route will of course be through the hills coming directly from the south. However, expect this route to take longer; you will probably average about 30-40km per hour, maybe less. The cost should be around 70-80 LKR per km although some drivers will charge more due to travelling uphill and the time it takes to arrive.


    Thanks for your replay!


    Aripot to 2 night Kandy pinnawala elephant 2 Sigiriya- Dambulla Temple  2 night passikuda beach 2 night arugm bay 1 night Udawalawe 2 night hikkaduwa back to airport

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