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Sri Lanka, Kandy, Bentota

Need info on getting from Colombo - Kandy - Bentota

I am travelling to Sri Lanka in February. Following is a gist of my itinerary - 

28th Jan - Colombo

29th Jan - Kandy

31st Jan - Bentota

3rd Feb - Colombo.

Need some info on how i can get from one place to the other. Is it best to travel by car / bus or train? What's the approximate cost and time to travel? I would like to make all necessary arrangements before getting there so any links or contacts would be helpful.

If anyone has done this trip before and if you can share an itinerary it would be super awesome. 

Tips on must-see and must-do places / activities are most welcome. Any other tips would be super helpful too.

2 Answers

answered first by
Matthew from Prescott

Hiring a car to take you between all of your destinations would be the fastest, but it is truly unnecessary. One of the best ways to see Sri Lanka is by train and all three of the cities on your itinerary are connected via train.

Colombo to Kandy will take roughly 2.5 hrs. Kandy to Bentota will take the longest at a little over 5 hrs. Then Bentota back to Colombo will also take roughly 2.5 hrs.

The trains in Sri Lanka are very reasonably priced. Most tickets must be purchased locally at the train station, though. We spent over three weeks in Sri Lanka and traveled mostly via train and never bought our tickets more than 24 hours ahead of time and ran into zero issues.

If you are looking for more info, this website should have everything you could want.

Good luck and have fun,


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better to travel by car  bcz road transport it's very difficult to move and airport to Colombo 40 min drive,colombo to Kandy 3hrs drive kandy to Bentota 4 hrs,bentota colombo 1 and half hours

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Colombo (city)
  2. Kandy (city)
  3. Bentota (attraction)

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