There are 9 ways to get from Colombo to Kataragama temple by bus, train, taxi, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Bus  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama 32

$1 - $4

8 alternative options

Train, taxi  •  9 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Haputale Express Train
  2. Take a taxi from Haputale to Kataragama temple

$36 - $50

Taxi  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Kataragama temple 148.3 miles

$75 - $90

Drive  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Kataragama temple 148.3 miles

$17 - $26

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, taxi  •  3 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF
  2. Take a taxi from Hatton to Kataragama temple

$77 - $264

Fly Colombo to Hambantota  •  3 h 41 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Hambantota (HRI) CMB - HRI

$248 - $772

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota, taxi  •  4 h 31 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Kataragama temple

$107 - $254

Bus, taxi to Hatton, fly to Weerawila  •  5 h 21 min

  1. Take the bus from Maharagama to Avissawella
  2. Take a taxi from Avissawella to Hatton
  3. Fly from Hatton (NUF) to Weerawila (WRZ) NUF - WRZ

$286 - $445

Train to Katugastota, fly to Weerawila  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Palle Talavinna
  2. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Weerawila (WRZ) KDZ - WRZ

$350 - $664

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Kataragama temple is to bus which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 550 and takes 8 h 5 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Kataragama temple is to fly which takes 3 h 41 min and costs Rs. 39000 - Rs. 130000.

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The distance between Colombo and Kataragama temple is 174 km. The road distance is 237 km.

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The bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama takes 8 h including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal and arriving at Kataragama. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h.

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What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kataragama temple, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Kataragama temple every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $1 - $4 and the journey takes 8 h. Alternatively, Flydubai flies from Colombo to Kataragama temple 4 times a week.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Hatton to Weerawila
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $400
Flights from Katugastota to Weerawila
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $650
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flydubai
Website
flydubai.com
Flights from Colombo to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $410
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Haputale
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Train from Colombo Fort to Palle Talavinna
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$3 - $4
Super Lux
$6
Bus from Maharagama to Avissawella
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1
AirCon
$1
Super Lux
$2
Other operators
Taxi from Haputale to Kataragama temple
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Estimated price
$35 - $45

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