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There are 5 ways to get from Kandy to Puttalam by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  6h 45m

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Ragama Kandy / ...
  2. Take the train from Ragama to Puttalam Colombo / ...

Rs. 330 - Rs. 849

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Bus  •  7h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Kandy Good Shed Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal Kandy
  2. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Puttalam Colombo

Rs. 291 - Rs. 392

3 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6h 56m

  1. Take the bus from Kandy Good Shed Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal Kandy
  2. Take the train from Katunayake to Puttalam Colombo

Rs. 321 - Rs. 732

Taxi  •  2h 16m

  1. Take a taxi from Kandy to Puttalam 130.2 km

Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000

Drive  •  2h 16m

  1. Drive from Kandy to Puttalam 130.2 km

Rs. 1900 - Rs. 2800

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The most affordable way to get from Kandy to Puttalam is to bus, which costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 400 and takes 7h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Kandy to Puttalam is to taxi which costs Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000 and takes 2h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kandy station to Puttalam. However, there are services departing from Kandy Good Shed Bus Station and arriving at Puttalam via Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Kandy to Puttalam. However, there are services departing from Kandy and arriving at Puttalam via Ragama. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 45m.

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The distance between Kandy and Puttalam is 121 km. The road distance is 130.2 km.

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The best way to get from Kandy to Puttalam without a car is to train which takes 6h 45m and costs Rs. 330 - Rs. 850.

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It takes approximately 6h 45m to get from Kandy to Puttalam, including transfers.

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Kandy to Puttalam bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Kandy Good Shed Bus Station.

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Kandy to Puttalam train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Kandy station.

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The best way to get from Kandy to Puttalam is to train which takes 6h 45m and costs Rs. 330 - Rs. 850. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 400 and takes 7h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Kandy to Puttalam.
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  • Distance: 121.4 km
  • Duration: 6h 45m

What companies run services between Kandy, Sri Lanka and Puttalam, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Kandy to Puttalam via Ragama in around 6h 45m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Kandy to Puttalam via Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal in around 7h 30m.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Kandy to Ragama
Ave. Duration
2h 44m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 270 - Rs. 410
Website
railway.gov.lk
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 270 - Rs. 350
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 300 - Rs. 410
Train from Ragama to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
3h 1m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 60 - Rs. 440
Website
railway.gov.lk
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 280 - Rs. 380
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 320 - Rs. 440
Train from Katunayake to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 50 - Rs. 420
Website
railway.gov.lk
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 270 - Rs. 360
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 300 - Rs. 420
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Kandy Good Shed Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 140 - Rs. 190
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 140 - Rs. 190
Semi Lux
Rs. 190 - Rs. 230
AirCon
Rs. 260 - Rs. 300
Super Lux
Rs. 453
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 150 - Rs. 210
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 150 - Rs. 210
Semi Lux
Rs. 220 - Rs. 270
AirCon
Rs. 310 - Rs. 350
Super Lux
Rs. 523
Other operators
Taxi from Kandy to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Estimated price
Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000
Kandy Meter Taxi
Phone
+ 94 81 49 55 655
Website
kandy-taxi.business.site
Kandy Budget Taxi
Phone
+ 94 71 21 08 210
Website
kandybudgettaxi.com

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Kandy to Puttalam bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Puttalam station.

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Kandy to Puttalam train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Puttalam station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Kandy to Puttalam is 130 km. It takes approximately 2h 16m to drive from Kandy to Puttalam.

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There are 53+ hotels available in Puttalam. Prices start at Rs. 17500 per night.

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