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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, bus via Maharagama  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Maharagama Rail Bus
  2. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam 4-7 / ...

$3 - $5

Cheapest option

Train  •  6 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Ragama Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Ragama to Nooranagar Colombo Commuter

$2 - $5

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam 4-7 / ...

$2 - $4

Taxi  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Take a taxi from Kandy to Puttalam 81.1 miles

$50 - $60

Drive  •  2 h 21 min

  1. Drive from Kandy to Puttalam 81.1 miles

$9 - $15

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kandy to Puttalam is to train and bus which costs Rs. 280 - Rs. 750 and takes 6 h 59 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kandy to Puttalam is to taxi which costs Rs. 8500 - Rs. 11000 and takes 2 h 21 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Kandy to Puttalam. However, there are services departing from Kandy and arriving at Nooranagar via Ragama. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 46 min.

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The distance between Kandy and Puttalam is 121 km. The road distance is 129.8 km.

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The best way to get from Kandy to Puttalam without a car is to train and bus which takes 5 h 37 min and costs Rs. 470 - Rs. 950.

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It takes approximately 5 h 37 min to get from Kandy to Puttalam, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Kandy to Puttalam is 130 km. It takes approximately 2 h 21 min to drive from Kandy to Puttalam.

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There are 114+ hotels available in Puttalam. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 75.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 37 min

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 6 h 46 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Kandy to Maharagama
Ave. Duration
41 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
Train from Kandy to Ragama
Ave. Duration
2 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
Train from Ragama to Nooranagar
Ave. Duration
3 h 32 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Kandy to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Kandy to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
Estimated price
$50 - $60
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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