There are 3 ways to get from Matara to Kataragama by bus, taxi or car

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, taxi  •  4 h 52 min

  1. 35-3 / ...

$21 - $27

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  2 h 11 min

  1. 79 miles

$60 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 11 min

  1. 79 miles

$9 - $14

What companies run services between Matara, Sri Lanka and Kataragama, Sri Lanka?

There is no direct connection from Matara to Kataragama. However, you can take the bus to Wellawaya then take the taxi to Kataragama. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Kataragama.

Bus operators
National Transport Commission
+94 011-2587372
Bus from Matara Bus Station to Wellawaya
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
$2 - $3
Super Lux
Other operators
Taxi from Wellawaya to Kataragama
Ave. Duration
57 min
Estimated price
$20 - $25

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Matara and Kataragama is 102 km. The road distance is 126 km.

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Kataragama is to drive which costs Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2200 and takes 2 h 11 min.

The quickest way to get from Matara to Kataragama is to taxi which takes 2 h 11 min and costs Rs. 9500 - Rs. 12000.

It takes approximately 4 h 52 min to get from Matara to Kataragama, including transfers.