Kandy Transportation

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  • driver in Sri Lanka

    by Traveller_123 Written May 10, 2014

    If you need a reliable and trustworthy driver in Sri Lanka to take you around this beautiful country, I recommend Jayasena Rasika (jocotours@yahoo.com)from Kandy. We did 1500km with him and were very satisfied with his services!

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  • Why Not Getaways around Kandy and Sri Lanka

    by LiliSlo Written Mar 27, 2014
    Our driver and guide

    I used the services of Why not getaways in Kandy which is just a couple local guides and drivers making my dream Holiday come true!
    I really want to recommend them to everybody that wants to make a tour in a car or van around Sri Lanka. They knew a lot, took me and my friends to every place that I wanted, the price was good and no extra charges. It was so perfect I'm planing to come to Sri Lanka next year again, to see the rest of it.
    Give this guys a chance, its worth it!

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    Toga - best Kandy guide!!

    by jo104 Updated Sep 13, 2013

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    I have known Toga for a year now and he really is the guy to know in Kandy and I can highly recommend his services as a guide. He has his own tuk tuk (3 wheeler) and knows the city inside out. His English is great and his service is always reliable in fact I always refer to him as the Del Boy of Kandy.

    Everytime I visit Kandy Toga suprises me with yet another amazing adventure, we took in the amazing Hunnas Falls a peaceful spot devoid of tourists. I also have visited the Kandyan Spice Grove with Toga, I have spent 1.5yrs in SL & never been they treated me to an amazing massage (ladies perhaps where your bikini)

    Besides his lengendary tuk tuk he can also get hold of vehicles and do tours further afield with tuk tuk, van or vehicle. Toga has contacts at hotels all over to arrange reasonable accomodation and his service is first class. So be it en route to the tea planttions in Nuwa Eliya stopping to take in the spectacular waterfalls or trips to the cultural triangle Toga will ensure your journey is a comfortable fun filled one.

    And if you have never tried Sri Lankan arrack Toga is always happy to share a glass (after driving of course!) my tip is with ginger beer & lime "' affectionally nicknamed a Barack Obama"'

    You can find him on facebook under togakandytours and reviews on trip advisor

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    Kandy - Mirissa

    by bashboo Written May 2, 2012

    Thanks so much to everyone for their replies.

    We ended up taking the train to Colombo leaving Kandy at 5.10am.

    Journey was going fine until it suddenly became a commuter train an hour outside Colombo, and the journey was slowed down significantly. Also bear in mind that this train makes a LOT of stops!

    Finally the journey ended in Kalutra South (yes, the views along the way were gorgeous as we traced the coast line pretty much the whole way). From Kalutra we took the first available bus to Matara which was totally full, so stood for a couple of hours until reaching Mirissa. But it was eventually all worth it. Had a great time!

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    Train

    by PierreZA Written Jan 4, 2010

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    Peradeniya Sation

    I used the train from Kandy to Bandarawela.
    I went to Kandy Train Station 2 days before the trip to book a ticket in 1st class. There were no seats. The problem now is that you cannot pre-book on these trains for 2nd or 3rd class from Kandy to the Hill Country (Badulla line).

    The driver took me to Peradeniya Sation, as you have to change trains here in any case if traveling from Kandy.

    The train was very full, with no seats available, but I got to my destination, and had a pleasant journey.

    Fares are very chaep Rs230

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    Three-wheeler

    by PierreZA Written Jan 4, 2010

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    3-wheeler guide, Priyanka

    Three wheelers (tuk-tuk) are everywhere. It is an easy and cheap way to get around the city.
    What I often do, is to hire the tuk-tuk and driver for half a day, agree on a rate, and ask him to take me around the city and sights. This is often far cheaper than individual trips, and you get to see interesting things not on the tourist circuit.
    Short trips in Kandy are between Rs 50 and Rs 200.

    I had a very good driver in Kandy, who spoke English quite well. Let me know if you need his details.

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    Car and Driver

    by PierreZA Written Jan 4, 2010

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    I hired a car with a driver at the airport (Colombo) to Kandy. The total price was Rs 6800 for an A/C vehicle (December 2009). There are many different providers, but it seems that the prices are fixed ?
    It takes about 2 and a half to three hours for the trip.

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  • you should take a car instead of local buses

    by robetson Updated Sep 26, 2007

    I really hates public tranportation in sri lanka.because sri lanka is really nice place to see but all bus drivers are distroying it so I recomend to use a car if you are travelling around sri lnaka and kandy. I had a nice driver for 3 months while i was in sri lanka he was ok.so i can recomend him no probs to anyone.

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    Train

    by siaki68 Written May 17, 2007

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    The clock, Kandy

    From Kandy train station you can take the train to Nanu Oya, Haputale and Ella. Going by train to these places, is a unique experience: the view is fantastic. The train crosses lush hillsides carpeted with tea plantations and forests and decorated with waterfalls and beautiful small villages. The duration is 3 ½ hours to Nanu Oya, 5 hours to Haputale and 6 hours to Ella. Tourists –and wealthy Sri Lankan- prefer the 1st class observation saloon (see my tourist traps tip). If you want to travel with this, you must book your ticket at least two days beforehand because this train originates in Colombo and when it reaches Kandy it may be full.

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    Scenic train journey

    by kentishgirl Updated Apr 12, 2007

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    On the train to Kandy


    We took the train from Colombo to Kandy which was one absolutely stunning train journey. I can't remember how many hours it was exactly, but it was so gorgeous that you just ignored the time.
    We sat in second class, which was adequate, with fans and seats. The train was not overcrowded on the way there either. We bought the tickets about an hour before the train departed in Colombo.

    When leaving Kandy we took the train towards Nuwara Eliya, this time the train was much busier but we did eventually get seats, it was just as gorgeous as the journey from Colombo too. Again we bought our tickets at the station in Kandy that morning.

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  • tuk tuk

    by vinodhini Written Jun 15, 2006

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    tuk tuk are used common in kandy and it is nice experiance in traveling. it is very cheap also.
    if the drives find out that we are travellers they cheat us by charging double sometimes triple. please bargain

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  • Tuc-Tuc

    by Hanniexxx Updated May 26, 2006

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    The tuc-tuc is an amazing way to get to the heart of Kandy on a budget. They are very cheap and can be found everywhere in the city. They are brilliant if there is a large group of you, as like with my travel group, you can have "Tuc-tuc Safari" where we named the tuc-tucs depending on their colour e.g. Button for White, Schumacher for red etc. then you have a race to a certain location. it is hilarious as they weave in and out of the traffic, we almost crashed many times. They are by far the best mode of transport in Kandy, but not for the faint hearted!

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  • Self Drive Car in Kandy

    by LS18 Updated Feb 17, 2006

    We had considered getting a car and driver to visit the ancient cities from Kandy, but have had bad experiences with drivers before . Therefore I opted to drive a car myself. There seems to be a lot of red tape involved in doing this in Sri Lanka ie you have to get an international driving licence with endorsement from Sri Lanka AA to rent from any of the big companies.

    I used Malik Abdul to rent my car. He cuts through a lot of the red tape and made renting the car easy. Malik owns Palm Garden Guest House in Kandy and you can contact him via their website.

    In terms of driving- I wouldnt wanto to do it in Columbo but we had no problems from Kandy-Sygiria,Polonnaruwa, Dambulla. You just need to drive defensively and bear in mind that buses and lorries WILL overtake on the wrong siade of the road -European rights of way don't apply.

    We did use a driver at other times on the trip and I was more scared doing this than driving myself- most hired drivers in Sri Lanka do things most europeans never would eg overtake on blind corner/brow of hill etc.If you're a confident ,experienced driver I think you're safer driving yourself.

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    Sightseeing Bus

    by daryll Written Jul 6, 2005

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    Bus tour

    At the moment is not approriate to travel alone or with children to Kandy due to the guerillas. Bus tour is optional convenient and easy, low cost Jet Travel, provides you the fast and easy ride. At least you dont have to go to through the trouble getting your guide books to guide you route.

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    GREAT FOR SIGHTSEEING.

    by cazz38 Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Our tour bus.

    We were lucky,we hired a tour bus with our tour operator and had a fantastic driver and tour guide,you can also get to Kandy from most major towns,either by bus or train,even a tuk tuk.

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