From Kandy by bus
Go to the terminal and take a bus to Dambulla (there are very nice cave temples, main entrance about 3 km before the Dambulla bus terminal), change there to a bus to Sigiriya (every 30 minutes in daytime), together 130 to 160 Rupies, 3 to 4 hours, better take a aircon bus (in Kandy bus terminal waiting next to the bus with the same destination) they are maybe 30 minutes faster and 200 Rupies more expensive.
For returning buses to Kandy stop in front of the terminal but are most likely already full, better go in the terminal and take a bus to Matale (5 km before Aluvihara is a nice rock monastery), get off at the beginning of the town, you see first a big and very colourful Hindu Temple on the left soon after a bus stand on the right with buses from there to Kandy.
Buses are usually very full if you want a seat it is best to go to the terminal where the bus is starting.
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel
Lal Lanka Tours (tuk tuk)
If you are planning to visit the cultural triangle why not save yourself time and get yourself a great tuk tuk driver. Lal has one of the most comfortable rides in Sri Lanka with car seats fitted into his piaggo. The extra boot space means your luggage can easily fit without you feeling uncomfortable. He is based in Sigiriya usually stationed outside the Sigiriya Rest House. His prices are reasonable and he is an honest guy with excellent time keeping. I met Lal first in Polonnaruwa and he negotiates a discount on a superb rice and curry buffet at Ariya Rest House lkr700 instead of lkr800.
Lal can pick you up at the airport or anywhere in the cultural triangle just drop him an email, phone or skype him. His English is great and he has a good sense of humour always smiling and doing his best for his customers. He can arrange car taxi service and jeep safaris in Kadulla or Mineria. In fact Lal’s tuk tuk has travelled the whole of Sri Lanka so its not exclusive to the cultural triangle.
He can also be reached by skype at lal.seegiriya although best to send a text beforehand to arrange a time to speak.
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
We hired a car & driver for a few days, who sorted out all our accommodation & entrances. We gave a list of the places we wanted to visit. He wittled that list down to a realistic size & off we went.
I would definately recommend doing this rather than hiring a car. the driving is crazy here.
The main Columbo to Galle road was built to be a normal 2 way road. It is not unusual to see at least 4 lanes of traffic on it!.