Sri Lanka is a small island however the road travel times between places are two and a half to three times greater than would be expected. This is because of the narrow roads and heavy traffic – buses, tuk tuks, trucks and animals. The two expressways in the island are the exception. Many local drivers have yet to learn how to use these efficiently so cars amble along around 70kmph. Fast for Sri Lanka! The Southern expressway cuts down time between popular locations on the South West Coast as far as Matara while the EO3 moves traffic with more speed from Colombo to the airport at Katunayake.

For a relaxed holiday, most visitors engage a tour company, free lance operator  or point to point taxi cars to get around the country. In this case there are two models – the one way hire and the round trip hire. For the one way point to point hire rates are calculated at SLR75 per kilometre which allows for the vehicle to return to home base or at either SLR45 per kilometre for a round trip hire, [point A to B,C,D. . .and back to A] or at USD 55 – 75 equivalent in SLR depending on the type of vehicle. In this case the kilometres per day allowance is often up to 150km. In any case a greater distance on one day is very arduous for both driver and passengers. Distances here are provided for you estimate a ball park number of  kilometres your chosen itinerary will cover. The approximate times between locations will assist you to work out what you can manage from places listed. The four different transport models for independent travellers can be found in my ebook here

Travel times given are an estimate only, dependent on traffic conditions, weather and shortest, but not necessarily the quickest, route. As I don’t like to rush or be late I’m inclined to over estimate rather than under estimate time needed. Buses, whilst travelling at break neck speed, take longer.

From To km
Katunayake Negombo 12 20 minutes
Katunayake Kalpitiya 145 3 hours
Katunayake Colombo Ft 35 1 – 2 hours
Katunayake Mt Lavinia 45 1.5 – 2 hours
Katunayake
Bentota 110 2 – 2.5 hours
From To km
Katunayake Dambulla 138 3.5 – 4 hours
Katunayake Sigiriya 150 4 hours
Katunayake A’Pura 173 4.5 – 5 hours
Katunayake Polonnaruwa 199 6 hours
Katunayake Trincomalee 235 8 hours
From To km
Katunayake Kandy 105 3 hours
Katunayake Kitulgala 95 3 hours
Katunayake Nuwara Eliya 170 5 hours
Katunayake Ella 233 7  hours
Katunayake Adam’s Peak 152 5 hours
From To km
Katunayake Wadduwa 78 2 hours
Katunayake Kalutara 85 2 hours
Katunayake Galle 155 3 – 3.5 hours
Katunayake Arugum Bay 320 360 8 – 9 hours
Katunayake Marissa 180 4 hours
From To  km
Kandy Dambulla 80 2 – 2.5 hours
Kandy Sigiriya 90 2 -3 hours
Kandy Habarana 95 2 – 3 hours
Kandy Anuradhapura 154 4 hours
Kandy
Polonnaruwa 140
4 hours
From To  km
Kandy Nuwara Eliya 75 3 – 3.5 hours
Kandy Ratnapura 122 4 hours
Kandy Ella 140 4.5 – 5 hours
Kandy  Knuckles  40  1 – 1.5 hours
Kandy
 Adam’s Peak  90  2.5 hours
From To  km
Kandy Matale 30 45 min – 1 hour
Kandy Colombo 135 4. 5 -5 hours
Kandy Negombo 103 3. 5 hours – 4
Kandy Kitulgala 61 2 hours
Kandy
Pinnewala 41 1 hour
From To  km
Ella Galle 211 6 – 6.5 hours
Ella Matara 170 5 – 5.5 hours
Ella Ambalantota 125 4 hours
Ella Colombo 210 6 – 6.5 hours
Ella Adam’s Peak 118 3.5 – 4 hours
From To  km
Colombo Anuradhapura 170 5 hours
Colombo Dambulla 136 4 hours
Colombo Sigiriya 150 4 – 4.5 hours
Colombo Habarana 183 5 hours
Colombo Polonnaruwa 230 6 – 7 hours
From To  km
Colombo Kandy 135 4 hours
Colombo Nuwara Eliya 160 5.5 -6 hours
Colombo Ella 209 7 hours
Colombo Adam’s Peak 140 4 – 4.5 hours
Colombo Bentota 90 2 hours
From To  km
Colombo Kalutara  60  1 hour express
Colombo  Induruwa  91  2 hours
Colombo Hikkaduwa  120  3 – 3.5 hours
Colombo Galle  130 3.5 hours
Colombo Tissamaharama  264  8 – 9 hours
From To  km
Colombo Embilipitiya 222 6 – 6.5 hours
Bentota  Galle  70  1 hour 20 min
Bentota Mirissa  95   1 – 1.5 hours
Bentota  Matara  100  1 – 1.5 hours
Bentota  Tangalle  136  2 – 2.5 hours
From To  km
Bentota Ambalangoda 166 4.5 – 5 hours
 Bentota  Tissamaharama  206  5 hours
Bentota  Kataragama  223  6 hours
Bentota  Embilipitiya  163  4 hours
Galle  Deniyaya  91  3 hours
From To  km
 Anuradhapura  Mihintale  15  30 minutes
 Anuradhapura  Polonnaruwa  110  2 – 2.5 hours
 Anuradhapura  Wilpattu  55  1.5 – 2 hours
Anuradhapura Kalpitiya 120 2.5 – 3 hours
Anuradhapura
Trincomalee 105
 2.5 hours
From To km
 Hikkaduwa  Unawatuna  25  50 minutes
 Hikkaduwa  Galle  22  50 minutes
 Galle  Ahangama 25  50 minutes
 Galle  Weligama  35  1 hour
 Galle  Tissamaharama  150 3.5 hours
From To km
 Galle  Kataragama  170 4 hours
 Kataragama  Yala 175 4 hours
 Tangalle  Embilipitiya  45  1 hour
 Embilipitiya Ratnapura  80  2 hours
 Embilipitiya  Adam’s Peak  130  3.5 hours
From To km
 Embilipitiya  Ella 100  2.5 hours
 Embilipitiya  Nuwara Eliya  155  4 hours
 Embilipitiya  Belihul Oya  75  2 hours
 Embilipitiya  Ella  100  3 hours
 Ella  Nanu Oya  63  2 hours
From To km
Nuwara Eliya Ohiya 38 1 hour
Nuwara Eliya Haputale 43 1 – 1.5 hours
Nuwara Eliya Ella 57 2 hours
Nuwara Eliya Badulla 53/70 3 – 4 hours
Nuwara Eliya Monaragala 120 4.5 hours
From To  km
 Anuradhapura  Ritigala  60  1.5 hours
 Dambulla  Ritigala 40   1 hour
 Habarana  Trincomalee  85  2 hours
 Trincomalee  Upaveli  5  10 minutes
 Trincomalee  Nilaveli  15  25 minutes
From To km
 Anuradhapura  Ritigala  60  1.5 hours
 Dambulla  Ritigala 40   1 hour
 Habarana  Trincomalee  85  2 hours
 Trincomalee  Upaveli  5  10 minutes
 Trincomalee  Nilaveli 15  25 minutes
From To km
Trincomalee  Seruwila 40  1 hour
 Trincomalee  Batticaloa 130   3.5 hours
Trincomalee  Passikudah  110  3 hours
Batticaloa Pottuvil 112  3 hours
 Pottuvil  A’gum Bay  5  10 minutes
From To km
 Colombo  Jaffna  400  9.5 hours
 Jaffna Point Pedro  30  1 hour
 Jaffna Kilinochchi  60  1.5 hours
 Jaffna  Mullaittivu  112  4 hours
 Jaffna  Pooneryn  33  1 hour
From To km
 Jaffna  Mannar  125  4 hours
 Jaffna  Medawachchiya  166 4.5 hours
 Jaffna Anuradhapura  196  5 hours
 Jaffna  Dambulla  250  6 hours
 Mediwachchiya  Mannar  90  3 hours
From To km
 A’gum Bay  Monaragala  72  2 hours
 A’gum Bay  Wellawaya  110  2.5 hours
 A’gum Bay  Tissamaharama  160  4 .5 hours
 A’gum Bay  Kataragama  140  4 hours
 Monaragala  Wellawaya  40  1 hour
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