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how far from Dambulla to Pollonaruwa

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Paro Bhutan
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how far from Dambulla to Pollonaruwa

We are having a pilgrimage to Sri Lanka in Dec. Going to Colombo first, then to Sri pada. Does anyone know the train times to Hatton from Colombo ? Also can you get an AC bus from Dalhousie to kandy ? And then how far is it from Dambulla to Pollonaruwa ? We are staying 2 nights in Dambulla so thought to take a day trip to Pollonaruwa and then back to Dambulla . Next day go to Anuradhapura. Any idea about this travel.

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1. Re: how far from Dambulla to Pollonaruwa

Hi there,

1] See railway.gov.lk for train times. 2 x per day an express train.

2] AC buses I doubt. Normal buses 'possibly' but then only 10-12 AM when the pilgrims tend to come down. For other times separate bus, Dalhousie-Hatton and then Hatton-Kandy.

3] It's only about 90 mins by road from Dambulla to P'ruwa so yes a good combi. Direct buses but these take a bit of a detour and take 2 hours.

4] Dambulla-A'pura is 2 hours. Also direct buses but not very frequent.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Paro Bhutan
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2. Re: how far from Dambulla to Pollonaruwa

HI Eric, thank you for the update. Will check the train times online. Do you know can you get your train ticket just before it leaves ? I doubt we can get to the train station the night we get in. Leaving next morning for Hatton.

Chokey

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3. Re: how far from Dambulla to Pollonaruwa

Yes you can, 2nd class and 3rd class. 1st class is unavailable from any intermediate station including Hatton and Peradeniya, except for heavy 'bypass' procedures which I would not use there. If you board Hatton, some chance of still finding 2nd class seats. If you board Peradeniya, less chance.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

4. Re: how far from Dambulla to Pollonaruwa

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