I'll be travelling to Colombo this September for the cricket T20 World Cup. I have got tickets for the matches in Pallekele as well. I learnt that it's about 30 mins from Kandy, which itself is about 2.5 hrs from Colombo. the Expo train from Colombo to Kandy starts too early in the morning for my liking. Hence my questions to the forum are -
(1) Are there good air conditioned coaches available from Colombo to Kandy and back? What would the cost and where can I find them in Colombo (Near Fort Station, perhaps?) and Kandy?
(2) Also, what's the normal tuk-tuk fare from Kandy to Pallekele and how much time does it take for the commute?
(3) Any recommendations for B&Bs in Colombo and Kandy in the range of USD 50 incl taxes for a double/twin room per night would be very much appreciated as well.