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Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

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Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Hi,

Is it possible to travel from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car and visit Dambulla and Sigiriya enroute. How much will it cost to book a standard AC car from Kandy to Anuradhapura via these places. Can we start early morning and reach in the evening after visiting both these places in between.

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1. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Is doable. You will spend approx. 4-4.5 hours on the road. Approx. 2 hours at Dambulla and approx. 3 hours at Sigiriya.

Costs for a car with driver should be approx. LKR 12,000.

Hans

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2. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Hi there,

Well yes but you won't have time to see the A'Pura town same day. Distance is about 200 km including the small detours A9-Sigiriya-A9 and Sigiriya junction - Dambulla - back again which makes the cost for a one-way transfer AC car around Rs 14,000. Leave early (8 AM or so) and first do Sigiriya, though it's unlogical in terms of the route; this way you avoid the midday heat at the top. Dambulla Golden Temple has less problems with that heat because it's a cool cave; only when you want to climb the stairs (normal route) Westerners can get a bit of burnt feet-soles but for Indians should be no problem at all.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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3. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Hi,

I want to visit Dambulla, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa starting from Kandy and back to Kandy. Please advice how to plan in terms of overnight stay, mode of travel as I have only 3 - 4 days to visit all these places. I am traveling with my elderly parents and spouse and kid.

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4. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

I would visit Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa on the first day and stay overnight in Polonnaruwa. Next day I would go to Anuradhapura and stay overnight. Then on the 2rd day visit Dambulla on the way back to Kandy.

Most people select to visit either Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura.

Best would be to rent a van with driver.

Hans

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5. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Dear Hans,

Thank you so much for all the info.

So you suggest Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura? as we are a little short of time and once we are back into Kandy would like to proceed to Nuwara Eliya, Hortons plain, Yala and back to Colombo.

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6. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Yes they have quite some overlap. P'ruwa is the superior one in terms of artistic quality, but it is a kind of 'dead' museum area without much atmosphere. A'Pura has reasonable artistic quality (below P'ruwa level) but is much more alive, with lots of devotees and pujas at the dagobas and the main Bo tree.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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7. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Hi,

Is it possible to rent a self driven car from Kandy to A'Pura and back for a couple of days. Is it advisable to drive a self driven car in this stretch. Is there an agency in Kandy to rent out self driven cars and are the self driven cars in good condition. What would be the rent? I am settling for A'Pura and plan to travel Kandy - Dambulla - A'Pura - stay overnight and come back the next day evening to Kandy.

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8. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Self driving in Sri Lanka is not recommend, and likely more expensive than hiring a van with driver due to increased insurance premiums for foreigners.

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9. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Thanks. I guess I will hire a car with driver and travel around.

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10. Re: Travel from Kandy to Dambulla to Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

Hello!

I wish to do the same.

I will be in Sri Lanka on 7th of march.

Will be travelling by my own ( hopefully I will meet on the way some of the travellers who would like to rent a car with driver and split the cost..)

So..unfortunatelly I cannot give you tips..but once you will make it..could you get back to me, pls?

( final cost of the car..and if 1 day was enough..)

thx a lot!!!

ania

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