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Drive from Ella to Matara

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Drive from Ella to Matara

does anyone know how long it would take to drive to Matara from Ella?

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1. Re: Drive from Ella to Matara


If you are heading to Matara from Ella by road; either by bike, car or bus,

There are about 174 km – it will take 2 hours 30 minutes. Please use A23 road.

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2. Re: Drive from Ella to Matara


CRAP. We talk here about driving WITHIN speed limits and also with a tourist-safe speed at day.

Nighttime maybe 3.5 hours. Daytime 4.5-5 hours at least, using A23...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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3. Re: Drive from Ella to Matara

Ruwan's reply is taken directly from Google Maps which use unrealistic speeds for Sri Lanka.

Yes, A23 from Ella to Wellawaya (A23 only goes form A16 (Kumbalwela) to Wellawaya) and then A2. Google Maps suggests cutting across (south of Udawalawe NP) to Matara, but a sane driver will take A2 all the way to Matara (via Hambantota). Then the distance is not 174 km, but 188 km.

My estimate would be approx. 5 hours (at least) during daytime.

Google Maps is a tool, and an excellent tool if you know how to use it.


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