Dambulla to Trincomalee by Bus: Travelling Like A Local

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Despite our rather bad experience taking the bus from Kandy to Dambulla, wee were not deterred. We continued from Dambulla to Trincomalee by bus and I am glad that I can say that this part of the journey was much more pleasant and rather uneventful. We had originally planned on leaving Dambulla early morning. That however changed when we visited the Dambulla cave temple and spent more time than we expected there. Luckily the distance between Dambulla and Trincomalee isn’t much. That meant that even though we left mid-afternoon, we reached Trincomalee before the dusk.


Usually catching the bus means heading out to the main city bus stand. This time however we did not head out to the Dambulla bus stand. Instead we took our host’s advice and headed out to the bus stand next to the clock tower. Why? Since the bus stand is situated on the main road, the buses are more frequent and you can catch the ones that head to Trincomalee from Kandy and Colombo, and not just the ones that leave from Dambulla. I must say that our host was right, and we hardly reached the spot before a bus pulled up and we jumped in. I was as simple as that.


At first, we wondered how to get from our accommodation to the bus stand. Sure, we could have caught a tuk-tuk but that would have been costly. Instead, we hopped on to a local bus and hopped out at the bus stand. It was simple as we caught the bus next to the Dambulla temple and it was cheap.


The bus that we got on to was one of those state run red buses that we had got used to. Spacious, crowded but with their windows down and cool breeze that provided ventilation. We paid 166 LKR per person for our ticket from Dambulla to Trincomalee by bus. Shawn was told to place the backpack right in front. That meant we had more space to stretch our legs and we could also keep an eye on our belongings.

Like I said before, the journey was rather uneventful. The bus made a short stop on the way where everyone got down to catch a bite to eat and use the restrooms. The journey to Trincomalee was scenic and rather quiet. A part of the route was the one that we covered on our two wheeler when we visited the UNESCO sites in the area. Our journey culminated with us getting down at the Trincomalee bus stand. From there we chose to catch a tuk-tuk for 400 LKR to our accommodation which was on the outskirts of the city.

Have you travelled from Dambulla to Trincomalee by bus? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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2018-11-06T23:13:43+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Asia, Dambulla, Destinations, Sri Lanka, Trincomalee|0 Comments

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