How to Visit Weligama from Arugambay

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Coming to Weligama from sunny Arugambay is bit of time consuming journey. But it can be easily fulfill with public transportation like bus. It is a matter of get in to a correct bus or taxi. Travelers can have two options to come to this magnificent Weligama beach - Sri Lanka from Arugambay. This article shows how you visit this coastal town from Arugambay beach.
How to visit Weligama from Arugambay

Total distance from Arugambay to Weligama: 262 KM

How to visit Weligama from Arugambay using google maps

Arugambay to Weligama by Bus

Traveling via bus is more cost effective if you travel towards southern coast because taxi prices are higher. Travelers can have two options to visit Weligama from Arugambay. Be patient and grab your bus because some people deliberately force in to take taxi. Please read this article regarding the bus rides in Sri Lanka.

Option 01: Take direct bus to Matara from Pottuvil
There is a bus that goes directly from Pottuvil to Matara. This bus leaves from Pottuvil at 06:00 and and 07:00. Therefore travelers need to be in Pottuvil bus stand early morning in order to catch the bus towards Matara. This bus has 20 -30 mints break while on his way to Matara. You need to hire a tuk tuk (three-wheeler) to reach Pottuvil bus stand it may cost around 4 - 5 USD (depends on the season).

Option 02: Take a bus to Matara from Monaragala
In case you miss direct bus to Matara. You need to reach to Monaragala town. Monaragala is the main transit hub for this part of the country. There are handful buses which leaves for Panama - Monaragala  route number 303 and Pottuvil to Monaragala which drive towards Monaragala town. Those buses stop at Pottuvil main bus stand. You need to hire a tuk tuk (three-wheeler) to reach Pottuvil bus station it may cost around 4 - 5 USD (depends on the season). After you take the bus from Pottuvil to Monaragala your destination should be Monaragala bus station. It will at-least 1.5 hours reach Monaragala from Pottuvil.

When reaching Monaragala bus station get off from the bus and search for Monaragala - Matara bus in bus depot. Monaragala - Matara route number 35 buses operate 04:00 to 18:00 time period from Monaragala end. Bus fare for Monaragala to Matara will less than 3 USD. It advisable to plan your journey in day time and avoid take more afternoon buses towards Matara. Because entire journey from Monaragala to Matara will takes at-least 5 hours. After traveler get off from Matara, then he/she needs to take a bus to reach Weligama. Please read this article for visit Weligama from Matara. It is advisable avoid stay public places like bus stations after 20:00.

Pottuvil bus stand for Arugambay to Matara | Ella
Pottuvil bus stand
Panama/Arugambay to Monaragala bus in Monaragala bus stand
Panama/Arugambay to Monaragala bus
Monaragala bus stand - Monaragala
Monaragala bus station
Monaragala to Matara bus docking place
Monaragala to Matara bus docking place

Arugambay to Weligama by Train

Unfortunately, in current setup there are no trains available from Arugambay to Matara. If you reach Matara, traveler can take train to Weligama. Please read this article for visit Weligama from Matara.

Arugambay to Weligama by Taxi

Some of the taxi services nearby Arugambay has bit higher rates and some monopoly going around taxi services. Their rates can be change accordingly therefore you need to talk with them and negotiate prices the taxi. Therefore we highly recommend to use public transport instead. If traveler needs any local taxi services like car or van, they were park nearby Arugambay bus stop or Pottuvil bus station. Sometimes people may ask for share a taxi with them, Those offers may be good option.

Travelers can have another option where several social media groups have share taxi rides with each other. You can just join those groups and try to share rides among backpackers. Please join social media below groups:
- Journey to Sri Lanka (Backpacking / Tourism / Information Hub)
- South Sri Lanka Surf Community
- Sri Lanka Taxi Share & Service
- Backpacking Sri Lanka / Taxi Service / Hotel Bookings
- Arugambay Surf Community

Additionally above options travelers can join several Telegram/WhatsApp group among Sri Lankan taxi service providers where they share / update their details, especially drivers who has got empty ride way back to different locations. Join below groups:
- Tourist Help Line Sri Lanka - Telegram group
- Sri Lanka Taxi - WhatsApp group
- Hikaduwa Airport Drops - WhatsApp group

Minimum cost for Arugambay to Weligama would be 140 USD. This amount will be change according to the route, vehicle type, passengers.

You can book a taxi to Weligama from the Arugambay via this form.

Different ways to visit Weligama from Arugambay in Google Maps

Below map include the different ways come to Weligama from Arugambay, Sri Lanka including bus routes, train and taxi routes.

Following details may helpful, if you hope to visit Weligama from various other tourist destinations around this lovely Island.

From Colombo Airport (CMB) to Weligama
From Colombo to Weligama
From Hikkaduwa to Weligama
From Galle to Weligama
From Matara to Weligama
From Hiriketiya to Weligama
From Yala to Weligama
From Udawalawe to Weligama
From Ella to Weligama
From Kandy to Weligama
From Sigiriya to Weligama
From Arugambay to Weligama
From Kalpitiya to Weligama

Last Updated on: 2019/05/30