How to Visit Weligama from Kalpitiya

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Tired of having so much kite surfing lets have some long/short board surfing from southern coast. Coming to Weligama from Kalpitiya is a bit time consuming task. It is a matter of get in to a correct bus or train. Travelers can have three options to come to this magnificent Weligama beach - Sri Lanka from Kalpitiya. This article shows the details for, how you visit this coastal town from Kalpitiya beach.

How to visit Weligama from Kalpitiya

Total distance from Kalpitiya to Weligama: 310 KM

How to visit Weligama from Kalpitiya from Google maps

Kalpitiya to Weligama by Bus

Traveling via bus is more cost effective if you travel towards southern coast because taxi prices are more higher because of the long distance. Travelers can have three options to visit Weligama from Kalpitiya via bus. But you will not get any direct buses towards Weligama from Kalpitiya therefore you need to take several transits during your journey towards Weligama. 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. Travelers need to go the main bus terminal in Kalpitiya along side the Dutch church road (Muhathuwaram road).

Option 01: Take direct bus Colombo from Kalpitiya
There are handful of buses heading towards Colombo fort (Pettah). Some of them start 08:00 and 11:00 (Only operate few for entire day). If you lucky to find a direct bus it will minimize all the transit. but do not worry if you can not find direct buses towards Colombo go for below 2 or 3 options. Wait for several mints and check whether buses are available if not do encourage for taxi offers from locals. If you find a direct bus towards Colombo it will at least take 5 hours to reach Colombo fort. And ticket price would be 2 USD. And bus will stop for 20 mints interval during the journey. Please read this article for visit Weligama from Colombo city.
Kalpitiya bus terminal in Kalpitiya
Kalpitiya bus terminal

Option 02: Take bus from Palaviya junction
Because of the lack of frequency of direct buses towards Colombo fort travelers need to reach Puttalam - Colombo A3 road Palaviya junction to take direct bus towards Colombo. In order to come to Palaviya junction you can take any bus which are going from Kalpitiya to other location like Puttalam | Negombo | Chilaw. You can not find any details of the bus just ask from the bus driver whether you can reach Palaviya junction from this bus. If buses not available (worst case scenario) towards Palaviya junction you can rent a tuk tuk (three-wheeler) to reach Palayvia junction. It will take 4 - 6 USD depends of the person though. You need a super bargaining skills to manipulate the rates. Therefore try to grab a public bus instead. Make sure you get off the Palaviya junction. After reaching Palaviya junction cross the main road and stay towards aside the road towards Colombo direction. Then wait for long distance buses that going towards Colombo. Buses like Jaffna - Colombo route number 87, Puttlam - Colombo route number 48, Vavniya - Colombo, Anuradhapura - Colombo route number 3 will suits for the requirement. Grab any above bus from Palaviya junction and reach Colombo safely. it will at least take 4 hours to reach Colombo fort. And ticket price would be 2 - 3 USD. Please read this article for visit Weligama from Colombo city.
Palaviya junction towards Kalpitiya
Palaviya Junction towards Kalpitiya
Jaffna to Colombo bus
Jaffna - Colombo bus

Option 03: Take a expressway bus from Negombo
In this route buses will go through the expressway and they are luxury A/C coaches. And because of these buses go through expressway it will reach Matara within 2 - 3 hours time. If you want to take luxury bus which is directly travel towards Matara (main nearby town for Weligama) traveler need to reach Negombo bus stand. And In order to do it you need to grab Kalpitiya - Negombo bus from Kalpitiya bus terminal or Puttalam - Negombo bus from Palaviya junction. To reach Palaviya junction please read above option 2 article. Using above two buses traveler needs to reach Negombo bus stand. After reaching Negombo bus stand grab Matara - Negombo E01 expressway bus. You can easily find the bus. But only two buses available per day towards Matara. One bus operate @ 07:00 am and other one starts @ 13:00 pm. Bus starts time depends on the capacity of people in the bus (they normally wait for fill the number of seats). Bus ticket price would be 4 - 5 USD. After you reaching the Matara bus station. Please take a bus to Weligama. Please read this article for visit Weligama from Matara. By any chance if you miss the Matara - Negombo E01 bus, do not worry take a bus to Colombo fort (Pettah) and then take bus towards Weligama from Colombo city. Please read this article for visit Weligama from Colombo city.
Matara to Negombo expressway in Negomobo bus
Negombo to Matara expressway luxury bus
Negombo bus terminal
Negombo bus terminal

Kalpitiya to Weligama by Train

Unfortunately, in current setup there are no trains available from Kalpitiya to Weligama. But do not worry you still can travel by train if you need. For that you need to reach Palaviya (Aka Palavi) railway station. Traveler can reach Palaviya railway station by using above Option 2 method. Traveler can easily reach Palaviya (Aka Palavi) railway station by small walking from Palaviya junction. Take ticket to Weligama and then get train to Colombo fort, you need to take transit from Colombo fort station towards Weligama. Please read this article regarding the train rides. You can find up-to date train time table from this government website: List of available trains towards Colombo from Palaviya can be found below. After reaching Colombo fort station grab train to Weligama. Please read this article for visit Weligama from Colombo city by train.

Four (4) trains available for Colombo fort from Palaviya (Aka Palavi)

Train name Departure time Arrival time Frequency
Colombo Commuter 1
Only in weekdays (Not in public holidays)
Colombo Commuter 2
Only in weekdays (Not in public holidays)
Colombo Commuter 3
Only in weekdays (Not in public holidays)
Express train 2
08:10(Has transit)
Only in weekdays (Not in public holidays)
Express train 2 has a transit and that train is only for Maradana station traveler needs to take an another train to reach Colombo fort.
Palaviya (Palavi) railway station
Palaviya (Palavi) railway station
Puttalam to Colombo fort train
Puttalam to Colombo fort train

Kalpitiya to Weligama by Taxi

Some of the taxi services nearby Kalpitiya area has bit hire rates. Currently [Updated 2019/02] non of the main taxi services which are operated in the Colombo area not available in Kalpitiya area. Therefore we highly recommend to use public transport instead. If traveler needs any local taxi services like car or van, they were park nearby Kalpitiya bus terminal.

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

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
- Hikkaduwa Airport Drops - WhatsApp group

Minimum cost for Kalpitiya to Weligama would be 90 USD. This amount will be change according to the route, vehicle type, passengers.

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

Different ways to visit Weligama from Kalpitiya in Google Maps

Below map include the different ways come to Weligama from Kalpitiya, 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