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I need to get from Colombo to Dambulla? What is the best way to travel there by public transport?

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No direct route by train so it is not the best option:

To get from Colombo to Dambulla is best by bus you can catch either the No:48/3 or No:49.

Bus No: 48 or 43 From: Colombo Fort to: Kaduruwela
Bastian Mawatha Fort - Kiribathgoda - Yakkala - Nittambuwa - Warakapola -  Ambepussa - Alawwa - Polgahawela - Kurunegala - Melsiripura - Dambulla - Habarana - Minneriya - Girithale - Polonnaruwa - Kaduruwela.

Bus No:49 from: Colombo Fort to Trincomalee

Bastian Mawatha Fort - Nittambuwa - Kurunegala - Dambulla - Habarana - Kanthale

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