Getting there & away
Buses leave from the crossroads outside the Habarana Rest House. A direct intercity bus from Colombo costs RS 88. From Habarana there are very frequent departures in all directions; for example, you can pick up the air-con Trinco–Colombo bus, or buses travelling between Anuradhapura and Ampara, Batticaloa and Colombo, or Kandy (via Dambulla) and Trincomalee, but you’re not guaranteed a seat. If you are embarking on a long-haul trip, it’s best to start as early as possible.
The train station is 1km out of town on the Trincomalee road. There are trains leaving for Polonnaruwa (3rd/2nd class Rs 14/35) and Batticaloa (3rd/2nd class Rs 18/65) at 11.34am, and for Colombo at 12.33am (3rd/2nd class Rs 64/150).