LOCATION & ROUTE
We are only 19 Km from the bustling hill-capital, Kandy (40 minutes) and about 120 Km from the airport/Colombo. Although this journey now takes about 4 hours on congested roads, with the opening of the highways in 2020, travel time will be reduced to 1,5 hours.
By car/tuk-tuk: Being on the Eastern side of Kandy, the road to take from Kandy is the A26 (Kandy-Mahiyangana) which starts from the Kandy lake, crosses the Mahaweli river, goes past the Pallekele international cricket stadium to Digana town and beyond. After passing Digana on the 14th Km post, turn left on the climb just before the 16thKm post at “Gonawala” junction. After 250 meters, at the “Y” junction, turn right and proceed another 500 meters on “Elemalpotha” road to “Arambe Kade” with a large “P” indicating Parking and Polwaththa driver’s quarters. You will be brought up the steep climb to our Lodge in our jeep from there. The driver should call 07 24 28 71 50 or 07 14 23 66 77 at least 20 minutes before reaching us to arrange the pick up on time. Price idea from Kandy by car, Rs. 2.500,- and by tuk-tuk, Rs. 1.500,-
If coming from Sigiriya/Dambulla, take the Wattegama road, about 1 Km after Matale hospital. At Madawala bazaar, turn left to Digana where you enter and proceed the A26. Turn left on the 16th Km post on the A26 and follow the same instructions. In this way you avoid the heavy traffic leading to/from Kandy city and save up to 1 hour.
By bus: Take bus # 654 to Digana which starts from the bus station near the market by the railway crossing (200 meters from the train station). They leave every 10 minutes and takes about 40 minutes to reach Digana town which costs Rs. 40,- p.p. The (free) pick-up in our jeep or tuk-tuk is from the Digana petrol station, better known locally as the “shed”. Call 07 77 80 95 00 or 07 14 23 66 77 when leaving Kandy by bus.