Travel Guide to Kegalle

The complete tour guide to Kegalle, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

Kegalle Overview

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About Kegalle

Kegalle is located within the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka and is found alongside the Colombo-Kandy Road. The district is popularly known for its graphite content and you will find a graphite mine that you can explore such as the Bogala mine. The district is also known for its precious stones and agricultural products such as rice. Kegalle has an agricultural based economy and mainly produces rubber. Close by you will find the Pinnawala elephant orphanage which is a major tourist attraction.


Getting into Kegalle

Kegalle can be accessed by bus which you an board at the Pettah Bus stand, which is near the Colombo Fort station. There are no direct trains to Kegalle but you can take one to the nearest station which is Rambukkana. Check for the times and the schedule.

If you are going to Kegalle directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates.


Getting around Kegalle

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Kegalle

Kegalle has a few but interesting attractions within its boundaries. Close by is the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. You can also visit the Gadaladeniya Temple, and the Henerathgoda Botanical gardens. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Kegalle.