The Wellawaya road offers one of the best landscapes in the country. While Wellawaya is in a very flat meadow, it is also in the mountains. The bus huffs and puffs along the 30 km climb up to the top. There isn't any minibus transport, unless you rent the entire vehicle. The bus costs about 27Rs, or fifteen cents, but don't hesitate to get off to visit various points of interest that are on the way, or just to admire the view. Buses to Haputale, Bandarawela, and Wedigama all pass along the the Wellawaya road, so you'll never be standing waiting for the next bus until nighttime. Before coming to the end, around kilometre 25, there are beautiful waterfalls where you can take a refreshing swim. Furthermore, there are a couple of temples, and here begins the ascent to Ella Rock, the highest peak of the region.
It seemed very easy to take the road to Pottuvil Monaragala to get to Arugam Bay and beautiful beaches, but it was the season of pilgrimage I a neighboring town so all of the buses were full and carried pilgrims and not tourists. In the end we waited at a crossroads halfway between Pottuvil Monaragala for a bus pass. However most went to Ampara. When the bus did arrive it was very full but luckily we were able to sit down. This region is still quite weak and there are a lot of police controls frecuently. The journey from the crossing took almost two hours when there are only 35 kilometers to travel. The tuk tuk offers it for about Rs 1400 and says they take less but I doubt it because the police stops you twice and you have to wait. The 306 kilometer level nature reserve is Lahugala and evening - night you can see elephants. There are some interesting churches along the way too.
There are about 50 miles between Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, but as Sigiriya is not on the main road from Dambulla to Habarana, you have to go back to the junction of this road and then take a bus to Polonnaruwa. We had problems catching public transport to return and eventually we had to hitch hike, and we got picked up by two men in a van, returning from work. We paid them 100 Rs. Once at the junction, you can catch any bus, and you have to change at the junction of Habarana to get there faster. Thankfully, our bus went straight to Kaduruwella, which is the largest urbanization next to Polonnaruwa. It was a modern bus without air conditioning. The tour lasted an hour and a half. There are fewer buses in the afternoon and it´s a possibility that you might have to sleep in Habarana.