Just back from a couple of weeks touring Sri Lanka and we passed through Kandy for a couple of days. As usual, we had the problem of finding a reliable driver with a decent vehicle, but we got lucky as we got off the train.
Details as follows:
Tel. (+94) 0777 851 410.
We were approached by a chap offering us a ride to our hotel. We were planning on taking a tuk-tuk, but this guy had a minivan and offered us the same price as a tuk-tuk with no haggling - a very reasonable 300 LKR for some distance up to Mahaweli Reach. Having taken tuk-tuks to and from the hotel before that, I know it is difficult to get this trip for less than 350 LKR.
We subsequently booked the guy for a one way trip to Dambulla, where we were off to next. He offered a decent price from the outset. 4000 LKR for the 2-hour trip, which was the best we could find. He has a good manner, is very polite, doesn't try and sell you everything and drives well and his minivan is comfortable.
We were so happy with the service that we booked the guy for our next trip, from Dambulla to Negombo (3 hours). We agreed on 10,000 LKR, which we knew was probably higher than usual as we were paying for him to drive up to Kandy first too. However, the hotel we stayed at quoted us an absurd 24,000 LKR for this trip!!
Highly recommended and a good chap too.