Travelling in trains in Sri Lanka is one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to explore
the natural beauty of the country. Riding across the hill country by train is truly a delightful, fascinating
and sometimes even fun experience.
The morning railway journey from Kandy to the highlands of Nuwara Eliya, Ella or Dickoya, climbing uphill upto 6,000 ft above sea level, is one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.
This is the most popular Railway track among the tourists as this goes through the Tea Plantation and most
scenic landscapes in Sri Lanka's Hill Country.
The ride onwards to Badulla, into the hill country, is also
wonderful, and probably the best train ride in Sri Lanka.
Main line in Sri Lanka railways (up country line
or hill country line), there are two named passenger trains run between Colombo and Badulla.
One is Podi Menike express train and other one is Udarata Menike express train. The Podi Menike train
departs Colombo fort railway station at 05.55 am and arrives in Badulla at 4.20pm. Udarata Menike express
train departs from Colombo fort at 9.45am and arrives in Badulla at 6.00pm.
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Kandy to Ella train trip is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.The lush green
hills are purely breathtaking.
The train winds through the mountains overlooking farms and villages and of
course vast tea plantations. The train takes you high into the mountains, through dense forest & vibrant
green tea fields, over bridges, through tunnels, local villages.
The train starts from Colombo Fort Railway
station and it takes about 3 hours approximately to reach Kandy/Peradeniya Railway station where
the scenic trip begins.
The train would reach Ella approximately in six hours and the most
scenic part of the train journey is from Hatton to Haputale.
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The train from Colombo to Galle is a major railway line in Sri Lanka running along the southern coastal line.
The railway between Colombo to Galle follows the coastal route and is extremely scenic and it offers passengers
views of tropical beaches ,coconut palms, river estuaries and lagoons.
Plenty of trains run back and forth daily,
you are advised to check the schedule before you plan your journey.
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Train ride to ancient city of Anuradhapura,one of world heritage site and popular tourist destination,is
a long trip which takes about five hours to reach the destination.
Your can take the train that leaves
Colombo Railway station at 6:50am
and arrives at about 11:20am at Anuradhapura so that you can walk around the holy city and find a
comfortable hotel or resthouse there.
Do not forget to book your tickets in advance and you are advised
to travel always in first class as you get a seat and have a comfortable travel.
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