Train Journeys in Sri Lanka

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The train journey from Kandy into the highlands of Nuwara Eliya, Ella and Dickoya.
Colombo Galle The coastal line
The Coastal line Train Journey is a major railway line in Sri Lanka.

Kandy Ella The Main railway line

The very first steam trains used for the trade of tea, the main commercial export of the colonial Ceylon, to the city of Colombo. Today this is one of the most scenic journeys to be done on the rail in the world. The train journey from Kandy into the highlands of Nuwara Eliya, Ella and Dickoya is one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, and undeniably the most beautiful way to explore the lush hills of the island’s tea country. You climb 6,000 feet, winding through tea plantations interrupted by gushing waterfalls, set against a backdrop of majestic peaks.

You can either take the train from Kandy to Hatton or begin from Hatton and delve deeper into the hills. After Nuwara Eliya, you will see “Adam’s Peak”, an important Buddhist pilgrimage site in the South. After that, the Journey heads to Horton Plains National Park, Pattipola and Ohiya, reaching its highest elevation of 1890 meters above sea level before the train starts descending towards Ella. At the end of the line, you will find the Badulla Train station sitting on top of the so-called “Demodara loop”, under which the train passes before coming to rest on the platform.

Information about Kandy Ella Journey

The train trip from Kandy to Ella is considered to be one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Therefore we advise you book observation deck, luxury air-conditioned compartment, 1st class AC compartment or 2nd class on AC reserved seats – of course. We are at your disposal to assist you with regards to reservations. The train starts from Colombo Fort Railway station, and it takes about 3 hours to reach Kandy/Peradeniya Railway station, where this breathtaking trip begins.

Travel Time
The Kandy – Ella journey takes approximately 7 hours.

Train Travel Tips & Advice

You are making sure that you sit on the right side of the train from Kandy – Ella

Sit on the left side of the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

There are 43 tunnels from Colombo to Badulla. The longest railway tunnel in Sri Lanka. The 18th tunnel situated near Pattipola. (321.95 m length) this tunnel was made in 1919.

The highest railway station in Sri Lanka is a Pattipola (62nd station from Colombo) railway station, with an elevation of 1,897.5 m (6,225 ft) high above mean sea level. Is the 

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Information About Colombo Galle Journey

From Colombo to the south, the views are breathtaking. Recently renovated, the train runs on the southern coast, passing AluthgamaHikkaduwa and leads to Galla and Matara. The 2004 Tsunamirail disaster is the most massive single rail disaster in world history by death toll, with probably 1,700 fatalities or more. That day morning, the train from Colombo to Galle was passing this village, when Tsunami waves hit it.

Travel Time
The Colombo – Galle journey takes approximately 2-4+ hours.

Train Travel Tips & Advice

Just remember to sit on the right side of the train heading south and the left heading north.

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Colombo Galle The The coastal line

Colombo to Galle Train journey is a fascinating way to explore south cost in Sri lanka. The journey along the south coast is beautiful and takes you through the coastal villages that dot the coast. The train also passes through several major cities and towns like Kalutara, Beruwala, Aluthgama, Bentota, Balapitiya, and Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and offers views of modern and colonial Sri Lanka from the comfort of your seat.

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