Train travel is perhaps the best way to see Sri Lanka at its natural pace-languid. Sadly the carriages are getting tired and all but the bravest of visitors will think twice before jumping on the train, which we think is a great pity. That is why we have created our special Exporail carriage. Comfortable seats, air conditioning and a menu of tasty snacks and cool drinks will bring the romance and excitement back to rail travel in a host of glorious trips that combines the nostalgic world of ‘Old Ceylon’ with a country that is rapidly emerging now peace has been restored to the island.
A trip with Exporail or Rajadhani to Kandy the proud capital of Sri Lanka’s beautiful Hill Country takes you from the hum of the vibrant Fort region of Colombo a steaming mass of humanity where market vendors trade nosily and tuk tuk’s swerve on a slow rise through paddy fields, before without really realizing it, you find yourself in a part of the world that seems barely touched by modernization.
Heading south from Colombo to the southern Capital of Galle is another visual treat. The train follows the costal line darting in and out of the thick pine jungle that is ubiquitous on the west coast of the island. The slow crawl out of Colombo is the perfect way to see Sri Lankan’s going about their daily business.
Colombo – Kandy (Daily)
DEP: Colombo: 07.00 Hrs
ARR: Kandy: 09.30 Hrs