Train through the hill country, Kandy
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Train through the hill country

Info : Train through the hill country

Sri Lankas iconic rail network dates back to the period of British colonial rule a charming, antiquated system much the same today as it was then. Winding its way majestically through some of the islands least hospitable mountain paths, there is arguably no better or more relaxing way to experience this incredible part of the country.

Passing densely covered tea plantations, remote villages and spectacular waterfalls, the train journey from Kandy up into the highest corners of the hills often stands out as one of Sri Lankas most unforgettable journeys.

A trip on the train can be incorporated into your itinerary at many points throughout the mountains. If time permits, we would recommend a ride in the 1st class observation cabin. Securing the limited number of tickets available for the 1st class section remains a fine and unpredictable art (British ticketing culture perhaps?) but we shall endeavour to get those tickets before others.

A trip in the 2nd or 3rd class is also worth recommending from a human perspective. Sharing the carriage with musicians, food vendors and kids hanging out of the doors, this is the kind of train experience no longer available in most parts of the world.

The train from Kandy stops at most key mountain locations including Hatton, Nanu Oya (for Nuwara Eliya), Bandarawlea, Ella, Haputale and Badulla. If you have a driver with you on your trip he can take the luggage and meet you off the train at you selected destination. It is also possible to take a short scenic route between some of the stations near your hotel.

Guest Comments for Train through the hill country

The train journey was great fun. Incidentally they include lunch now so no need to take a snack (airline style curry and rice).

Train journey to Haputale was an experience we enjoyed with wonderful view of scenery and life going by us.

The train journey was a little disappointing mainly because the train was nearly 3 hours late which meant a lot of time sitting at the station. But this should not detract from some excellent tours and a very interesting and fulfilling itinerary.

Train ride great fun!

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