Train from Colombo to Tea Country

The mid-morning prepare from Colombo, in Tea Nation.

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Train from Colombo to Tea Country

Go to Sri Lanka and take the prepare…

Sri Lanka is a wonderful place – protected, pleasant and remarkably hassle-free. 
Taking the prepare is a good & cheap solution to get round, the prepare journeys are
actual cultural experiences and essentially the most
scenic routes might be highlights of your go to – particularly the
fantastic journey from Colombo to Kandy and up into Tea Nation and the coastal
prepare experience from Colombo to Dutch colonial Galle. 
British guests will discover the stations, sign packing containers and previous crimson semaphore
indicators very acquainted!  On this web page you may discover a newbie’s information to
taking the prepare round Sri Lanka.

Prepare instances & fares for key routes…

 
Colombo – Kandy –
Nuwara Eliya – Elle – Badulla

 
Colombo – Galle –
Matara:  The Coast Line

 
Colombo – Polonnaruwa,
Batticaloa, Trincomalee

 
Colombo – Anuradhapura
– Talaimannar/Jaffna

 
Colombo commuter: Negombo, Mount Laviniya,
Kalutara, Puttalam, Avissawella

Prepare journey information & methods to purchase tickets…

 
Easy methods to examine prepare instances & costs

 
Interactive route map

 
Easy methods to purchase tickets

 
Colombo Fort station & methods to discover your prepare

 
Baggage, meals & different ideas

 
What are Sri Lankan trains like?

 
A journey in
footage from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya

 

Watch the video: 

Colombo to Tea Nation by prepare

Different Sri Lanka journey info

 
Helpful nation info – visas, forex,
time zone, and many others

 
Recommended resorts in Colombo,
Kandy, Galle…

 
Journey to or from Sri Lanka by sea from India

 
Flights to Sri Lanka

 
Journey insurance coverage, Curve card & VPN



 

Interactive
route map…

Click on a route for prepare instances & fares


  • On this web page you may discover
    timetables & fares for the preferred trains, stations & routes:

    Colombo – Kandy –
    Hatton – Nuwara Eliya – Elle – Badulla

    Colombo – Galle –
    Matara

    Colombo – Galoya – Polonnaruwa,
    Batticaloa, Trincomalee

    Colombo – Anuradhapura
    – Talaimannar/Vavuniya – Jaffna

    Colombo commuter:  Negombo, Mt Laviniya,
    Kalutara, Puttalam, Avissawella

  • You possibly can examine prepare instances
    between any two stations at
    www.railway.gov.lk, the
    official Sri Lanka Railways web site. 
    Click on English, then click on the pink Prepare schedule button and use the journey
    planner.

  • You can too examine prepare
    instances & costs between particular stations utilizing the journey
    planner at http://slr.malindaprasad.com.  This website is cellular
    pleasant, so you may add it to your smartphone’s dwelling display screen and
    take it with you to Sri Lanka.

  • These websites solely deal with direct trains, so
    do not count on them to inform you methods to get from (say) Kandy to Galle besides on
    the as soon as a day direct prepare.  And so they might solely present trains as having 2nd & third class even when additionally they have 1st –
    though comparatively few trains supply 1st class.  And the 2 websites typically
    disagree, so at all times double-check instances domestically.

Interactive
route map…

Click on a route for prepare instances & fares


Easy methods to purchase tickets…

…for unreserved vehicles

  • Sri Lanka Railways
    2nd & third class unreserved vehicles can’t be booked upfront. 

    Tickets are solely offered on the day
    on the ticket workplace, typically from solely an hour earlier than departure.  Flip
    up, purchase a ticket and hop on, it is simple.  Tickets can’t promote out.

    Just about all trains have
    unreserved vehicles.  The unreserved vehicles are sometimes
    crowded, whether or not you get a seat depends upon whether or not you are becoming a member of on the
    beginning station or en route, and the way busy that day or time is.  If all
    seats are taken you stand, ideally wedged in an open doorway with a breeze
    wafting in and nice views…

  • At Colombo Fort station,
    particular ticket home windows are designated for particular routes:

    – Counter 1 for Anuradhapura,
    Vavuniya, Talaimannar & Jaffna.

    – Counters 2 or Eight for Kandy,
    Hatton, Nanuoya, Haputale, Elle, Badulla.

    – Counter Three for Batticaloa or
    Trincomalee.

    – Counter Four for any station, 1st &
    2nd class tickets solely.

    – Counters 13 or 14 for Galle &
    Matara.

  • On the Colombo-Galle-Matara route,
    nearly all seats are unreserved so pre-booking is neither mandatory nor potential.  The identical goes for
    all Colombo Commuter trains together with the
    Puttalam & Avissawella strains.

    Tip:  Many trains to Galle &
    Matara begin at Colombo Maradana station earlier than calling on the predominant Colombo Fort
    station.  Quite than board at Colombo Fort when many of the seats will
    already be taken, if you happen to board at Colombo Maradana you stand a superb probability of
    getting a superb seat on the coastal (proper hand) aspect of the prepare.

…for reserved vehicles

  • What’s a reserved automobile?

    Many necessary longer-distance
    trains have a delegated 2nd class reserved automobile and typically a third class
    reserved automobile, along with the various unreserved vehicles.  Some trains
    have a 1st class automobile and 1st class seats are at all times reserved

    Seats in these reserved vehicles will be booked as much as
    30
    days upfront – elevated from 10 to 45 days in 2013, then diminished to 30 in
    2016.

    For those who purchase a ticket for a reserved
    automobile you might be assured a seat, and a particular seat quantity might be printed on
    your ticket.  The reserved vehicles are jealously guarded by an attendant,
    certainly he might lock off some exterior & gangway doorways to manage entry, and
    there are not any standees allowed – so reserved vehicles aren’t crowded.

  • Demand for reserved seats
    exceeds provide…

    Tickets for the reserved vehicles
    typically promote out, so it is a good suggestion to purchase tickets in
    advance earlier than you get to Sri Lanka as defined within the subsequent part.

    Seats in 1st class statement vehicles &
    the air-con 1st class automobile on the blue trains from
    Colombo to Kandy & Badulla normally
    promote out nearly as quickly as reserving opens as do 1st
    class sleeping berths on all of the Night time Mail trains.  2nd class reserved
    vehicles additionally promote out nicely upfront on the Hill Nation trains
    from Colombo to Kandy & Badulla, so guide forward.

  • If you’re instructed {that a} prepare is
    full…

    this solely signifies that the
    reserved vehicles have offered out.  You possibly can
    nonetheless purchase an unreserved ticket on the station on the day for the 2nd & third class
    unreserved vehicles, these can’t promote out.  So you may nonetheless journey on that
    prepare, simply with no reserved seat.

    Tip:  If 2nd class reserved
    is offered out, ask for a third class reserved ticket (if obtainable).  A
    reserved seat in third is significantly better than standing in 2nd unreserved.

  • At Colombo Fort…

    …you should purchase tickets for 1st, 2nd or third class reserved seat vehicles on the

    Berth/Intercity
    Reservations Workplace
    at Colombo Fort, marked counter 17, accessed from the entrance of
    the station in direction of the left hand finish of the station facade.  Inside
    the workplace there are separate counters for particular routes.  In accordance with
    the Sri Lanka Railways web site it is
    open 05:00-14:00, closed for lunch 12:30-13:30, however I’ve discovered it
    open as late as 17:00.  Go determine, because the People say…

    The Railway Vacationer
    Info Workplace
    on the entrance of Colombo Fort sells costly excursions, however not prepare
    tickets, so do not hassle with this.

  • In Kandy, you can also make
    reservations at ticket workplace counters 1 & 2, marked because the Intercity counter.

Easy methods to purchase tickets on-line…

  • Sri Lankan Railways do not
    supply on-line reserving, so to purchase tickets for a reserved automobile earlier than you get to Sri Lanka you may must
    use an company.

  • Possibility 1, purchase on-line at

    12go.asia.

    You possibly can order Sri Lanka prepare
    tickets from 12go.asia, a
    dependable company specialising in rail & bus reserving all through Southeast Asia
    and already fashionable for prepare bookings Thailand and Vietnam. 

    You could order tickets
    greater than 32 days earlier than journey –
    this permits
    12go.asia to course of your
    order and purchase the tickets for you as quickly as Sri Lanka Railways opens reserving,
    which provides you the perfect probability of getting the date, prepare & class that you simply
    need.  Even so, tickets are in excessive demand, so I like to recommend choosing the
    Versatile
    choice once you guide, in order that in case your first alternative of prepare or
    class is unavailable, they will get you the following finest class or subsequent finest departure
    on the identical day.

    You acquire tickets from an workplace in
    Colombo or for a small additional price tickets will be delivered to your resort.

    Notice that
    12go.asia have programmed
    their website with all the preferred station to station journeys together with Colombo
    to or from the principle vacationer locations
    of Kandy, Nanuoya & Ella, however not each potential station to station pair. 
    Additionally do not forget that solely reserved seat tickets will be ordered,
    unreserved
    tickets have to be purchased on the station on the day.

    Suggestions can be appreciated if you happen to use
    them.

  • Possibility 2, VisitSriLankaTours. 
    One other advisable company is
    visitsrilankatours.co.uk/train-tickets-1.html. 
    I’ve had quite a few constructive stories from individuals who have used them, and I’ve
    used them myself. Tickets will be collected at most main railway stations.

  • Possibility 3, Tourmastertravelservices.  One other company with an easy-to-use
    web site with a web page for ordering prepare tickets is
    tourmastertravelservices.com.  I’ve had a minimum of two very constructive stories about
    Tourmatser up to now, extra suggestions can be appreciated.

  • The privately-run ExpoRail & Rajadhani carriages Colombo-Kandy/Hatton-Nanuoya-Elle-Badulla
    & Colombo-Galle-Matara will be booked on-line at
    www.exporail.lk &
    www.rajadhani.lk. 
    However at present, Exporail have ceased operation and their web site is down.  Rajadhani’s web site says they’re
    quickly suspended too.

  • Keep in mind these companies solely
    make bookings for the ‘reserved’ vehicles.
      Even if you happen to’re instructed the prepare
    is ‘totally booked’ , you may at all times purchase a ticket on the day and journey
    ‘unreserved’, see the reason above.

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Opened in 1917, Colombo Fort is
Colombo’s predominant station, proper within the coronary heart of the historic Fort space, strolling
distance from all of the sights.  All
mainline & commuter trains go from right here.  Colombo has a second predominant station
one cease (2 km) to the east known as

Maradana, most however not all trains cease right here, however Colombo Fort is the
best-located station to make use of.

Colombo Fort station
 
Ticket counters at Colombo Fort  

Ticket counters…  To purchase tickets for
unreserved vehicles, go to the related counter on the day of departure. 
A board reveals which counter sells tickets for which route.  The
counters are all accessed straight from the roadway in entrance of the station.

 
Reservations office at Colombo Fort

Berth/intercity
reservations workplace…
 
To purchase tickets for
reserved seats vehicles, sleeping-cars or sleeperetts, go to the
reservations workplace, labelled as counter 17 & accessed
from the roadway in entrance of the station in direction of the left hand finish of the station
facade.  Contained in the workplace there are completely different counters for various
routes.  Allegedly open 06:00-14:00 however presumably till 17:00, closed for
lunch 12:30-13:00.


Platform 3 at Colombo Fort station

Inside Colombo Fort
station..
.  That is the station constructing on the left of this picture. 
From the entrance of the station, you stroll via one among a number of passageways previous
a ticket barrier onto platform 3, which is the platform seen on the left of this picture.  The prepare on the suitable is on platform 4. 
The central footbridge – from which this picture was taken – connects mainline platforms 3-6.  The
japanese and western footbridges join platforms, 3-10.  Platforms
1 & 2 are bay platforms situated on the east finish of platform 3, prime left of
this picture. 
The digital departures & arrivals board is simply out of shot on the acute left
of the picture.

  • Sri Lankan Railways do not
    excel at buyer info, they do not have platform departure
    indicators nor do the trains themselves carry any vacation spot boards. 
    So at all times examine which platform your prepare leaves from as you enter the station.

  • At Colombo Fort there’s one predominant
    digital departures & arrivals board, pictured beneath left, it is very simple to
    miss because it’s straight above and behind your head once you stroll onto
    platform Three via the principle ticket barrier subsequent to ticket counters 7, 8 & 9. 
    It will inform you which platform to go to, however keep in mind if you are going to
    Galle your prepare could also be proven as going to its last vacation spot, Matara, and
    if you are going to Hatton, Nanuoya, Haputale or Elle your prepare will
    in all probability be proven as going to Badulla.

  • At most different stations there is a
    extra low-tech resolution to inform you the platform to go to, just like the board at
    Nanuoya station beneath proper.

 

Departures board at
Colombo Fort.

 

Departures board at
Nanuoya…

Baggage,
meals & different ideas…

  • You merely take your baggage with you
    onto the prepare and put it on the overhead racks above your seat.  The
    overhead racks will take something as much as a big backpack or
    hefty roll-along measurement.  An enormous suitcase – if you happen to insisted on travelling round
    Sri Lanka with such a factor – would simply go on the ground.  Baggage
    is not normally a problem, no person weighs it or worries about what you are taking.

  • A handful of trains together with
    the Chinese language-built blue trains and most Night time Mails have a small
    buffet counter with restricted inventory – crisps, fizzy drinks, and scorching candy tea. 
    Nevertheless, in case you are in a reserved automobile the gangway doorways to the remainder of the prepare could also be locked, so do not assume
    you can get to the buffet.  It is best to carry your individual
    meals & drink.  It is scorching and humid in Sri Lanka, so at all times journey with
    loads of bottled water.  You could discover distributors wandering down the
    prepare, however do not depend on this – although if you happen to see the tea wallah, flag him
    down for a cup of beautiful scorching candy tea, 40 rupees (20p) or so per cup.

 
2nd & third class on basic trains

 
1st class statement vehicles, Colombo to Tea
Nation

 
Chinese language-built blue prepare, Colombo
to Kandy & Tea Nation

 
S11 diesel trains from Colombo to Galle & Matara

 
2nd & third class in newer vehicles on the
northern strains

 
Night time Mail 1st class berths

 
Night time Mail 2nd & third class sleeperetts

 
Privately-run Exporail automobile

 
Privately-run Rajadhani automobile

Basic
trains with 2nd & third class seats…

The everyday Sri Lankan mainline
prepare has 2nd & third class unreserved seats in aged brown coaches like
this…  Doorways and home windows normally stay vast open, the trains seldom
exceed 50mph…

Classic train at Colombo Fort

A basic Sri Lankan
specific prepare on platform Four at Colombo Fort…


3rd class seats on Sri Lankan train
 
2nd class seats on Sri Lankan train

third class seats:  3+2 throughout automobile width.

 

2nd class seats:  2+2 throughout
automobile width.


A 1st class statement automobile is hooked up
to the rear of prepare 1007/1008 on the amazingly scenic route from
Colombo to Hatton, Nanuoya, Elle, Haputale & Badulla, and to a number of different
trains on that route, see the timetable
right here.  It
has comfy (if previous) reserved seats going through giant rear home windows trying again
alongside the observe.  It is very fashionable & normally will get fully-booked, so
guide forward.  A few of these statement vehicles aren’t air-conditioned so the aspect home windows open, ideally suited for
viewing & images.  Nevertheless, some vehicles now have air-conditioning,
yours might or might not have.  Do not count on any catering, so carry your individual meals
& drink.  Baggage goes on overhead racks
above your seat, or on the ground.


Inside a 1st class observation car
 
1st class observation car at Colombo Fort

Pictured above, the first class statement automobile
at rear of the 09:45 to Badulla, on platform Three at Colombo Fort…


The Man in Seat 61 says “If
you will get tickets for it, the first class statement automobile is the easiest way to
expertise and {photograph} the journey from Colombo up into Tea Nation. 
The superb view again alongside the observe offers an unrivalled image of how this
fantastic railway is constructed, typically hugging the hillside with overhanging
rocks…”

Launched in 2012, these fashionable
Chinese language-built class S12 trains function the day by day Podi Menike and
Udatara Menike
trains between Colombo, Kandy, Tea Nation and Badulla,
see the timetable right here. 
There is a
energy automobile and driving cab at every finish of the prepare, between which there’s one 1st class air-conditioned
reserved seats automobile, one 2nd class reserved automobile, two 2nd class unreserved vehicles,
three third class unreserved vehicles (one with a small buffet counter) and one
third class reserved automobile.  2nd & third class vehicles aren’t air-conditioned and
include giant opening home windows.  Baggage as much as back-pack sized matches on the overhead
racks, or within the 2nd class vehicles there’s additionally a flooring to ceiling baggage rack for
bigger objects.


Class S12 blue train at Kandy
 
2nd class car on blue train

A blue prepare at Kandy…

 

2nd class automobile.


3rd class seats on a Sri Lankan blue train
 
2nd class seats on a Sri Lankan blue train

third class:  Three unreserved
vehicles, 1 reserved automobile.

 

2nd class:  2 unreserved
vehicles, 1 reserved automobile.


A S12 blue train
 
Air-conditioned first class seats

1st & 2nd class vehicles. 
Notice the smaller home windows in 1st!

 

Air-conditioned 1st class (AFC), 1
automobile, all reserved…

The Man in Seat 61 says: 
“These blue trains are approach forward of different Sri Lankan trains in consolation –
though if you will get a seat in it, a 1st class
statement automobile on a basic prepare would nonetheless be my first alternative for a
journey into the hills. However a seat within the 2nd class reserved automobile on a blue prepare
can be my subsequent alternative.”

Tip 1:  The
air-conditioned first-class automobile (AFC) is nearly as much as western requirements, with
material reclining seats, seat-back tables & ceiling-hung video screens,
luckily with no sound.  So if you happen to completely insist on air-conditioned
western-style consolation, that is the way in which to go.  However earlier than you make a
knee-jerk determination to go first-class, assume it via.  Within the AFC automobile you
are sealed in behind small and barely grubby home windows and you will not expertise
the journey totally.  You possibly can’t take respectable surroundings pictures until you nip to
one of many inward-opening entrance doorways.  You’ll expertise the surroundings
much better in 2nd class reserved seats with their giant open home windows.

Tip 2:  The second
class reserved automobile (SCR) is nice choice, with cozy seats, armrests & drop-down seatback
tables, and a breeze wafting in via open home windows.  For those who discover the
SCR automobile fully-booked, a seat within the third class
reserved automobile (TCR) is an efficient various, so do not knock it – you might be higher
off with a assured seat within the uncrowded third class reserved automobile with no
standees allowed than with no seat in a full-and-standing 2nd class unreserved
automobile.

Tip 3:  Keep away from ready
on the improper finish of the platform, particularly at an intermediate station akin to
Nanuoya or Elle!  The AFC & SCR
vehicles on these trains are normally on the Colombo (West) finish of the prepare between
Colombo and Kandy, and on the Badulla (East) finish of the prepare between Kandy &
Badulla – these trains have a driving cab at each ends and alter route at
Kandy, which is a terminus.  So at Colombo Fort once you stroll off the
forecourt onto the platform, look to your proper and the AFC & SCR vehicles might be
in direction of that finish of the platform.  Whenever you board at Kandy, the AFC & SCR
vehicles will normally be furthest from the buffer stops.

Tip 4:  You normally
board the AFC or SCR vehicles via the AFC doorway subsequent to the SCR – the attendant
might have locked different exterior doorways to manage entry
to the reserved vehicles.  Equally, the interior gangway door between the
AFC/SCR vehicles and the remainder of the prepare will in all probability be locked, so do not count on
to go to the buffet.  Deliver your individual meals & drink, though the tea wallah has been recognized to make it into the 2nd reserved automobile
– that scorching candy
tea is gorgeous, do strive it!


Launched in 2011, these trains
function key departures on the Colombo-Galle-Matara route – different departures are
basic trains.  They’ve 2nd &
third class unreserved seats, with an influence automobile at one finish and a driving cab at each
ends.  Like most Sri Lankan trains, the doorways usually stay vast open
whereas the prepare is shifting.  The 2nd class seats are comfy and have
drop down tables and armrests.


S11 train at Kalutara South
 
2nd class seats on a Colombo to Galle S11 train

A category S11 at Kalutara
South, en path to Galle…

 

2nd class unreserved seats…

Sri Lankan Railways has
some newer Chinese language-built vehicles like this, which you may normally discover on
the northern routes, for instance sure trains from Colombo to Jaffna,
Talaimannar & Batticaloa.  An enormous enchancment on the
basic trains.

Newer cars on a Sri Lankan train

A prepare at Colombo Fort…


3rd class seats
 
2nd class seats

third class unreserved seats…

 

2nd class seats, reserved or
unreserved…

A 1st class sleeping-car is hooked up to a handful of Night time Mail trains. 
The vehicles have lockable 2-berth compartments with separate bathroom & washbasin. 
The vehicles are previous, pretty fundamental and a tad grubby, so handle expectations
accordingly, however they’re comfy sufficient with clear bedding supplied. 
There’s just one sleeping-car per prepare, they’re very fashionable and normally get fully-booked quickly after bookings open. 
So guide forward, and have a plan B if you cannot get a sleeper. 
Pictured beneath is the distinctly-Indian design of sleeper on the Night time Mail from
Colombo to Badulla.


Corridor of Sri Lanka Railways sleeping-car
 
Sleeper on the Colombo to Badula Night Mail train
 
2-bed sleeper on Colombo to Badulla Night Mail train

Sleeper hall…

 

A distinctly Indian-designed
sleeper on the Night time Mail to Badulla, at Colombo Fort…

Night time Mail 2nd & third class
sleeperetts…

Sleeperetts are reserved seats
which recline to about 30-40 levels.  Night time Mail trains
usually have one 2nd class reserved sleeperett automobile, one third class
reserved sleeperett automobile, and a number of other unreserved 2nd & third class common
seats vehicles.

Sleeperett cars on the Colombo to Batticaloa Night Mail train

Sleeperett vehicles on the Night time Mail
from Colombo Fort to Batticaloa…


2nd class sleeperetts
 
3rd class sleeperetts

2nd class reserved
sleeperetts…

 

third class reserved sleeperetts…

A few trains a day on
the route from Colombo to Kandy & Tea Nation carry a privately-run 1st class
air-conditioned ExpoRail automobile with particular fares, WiFi, energy sockets &
inclusive meals, see www.exporail.lk and the timetable right here.  The Exporail carriages on the Colombo-Kandy & Colombo-Nanu
Oya-Badulla routes usually have a small open-air viewing platform at one finish,
ideally suited for images.

Replace: 
The Exporail automobile is not working – Exporail have ceased
operation.

Exporail train   Exporail seats


The Man in Seat 61 says, “The Exporail automobile may be very cozy, simple to guide on-line and fashionable
with vacationers.  The open air viewing platform makes it a
nice choice on the Tea Nation route –  however keep in mind that they typically
allocate a considerably tatty older automobile with no viewing platform, by which case you may be
sealed in and can be much better off in an everyday Sri Lanka Railways automobile with
opening home windows.”

A privately-run air-conditioned
1st class automobile is hooked up to at least one Colombo-Kandy prepare, one Colombo-Tea Nation
prepare (timetable right here) and one
Colombo-Galle-Matara prepare (timetable right here).  It has leather-based seats
& free WiFi, see

www.rajadhani.lk.

The Rajadhani
carriage is
cancelled in the intervening time resulting from contractual points, examine their web site for
any updates.  It is now been cancelled for a while.

Rajadhani train   Rajadhani seats

The Man in Seat 61 says, “The
Rajadhani automobile dates from 1970, so externally it is older and grubbier than their
web site suggests.  However it’s simple to guide on-line, it is very cozy, nicely
air-conditioned, has efficient WiFi  – if you happen to accurately enter the world’s
longest WiFi password, that’s – and may be very fashionable with vacationers.  On the
draw back you might be sealed in behind small and really grubby home windows, making it a
poor solution to expertise the journey.  Taking pictures of the surroundings is
nearly not possible, so you might be higher off in common 2nd class.  I additionally bought
completely no meals or drink service once I used Rajadhani on the Galle route. 
I might say Exporail is a minimize above Rajadhani, though they’re broadly comparable
ideas”

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The prepare experience from Colombo to Kandy and up into the tea plantations of Sri
Lanka’s hill nation is
actually fantastic, not simply transportation however a basic journey that is simply the perfect prepare experience in Sri Lanka. 
I like to recommend a reserved seat within the 1st class statement automobile if you will get one, failing {that a} seat within the 2nd or third class reserved vehicles on one of many
glorious new
Chinese language-built blue trains. 
See the journey
from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in footage &

watch the video!

Sri Lanka Railways usually tweaks its timetable,
so examine present instances as proven right here

 Colombo
► Kandy ► Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Elle, Badulla

Km

Days of working:

Each day

Each day

***

Each day

Each day

Sat,Solar

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Fri, Solar

Each day

Each day

Reserved seat courses:

O

1,2,3

1,2,3

O,2,3

1,2,3

O

O

1

O

1

Sleeper

 Unreserved seat courses:

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

Prepare quantity:

1126

1005*

1001

1009

1015**

1031

1007

1019

1023

1029

1033

1039

1045

0

 Colombo Fort depart:

05:55

06:45

07:00

08:30

09:00

09:45

10:35

12:40

15:35

17:20

17:45

20:00

115

 Peradeniya Junction

08:32

09:20

09:21

10:55

11:22

12:31

13:40

15:46

17:56

19:54

20:46

23:06

121

 Kandy arrive:

08:42


|

09:31

11:03

11:31


|

13:52

16:01

18:06

20:03

20:58

|

121

 Kandy depart:

03:30

08:47


|

11:10


|

17:00

|

173

 Hatton (for Adam’s peak)

07:07

11:14

11:11

13:28

14:30

19:51

01:38

207

 Nanuoya (for
Nuwara Eliya
)

09:30

12:45

12:19

15:01

15:55

03:11

246

 Haputale

12:05

14:17

13:40

16:32

17:27

04:57

271

 Elle

13:26

15:15

14:42

17:28

18:23

06:06

292

 Badulla arrive:

14:30

16:06

15:27

18:22

19:17

07:10

* Prepare 1005/1006 is the PODI MENIKE, fashionable Chinese language-built blue
prepare, advisable.

** Prepare 1015/1016 is the UDARATA MENIKE,
fashionable Chinese language-built blue
prepare, advisable.

*** Prepare 1001 is the DENUWARA MENIKE, newest model of the
fashionable Chinese language-built blue
prepare, runs each 2nd day beginning 1 Nov 2019.

Prepare 1001/2 will run day by day as soon as an extra trainset is delivered from China.

O = 1st class statement automobile with reserved
seats,
might or is probably not air-conditioned, advisable.

1 = 1st class air-conditioned automobile
with reserved seats.

2 = 2nd class seats.

3 = third class seats.

Sleeper = NIGHT MAIL with 1st class sleepers (2-berth compartments),
2nd & third class reserved sleeperetts (reclining seats),
2nd & third unreserved seats.

At all times examine prepare instances to your date of journey
as proven right here, and examine all instances
domestically.

Easy methods to purchase tickets, reserved & unreserved
defined     
Baggage & different ideas     
Recommended resorts
in Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya

Peradeniya Junction
is 6 km (3½ miles) from Kandy.  Take a tuk-tuk
or bus right here to board
trains for Hatton, Nanuoya, Elle & Badulla if they do not name at Kandy.

A number of trains a day hyperlink Kandy & Matale,
examine instances as proven right here.  Kandy is basically a terminus,
however platform 1 is a via platform utilized by Matale
trains.


 Badulla, Elle, Haputale, Nuwara Eliya ► Kandy ► Colombo

Days of working:

Each day

Sat, Mon

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

***

Each day

Each day

Each day

Sat,Solar

Each day

Mon-Fri

Sat,Solar

Each day

Reserved seat courses:

1

O,2,3

1,2,3

1,2,3

O,2,3

1

1,2,3

O,2

O

O

Sleeper

 Unreserved seat courses:

2,3

2,3

2,3

3

2,3

3

2,3

2,2

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

1,2,3

2,3

Prepare quantity:

1040

1034

1030

1036

1520

1024

1541

1016**

1002

1010

1020

1006*

1032

1008

1596

1028

1046

 Badulla depart:

05:45

07:20

08:30

11:00

11:45

17:50

 Elle

06:40

08:04

09:24

11:57

12:48

14:45

18:55

 Haputale

07:45

08:54

10:25

12:58

14:20

15:14

20:16

 Nanuoya (for

Nuwara Eliya
)

05:30

09:25

10:24

12:02

14:47

17:45

16:58

22:17

 Hatton (for Adam’s Peak)

05:10

07:10

08:45

10:39

11:45

13:20

16:04

19:26

18:05

23:43

 Kandy arrive:

07:59

09:56

12:13

12:38

|

15:49

|

22:45

20:05

|

 Kandy depart:

05:00

05:50

06:15

06:30

10:30

12:50

|

15:00

15:30

16:05

16:55

|

|

 Peradeniya Junction

05:12

06:05

06:25

06:43

10:56

13:00

13:43

15:10

15:48

16:16

17:05

18:17

02:20

 Colombo Fort arrive:

08:23

08:42

08:52

09:45

14:03

15:27

16:03

17:36

18:50

18:57

19:30

21:10

05:17


 Fares

 One-way grownup fares in rupees

third class

seat (reserved)

2nd class

seat (reserved)

1st class

statement automobile

1st class

air-con automobile

1st class

sleeper berth

 Colombo-Kandy

180 (£1/$2)

280 (£1/$2)

500 (£3/$5)

500 (£2/$4)

 Colombo-Nanuoya, Elle,
Badulla

400 (£2/$3)

600 (£3/$5)

1000 (£5/$7)

1250 (£7/$10)

1250 (£7/$10)

Kids beneath 12 pay half fare
with Sri Lanka Railways, kids beneath Three journey free.  Sleeperetts on the Night time Mail prepare prices
the identical as a reserved seat.

Nuwara Eliya (the Metropolis of
lights) is a colonial hill station 2,000 metres above
sea degree, surrounded by tea plantations  It is easy
to succeed in, simply take a prepare to Nanuoya station, 6 km
from central Nuwara Eliya.  You will discover loads of taxis and tuk tuks
obtainable on the station.


Train 1007 in tea country

Prepare 1007 from Colombo to Badulla heads via the tea
plantations between Hatton & Nanuoya.

Kandy station…


Kandy railway station

Kandy station.


Reservations counter at Kandy station
 
Inside Kandy station

Reservations are made at counters
1 & 2…

 

Inside Kandy station…

Visiting Kandy…


St Paul's Church, Kandy
 
Kandy lake

St Paul’s Church…

 

Kandy Lake, throughout
the street from the
glorious previous Queen’s Resort.


Temple of the Tooth, Kandy
 
The Garrison Cemetery, Kandy

Kandy’s prime attraction, the Temple
of the Tooth…

 

The previous Garrison Cemetery, Kandy…

Traveller’s stories…

Traveller Antony Smith stories 
“All of the home windows within the 1st statement automobile opened totally
so, although it was a baking scorching day, the carriage was
splendidly breezy and naturally cooled. And sure there
are solely two pairs of seats with uninterrupted views
via the rear statement window, however to be sincere
the perfect views are to the edges anyway moderately than again
down the observe.  And there is a nice child-like
pleasure available from sticking your head out of an
open aspect window, which you’ll be able to’t do within the seats
straight in entrance of the rear statement window. I do
agree about not eager to be locked right into a ‘tour bus’
atmosphere with solely different vacationers for firm, however
passengers within the 1st statement automobile on the day we
travelled had been an actual mixture of Westerners and Sri Lankans.
We took a peek on the ExpoRail ‘luxurious’ carriage (which
now additionally does the prepare we had been on, the 05.55 Podi
Menike
from Colombo).  It’s undoubtedly
comfy, although not luxurious for my part, and has
the benefit of on-line reserving and on-board catering. 
However it lacked the old school allure of the first
statement automobile and a 100% vacationer solely
expertise, principally tour teams.”

Traveller
Graeme Thorley stories
“I assumed the statement automobile to
Kandy was okay though it requires you to journey
backwards (in my case a minimum of) which isn’t to
everybody’s style. It additionally bought extremely scorching (36°C
at one level) as a result of giant window and there have been
solely a restricted variety of seats that had a very good
view. Quite irritatingly on my outbound journey two of
these had been occupied by individuals who slept for many of the
journey..! The opposite level is that the carriage was
occupied nearly solely by Westerners – this could be
thought of a superb factor however personally I felt it left me
extra distant from the travelling expertise.  On the
prepare to Anuradhapura a number of locals stopped to talk,
practise their English, change complaints concerning the
delays and many others. I additionally ran into one of many households I had
met on the prepare while sightseeing (they recognised me)
and we had one other chat. I discover that kind of factor an
necessary a part of travelling.”

Traveller Paul White stories “Don’t panic if you happen to
can’t get a ticket for the first class air conditioned
trains to Kandy.  2nd class is greater than enough,
however do strive & get a window seat. One of the best aspect to sit down on
for surroundings is the suitable hand aspect as you face ahead
from Colombo to Kandy, as this will provide you with the perfect
views when you get previous Rambukkana.  Do be courageous
and take a look at the meals on the trains! Many distributors will wander
up and down promoting chilly drinks, fruit, spicy snacks and
so on at affordable costs.”

Again to prime


The Coast Line…

Galle – pronounced Gawl in
English or Gaar-ler by the locals, is an actual gem and the fort space with
its Dutch colonial buildings shouldn’t be missed.  Plan to remain there if
you may – see some advised
resorts right here – however if you cannot then a minimum of do a day journey to Galle from Colombo. 
One of the best ways to get to Galle is by prepare, utilizing the coastal railway
which runs all alongside the coast from Colombo, previous the Indian Ocean surf, palms and seashores. 
A deal with!

Sri Lanka Railways usually tweaks its timetables,
so examine present instances as proven right here.

 Colombo
► Galle ► Matara


Km

 Days of working:

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Mon-Fri

Sat,Solar

Mon-Fri

Mon-Fri

Sat, Solar

Each day

Reserved seat courses:

1

 Unreserved seat courses:

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

 Prepare quantity:

8050

8040

8086

8056*

8058

8096

8764

8760

8766

8764

8775

 Kandy depart:

05:10


0

 Colombo Maradana depart:

06:30

08:17

14:15

15:40

16:40

17:50

17:20

17:50

17:50

18:45

2

 Colombo Fort depart:

06:55

08:35

10:30

14:25

15:50

16:46

17:55

17:30

18:05

17:55

19:30

14

 Mount Lavinia depart:

07:13

08:50

10:45

14:40

|

|

|

|

|

|

|

44

 Kalutara South

07:58

09:33

11:27

15:17

16:31

17:42

1920

18:19

19:05

19:14

20:36

63

 Bentota

08:22

09:56

|

15:37

|

|

|

18:42

|

19:51

21:23

116

 Galle arrive:

09:19

10:53

12:42

16:26

17:34

18:45

21:22

20:10

20:28

21:26

22:58

159

 Matara arrive:

10:42

12:00

13:50

17:48

18:20

19:35


21:38

?

 Beliatta arrive:

11:21

14:42

18:25

20:04

22:15

 Matara
► Galle ► Colombo

Days of working:

Mon-Fri

Each day

Mon-Sat

Mon-Fri

Each day

Mon-Fri, Solar

Sat

Each day

Each day

Each day

Sat, Solar

Reserved seat courses:

1

Unreserved seat courses:

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2.3

2,3

2,3

Prepare quantity:

8311

8320

8327

8097

8059

8057*

8057

8085

8039

8051

8061

 Beliatta depart:

04:30

05:20

08:45

 Matara depart:

05:00

06:05

06:12

06:35

09:20

13:40

14:05

16:00

 Galle depart:

03:40

04:50

05:00

06:00

06:55

07:25

07:42

10:25

14:45

15:35

16:55

 Bentota

04:58

|

06:26

|

|

08:13

08:39

|

15:45

16:40

|

 Kalutara South

05:34

06:18

06:50

07:12

07:58

08:36

09:02

11:42

16:09

17:11

17:57

 Mount Lavinia arrive:

06:26

07:11

|

|

|

09:06

09:31

12:26

16:53

17:53

|

 Colombo Fort arrive:

06:51

07:40

07:48

08:17

08:43

09:32

09:46

12:42

17:14

18:11

18:54

 Colombo Maradana arrive:

06:58

07:45

07:54

08:23

08:49

09:38

09:51

|

18:12

18:59

 Kandy arrive:


20:58

Until proven in any other case, trains run daily.      
Recommended resorts
in Colombo & Galle

* = Chinese language-built Blue Prepare, of newest
type delivered 2019.

1 = all-reserved 1st class statement automobile,
air-conditioned, runs on prepare 8050 & 8051.  Might be booked at 12go.asia
with a minimum of 32 days discover.

2 = unreserved 2nd class seats, some departures
basic & some S11.

3 = unreserved third class seats, some departures
basic & some S11.

The once-daily via service Kandy-Galle-Matara can also be proven above. 

Most trains on this route are basic trains, however
a number of afternoon departures from Colombo & a number of morning departures from
Matara & Galle are S11 diesel models.

Many extra Colombo Commuter trains hyperlink
Colombo with Mount Lavinia & Kalutara South, these aren’t proven right here.

At all times examine prepare instances to your date of journey
as proven right here, and double-check prepare instances
domestically.


 Fares

 One-way grownup fares  

third class

2nd class

Rajadhani automobile

 Colombo – Galle

Rs.100 (50p/$1)

Rs.180 (£1/$2)

Rs.990 (£5.50/$9)

 Colombo – Matara

Rs.130 (70p/$1)

Rs.230 (£1/$2)

Rs.990 (£5.50/$9)

Kids beneath 12 pay half fare,
kids beneath Three journey free.

Easy methods to purchase tickets…

One prepare per day on the
Colombo-Galle-Matara route has an all-reserved 1st class statement automobile which
must be booked upfront, however all
different trains simply have 2nd & third class unreserved seats with tickets offered on the
day of journey, no reserved seats and no 1st class.  Simply flip up, purchase a ticket on the ticket workplace and hop
on.  Tickets can’t promote out!

Tip:  Quite than board at
Colombo Fort when many of the seats might already be taken, if you happen to board at
Colombo Maradana you stand a superb probability of getting a seat, even a superb seat on
the coastal (proper hand) aspect of the prepare.

A prepare experience from Colombo to
Galle…

Maradana station   Maradana station

Colombo Maradana station. 
Most trains to Galle & Matara begin right here earlier than calling on the predominant
Colombo Fort station.  For those who board right here as quickly because the prepare is platformed you
can normally get a seat, ideally a window seat on the suitable
hand aspect for the ocean views.  For those who board at Colombo Fort, most
seats might already be taken when the prepare rolls in.

The train to Galle runs all along the sea

The prepare to Galle leaves Colombo
and is quickly swishing proper alongside the Indian Ocean.  This a part of the
coast was hit arduous by the tsunami of 2004, together with the railway itself, however
it is now again in motion…


River estuary seen from a Colombo-Galle train
 
Beach seen from a Colombo-Galle train

The prepare crosses a number of river estuaries & and varied seashores.  Search for
all of the dried fish hanging from fish stalls on the street subsequent to the railway, and
conventional picket boats on the seashore…

Galle station…


Galle railway station

Galle railway station. 
Galle is a terminus, Colombo to Matara trains change route right here.

Inside Galle station  
Locomotive runs round its train at Galle

Inside Galle station…

 

Locomotive working spherical its prepare at Galle.

Visiting the previous fort space in
Galle…

Flag Rock, Galle

The southern tip of Galle – Flag
Rock.

Again to prime


The prepare to the east coast…

 Colombo ► Trincomalee,
Batticaloa

 

 

 Trincomalee, Batticaloa ► Colombo


Km

Days of working:

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Days of working:

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Reserved seats:

2

1

Sleeper

Sleeper

Reserved seats:

1

2

Sleeper

Sleeper

Unreserved seats:

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

Unreserved seats:

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

Prepare quantity:

6011

7490

7491

6075

6079

7083

Prepare quantity:

6076

7886

6012

7887

7084

6080

0

 Colombo Fort depart:

06:05

(06:05)

15:05

19:00

21:30

 Trincomalee depart:

06:50

11:20

19:00

210

 Habarana arr/dep:

11:16

(11:16)

18:42

|

03:01

 Batticaloa depart:

|

06:10

|

|

20:15

227

 Galoya Jn. arr/dep:

11:36

12:00

14:35

|

00:30

03:22

 Polonnaruwa depart:

03:45

|

08:24

|

|

22:28

260

 Polonnaruwa arrive:

12:30

|

|

19:47

01:34

|

 Galoya Jn. arr/dep:

|

08:38

09:15

13:22

21:05

23:25

350

 Batticaloa arrive:

14:45

|

|

03:55

|

 Habarana arr/dep:

04:48

(09:36)

09:36

21:26

|

296

 Trincomalee arrive:

13:40

16:12

 

05:30

 Colombo Fort arrive:

09:08

(15:15)

15:15

03:25

04:53

Sri Lanka Railways usually tweaks its timetables,
so examine present instances as proven right here.

(06:05) = Depart Colombo 06:05, arrive Galoya 11:36,
change trains, depart Galoya 12:00 for Trincomalee.

(15:15) = Arrive Colombo at 15:15, having modified at Galoya Junction from
native prepare into the specific.

Prepare 6011 makes use of the newer sort of
2nd & third class seats.

Sleeper =
NIGHT MAIL with 1st class sleepers (2-berth compartments),
2nd & third class reserved sleeperetts (reclining seats), 2nd & third
unreserved seats, buffet automobile.

At all times examine prepare instances to your date of journey
as proven right here &
double-check all prepare instances domestically.


 Fares


 One-way grownup fares


third class

seat


2nd class

seat


1st class

sleeper berth


 Colombo-Trincomalee


Rs.205  (£1/$2)


Rs.370  (£2/$3)


Rs. 750  (£5/ $7)


 Colombo-Batticaloa


Rs.230  (£2/$2)


Rs.420  (£3/$5)


Rs. 1250  (£6/ $10)


 Colombo-Batticaloa by Night time Mail


Rs.450*  (£2/$3)


Rs.600*  (£3/$5)


Rs. 1250  (£6/ $10)

Kids beneath 12 pay half
fare, kids beneath Three journey free.  * = Reclining sleeperett seats.

Elephants at Habarana Huluru Eco Park

Habarana & elephants: 
Habarana station is a tiny single-platform station 3.5 km from Habarana
city, however there are tuk tuks obtainable.  In Habarana city you may rent a
jeep and driver to take you across the

Habarana Huluru Eco Park to see elephants within the wild, a wonderful
expertise.  For a special kind of elephant expertise I extremely suggest
a brief keep on the
Elephant
Freedom Challenge, situated a brief tuk tuk experience from Rambukkana station the place
all Colombo-Kandy trains cease. 
It is near the well-known

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, however it is best to learn up on considerations about
Pinnawala earlier than visiting.


Batticaloa railway station
 
A train at Batticaloa

Batticaloa station. These pictures courtesy Osala Lanith

 

The morning prepare to Colombo at Batticaloa.

Again to prime


The Northern Line…

Trains hyperlink
Colombo with Anuradhapura, Vavuniya & now Talaimannar & Jaffna.  In
1990 trains stopped working to Jaffna or Talaimannar Pier (beforehand the
ferry terminal for India) due to longstanding safety issues, however in September 2013 trains
had been reinstated so far as Kilinochchi, from early 2014 so far as Pallai and
lastly the road to Jaffna reopened in mid-October 2014.  The
trains to Jaffna now proceed so far as Kankesanthurai.  Trains had been
restored to Talaimannar city & Talaimannar Pier in April 2015, though there is no ferry to or
from India.

 Colombo
Anuradhapura,
Talaimannar, Jaffna


Km

 Days of working:

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Reserved seats:

IC,1*

O,1,2

2

2

IC,2

2

Sleeper

 Unreserved seats:

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2.3

 Prepare quantity:

4021

4077

5452

4017

4003

5067

4089

0

 Colombo Fort depart:

05:45

06:35

08:50

11:50

15:55

19:00

20:30

207

 Anuradhapura arr/dep:

09:10

10:40

14:14

15:29

19:48

00:01

00:48

337

 Talaimannar Pier arr:

|

|

17:45

|

|

03:35

|

256

 Vavuniya arrive:

10:05

11:45

16:23

21:06

02:09

332

 Kilinochchi arrive:

11:00

12:11

17:23

03:36

356

 Pallai arrive:

|

13:40

17:47

04:11

398

 Jaffna arrive:

11:51

14:37

18:15

05:10

Sri Lanka Railways usually tweaks its timetables,
so examine present instances as proven right here.

IC = InterCity. 

Sleeper = NIGHT MAIL, 1st class air-con seats automobile, 2nd & third class reserved sleeperetts,
2nd & third unreserved seats, buffet. 
This prepare has no 1st class berths.

O = 1st class statement automobile with reserved seats
of the newer sort.

1 = 1st class automobile with reserved seats,
normally the newer sort, however prepare 4021/4022 is an all-air-con-1st
class model of an S12 blue prepare.

2 = 2nd class seats, reserved & unreserved,
normally the newer sort.

3 = third class seats, unreserved,
normally the newer sort.

* = air-conditioned

At all times examine prepare instances to your date of journey
as proven right here.   
Easy methods to purchase tickets    
Resorts
in Sri Lanka


 Jaffna, Talaimannar, Anuradhapura ► Colombo

 Days of working:

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Each day

Reserved seats:

IC,2

IC,2

2

O,1,2

IC,1*

Sleeper

2

 Unreserved seats:

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

2,3

 Prepare quantity:

4086

4004

4018

5868

4078

4022

4090

5068

 Jaffna depart:

06:10

09:35

13:45

19:00

 Pallai depart:

06:39

10:26

14:13

19:56

 Kilinochchi depart:

07:05

11:03

14:38

20:29

 Vavuniya depart:

03:35

05:45

08:10

12:28

15:36

21:53

 Talaimannar Pier depart:

|

|

|

07:30

|

|

|

21:30

 Anuradhapura arr/dep:

05:00

06:40

09:15

10:50

13:50

16:32

23:10

01:10

 Colombo Fort arrive:

10:20

10:36

13:05

16:05

18:32

20:00

04:05

06:03

 


 Fares


 One-way grownup fares


third class

seat


2nd class

seat


1st class

seat



1st class

statement automobile


1st class a/c

on night time prepare


 Colombo-Anuradhapura by Intercity


Rs.450 (£2.50/$4)


Rs.1000 (£5/$8)


Rs.1000 (£5/$8)


 Colombo-Anuradhapura by common prepare


Rs.160 (£1/$2)


Rs.290 (£1.50/$3)


Rs.520 (£3/$5)


Rs.520 (£3/$5)


 Colombo-Jaffna by Intercity


Rs.800 (£4/$6)


Rs.1500 (£8/$12)


Rs.1500 (£8/$12)


 Colombo-Jaffna by common prepare


Rs.320 (£2/$3)


Rs.700 (£4/$6)


Rs.900 (£5/$8)


Rs.1100 (£6/$9)

Rs.1400

Kids beneath 12 pay half
fare, kids beneath Three journey free.  Reclining sleeperetts on the Night time
Mail prepare price the identical as a reserved seat.

Anuradhapura railway station

Anuradhapura station… 
Photograph courtesy of Chris Rowland.

Again to prime


Colombo Fort – Negombo – Chillaw
– Puttalam (Puttalam Line)

Colombo Fort – Mount Laviniya –
Kalutara North – Kalutara South (Coast Line)

Colombo Fort – Gampaha – Rambukkana
(Major line)

Colombo Fort – Avissawella (Kelani
Valley Line
)

  • Colombo Commuter trains
    hyperlink Colombo with varied stations within the Colombo space,
    together with Mount Laviniya (for the well-known
    Mount Laviniya Resort), Negombo,
    Puttalam, Kalutara North & Kalutara South
    the place there are a lot of fashionable resort resorts.  Though fundamental, these
    commuter trains are perfect for reaching your resort cheaply, or making day
    journeys into Colombo throughout your keep.  As you’d count on, they get crowded
    at peak travel-to-work instances however they’re completely bearable exterior the
    peaks.

  • To lookup prepare instances, use
    both http://slr.malindaprasad.com
    or www.railway.gov.lk
    (click on English then Prepare schedule)

  • Colombo Commuter trains are
    third class solely.  Fares are extremely low cost:  Colombo to Kalutara
    South or Negombo prices 40 rupees, about 20p.  Purchase a ticket on the
    ticket workplace & hop on.

  • Notice that Colombo-Galle
    mainline trains additionally name at Mount Laviniya & Kalutara South (however not
    Kalutara North).  Colombo-Kandy mainline trains additionally name at Rambukkana.


A train at Batticaloa
 
A train at Batticaloa

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The well-known & luxurious 4-star

Galle Face Resort
in Colombo is unbelievable, a
agency favorite of mine, however price-wise it is an actual steal by western
requirements.  Totally modernised, however nonetheless brimming with previous colonial allure, it is
simply south of Colombo metropolis centre, a 5 minute tuk-tuk experience from Colombo Fort
station or you may stroll into city in 20 minutes alongside the Galle Face Inexperienced
promenade.  Many well-known visitors have stayed right here, from Alec
Guinness and Duke Ellington to Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.  You will
pictures of movie star visitors within the resort museum on the 2nd flooring, together with HRH
Worth Philip’s first automobile, purchased in Ceylon in 1940 for £12.  The resort
options a superb outside swimming pool with lido alongside the Indian Ocean, a spa, and really inexpensive breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets
served on the veranda beneath whirring ceiling followers.  Rooms have free WiFi,
tea & espresso amenities, valuables protected, air-con.  One of the best place to remain
in Colombo, shut sufficient to go to the town centre but you’re feeling such as you’re
staying in a resort. 

Examine costs & guide.  Additionally price mentioning because it’s one other
well-known basic luxurious resort, this time a brief commuter prepare experience south of
Colombo, is the

Mount Laviniya Resort.

Galle Face Hotel, Colombo  

The historic Galle Face
Resort nestles beneath the high-rise blocks on the southern finish of Galle
Face Inexperienced.

Galle Face Hotel swimming pool  
Galle Face Hotel museum

The Galle Face pool…

 

HRH Prince Philip’s first automobile, in
the resort museum.

For those who’re on a price range however nonetheless desire a basic historic place to remain, Colombo’s
different well-known previous colonial resort is the

Grand Oriental Resort, recognized domestically because the G.O.H.  In former instances, once you stepped off the steamer from Blighty and
walked out of the Port Authority Constructing, the P&O Constructing can be throughout the
street on one aspect of York Road, the venerable G.O.H. on the opposite.  The
G.O.H. hasn’t had the upmarket western-style makeover just like the Galle Face, so
it is lower than half the worth – light grandeur on a price range.  However it’s very comfy and completely
situated amongst the previous colonial buildings of the Fort space, 15 minutes stroll
from Colombo Fort Station.  Low-cost breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are
served within the restaurant on the 4th flooring with nice views over Colombo harbour. 
There is a valuables protected in your room, air-con, room service, tea & espresso
amenities and free WiFi.  The deluxe rooms even characteristic a four-poster mattress. 

Examine costs & guide.

Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo  
Deluxe room at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo

The G.O.H.  Notice the
rickshaw statue…

 

A deluxe room…

Sticking with the light colonial
grandeur theme, the cheap Queen’s Resort in Kandy additionally has a protracted and
venerable historical past.  Constructed as a residence for the Governor of Ceylon and a
barracks for the Ceylon Rifle Regiment, well-known visitors embody Lord Mountbatten
of Burma who stayed usually when Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia. 
The resort is completely situated throughout the street from each Kandy
Lake and Kandy’s prime attraction, the Temple of the Tooth, and only a 15-minute
stroll or 5-minute tuk-tuk experience from Kandy station.  Just like the G.O.H. it
hasn’t had the upmarket western-style makeover, so it is comparatively
cheap, simply do not count on the crimson carpet up the steps to be spotless. 
It is a favorite with impartial travellers and better of all has an open-air
swimming pool and lido adjoining to the wood-panelled bar within the centre of the
buildings, an oasis within the coronary heart of the town.  Rooms have
excessive ceilings, tile or teak flooring, ceiling followers, air-con, tea & espresso
amenities, safes, and free WiFi. 

Examine costs & guide.


Queens Hotel, Kandy
 
Queen's Hotel Kandy: Twin room

Queens Resort, Kandy…

 

Twin room…


Queens Hote bar
 
Queen's Hotel Kandy: the swimming pool

The bar, open to the pool & with a
small museum space…

 

The pool, an oasis within the coronary heart of
city Kandy…

Really helpful resort in Nuwara Eliya: 

The Grand Resort

Nonetheless amongst the perfect resorts in
the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, the venerable Grand Resort is each elegant and
historic, you may examine its historical past at

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Hotel_(Nuwara_Eliya).  Even if you happen to don’t remain right here, a minimum of have a drink within the bar… 

Examine costs & guide.


Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya
 
Grand Hotel lounge

Grand Resort, Nuwara Eliya…

 

Grand Resort lounge…

Really helpful resorts in Galle…

There are an entire host of
boutique resorts and guesthouses within the previous historic Galle Fort space, which is
the place you may wish to keep. High of the heap is the completely fantastic however
silly-money (even by western requirements, at £500+)

Amangalla Resort, completely situated a number of yards from the Dutch Reformed
Church.  Previously the New Oriental Resort, it has a protracted 140+ yr historical past. 
Not less than have a cup of tea on the veranda!  Additionally glorious, upmarket and
not low cost, however half the worth of the Amangalla is the close by

Galle Fort Resort.  For one thing far more inexpensive, doubtlessly
beneath £100, however nonetheless deluxe, boutique and completely situated within the historic
fort space, strive

Fortaleza or the

Fort Printers.  On a good price range, strive the

Antic Guesthouse, at beneath £50.

Permit for taxes when reserving
Sri Lankan resorts..

When reserving Sri Lankan resorts,
observe that Sri Lankan nationwide & metropolis taxes typically aren’t included within the value
you see, not like costs proven for resorts in Europe.  This may add 25%-30% to
the worth you see.

My favorite resort search website: www.reserving.com

www.reserving.com
is my favorite resort reserving website and I typically favor reserving my resorts multi function place right here.  You possibly can normally guide with free
cancellation – this lets you affirm your lodging at no threat earlier than prepare
reserving opens.  It additionally means you may maintain lodging whilst you finalise
your itinerary, and alter your plans as they evolve – a characteristic I exploit all
the time when placing a visit collectively.  I by no means guide resorts non-refundably. 
I’ve additionally come to belief their assessment scores – you will not be dissatisfied with
something over 8.0.

Tip:  It might pay to match costs throughout a number of resort websites: 
HotelsCombined.com is a value comparability website which compares resort costs on
Reserving.com, Resorts.com, Expedia, Accor, Agoda and lots of others.  Although if
there’s not a lot in it, I favor protecting all my bookings collectively in a single place
at
www.reserving.com.

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Ferry service to/from India re-started June 2011, suspended once more Dec
2011…

  • After a few years of being minimize off from one another, a brand new ferry service
    began between Colombo in Sri Lanka and Tuticorin in India
    in June 2011, web site www.flemingoliners.com.  The trendy cruise
    ferry ‘Scotia Prince’ began crusing twice per week in
    every route, leaving at
    18:00 and arriving at 08:00 subsequent morning, though
    crusing days modified from week to week.  All
    passengers bought a sleeping berth in a cabin, fares ranged
    from 2,243 Indian rupees (about £47 or $77) in an economic system
    class single-berth cabin to 2,760 Indian rupees (£58 or
    $95) in a brilliant deluxe single-berth cabin, all fares
    included a non-alcoholic ‘welcome aboard’ drink and a
    fixed-menu dinner.  That they had aspirations to make
    it a day by day service in the end. 

  • Nevertheless, resulting from
    a dispute over cash owed to the caterers(!), the ferry
    was impounded in December 2011,
    and is not at present working.  The operator is not positive when
    (or if) it
    will resume.  A second ferry service, between Rameswaram and Talaimannar
    was rumoured to be beginning by
    the tip of 2011, however once more no particulars can be found and
    nothing appears to have occurred.  So at present no
    ferries in any respect hyperlink India with Sri Lanka.

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1) 
Examine flight costs at
Opodo,

www.opodo.com

Sri Lankan airways fly direct from the UK to Colombo, and are excellent.

2) 
Use Skyscanner to match flight costs & routes
worldwide throughout 600 airways…

skyscanner generic 728x90

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Rough Guide to Sri LankaI
strongly suggest taking a Lonely Planet or Tough Information…

Even within the age of the web, it is sensible to put money into a guidebook, each
for planning and carrying once you’re there.  Do not count on the web to
inform you the whole lot, particularly when on the transfer with sky-high cellular knowledge
prices! 
For impartial travellers, I contemplate the perfect guides are the
Tough Guides or Lonely Planets.

Purchase
Lonely Planet information to Sri Lanka on-line at Amazon.co.uk

Purchase
Tough Information to Sri Lanka on-line at Amazon.co.uk

 

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Columbus direct travel insurance

 

At all times take out journey insurance coverage…

By no means journey abroad with out journey insurance coverage from a dependable
insurer, with a minimum of £1m or ideally £5m medical cowl.  It also needs to cowl
cancellation and lack of money and belongings, as much as a wise
restrict. 
An annual
multi-trip coverage is normally cheaper than a number of single-trip
insurance policies even for simply 2 or Three journeys
a yr, I’ve an annual coverage myself.  Listed below are some advised insurers. 
Seat61 will get a small fee if you happen to purchase via these
hyperlinks.

In
the UK, dependable insurers embody

Columbus Direct.

You probably have a pre-existing medical situation or are over 65, see
www.JustTravelCover.com
– 10% low cost with code seat61.

You
can use

Confused.com to match costs & insurance policies from many
completely different insurers.

 
 
   
If
you reside in
Australia, New Zealand, Eire or the EU, strive

Columbus Direct’s different web sites.

 

For those who dwell within the USA strive

Journey Guard USA.

A Curve card
saves on international transaction charges…

 

Curve card

Most banks provide you with a poor
change charge, then cost you a forex conversion price.  A Curve
MasterCard means no international transaction charges and offers you the mid-market
change charge, a minimum of as much as a sure restrict, £500 per 30 days at time of
writing.  The steadiness goes straight onto one among your current debit or
bank cards.

The way it works:  1.
Obtain the app for
iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your particulars & they will ship you a Curve
MasterCard – they ship to most European addresses together with the UK.  3.
Hyperlink your current credit score & debit playing cards to the app.  4. Now use the Curve
MasterCard to purchase issues on-line or in particular person or take money from ATMs, identical to a
regular MasterCard. Curve does the forex conversion and places the steadiness onto
whichever of your debit or bank cards you select.  You possibly can even change
your thoughts about which card it goes onto, inside 14 days of the transaction.

I’ve a Curve Blue card myself
– I get some fee if you happen to signal as much as Curve, however I am recommending it right here
as a result of it is nice. 
See particulars, obtain
the app and get a Curve card. Use code MAN61 to get £5 cashback after
signing up and utilizing your Curve card the primary time.

 

Express VPN

Whenever you’re travelling you typically use free WiFi in public locations which is probably not
safe.  A VPN means your connection to the web is encrypted & at all times
safe, even utilizing unsecured WiFi.  In international locations akin to China the place entry
to Twitter & Fb is restricted, a VPN will get round these restrictions. 
And lastly, you may choose the geographic location of the IP deal with you browse
with, to get round geographic restrictions which some web sites apply – for
instance one reserving website expenses a reserving price to non-European guests however none
to European guests, so if you happen to’re not situated in Europe you may keep away from this price
by looking with a UK IP deal with utilizing a VPN. 
VPNs & why you want one defined. 

NordVPN & ExpressVPN
are the 2 finest buys and I exploit
ExpressVPN myself.

 



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