Train travel is becoming more and more popular in Sri Lanka.
The trains are the cheapest and safest way of traveling. It is an
enjoyable experience. From the Colombo Central Railaway Station (Pettah)
travelers can take their trains to different destinations.
Started in 1864, the railway network comprises nine lines radiating
from the capital Colombo. The most famous and the beautiful route
are considered traveling from Colombo into the hill country via
Kandy and Nuwara Eliya before terminating in Badulla. This journey
offers spectacular mountain views as the train winds its way past
breathtaking waterfalls and through well landscaped tea estates.
There is also a famous train line for tourists traveling along the
south coast from Colombo to Matara which stops in main tourist
destinations namely Bentota, Hikkaduwa and Galle. There is also a
train to the East (Trincomalee), which travels through the Cultural
Trains link the major cities and have several
1st class sleeper.
This option is available on a few overnight
trains. – Not Recommended
This option is available on the few daytime
trains from Colombo to Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Badulla. The
observation car is the most comfort way of traveling in the
trains in Sri Lanka which should be reserved well in
advance. This option is highly recommended
Air conditioned seats car. Only available on one
or two trains.
2nd & 3rd class Seats
available on all trains.
Unreserved seats, where you buy a ticket, get in get out on
and sit in any place you prefer.
The rail system in Sri Lanka is not punctual and
also for some routes the train can be slower than travelling by
road. Delays are common.
A ride on this unique LUXURY STEAM TRAIN to Hill
Capital is one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world!
As you journey through, in the modern and relaxing comfort, you
are sure to witness and experience a way of life that has existed
since time immemorial.
The "Viceroy Special" is a 75 year old private train and the only
steam train still in operation in Sri Lanka. The train has two
air-conditioned observation saloons furnished in period style,
with 64 plush reclining seats and individual adjustable tables. A
public address system is available for guides to describe details
of the journey or for suitable music to be broadcast. Each saloon
has an adjoining smokers' lounge and a modern toilet.
There is also a restaurant car, elegantly furnished with Edwardian
ribbed fans and teak-trimmed wood paneling is complete with a
fully equipped kitchen and a well complemented bar.
The "Viceroy Special" transports guests throughout the rail system
in Sri Lanka. Especially popular are trips to & from Kandy and the
tea plantations of the hill country and down the west coast to the
beach resorts. Being steam-hauled, the train can stop on request
and guests can photograph scenic beauty spots and even ride in the
engine driver's cabin.