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Trains
Ceylon Style
The Sri Lankan railway system dates back to British Colonial times
as the means to transport tea and coffee from the plantations in the
central highlands, to the city of Colombo in the south. Today, the
railway serves crowds of commuters as well as travelers looking to
experience a taste of local life and stunning vistas of the country.
Train stations can be hectic and there are often long lines to buy
tickets for the popular routes. Most trains are government run,
but there are some private lines that operate carriages on some
sectors. Tickets can be purchased at the railway station in advance,
or through the websites of the private train operators. Most trains
offer a first, second and third class option, all of which are extremely
budget friendly.
Our favourite train rides include:
ALONG THE COASTLINE
FROM COLOMBO TO GALLE
The ride along Sri Lanka’s coastline offers a never ending view of
the sparkling Indian Ocean along miles of sandy beaches and palm
trees swaying in the breeze. You’ll most certainly glimpse fishermen
working on their colorful boats on the beach or making their way
back to shore with their catch of the day. The train passes through
small fishing villages dotted with thatched huts as well as villages
renowned for their crafts such as traditional mask making, and
notable places of worship.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
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