Depending on your requirements, our expert Asia team can
tailor-make a train travel Sri
Lanka trip where we weave some of the best railway journeys
into your itinerary, or where you only travel by train. We know the
country incredibly well, and can curate a trip that includes your
perfect combination or adventure, wildlife watching, cultural
curiosities and R&R, and you will also enjoy our exclusive
additional services, from fast-track check-in and security at the
airport, and lounge access even if you're flying economy. In situ
in Sri Lanka, you will also have unfettered access to our clued-up
local Concierge, who is on hand to make last minute tweaks or
additions to your itinerary, and generally make your holidays in
Sri Lanka even more enjoyable.
So, what are Sri Lanka's best rail journeys? The gold standard
train travel experience in Sri Lanka is the journey between the
Kandy and Badulla, passing through the beautiful Hill Country,
coated with contour-hugging tea plantations. At one point the train
passes over the eminently instagrammable nine arches viaduct. You
can extend your train travel Sri Lanka trip by also doing the leg
from the capital Colombo to Kandy by train.
Also leaving from the capital is a new favourite Sri Lanka train
route of ours: the train from Colombo to Jaffna, which also stops
in Anuradhapura, one of the highlights of the
Cultural Triangle. Meeting Tamils from the north of the country
on board this service is an excellent opportunity to learn about
life for this minority Hindu people in a predominantly Buddhist
country as Jaffna opens up to tourism.
Finally, the train line from Colombo to Trincomalee takes in
Habarana (the staging post for the wonderful rock-citadel of
Sigirya) and Polonnaruwa in the
Cultural Triangle, before forging towards the East Coast and
so-called Trinco, from where it's easy to reach a number of
wonderful beachfront properties for a dose of sun and sea immersion
after all that cultural immersion.
Actually, there is one more train travel Sri Lanka experience we
love: the Colombo to
Galle route along the south coast, which hugs the beach and
chugs along at a sedate rate with sea views the entire way. The new
highway is far faster, but if you're looking for a slow travel
classic, this is it.