A train ride from Kandy to the Tea CountryBack
This is one of the most scenic train rides in Asia. One fabulous way of exploring the tea country is to jump aboard the train. The dramatic landscape of the highlands stirs the senses as you wind past lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. The Sri Lanka Railways – the government railway network was first started in 1864 during the colonial period. One meets Sri Lankans from all walks of life on the train – it’s a very enjoyable experience.
We take the train from either Kandy or Peradeniya Train Station. There are old trains and new trains, and then there is the ‘observation class’, 1st class and 2nd class. Observation class and 1st class are a bit of a letdown – don’t expect white gloves and silver service. That said, the train ride is fabulous in that it is an everyday experience for Sri Lankans of all walks of life, here you will connect with and see a milieu of different people, including fellow travelers. The train wobbles a little so be careful when moving around, hold on to the rails. Your guide will say good bye at the train station and meet you on the exit. He will drive with your belongings all the way. Keep your ticket as you will need to hand it over to the station staff as you exit the platform. Your guide will be there to meet you – proceed with your travels Please note – the train journey from Kandy to Tea Country will be in the 1st class / observation cart or 2nd class depending on the availability. Kindly also note that the train tickets can only be confirmed 14 days prior to your travel date to the Tea Country as the Railway Authority will only issue the tickets at this time. If tickets are unavailable you will travel by road. The train departure and journey time can be subject to delays.