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Travel by train in Sri Lanka
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Travel by train in Sri Lanka 11 Years, 7 Months ago Karma: 0
Trains in Sri Lanka are not sharp on time but they do arrive within the fifth minute. Taking a train ride would take you through areas of scenic beauty and will be animating than just going by bus. As much as you miss the baila music blaring through the speakers and crazy bus drivers on the road journey, the train ride is definitely faster and cheaper. Moreover, there are no blaring speakers The typical train ride on the coastal line is a fitting example of Sri Lanka’s iconic scenery as much as the hilly plains are a firm favourite.

Any tourist would favour the coastal and golden sands of the Galle beaches and the white sands of Hikkaduwa to even precarious mountain tops but they all have their own beauty. Make sure you buy your ticket before the journey so you have the ticket for collection as you depart. As opposed to baila music from the speakers, the train journey is filled with beggars with all instruments and drums to entertain you on the journey.

Various vadai vendors and fruit sellers scream the price of their wares and tantalise your scent buds with the fresh aroma of oranges and large Malaysian guavas. If you’re lucky, there might be an ice-cream vendor along the way to cool your sweaty body after you make your way to your seats.

If you’re not lucky to have your own seat, hold tight to the bars and prepare for a rocky joy ride that finishes in double-quick time. The actual ride itself can be rather noisy with the old English-built trains rattling and throbbing along the railyway line so unless you have ear plugs on, it’ll be difficult to catch on your siesta once you take your seat. The circulation isn’t very good on a hot day with some fans working and others not but open the train windows for good ventilation.

If you’re lucky to catch the Express train or the more posh ones, the Observation Carriage is a brilliant way to see 180 degree views of Sri Lanka’s stunning landscape and avoid the hustle and bustle of the overcrowded carriages. The Sri Lanka Railway, originally known as Ceylon Government Railways, was founded in the 1850s to develop and unite Sri Lanka. Service started in 1864, with the construction of the Main Line from Colombo to Ambepussa, 54 kilometres to the east. The Railway was initially built to transport coffee and tea from the hill country to Colombo for export.

For many years, transporting such goods was the main source of income on the line. With time and the population growth, however, passenger traffic increased. In the 1960s, passenger traffic overtook freight as the main source of revenue.

The railway is now primarily engaged in the transport of passengers, especially commuters to and from Colombo, thereby reducing road congestion. Eventually, the steam powered engine changed to diesel with the breakthrough in massive development and today, Sri Lanka’s engineers will be setting up an electric train to minimise fuel consumption and in a bid to also prevent climate change and global warming. The Railway Yard located at Dematogoda actually builds trains and count 100 years of service to the nation.

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