Many travellers love to explore the hill country by train. In the 19th century, the highland railway line was developed by the British, with Tamil labourers from India. It was the “tea railway” connecting the plantation areas with Colombo Harbour. It crosses Sri Lanka’s two largest tea plantation areas, between Hatton und Nuwara Eliya (Nuwara Eliya Province) and between Haputale and Badulla (Uva Province). Both areas are separated by the densely forested central mountain range, which is crossed by plenty of tunnels within short distance from each other. The scenery is breathtaking and really worth the journey. Team Sightseeinglanka can include train travels in your itinerary according to your wishes, waiting for you at your destination and transporting your luggage by car.
There is only one railway line crossing the hill country, terminals are Colombo Fort and Badulla, capital of Uva Province. The total distance is 292 km. Altitude maximum is 1891 m at Pattipola (more than 6000 feet). The railway passes 45 tunnels and 81 stations, usually stopping only at the most important ones such as Hatton (Adam's Peak area), Nanu Oya (near Nuwara Eliya), Haputale and Ella.
First class tickets for observation saloons at the end of the train
can be reserved by Team Sightseeinglanka.
Daily trains from Colombo Fort Railway Station to Badulla
No. 1015: Colombo departure: 8:30 am; Badulla arrival: 6:32 pm
No. 1007: Colombo departure: 9:45 am; Badulla arrival: 7:25 pm
A night train is available, too, but not suitable for sightseeing, of course.
No. 1045, Night Mail: Colombo departure: 8:00 pm; Badulla arrival: 7:10 am
Daily trains from Badulla to Colombo Fort
No. 1006: Badulla departure: 8:30 am; Colombo Fort arrival: 6:57 pm
No. 1008: Badulla departure: 10:00 am; Colombo Fort arrival: 8:53 pm
No. 1046, night mail: departure from Badulla: 6:00 am; Colombo Fort arrival: 5:15 pm