Train Tour of Sri Lanka

10 Nights

PRICES FROM £1680 PER PERSON

Exploring Sri Lanka by rail can be a wonderful experience. It offers the chance to step back in time, interact with the Sri Lankan people and travel at a gentle pace through some stunning scenery.

Our Train Tour of Sri Lanka covers the hill country and south west coast where train travel works well and we have a wonderful local support team to ensure that bookings and delays are dealt with seamlessly. You will have a personal driver with you at all times to transport your luggage, transfer you from each station to your accommodation and facilitate excursions. We have combined this level of service with some charming colonial style accommodation to set the mood and create a relaxing, memorable holiday.

Day 1 - Arrive in Sri Lanka

Land in Sri Lanka and transfer to the Galle Face Hotel to rest and acclimatize. Founded in 1864 this is the 5th oldest hotel in Asia and has hosted an endless list of political figures and Hollywood stars. Admittedly the exterior is a little tired these days, but the recently refurbished rooms are very comfortable and the faded glamour only adds to the feel.

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Day 2 - Train Journey from Colombo to Gampola

The following morning your driver will collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Colombo Station. There you will board the 09:45am train to the Kandy. You will disembark at Gampola just past Kandy and spend two nights at a charming plantation bungalow called Ellerton.

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Day 3 - Exploring Kandy & the Temple of the Tooth

We recommend a Kandy City tour later in the day so that after the Botanical Gardens and Commonwealth War Cemetery you can experience the Temple of the Tooth in the early evening. We also recommend a drink at the outrageous Helga’s Folly. Former guests of this eccentric abode include Laurence Olivier and the Stereophonics.

Day 4 - Train Journey from Gampola to Banderawela

From Gampola reboard the train and travel through stunning valleys of tea, vegetable terraces, planation estates and past waterfalls until you reach the colonial hill town of Banderawela. From the station you have a 30 minute drive to The Ceylon Tea Bungalows where you will stay for three nights.

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Day 5 - Lipton's Seat Viewpoint

In exchange for a very early 5.30am start, we will take you up to Lipton’s Seat Viewpoint, one of the most magnificent views in Sri Lanka. Named after Sir Thomas Lipton who would apparently come here to gaze out over his vast estates, the area is surrounded by pretty tea gardens and the Dambetenna Tea Estate. The Factory is also worth a visit.

Day 6 - Excursion to Ella

A short drive from Banderawela is the picturesque village of Ella. The village is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, the best of which is Ravana Falls. There is also a gentle 1.5 hour walk to Mini Adam’s Peak viewpoint.  Enjoy lunch at one of the relax cafes in town or we’d recommend 98 Acres Hotel for something slightly more upmarket.

Day 7 - Train Journey from Matara to Galle

From the hill country you have to travel to the south coast by road. You can break the journey with lunch and a swim on the idyllic Hiriketiya Beach, before picking up the railway in Matara. You then have a 1 hour journey to Galle, where you will transfer to Fort Bazaar inside the UNESCO Galle Fort.

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Day 8 - Day at Leisure in Galle

Spend the day as you please. You could explore the Fort’s 16th century architecture, gift shops and restaurants. Eat gelato as you walk around the Fort’s ramparts. Watch a cricket match in Galle stadium. Take a bicycle ride through the paddy fields, a whale watching cruise along the coast or a visit to the turtle hatchery in Harabaduwa.

Day 9 & 10 - Train Journey 4 - Galle to Bentota

To finish your trip you can catch the coastal train from Galle to Bentota. Here you can enjoy 2 nights rest and relaxation on the beach at Rock Villa. Sunbath, swim, surf, go deep sea fishing, learn to waterski etc.. before your driver returns to transfer you to the airport on Day 11.

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