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The Railway has been in existence in Sri lanka from.the days of British rule then known as Ceylon. The British built a sturdy and practical railway network mainly to transport the tea from the hill country to the city of Colombo and thereon for export .The British railway system later extended to the Southern Beaches and to the east and to the North. This was the most convenient and cheapest mode of transport in the days gone by, and Still ..ferries thousands of long distance workers to and fro from their places of work on a daily basis.

the more popular line for the holiday maker is the “Udarata Manike,” which simply translates as the “Maiden of the hills” which covers th entire picturesque mountain terrain and the popular tea country…. this has an observstion car which can be prebooked and if you do not want to make the entrie 8 hour trip an alternative route is the run from the Kandyan city of Kandy to the colder climes of Nanu Oya from where you will be able to get to the hub of Nuwera Eliya which the British called as “Little England”…
Also another option is the convenient and comfortable Colombo/kandy/Colombo with airconditioned carriages that takes just two & half hours one way.

The unique feature of travel in Sri Lanka is its reasonable distances between the hill stations, archaealogical sites and the calming southern beaches that attract thousands of tourists. In addition to being able to travel with the local population which still use the train on a regular basis.

One can also now get to the lovely white sandy beaches and the charming mangroves of the East Coast, where surfing, and sailing have become very popular after years of taboo owing to the thirty year civil war. The Northern Railway system reaches the famed beaches of Trincomalee and Batticaloa and it is a worthwhile expedition.

Railway Journey in Sri Lanka is “to see once is worth more than hearing 100 times”

Valid from 01st November 2011 – 31st October 2012

Day Excursion to Kandy

0615Hrs : Pick up from the Colombo hotel and transfer to Fort Railway station to board the train to Kandy. Customers advised to organize the pack breakfast from hotel, while on the journey, they can have the breakfast on the board.
Arrival to Peradeniya station by 0900Hrs and you will be met by English speaking Chuffer guide with A/C Car or Micro van.
From Perdeniya drive to Pinnawela Elephant orphanage to see the Elephant bathing and baby baby elephants.
Drive to kandy, upon arrival at Kandy visit Temple of the tooth relic, City centre, arts & craft centre and local markets. Lunch at local restaurant by 1400Hrs.

After lunch you will be taken to Kandy railway station to board the train at 1500Hrs to Colombo. You will arrive at 1745Hrs at Colombo fort railway station and transfer to your chosen Hotel in Colombo.(Tickets on first class or 02nd Class)

No Of Pax Standard Observation saloon Expo Rail
01 Pax US$160 for Single Pax US$175
02 Pax US$105 Per Person sharing US$120
  • Inluded the Train fair on Expo rail or observation saloon
  • Included the car hire in Kandy
  • Included Pinnawela and Kandy Temple entrance

Day Excursion to Galle

0615Hrs : Pick up from the Colombo hotel and transfer to Fort Railway station to board the train to Galle. Customers advised to organize the pack breakfast from hotel, while on the journey; they can have the breakfast on the board.

0655Hrs train leave from Colombo to Galle and arrive at 0950Hrs. On arrival to Galle railway station you will be met by English speaking Chuffer guide with A/C Car or Micro van. He will take you around the Galle city and Unawattuna beach for a swimming.

Lunch at Local restaurant in the Galle fort area.

Please refer the description of Galle:

Galle -  Sri Lanka’s most historically interesting town is Galle. It was a major port until about 100 years, but today still handles shipping and sailing boats in the natural harbour.

Stroll around the lighthouse and harbour or visit the old town where you can see the traditional lace makers and wood carvers and purchase some the finest souvenirs.

The Dutch Fort – Galle - The South Coast’s major city is Galle, whose oldest landmark is the massive Portuguese and Dutch Fort which is a “World Heritage Site” in which the central city is contained. But the city may be much older. Some scholars believe it to be the “Tarshish” of the Old Testament, to which King Solomon sent his merchant vessels, and to which Jonah fled from the Lord. Today, the 90-acre Galle Fort shows no evidence of the Portuguese founders. The Dutch incorporated the Portuguese northern wall in a great rampart in 1663. A second, taller wall was built inside of it. Between the two walls, a covered passage connected the central bastion with the Fort’s two half bastion’s overlooking the sea.

Around 1520Hrs, you will drop off at the Galle railway station to board the train to Colombo, which leaves at 1545Hrs and arrival in Colombo 1840Hrs.
Upon arrival at Colombo you will be transfer to your chosen hotel in Colombo.
(Tickets on 01st Class or 02nd class)

Single Pax US$110
02 Pax Per Person US$75
  • Included car hire and city tour of Galle City
  • Lunch included
  • Train ticket on First or second class

02 Nights 03Days Excursion to Hills

Day 01
Customers will be picked up from Colombo hotels at 0530Hrs to board the train to Badulla, which is 0555Hrs.

Breakfast on the board with packet from the hotel.  You will be getting down at Nanu Oya railway station by 1230Hrs. On arrival at Nanu Oya  railway station you will be met by English speaking Chuffer guide with Car or Micro van. You will be transferred to selected hotel or bungalow in Nuwara Eliya. Journey from Nanu oya to Nuwara Eliya takes approximately 20minutes.

Lunch at the hotel and refresh yourself. Afternoon city tour of Nuwara Eliya, visit Gregory lake, Golf club and city.

Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.

Day 02
Breakfast at the hotel and Excursion to Hortain plains by Jeep.

Horton Plains National Park – 20 miles (32 km) from Nuwara Eliya via Ambewela and Pattipola, is the Horton Plains only 3160 hectares in extent. Known to Sri Lankans as Mahaeliya, it became Horton Plains after Sir Robert Horton, British Governor from 1831- 1837.

Horton Plains became a Nature Reserve in 1969 and upgraded as a National Park in 1988 due to its unique watershed and bio-diversity values.

Its flora has high level of endemism. The hills are covered with diverse wet low evergreen forest with even large trees grown flattened to the ground on the higher windswept slopes.

Return to Nuwara Eliya and lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon visit a Tea Factory and Tea Plantations at Labukelle or Radella estate, where you taste the tea and experience of processing tea at the factory.

After completion return back to the hotel for Dinner & Overnight stay at the Hotel, Nuwara Eliya.

Day 03

After break you will be picked up by 0830Hrs and transfer to Nanu oya railway staion to board the train to Colombo fort. Train leaves at 0935Hrs and will be arrive to Colombo fort stations by 1540Hrs.

Upon arrival at Colombo, you will be picked by taxi and transfer to your chosen hotel.

Optional: You can fly by Sri Lankan Air Taxi to Colombo with paying supplements

Single Pax US$620
02 Pax Per Person US$345
  • Included return fare on train – First class (Observation Saloon)
  • Half board basis at hotel accommodation
  • Hotels will be used: St.Andrews, Grand Hotel, Hill Club, Nuwara Eliya
  • Entrance to Hortain plains + Jeep Hire
  • Car hire with English speaking chauffeur guide

03 Nights 04Days Excursion to Cultural Triangle

Day 01
Clients will be picked up from hotel at 0530Hrs and transfer to Colombo fort railway station to board the train to Anuradhapura. Please arrange packet breakfast from the hotel and you can have it in the rain.

Departure from Colombo at 0545Hrs and arrival to Anuradhapura at 0940Hrs. On arrival at Anuradhapura station you will be met by English speaking Chuffer guide with A/C Car or Micro van. You will be transferred to selected hotel at Anuradhapura. After refreshment you will be taken for guided excursion around the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Please refer the description of Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapurathe capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya which dates back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba enshrines the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Selected Hotel in Anuradhapura.

Day 02
After Breakfast you leave for Sigiriya, and morning climb the Sigiriya Lion rock. Please refer the description of Sigiriya:

Sigiriya is a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit arnme the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.

Lunch en route at local restaurant.

Afternoon visit Dambulla rock cave temple:

Dambulla - is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island.

After completion, Dinner & overnight stay Habarana Hotel.

Day 03
After Breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa, and complete sightseeing tour around Polonnaruwa. Please refer the description of Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa – another “World Heritage Site” was the Capital of Sri Lanka from 11th – 13th Centuries, contains some splendid and spectacular statues. Lankatilake, Tivanka and Thuparama are the most beautiful and largest Image Houses and Tivanka has the best example of frescoes of the Polonnaruwa period. Rankoth Vehera and Kirivehera are well preserved large stupas, and Gal Vihare – a rock shrine, has four Buddha statues, two seated, one standing and one reclining and Parakrama Bahu statue are examples of Sinhalese stone carver. The Vata-da-ge is a unique creation of the Sri Lankan artists.

Lunch at Local restaurant.

Afternoon visit minneriya National Park to a do a safri at Minneriya National by 4×4 jeep.

Minneriya National Park – This National Park with 8889 hectares in extent is famous for it large population of elephants in herds of 100 to 150 roaming in the jungle and seen in the catchment area of the lake. Entrance is at Ambagaswewa about 6 km from Habarana on the main Habarana Polonnaruwa road. Office is by the side of the main road. Elephants, about 300 wild elephants, wild buffaloes, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, Sambhur, leopards, crocodiles, jackals, 9 kinds of amphibians, 25 kinds of reptiles, 160 species of birds, 26 varieties of fishes, 78 varieties of butterflies are recorded from the Minneriya National Park.

Evening return back to the hotel and dinner & overnight stay at Hotel at Habarana.

Day 04
After breakfast leave for Kekirawa to catch the train to Colombo fort. Train leaves at 1100Hrs and you will be arrive to Colombo fort by 1525Hrs. customers advised to pick the packet lunch from the hotel.

Upon arrival at Colombo you will be picked by taxi and transfer to chosen hotel for drop off.

Single Pax US$895
02 Pax Per Person US$575
  • Accommodation on Half board basis at the hotel
  • Entrance fees for Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Minneriya National park
  • Train fare return on first class
  • Car with English speaking chuffeur guide
  • Hotels will be used: Palm garden Village/Hotel Sigiriya/Sigiriya Village/Chaya Village

02 Nights 03 Days – Highlights of Sri Lanka


Day 01

0615Hrs : Pick up from the Colombo hotel and transfer to Fort Railway station to board the train to Kandy. Customers advised to organize the pack breakfast from hotel, while on the journey they can have the breakfast on the board.

Train leaves at 0700Hrs and arrival to Peradeniya station by 0900Hrs and you will be met by English speaking Chuffer guide with A/C Car or Micro van.

From Peradeniya drive to Pinnawela Elephant orphanage to see the Elephant bathing and baby baby elephants. Please refer the description of Pinnawela Elephant orphanage.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - App. 55 miles from Colombo, off the Colombo – Kandy road is Pinnawela, where an orphanage was started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded elephants. The number of elephants has increased to more than 65 now; including Baby Elephants brought from various parts, as well as the 23  babies born, as a result of the captive breeding programme. The best time to visit is the feeding time from 0930-1000 hrs and 1330-1400 hrs and the bathing time from 1000-1030 hrs and 1400-1430 hrs when all the elephants are taken to the river close by.

Drive to back to Kandy and en route visit Royal Botanical garden at Peradeniya. Lunch en route at local restaurant at Kandy + Shopping tour.

Evening visit Temple of the tooth relic and participate the ceremony and witness the kandyan cultural show at kandyan art centre.

Dinner & overnight stay at selected hotel, Kandy.


Day 02
After early breakfast leave for Sigiriya, and morning climb the Sigiriya lion rock, before it gets too hot. This will be marvelous experience and highlight of Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya is a “World Heritage Site” and the 5th Century “Fortress in the Sky” which is perhaps the most fantastic single wonder of the Island. It is also known as Lion Rock because of the huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace on the summit of the 600-foot high rock. On its summit arnme the foundations of the Royal Palace, Water Tanks to supply water and all other buildings and at the edges the guardhouses. On one of the stairways the only known ancient work of Sinhala secular painting survived in the form of Frescoes of 21 life sized damsels in all the freshness and delicacy of their original colour. The Water Gardens, Fountain Garden, summerhouse, Boulder Gardens and the Caves with the enclosed are should not be missed.

Lunch en route at local restaurant.

Afternoon visit Dambulla rock cave temple:

Dambulla - is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century B.C. The caves of Dambulla sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found in the Island.

After completion, Return to Kandy and en route visit to Spice Garden and experience the spices of Sri Lanka.

Return to the hotel and Dinner & overnight stay at kandy Hotel.


Day 03

Breakfast at the hotel and morning leisure at the hotel and shopping tour around Kandy, visiting arts & craft centre and local markets. Lunch at local restaurant by 1300Hrs. After that you will be transfer to 1500Hrs train to Colombo. You will be arrive at 1745Hrs and you will pick up and transfer to Colombo hotel by taxi.

No of Pax Standard Observation Saloon Expo Rail Rajadhanya Express
Single Pax US$630 US$650
US$645
02 Pax Per Person US$400 US$420
US$410
  • Return train fare on Observation saloon / Expo rail/Rajadhanya Express
  • Services with private car with English speaking chuffeur guide
  • Half board accommodation at the hotels
  • Accommodation at Chaya Citadel/Serene Garden/Hotel Topaz & Tourmaline,
  • Swiss residence or Suisse Hotel, kandy
  • Entrance fees for Pinnawela, Kandy Temple, Royal botanical garden, kandy City tour
  • Sigiriya & Dambulla entrance

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