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A train ride from Kandy to the Tea Country

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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.

Experience Overview

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.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

Train Tickets

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

Approximately 3 hours.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Easy.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

The train rattles and moves in all directions. Best that all small children remain seated.

Meeting time on location:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Meeting time on location:

To be advised on your itinerary – it is recommended to arrive 30 minutes in advance.

Pick-up time:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Pick-up time:

To be advised

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Your luggage will remain in the vehicle. A camera for sure. Light clothes. Bring a little money. Note this is not the place to buy antiques or gems.

Private or not?:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?:

There may be other travelers on the train, both foreign and local.

In the know / managing expectations: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
In the know / managing expectations:

The first class cabin is air-conditioned (with sealed windows) and can be a little chilly. We buy first class or observation carriage tickets for our clients. That said, they can feel a little touristy particularly in the high and peak periods.

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Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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