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Hill towns during new years time - train overcrowded ?

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Hill towns during new years time - train overcrowded ?

We are staying at Bentota beach 10th to13 April. Was thinking of heading for the hills early on the13th for 4 days and am looking forward to the train travel through the hills. Would it be reasonable to travel by train Bentota/Colombo/Sirgirija in one day, or more advisable to travel to Bentota/Colombo/Kandy or Matale for our four days. I understand its New Year holidays and the hill towns accommodation are heavily booked and heavily priced.. Would it still be possible toget first class tickets on arrival at Colombo in themorning of the 13th for onward travel to Kandy/Sirgirja. Thanks and advice...

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Aluthgama, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Hill towns during new years time - train overcrowded ?

Sigiriya is not in the hill country and nearest train station (Kekirawa or Habarana) is quite a bit away.

Hans

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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2. Re: Hill towns during new years time - train overcrowded ?

And nope, forget about getting 1st class then. You would need to prebook Exporail or Rajadhani seats if you want a guarantee.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

Stockholm
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3. Re: Hill towns during new years time - train overcrowded ?

So getting a first class ticket on the morning of the 13thor 14th without booking is out. Perhaps we should stay in the beach South/east area and forget about going to the hill country if its too much crowded. What a shame to miss out on that culture though? Maybe the culture in the south can match Kandy?

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4. Re: Hill towns during new years time - train overcrowded ?

No it can't. What is wrong with prebooking Exporail/Rajadhani over the Internet?

Tnx,

<Erik> & [Sandy]

Aluthgama, Sri Lanka
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5. Re: Hill towns during new years time - train overcrowded ?

You can book online to Kandy - but not to Sigiriya.

Hans

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