we have booked an overnight sleeper thru reddottours from colombo to badulla, arriving 8.45am
now we'd like to book the train from badulla to kandy, the same day leaving at 9.10am
1. they've said we should book this when we get there - should there be a problem as we only arrive 25 minutes before we want to leave again?
(this is because we wanted to both experience the overnight train
AND to see the beautiful scenery on the journey to Kandy, and have limited time for our holiday)
it is our 1st sri lanka trip & we thought this would be a good way of seeing some of the country and deciding where to go back to next time
have read that the observation car can get hot, only some seats have a good view, you travel backwards AND only get to travel with westeners
2.so think we'd like to go 2nd class and mix with sri lankan families
but am not sure if 2nd class seats are bookable?
any thoughts on this would be welcome
3. we spend 2 days/3 nights in Kandy then want to travel down to galle on the same day by train
if we get the 10.30 train from kandy which arrives at 13.50 should we aim to get colombo to galle train at 14.05 (bit tight?), 16.00, OR wait for the intercity express at 17.00 ( which I THINK is the only train bookable in advance?
4. on our return we plan to get the 10.40 from galle to colombo so that we have an afternoon and evening in colombo (at the galle face hotel) to relax before our flight home
does this train not have reserveable seats either?
5. if you cant reserve these train seats is it going to be very stressful trying to get on trains? it will be the 1st 2 weeks of august when we travel
(appart from the badulla to kandy train reddot have said thay can reserve 1st class tickets on all these journeys - but i cant find a mention of 1st class on most of our times)
I'd just like to get all this clear before I continue my booking with them