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Great Way to see Hill Country

We took a train journey from Kandy, through the hill Coutry to ‘Little England’ just shy of four... read more

Reviewed September 12, 2018
Brinscall Village, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
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Great fun on Sri Lankan Railways

We took the train from Kandy to Hatton, which is approx 3 hours. We were lucky to get a seat... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
Paddy M
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Hatton, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is possible to buy tickets at the station, just need to bypass the forced sale of a vehicle with driver first.

Thank tracey_lewis33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very bisy railway station in upcountry railway in sri lanka with little bit chilling area also nature friendy mountains arround me

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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

We took a train journey from Kandy, through the hill Coutry to ‘Little England’ just shy of four hours in total. Definitely a great way to see the Hill country, stunning scenery. The unreserved sections of the train get far too busty so better in...More

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Reviewed August 29, 2018

This should be on anyone's bucket list. An absolute must. The toilets are pretty grim, but the train ride makes up for it. Absolutely breath taking scenery,

Thank sondra-hope
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We took the train from Kandy to Hatton, which is approx 3 hours. We were lucky to get a seat because the train was so busy and we only managed to get into the 3rd class section but this was as good as any train...More

Thank Paddy M
Reviewed August 13, 2018

We used the old red train and booked in the observation coach. It was absolutely fantastic. A truly wonderful experience. We booked through agents so the tickets were quite pricey. Unfortunately it is impossible to book directly online. You have to go to the station...More

Thank CharleenJoburg
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

We tried relentlessly through brokers and at the ticket windows to buy tickets, one would tell us that there were tickets available so you go to the next window where the seller would look up at us and say No none available. We are Australian...More

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Reviewed July 17, 2018

Take the train from Kandy to Hatton, or further. There is no better way to see the unforgettable scenery. Bring snacks, but also buy the curry roasted peanuts from the vendors -- delish. If you can score a first class ticket, that's the way to...More

Thank philboyett
Reviewed May 30, 2018

There are mainly a few train routes in SL : but I do recommend going up to the central part of srilanka is perhaps the best .The train starts in colombo (the capital city) and winds it's way to badulla.You can visit kandy and Ella...More

Thank annlakshinimendis
Reviewed May 26, 2018

Decided to travel from Hatton to Nanu Oya by train and glad we did.Our thanks to our driver who managed to get two 2nd class reserved tickets after our nearby hotel advised they were not available. .All seemed very chaotic as tickets did not arrive...More

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February 24, 2018|
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Response from Thomas J | Reviewed this property |
no need for any agency. for any 2nd or 3rd class tickets just show up at the train station on the day of your journey. the tickets will be sold only same day and can never become sold out.
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Response from Dean R | Reviewed this property |
about 2 1/2 hours. I booked the observation car 30 days in advance (about $10US I think). I'm 70, found access and travel easy. Ask often about what platform, lot's of conflicting information from the ticket checker, and... More