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“Colombo to Kandy Train”
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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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58 reviews
74 helpful votes
“Colombo to Kandy Train”
Reviewed March 1, 2009

The trains journey's in Sri Lanka are not to be missed. For a relatively short (less than 4 hours) journey, try the train to Kandy to / from Colombo Fort station and if you are lucky enough, purchase tickets for the Observation Carriage. These tickets have to be purchased from the station several days beforehand as they do sell quickly. The tickets are extremely cheap when compared to travel in Europe / North America but don't expect the same class. The observation carriage has fans on the ceiling (no AC, which wasn't needed anyway), very basic toilets, reverse facing seats and each seat is numbered and reserved accordingly. The train stops a couple of times at stations along the way where vendors sell their local produce to passengers (ice creams, drinks, king coconuts etc). The windows are all open as are the doors with passengers hanging out of each doorway for a better view of the passing countryside. The scenery on the trip is exceptional and provides a glimpse of normal every-day living in Sri Lanka. The train tracks are used as a public pathway connecting all of the villages along the route and you will be kept fully occupied viewing the scenery along the way as the train slowly makes its way through the hills passing tea plantations and other colourful farmlands. If you are travelling to Kandy from Colombo don't miss the opportunity to take the train as you will not regret it.

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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
48 helpful votes
“Honeymoon getaway - Kandy, Srilanka”
Reviewed February 9, 2009

SriLanka ls one of the few places which provides 'value for your money'. Its beauty is seriously undermined, partially due to the LTTE activities. There are various places in and around Kandy.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is home to around 80 elephants - blind, deaf, physically disabled, orphaned, removed from group, etc. We never saw such a large herd of elephants together and an added advantage was handling a trained python. Soon we crossed 'The Bible Rock' site, a herbal garden where we shopped lots of herbs and then reached Hotel Topaz in the evening.

The hotel has a retro touch and hospitality par excellence. We were welcomed with a mini chocolate cake and a fruit platter in the room. The food pretty well favored the taste buds. Next day we covered various places like the Bottanical Garden (an average place), had a herbal massage (quite worth a bargain), had a walk around the local market, cherished the cultural program and ended with the prayer at Temple of Tooth Relic.

Overall Kandy is pleasant and cost-effective although not mesmerizing. You can opt for other places like Nuware Eliya (tea-coffee estates and wildlife) and few clear beaches in the northern and western part of Srilanka.
Note: Other details and photos can be provide on request.

Things to consider:
#1. Not to buy souvenirs from airport or high profile shops. If good at bargains try road shops in local market
#2. Indian rupees are accepted at major places although the exchange rates are lower. Better to carry dollars
#3. Club Kandy with other places like Colombo & Nuwara Eliya
#4. Try out the King-Coconut without fail

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