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.