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Train On The South Coast Line

Sri Lanka By Rail
Sri Lanka Tour With All The Great Railway Journeys

Train On The South Coast Line

Sri Lanka By Rail

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Amazing Sri Lanka By Rail

Sri Lanka Tour With All The Great Railway Journeys

 

Tour Schedule

6 Nights

 

1

Depart UK

 

2

Arrive Colombo 

  • Relax On Arrival At Colombo

3

Kandy 

  • By Train From Colombo - Kandy
  • Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth

4

Kandy 

  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Orchids At Peradeniya Gardens

5

Eastern Hill Country

  • By Train From Kandy - Haputale

6

Yala

  • Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

7

Galle 

  • The Old Dutch Town At Galle

8

Beach

  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required

 

Colombo 

  • By Train From Galle - Colombo

 

Depart
Sri Lanka
Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport

 

This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle And Driver-Guide

 

Locations Visited On This Tour

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The island’s No 1 visitor attraction is a very relaxed place to spend in the company of 70 elephants.

 

Kandy 

A very pretty town and the gateway to the Hill Country with lots of quaint reminders of colonial era Ceylon.

 

The Hill Country By Train

Beautiful mountain ranges covered with tea plantations and amazing waterfalls that are best experienced by train.

 

Yala National Park 

One of the great national parks of Asia and the best location in the world to spot Leopards in the wild.

 

Galle 

The ramparts of an Old Dutch Fort enclose a perfectly preserved town full of historic colonial buildings.

Why Do This Tour?

Sri Lanka has some of the world’s most beautiful railway journeys. The railway network was built during the colonial era in order to open up the highlands to tea and coffee cultivation. These included some of the greatest railway engineering feats of the day such as the building of the Kadugannawa Railway Pass up to Kandy (1867) through steep inclines and huge boulders.

 

The railway line was then extended up to the tea estates (1894), and still remains the highest broad gauge railway line in the world, with summit level near Pattipola at 6227 ft above sea level. There are 44 tunnels from Colombo to the end of the line at Badulla.

 

The coastal railway line (1895) hugs the coast for much of the way from Matara to Colombo, so provides for a spectacular railway journey upon your return to Colombo from the beach resorts of the Deep South.

 

Recommended For: Anyone who wishes to experience the great railway journeys of Sri Lanka.

 

When To Go?

This Tour Is Possible All Year Round

 

November-April

Clockwise Tour With South West Or Deep South Coast Beach Stay

 

May-September

Anti-Clockwise Tour With East Coast Beach Stay

 

Frequestly Asked Questions About This Tour?

Are There Luxury Carriages On The Trains?

Yes, there are 2 operators, Expo Rail and Rajadhani who operate luxury carriages on express trains and we always aim to get our clients booked on one of these if at all possible. Early booking ensures guaranteed seat reservation as these carriages are extremely popular with tourists.

 

Can Families Go On This Tour?

Yes this is a great option for families with small children as much of the travelling is by train. Kids will enjoy relaxed journeys through beautiful landscapes. The toilet facilities are very good too in the luxury carriages.

 

Can I Do A Mix And Match Of Hotels?

Yes, this way you can sample one or two of the top-end boutique hotels in Sri Lanka along with more reasonably priced hotels resulting in a much more affordable tour. Please feel free to ask us for our advice about what we would recommend.

The Galle Face Hotel

The Galle Face Hotel

 

Diesel Locomotive At Fort Railway Station

Diesel Locomotive At Fort Railway Station

Peradeniya Gardens

Peradeniya Gardens

Temple Of The Tooth

Temple Of The Tooth

Healthy Cuisine At Amaya Hills

Healthy Cuisine At Amaya Hills

 

Hill Country Express

Hill Country Express

 

Pattipola – Sri Lanka’s Highest Railway Station

Pattipola – Sri Lanka’s Highest Railway Station

Expo Luxury Carriage

Expo Luxury Carriage

 

The Safari

The Safari

 

Leopard At Yala

Leopard At Yala

 

Weligama Bay

Fishing Boats At Weligama Bay

 

Weligama Bay Resort

Weligama Bay Resort

Galle Railway Station

Galle Railway Station

 

Dematagoda Railway Yard At Colombo

Dematagoda Railway Yard At Colombo

DAY 1 - DEPART UK

The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.

 

DAY 2 - COLOMBO

COLOMBO AIRPORT-COLOMBO

22 Miles Approx 1 Hour

 

Relax On Arrival At Colombo

Stay at Colombo’s world famous Galle Face Hotel. This colonial era hotel was notably patronised by Noel Coward and Old World millionaires like Rockefeller.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

The Cinnamon Grand , Colombo


Special Choice :

Lake Lodge Colombo


DAY 3 - KANDY

COLOMBO – KANDY

72 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours

 

By Train From Colombo - Kandy

The Inter-City Express leaves Colombo Fort Railway Station for a spectacular journey into the tea covered hills of Sri Lanka. Through lush tropical landscapes the ascent begins with the steep inclines at Kadugannawa Pass.

 

DEPART FORT RAILWAY STATION:

7 am

ARRIVE KANDY RAILWAY STATION

9:30 am

 

Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth

Delightfully located in a valley surrounded by hills, Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth and the Kandy Lake, magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background.

 

Visit The Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth in the evening, for the ‘’pooja ceremony’’ that starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing – a magical experience.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy


Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy


DAY 4 - KANDY

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. It is home to the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world!  Most of the 70 animals have been found injured or abandoned in the wild.

 

Depending on the time of day, you can watch the little baby calves some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A not to be missed experience.

 

Peradeniya Gardens And Its Beautiful Orchid Houses

The gardens at Peradeniya were one of the jewels of colonial era Ceylon. Initially developed to try out introduced tropical crops like rubber in the island, it soon expanded to become one of the great tropical collections of the world.

 

Kandyan Dance Performance 

Spend the evening in Kandy watching a colourful Kandyan Dance And Cultural Performance, to the sound of rhythmic temple drums.

 

 

DAY 5 – EASTERN HILL COUNTRY

KANDY – HAPUTALE

A Train Journey Of Approx 5.5 Hours

 

By Train From Kandy - Haputale

The Highland Queen leaves Kandy Railway Station for a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range.

 

We include the full-length railway journey through pine and cloud forests near Horton Plains as well as the mind-boggling views of the Eastern Hill Country at Haputale. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.

 

DEPART KANDY RAILWAY STATION

08:40 am

ARRIVE HAPUTALE RAILWAY STATION

14:10 pm

 

The Magnificent Views At Ella And Haputale

The most beautiful views in the entire island can be seen from the so called Ella and Haputale Gap – spectacular breaks in the mountains with views all the way down to the coast from the edge of the southern escarpment.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

98 Acres , Ella


Special Choice :

Waterfalls Homestay , Ella


Day 6 - YALA

HAPUTALE– YALA

46 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours

 

Encounters With Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

The jewel among Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves and one of Asia’s premier sanctuaries is justifiably famous for its population of Leopards that can easily be observed hunting and lazing around during daylight hours. The island’s big cat is attracted by the presence of large herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar that comprise its staple diet.

 

Apart from the wildlife, the stunning landscapes at Yala consist of strange shaped rock outcrops that are the ideal habitat of the aggressive Sloth Bear and a coastline dotted with beautiful lagoons harbouring migratory flamingoes and ferocious Marsh Crocodiles.

 

Around 100 Elephants are also found in and around the park. Today there are said to be 18 to 20 ‘tuskers’ in the reserve, including some huge ‘cross-tuskers’.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

The Safari ,Yala


Special Choice :

Hibiscus Garden , Yala


Day 7 - TO SRI LANKAS BEACHES

YALA – BEACH RESORTS

A Journey Of Approx 3 Hours

 

The South Coast Road And The Stilt Fishermen Of Koggala

A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.

 

The Old World Town Of Galle

Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) which is the best preserved in Asia. Huge ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. The labyrinth of streets and alleyways contain about 200 old colonial buildings that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prime importance.

 

Day 12 – COLOMBO

GALLE – COLOMBO

A Journey Of Approx 2.5 Hours

 

By Train From Galle - Colombo

A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.

 

DEPART GALLE RAILWAY STATION

07:30 am

ARRIVE COLOMBO RAILWAY STATION

10:30 am

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Luxury Hotels :

The Galle Face Regency


First Class Hotels :

The Mount Lavinia Hotel


Special Choice :

Lake Lodge Colombo


Day 13 - DEPART SRI LANKA

Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

Amazing Sri Lanka By Rail

First Class - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Special Choice – Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)

Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

SUMMER: 01/05 – 31/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04

 

FEATURED TOUR – LAND HOLIDAY ONLY
HOTEL CATEGORY
SUMMER 2014 WINTER 2014
4 / 5 STAR FIRST CLASS HOTELS £578 PP £738 PP
SPECIAL CHOICE OF HOTELS £448 PP £732 PP

 

FEATURED TOUR - WITH FLIGHT PACKAGE (LHR)
HOTEL CATEGORY
SUMMER 2014 WINTER 2014
4 / 5 STAR FIRST CLASS HOTELS £1178 PP £1338 PP
SPECIAL CHOICE OF HOTELS £1048 PP £1132 PP

 

*Based On Lowest Non – Peak Period Airfares

*Price Excludes Beach Stay

*Special Choice - An Eclectic Choice Of Properties Providing Accommodation At Affordable Prices

Terms and Conditions

INCLUDES

• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.

• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks. 

• Meal plan as stated. 

 

EXCLUSIONS

• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.

 

OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS

• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!

• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.

• Discounts available for families and groups.

 

TAILOR MADE ALTERATIONS

• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.

• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.

If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.

 

DISTANCES AND TRAVELLING TIMES

All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.

 

YOUR BEACH STAY

There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the View All Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 5 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.

 

You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require - otherwise a 6 night beach stay is featured.

 

TOUR FORMAT

Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour, even for Summer Season enquiries, as the beach resorts on the South West and Deep South remain very popular at all times of the year. The East Coast is still regarded as a rather ‘adventurous’ destination.

 

If you request guaranteed fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling or watersports, we will feature beach hotels located on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

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HOTELS FEATURED ON THIS TOUR

  • The Cinnamon Grand

    The Cinnamon Grand

    One of the premier luxury hotels in Colombo is located in the heart of the city. It features a myraid of restaurants serving some of the finest cuisine in the city. Rooms are arranged around a unique atrium with fine views of the Colombo cityscape.

    http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonGrandColombo.htm
  • Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel is located on a bend of the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Unlike many other hotels at Kandy, it has the advantage of relative closeness to the city's main attractions. The Citadel has its own jetty for Boat Trips on the Mahaweli River.

    http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonCitadelKandy.htm
  • 98 Acres

    98 Acres

    A luxury nature resort on a tea estate near the pretty village of Ella with an unbelievable view stretching down through the Ella Gap towards the lowlands in the far distance. Cottages are scattered among tea gardens and reached by electric buggies.

    http://resort98acres.com/
  • The Safari

    The Safari

    A delightfully situated hotel on the banks of the Tissa Wewa Lake is a renovated British colonial era Rest House that is ideal for safari trips to the nearby Yala National Park, one of the premier national parks of Asia.

    http://www.ceylonhotelscorporation.com
 

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When you send us your completed Wishlist, our staff will put all your requirements into a holiday format and price it up for you in a reply e-mail.

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