Traveling by train is generally a very nice and relaxed way to travel. No traffic jam indicates the speed, but the timetable. The rail network in Sri Lanka was established in the 19th century by British colonialists. It served to transport tea and other products from the colonial plantations on the island’s island to the port of Colombo.
The rail network covers almost 1,500 kilometers, spread over 9 lines. In addition to passenger trains, freight trains are also used. At the beginning, goods were mainly transported. Nowadays the train traffic is very passenger-oriented. The train service in Sri Lanka is handled by more than 300 trains and approximately 15,000 employees, which carry around 300,000 passengers a day.
In the trains there are the 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class. On our round trip through Sri Lanka we bought 2 tickets for the 2nd class from Kandy to Ella. The trip cost about 1 euro per ticket and lasted about 5 hours.
Particularly nice when traveling on the railroad is the view. Just a short time after you leave Kandy, the railway line crosses countless tea plantations. In the lush green of the landscape you simply can not get enough.