Train rides in Sri Lanka are an experience of their own. While the majority of the world now uses high-speed electric trains, Sri Lanka still uses diesel trains and old steam locomotives. This means that Sri Lankan trains still have that typical cartoonish chugging effect that you may not get the chance to experience if you live in a country where all the trains are electric.
In addition, while the trains in this little island are slower, that is not to say that they are not more fun to travel in. A train journey that may take between 10 to 15 minutes in a typical high speed electric train, could take over an hour or more in a diesel locomotive. This much slower speed gives the chance to see the passing landscapes and enjoy the sights – that in the case of Sri Lanka are quite beautiful. Therefore, train rides in Sri Lanka are not to be missed.
Watch the little active village scenes pass by your large picture window. Feel the excitement of passing through old dark colonial era train tunnels. Enjoy the sights of spectacular mountainsides dotted with trees, green tea estates, powerful gushing waterfalls, and much more. Pass through deep dark forests and over bridges that cross swiftly flowing rivers. Feel the wind and the sun through you open window. Get together with your fellow travelers to sing songs or tell stories. Get some wonderful photographs.
Check out our Train Tours below, that incorporate the best train rides of Sri Lanka as part of your tour, for this unique and unforgettable experience.