Travelling by train up country | Best train schedules

Most of the time people used to travel by train in Sri Lanka because it is recognized as the best convenient way to travel in Sri Lanka.

The heavy traffic along the road and the crowded buses make heavy burden to the travelers.

And the most of the time people used to choose the train because the train journey is more comfortable than other transport systems.

Specially when travelling Kandy to Badulla, you can see the most scenic areas in Sri Lanka when travelling by the train.

Here are some tips for travelling by train comfortably.

Places to visit on the way

Most of the time, travelers choose Fort-Kandy-Badulla train line for scenic alongside the railway line. The most breathtaking sceneries can be seen on Sri Lanka can be seen through this train ride.

The most iconic travel destinations are also situated with the Fort-Kandy-Badulla train line. Here are some;

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

  • Can be seen by drop-off from the train at Rambukkana railway station. And also there is a small zoo still on developing near the elephant orphanage.

Sri Dalada Maligawa – Kandy (Sacred tooth relic of Gautama Buddha) and Peradeniya Botanical Garden.

  • These are also best travelling hot-spots in Kandy and Peradeniya. And there are so much more places that anyone should visit.

Ambuluwawa Mountain – Gampola

  • A multi religion center situated in a mountain at Gampola that one should visit.

Ella rock and nine arch bridge – Ella

  • The popular travel destination of everyone that most of the travelers visit.


  • Many more places with best climate in Sri Lanka
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Beside these places there are many more around the country and most of the places, you can visit travelling by train.

So here are best times that fits for your time.

At Badulla train line.

There are only 4 trains that scheduled to Colombo Fort to Badulla, and besides these 4 trains, there are 2 intercity express trains and 3 normal express trains to Kandy and another express train to Hatton.

The train schedule is as follows,

5.55 am – Colombo Fort to Badulla (Podi Manike)

7.00 am – Intercity express train to Kandy

8.30 am – Colombo Fort to Badulla (Udarata Manike)

9.40 am – Colombo Fort to Badulla

10.30 am – Colombo Fort to Kandy

12.40 pm – Colombo Fort to Hatton (Tikiri Manike)

3.30 pm – Intercity express train to Kandy

4.35 pm – Colombo Fort to Kandy (Senkadagala Manike)

5.45 pm – Express train to Kandy coming from Matara

8.00 pm – Night mail express train to Badulla

train schedule from colombo fort to badulla

In these train schedules there are some trains that are heavily crowded. As well as it takes about 6 hours to travel to the destination. So the one should choose the train wisely and must be check the arrival time to the desired destination for best travelling by train experience.

Let’s check about the Kandy trains first;

You can travel to the Kandy in all the trains above.

If you wish to spend all the day around the Kandy and expect to visit all the places to see around Kandy, the best trains you can catch from the Colombo Fort is 5.55 am Colombo-Badulla (Podi Manike) train and 7.00 am intercity express train. Podi Manike train will come to Kandy at 8.45 am and intercity express train will come to Kandy at around 9.30 am.

So there will be lot of time to have a walk all over the town and visit many scenic places around the Kandy town.

And also the trains like Tikiri Manike (12.40pm from Colombo Fort) and Senadagala Manike (4.35pm from Colombo Fort) are too crowded. So travelling by train freely from those trains are impossible. So it is better to schedule your train times with different time.

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There are many reservation cabins

The Night mail express train is much comfortable, because it has 1st class sleeping cabins. You can reserve tickets by booking office at any main railway station or by any service providing agent.

There are 1st class A/C cabins at Podi Manike, Udarata Manike trains and reserve tickets for 2nd class and 3rd class.

However there is a Observation Saloon in the Badulla train departing at 9.45am from Colombo Fort. You can reserve tickets for those cabins.

As my point of view, the best way to have a joyful travel by train it is suitable to reserve a ticket for the train. So there will be no crowd as well as can have a pleasure journey for you.

For more train schedules visit Official Sri Lanka railway website.

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