The train journey from Colombo to Kandy is a scenic delight. While not as many interesting stops as the ride down south, the epic surroundings of the Highlands will enthrall and some of the views will remain for a lifetime.

  • Kelaniya - the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara (temple) has some of Sri Lanka’s finest paintings and sculptors by Solias Mendis. For those lucky enough to be passing through in December and January the Duruthu perehara is a stunning collection of colour and noise.
  • Gampaha - is one of Sri Lanka’s premier Ayurveda centers and is a great place to get some of the islands indigenous medical treatment. The town also has an attractive botanical garden where the first ever rubber tree was planted in Sri Lanka.
  • Rambukkana - is the station for Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, where 60 or so orphaned elephants are nurtured in their natural surroundings. Bathing time is always the most fun and there are very high levels of animal welfare.
  • Rambukkana - is also host to some delightful spice gardens, where expert guides can tell you all you want to know about the huge array of spices that exist in Sri Lanka. There is also a well-stocked shop for horticulturists.
  • Kandy - the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is the epicenter of Sri Lankan Buddhism and houses a tooth belonging to the Buddha himself. Part of the Kandyan Royal Palace it is a stirring visual reminder to a time when Kandy was all powerful.
  • Kandy - the Peradeniya Botanic Gardens are the finest and largest in Sri Lanka. Formerly royal pleasure gardens three sides are surrounded by the Mahaweli Ganga( river) and have as stunning array of orchards and plants. The highlight is a giant Javan fig tree that covers a massive 1600 sq m!
  • Kandy – the Udawattakelle Sanctuary just to the north of the lake that dominates Kandy is a large pleasant and cool forest that is home to a multitude of birds and monkeys and some enormous trees.
  • Kandy - there are some fascinating museums to be explored, unsurprising in a city with such a rich history. The Dalada, National and tea museums are the best.
  • Kandy - the Wedamedura Ayurveda center is an excellent place to discover the joys of indigenous Sri Lankan medicine and set in stunning surroundings.
  • Near Kandy - the Knuckles (mountain) Range named because the peaks look like a clenched fist is a hikers delight with some stunning walks amongst the wooded mountains.
  • Near Kandy - Adam’s Peak is a major pilgrimage center for a wide variety of religions. A long but reawarding night time walk up the paths which are lit will give the deserving a stunning morning view where on a clear day Colombo 65 km away can be seen.
  • Near Kandy - Victoria Golf Club, is one of the finest 18 hole courses in Asia, as challenging as it is beautiful. A good club house and plenty of attractions such as horse riding and swimming make it a treat for golfers and non-golfers alike.
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