16 April 2018

Colombo Badulla Train

Distretto di Badulla, Sri Lanka

Train Journey in Sri Lanka: Gampaha to Nanu Oya





Colombo Badulla train

No one leaves Sri Lanka without trying the train ride or let me say it properly; no one should leave Sri Lanka without trying the train ride. People say that it is one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. I absolutely agree! It is indeed the most scenic things you can do in the country and it is a great way to experience the Sri Lankan amazing nature. 



Colombo To Badulla

Since I’m a Jaffna born blogger, I have been travelling a lot along my native country: by train, by bus, by every unimaginable vehicle. Whatever the route you select, you will get your unique experience ever.  When it comes to the Colombo-Badulla route, it is considered the most important one to try since it is the best way to enjoy the Natural beauty of Sri Lanka; it will take you in fact through stunning waterfalls, greeny jungle, clean and fresh rivers, tea plantations and hill towns. 

Colombo To Badulla

There are two types of trains leaving from Colombo Fort terminal: blue train and the red train. They are diversified by the colour only. I better like the red one, only because it gives more sense to my photographs. As advised, many tourists don’t fail to try this track at least until Nanu Oya. (The stop to Nuwara Eliya.)

Colombo To Badulla


What I’m going to say now is a very important, which I’m sure helps you to best handle your trip to Nanu Oya. Keep in mind that your airplane lands mostly in Colombo, you’re actually landing in a city called Katunayaka, a city close to Negombo and not Colombo. Even though your flight ticket points out Colombo as your destination, remember that the capital city is an hour drive from the airport when there is no traffic. 

Colombo To Badulla


This is why I want to share with you a super duper tip for your train trip to Nanu oya : If you are close to Negombo or Bandaranaike international airport in Katunayaka and you want to go to Nuwara Eliya (Nanu Oya) catch the train from GAMPAHA and not from Colombo. You won't save money because you pay the route from Colombo to Badulla but you will save at least 3 or 4 hours. The same train which departures from the Colombo Fort Station will stop in Gampaha after two or three hours. 

Colombo To Badulla


It could also happen that the train breaks down during the journey. This is what exactly happened to us, photography was the only one solution.

At a certain point of our journey, the train stopped going forward and what has gone on later is something part of our great Sri Lankan adventure. Here for you some photos of that one day when we got stuck in Kadugannawa during our trip from Gampaha to Nanu Oya. We are publishing our photos in black and white so that you are not blocked by any colour. Use your fantasy to colour our experience.

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla

Colombo To Badulla



And now see the video here.

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  1. Seen this train in so many pixtures, guess ill have to get my own some day.

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