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Colombo to Kandy - Intercity

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Colombo to Kandy - Intercity

I have booked First Class tickets from Colombo Fort to Kandy Intercity train for Wednesday, 31 January (8 am). What time would this train get to Kandy? How scenic is this route?

From Kandy what are the options for a scenic train ride? Kandy - Ella? Kandy - anywhere else? How and where can these be booked and what are the options regarding observation decks?

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Kandy District, Sri Lanka
Uva Province, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Colombo to Kandy - Intercity

Hi there,

Explained in all detail here


But if after reading, including timetables etc on seat61 to which it links, there are still questions then please come back!

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Colombo to Kandy - Intercity


It takes about 3 hours to get to kandy. The trip is moderately senic but it's not the best views sri Lanka has to offer.

The most senic route as you probably know is from kandy to ella. This trip takes about 6 hours and is stunning scenery almost all the way.

Getting tickets can be tricky though. You can either use an agent to book them before you travel to sri Lanka or take your chance and buy an unreserved ticket when you get here. That often means standing most of the way..... not ideal as you can't see out the windows.

Hope that helps a bit.

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