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The train ride to Kandy onboard the Expo Rail car


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large_1840343_1417483745268.jpgOn Monday morning everyone was early and headed to Colombo [Colombo-travel-guide-583234] Fort train station way before 7AM. From the previous day's encounter with tuktuks, we decided that we will pay only the meter rate...in the end, I think they still charge 200LKR to get to the train station...never mind, we had bags this time...and in a hurry.

All of us leaving on the 7AM expo train (except Forrest and Anne who left a couple of hours afterwards) got there the vicinity of 630AM and we had to find out how to exchange our tickets which we had bought online. We had lined up in a ticket office that didn't have much helpful signs and went back and forth until we were pointed to the same office. Finally we got the tickets issued, and took a few group selfies before going to the platform.large_1840343_14174837469741.jpgthe rest of us at the Colombo Fort train station (Anne and Forrest took a later train)On the platform our train was fairly old (the newer ones were colored blue and Chinese made), but the Expo car was not as modern as we thought! (blame it on the website showing the expo car for another destination, not Kandy). However old the car was, they made up for in terms of service. The two gentlemen stewards were friendly, helpful and efficient. There was an section like a caboose where people could go out and take photos, except that most of the time it was commandeered by a middle aged guy and his daughter (we still managed a few photos, though). On the way Hali saw what she thought was already Sigiriya - Jon calmly mentally calculated where we were and said that the mountain couldn't be Sigiriya. Soon the two were almost ready to wager bets whether what they saw was Sigiriya or not (the steward said it was table mountain in Central Sri Lanka). It made sense because we hadn't reached Kandy yet and Sigiriya and Dambulla was further north. It was a nice mountain though, wish we could have dropped by to stop for some photos.

Along the journey we passed by a few towns and mountain passes, nothing dizzying but nevertheless the view was either good or full of passing foliage. Comparing this to the van ride we had coming back to Colombo later on, I would choose the train anytime - even if it meant riding in second class (which Anne and Forrest did, and they enjoyed their ride as well).

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Posted by NT01 17:00 Archived in Sri Lanka

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