Train travel in Sri Lanka is a unique experience. The railway network stretches across scenic hill country, magically untouched countryside, and secluded beaches of the Indian Ocean. The train still runs on the legendary route built in the 19th century. Whichever route you choose, you are assured of an unforgettable journey.
The islands public train service can access you to any part of the island, it is how so ever a mediocre mode of travel. For the mere price of 5$ you can board a train to the hill country which will provide you with the most basic facilities witch will entitle you to basic seats, no air conditioning, toilets, and a small cafeteria with local delights and water. Although the ride entails such mere facilities the public train experience will allow the traveller to experience the island in all its nakedness. With sights sounds and smell surrounding you its is an experience made for the adventurous.
The Viceroy Special a vintage steam train and the only one currently in operation in Sri Lanka, offers a more luxury travel experience. Complete with period fittings, a bar and smoking area, dining and recreation area, plush seating with an observation cabin, on board music and Wi-Fi, and four course menus, The Viceroy offers an experience like no other. The train is run on a charter basis and runs to any destination in the island. The hill country ride in Sri Lanka, which is considered to be one of the most picturesque train journeys in the world, will be a journey best experienced on the Viceroy Special.