After exploring the city of Kandy in the northern highlands of Sri Lanka, we wanted to head straight to the historic city of Galle without having to spend a day in Colombo. We decided to go for another train ride as it is reliable, safe and very scenic. But this route can be a little tricky as it is not commonly done by tourists. Nevertheless, it is very much possible, granted that you make some necessary sacrifice such as walking up very early and enduring a longer train ride.
So here is a step-by-step guide on how to get to Galle from Kandy via a scenic train ride:
1. Decide on the train route.
There is only one train service that goes from Kandy Fort Station to Galle Station, albeit this train still stops at Colombo for less than 20 minutes. This train leaves the Kandy station at 5:10 am.
If by any chance you miss this train, you can still take the train service to Colombo, which runs a couple of times during the day. If you take this route, you will need to get off the Colombo Fort Station, purchase another ticket for the train that goes to Matara and stops at Galle. But take note that by doing taking this route, there is a risk that the tickets to Galle may be sold out.
Tip: Check the schedule for the Colombo to Galle route before leaving Kandy so you can estimate your waiting time.