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Train ride from Colombo to Bandarawela
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Author:  RH [ Wed Jun 01, 2005 2:25 am ]
Post subject:  Train ride from Colombo to Bandarawela

Beautiful Bandarawela

by Damitha Hemachandra

If you have never taken a train ride from Colombo to Bandarawela or vice versa you've missed a lot. The slow, slumbering journey upwards, as you watch the sun appear through the misty mountains and soft rain is a memorable scene.

The journey starts 6 in the morning and after nearly one hour the best part of the journey unfolds before your eyes.

Many a time does the train pass over lush green paddy fields and tea estates and through iron bridges standing heavy over the rivers rushing by enriched with the rains falling now and then.

Yet the best view the journey offers is the one of the seven renowned falls, St. Clair's, now threatened by the proposed Upper Kotmale Hydropower Project (UKHP) among many waterfalls and waterways which stream down the mountains along the railway track.

Even many small train stations built during the colonial period with their little patches of flower and mist-covered platforms hold their own naive beauty to many a traveller and the villagers clad in bright colours selling 'vade', mango and 'pera' to the train traveller.

Back in Bandarawela many an option are there to explore including Modara Bridge and Lipton seat, a hilltop stand with a mesmerising view of the valley of Bandarawela.

The Bandarawela Tourist Board Cottages built in country cottage style are ideal for holiday-makers looking for enthralling views and peace of mind. Surrounded by a pine plantation and looking over the hills and valleys of the area, the cottages are a great ending to the train journey to Bandarawela.

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