Rail Tours Sri Lanka

Trains in Sri Lanka are a very adventurous travelling option and also the best way to explore the natural beauty of the country. By opting for a rail tour in Sri Lanka you can plan your holiday by means of a very affordable mode of transport for exploring the country. Luxury and moderate class government owned and private rail services are available to popular holiday destinations in Sri Lanka.

Day 1 Colombo to Kandy (By Car)

On the way to Kandy, you can visit the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in the morning hours and watch how the elephants bathe and eat their food. It is an interesting sight indeed, particularly for those who are fond of animals.

Next, you can visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is just a few kms from Kandy. Here you will find a wide range of flora including orchids, spices, medicinal plants, palms and much more. This is an enjoyable picnic spot for many locals and foreigners alike.

A Kandy city tour is a must, including a visit to the Kandy Lake and other important sites in Kandy. In the evening, you can enjoy a cultural show with traditional Kandyan dancers to entertain you.

We will then take you to Earl’s Regency for your overnight stay in Kandy.

Tea Plantation in Upcountry Sri Lanka
Day 2 Kandy to Nanu Oya (By Train)

Before you depart to the central highlands, you will be taken to the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic to obtain blessings from the Buddhist priests. You will then proceed to the Kandy railway station for your first train ride in this rail tour Sri Lanka. Your destination from Kandy by train will be to Nanu Oya. This is a ride during which you must do nothing but sit back, relax, and enjoy the most breathtaking scenery ever! From Nanu Oya, a car will drive you to Heritance Tea Factory hotel in Nuwara Eliya. On the way, you will pass Nuwara Eliya town, where you can enjoy an evening boat ride on Gregory Lake.

Day 3 Nanu Oya to Ella (By Train)

In Nuwara Eliya, we have scheduled a tea factory visit where you can learn about the manufacturing process of tea and partake in an exciting tea plucking experience the traditional way. After a tour of Nuwara Eliya town, you will be driven to the Nanu Oya train station for your next train ride to Ella. This is another journey during which indulging in the beauty outside is a must. In Ella, you will stay at a luxury hotel known as the 98 Acres Resort and Spa.

Day 4 Exploring Ella

In Ella, it is advisable to begin your day at the crack of dawn if you want to hike to Little Adam’s Peak and get the best view at the Ella Gap. The Nine Arch Bridge is another attraction that you can visit in Ella before you return to your luxury hotel for another night.

Day 5 Ella to Arugambay (By Car)

From Ella, you will be driven to the southern city of  and on your way you can spend some time at the beautiful Ravana Waterfall.


Day 6 & 7 & 8 Arugambay to Mirissa (By Car)  

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9th morning  Moving further towards the southern coast, Mirissa is a popular beach destination in Sri Lanka. Here you can spend plenty of time enjoying the exotic beach. Sri Sharavi Beach Villas is where you will spend a night in Mirissa. A visit to the Weligama fish market is optional in this Sri Lanka rail tour itinerary.

Day 9 Mirissa to Bentota (By Train)

 Early next morning, enjoy an adventurous whale watching experience in Mirissa and then head towards the train station at Matara for your next train ride to Bentota. On this ride, you will see completely different scenery to what you saw in the hill country.

Once in Bentota, visit the Turtle Hatchery and relax on a boat ride in the Madu river. Your overnight stay in Bentota will be at Villa Bentota.

Day 10 Bentota to Colombo (By Train)

At the Bentota train station, you can get into any train going towards Colombo and get off at the Colombo Fort. Walk around the fort area and the Pettah trading market and shop for anything that you like. Then explore the Gangarama Temple to learn about Buddhist culture in Sri Lanka. You can also visit the Manning Market in Colombo for some tropical fresh fruits and vegetables.

During your Colombo city tour, don’t forget to visit the Galle Face Green, Old Parliament Building (Dutch colonial architecture), independence square and BMICH (an admirable conference hall). Hotel Tintagel is where you will spend your last night in Sri Lanka, end your journey the next day and drive towards the airport at a suitable time, depending on the time of your flight.




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5.00 based on 7 reviews
June 26, 2020

Amazing Tour Agency Service
Budget Arugambay Tours is by far the best travel agency I have traveled with. They provided us with all the relevant information and details before my trip and also planned out my entire family vacation very well. Mr Ansa was also very helpful as he was of great assistance whenever me or my family members required anything. If you are ever planning a trip to Sri Lanka, I recommend Budget Arugambay Tours as their service is honestly top notch and equivalent of Super. Their hospitality is unprecedented. Thank you Budget Arugambay Tours and Mr Ansa for the amazing service, We will definitely return.

June 26, 2020

Superb Service..

I travelled to Sri Lanka with my family and relatives. First time with Budget Arugambay Tours and we have no regrets. From their tour guide to the driver 1st class hospitality. In fact we became good family friends n I’m looking forward for my next trip there. If not for the Pandemic we would have been there again to visit more places n definitely our choice will be Budget Arugambay Tours. Thank you so much Mr Ansa for making our visit to the beautiful land a memorable one.

June 26, 2020

” 10 Days in Beautiful Island with Budget Arugam Bay Tours ”

we booked 10 days tour in this year March with Budget Arugam Bay Tours .I would like to say here this is the one of most professional company to book a tour to anyone in Sri Lanka. Because their service is very quick.Not only that when they planed itinerary,they create it attractively and they include lots of activities.Every single request made by me was done without any hesitation,very professional staff.
The hotels recommended by them are excellent and service from the hotels staff are been excellent as well.

Here most great full thing is they took very careful us from the beginning of our tour to end.The guide provided to us was an amazing guide who did his very best to carter our needs and went the out of his way , unfortunately we faced COVID 19 outbreak to last two days,but the company made all arrangements to bring us back to the airport and the changes were done immediately , the manager contacted us every single day and the owner Mr. Ansa spoke to us on the day that we leave , What a service.

We were contacted by the Company via WhatsApp and checked whether we have reached home safety and whether we have faced any problem.

However Finally, I highly recommended Budget Arugam Bay Tours for whom like to visit this Beautiful Island ”

we will return soon. All the best Budget Arugam Bay Tours.

June 26, 2020

Unforgettable Sri Lanka

My daughter and I spent 10 wonderful days with Budget Arugambay Tours on a custom tour of Sri Lanka in February and March 2020. Every stage of the tour was excellent. Planning from home was a breeze – the agents definitely took all of our requests and suggestions into consideration when finalizing our custom trip. They were even able to make several last minute adjustments to our trip – our itinerary was always flexible. We stayed in wonderful hotels and it was so easy having all of our hotel, park, entrance and activity fees included in the cost of the tour. But one of the best parts of our tour was definitely our driver Ishak. Not only an excellent driver (thank goodness – driving in Sri Lanka is very different from home), he also shared a wealth of knowledge about his lovely country. Ishak was kind, thoughtful and a lot of fun – quick to smile, laugh and super relaxed about all of our requests. We thoroughly enjoyed his company. As for stops along our way, choosing a favourite location is impossible. We really did love every location…Sri Lanka is a spectacular country and Budget Arugambay Tours and our driver Ishak were exceptional. We definitely hope to return some day.

June 26, 2020

“Awesome customer service of Budget Arugambay Tours”

We had heard about Budget Arugambay tours from one of my friends who liked their previous experience with the company.

Planning the trip was great! The tour planner worked with me to come up with an itinerary, adjusting based on my availability and what I wanted to see and do. They made this a totally stress-free vacation.

Our guide was Faina and great to work with him. We were picked up at every airport and taken to the hotels. We were picked up for every tour and deposited back at the hotels afterwards. We received an itinerary with indeed information at each day of our tour and Faina provided us a wonderful guidance until the end day of our tour. He was so knowledgeable, friendly, attractive, supportive, working on time without any delays and he gave us a great job with a smiley face.

Budget Arugambay Tours delivered exactly what was promised. The trip itself was fantastic. Everything was pre-arranged, including transportation. The car was very comfortable and we have an amazing trip with that. We have sent only the inquiry and they have customized our entire trip by identifying our requirement indeed. They always provide the best including transportation, customer service from the time that we sent an inquiry through their website until to the transferring us to the airport. They have planned our tour without wasting a second and give them maximum satisfaction by providing the hundred percent commitment of each and every one working there. The tour was of high quality and the guide was fantastic!

I have traveled so many places but I haven’t received this kind of excellent customer service from any other tour companies. So, I can verify that Budget Arugambay Tours is a first-rate company and we would like to recommend a tour with Budget Arugambay Tours in Sri Lanka.

June 26, 2020

5 Stars are not enough

We started planning our trip in Oct I contacted Budget Arugambay Tours and a few other operators. I chose Budget Arugambay Tours due to the competitive price they offered the professionalism of their quote ,nothing was too much bother. Ansa and his team are the most professional tour operator I have ever come across. We had planned our trip to watch the cricket ,however unfortunately due to the Coronavirus this was cancelled and the National Parks were closed . Ansa- Ramesh and our wonderful driver guide Faina put together an alternative plan straight away which was done within an hour. Our driver Guide Faina was absolutely superb ,polite ,pleasant ,always on time and he went that extra mile to ensure our tour was special and very knowledgeable when visiting the sites Budget Arugambay Tours arrange for a specialist guide to escort you around the sites to give you the advantage of their in depth knowledge.
As the trip continued it became clear that our tour would have to be curtailed as more and more travel restrictions were coming into place. Ansa was absolutely brilliant ,he helped alter our flights and sorted out our hotel in Colombo.
When the world is clear of this awful virus we will return to Sri Lanka to continue our trip and we will be using Budget Arugambay Tours Travel.
I have never come across a travel agency that cares so much about your enjoyment.
Faina thank you for been a wonderful driver guide and now a friend.
Ansa forever grateful for the help and assistance from you and your staff
We hope to see you all soon.

June 26, 2020

Fantastic Sri Lanka experience with Budget Arugambay Tours

We have just finished a 10 day trip to Sri Lanka, travelling from Colombo to Galle, Kandy,Arugambay and Ella and the tea country and Tangalle and had a wonderful experience with our driver Ansa. was an amazing guide, organised extra things for us including arranging train tickets for the incredibly scenic rail journey from Nuwara
to Ella.
Ansa was always on time, delivered us to all our hotels and some out of the way attractions- nothing was too much trouble, and he was a delight to share our holiday with.
We would not hesitate in recommending Budget Arugambay Tours and Ansa to other Sri Lanka travellers.

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