Best Day Trips from Colombo

Tuk tuk ride in Sri Lanka
Tuk Tuk Ride

There are a lot of great day trips from Colombo that can easily be done when visiting Sri Lanka.

One of the most popular day trips is a visit to Mount Lavinia. The coastal town on the outskirts of the city has great beaches, and is frequented by locals and visitors alike.

You can easily get to Mount Lavinia by train, taxi, or tuk tuk from the city center. If you have time, go for lunch at the excellent seafront restaurant at the historic Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Another of the best day trips from Colombo is Negombo. Located near Colombo airport, the area is home to beaches, shops, a bustling beachside fish market, a large harbor, a lagoon and river, and numerous bars and restaurants.

A great day out for wildlife enthusiasts is to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. There you can see the elephants in their enclosures or bathing in the river. You can enjoy lunch or a drink at one of the restaurants, go shopping at the artisan stalls along the walkway to the river, or visit a nearby facility for an elephant ride.

Additionally, Bentota makes for a great day trip from Colombo. Located right on the coast, it is home to great beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. You can spend the day in Bentota swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying lunch at a beachside restaurant.

Trains from Kandy to Hatton

Trains from Kandy to Hatton
Hatton Train Station

Trains from Kandy to Hatton depart from Kandy railway station in central Sri Lanka and arrive at Hatton train station in the Hill Country.

There are one or two daily departures on this route. One train leaves Hatton railway station in the early evening, and another in the very early morning.

The travel time from Kandy to Hatton is 2h52m to 3h37m. Delays are very common on this route, and the journey often takes several hours longer than the stated time.

There are 3 classes of seats on trains from Kandy to Hatton. First class has an observation carriage that has backward-facing seats that offer great views of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country.

The observation carriage is a spectacular experience, and highly recommended for anyone visiting Sri Lanka. Due to its popularity, make sure you book well in advance in peak periods if you want to travel in the observation car.

Ticket prices for trains from Kandy to Hatton are 220 rupees for 1st class, 110 rupees for 2nd class, and 65 rupees for 3rd class.

Trains from Hatton to Kandy

Trains from Hatton to Kandy
Hatton Train Station

Trains from Hatton to Kandy depart from Hatton train station in the Hill Country and arrive at Kandy railway station in central Sri Lanka.

There are two departures every morning, and a third departure from Monday through Friday in the evening. The travel time from Hatton to Kandy is 2h49m to 3h43m if there aren’t delays.

There are 3 classes of seats on trains from Hatton to Kandy. First class seats are in a unique observation carriage that allows people to sit backwards for better views of the Hill Country. Book well in advance in peak periods if you want to travel in the observation car.

Fares for tickets for trains from Hatton to Kandy are 65 rupees for third class, 110 for second class, and 220 for first class.