Colombo to Matara
The train that winds its way to Matara in Southern province offers mesmeric views of the beaches of the West Coast. The sights of Fishermen hauling their oru (traditional outriggers) with the day’s catch, the makeshift cricket grounds on the sand, Kalutara Bodhi, Kalu Ganga, coconut groves, numerous river crossings and friendly pedestrians near the city limits will greet the traveller. The train gives access to areas such as Galle, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa and other famous beachside destinations as well. It is a great alternative to the Southern Highway and an unparalleled way of travelling to the laidback south.