Train travel in Sri Lanka can be an adventurous experience and the morning railway journey from Kandy to the highlands is one of the greatest train rides in the world. The Sri Lanka Railways – the government railway network, which was first started in 1864 during the colonial period, covers a wide network of routes that spreads across the island. Travel by rail to Hatton, Dickoya, Nuwara Eliya or Ella, climbing up to 6,000ft above sea level, and enjoy the spectacular scenery unfolding around you. The dramatic landscape of the highlands stirs the senses as you wind past lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. Your chauffeur-guide will drop you at the station and help you with your tickets, transport your luggage for you and meet you at the station at the other end. For more information on how to book tickets, please see our section on train travel in Sri Lanka.