08 Feb - 09 Feb 2011 Badulla

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
River Side Holiday Inn +94552222090
Adequate double room for LKR 1,500.- or US$ 13.50 per night.

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Boarding the shake-rattle-and-roll podi menike slow passenger train in second class, travelling from Badulla via the Demodora Loop, where the railway line performs a complete loop around a hillside and tunnels 30 m lower under itself, to the largely Tamil town of Haputale (c. 45 km, 1 3/4 hours, LKR 70.- or US$ 0.65 per person), one of the most spectacularly situated towns of Sri Lanka, perched on a ridge top at the southern edge of the hill country with magnificent bird’s-eye views in both directions, and enjoying tremendously the rough ride in one of the 55-year old vintage cars from Romania, pulled by a 15-year old Canadian locomotive.

“There is nothing like a train journey for reflection.”
(Tahir Shah)  

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