Jour­neys you’ll never for­get

by Alice Tate & Emily Dobbs

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the Hill Coun­try, as Sri Lanka’s in­land is called, is breath­tak­ing, and one of the best ways to see it is by train. Whether trav­el­ling from Colombo or the hill town of Kandy, you jour­ney through dra­matic scenery of forested moun­tains, tea plan­ta­tions and rice fields. Seats in the re­served car­riages must be booked in ad­vance and can be done on­line (try vis­it­sri­lanka­ and ex­pect to pay around £10 for the two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hour jour­ney – it varies de­pend­ing on the time – in first class.

if you’re stay­ing around Galle or Kog­gala, bor­row some bikes early morn­ing or late af­ter­noon and go rid­ing in the nearby vil­lage of Talpe. Cy­cle through the rice pad­dies, stop­ping to soak up their beauty. Hire at your ho­tel, or try a lo­cal op­er­a­tor like Idle Bikes (

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