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“Ella Odyssey” A Luxury Train Experience In Sri Lanka

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The Ella Odyssey is a unique train that operates between the Colombo Fort and Badulla railway stations of Sri Lanka. Unlike the other trains, passengers of this train get the chance to experience a novel train experience. Along its route from Kandy to Badulla, the Ella Odyssey stops at the most well-known tourist destinations.

Travellers will have the opportunity to experience the most scenic railway route in South Asia between Kandy and Badulla, which passes through tea estates, waterfalls, mountain ranges, and several long tunnels.

The entire duration of this train journey is 10 hours and 23 minutes.

Destinations where the Ella Odyssey train makes stops:

  • Horsetail Waterfall (2 minutes)
  • Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak) View (2 minutes)
  • St Clair Waterfall View (2 minutes)
  • Elgin Falls View (2 minutes)
  • Summit Level (2 minutes)
  • No 18 Tunnel (3 minutes)
  • Sulan Kapolla View (3 minutes)
  • Kithal Ella Waterfall View (3 minutes)
  • Nine Arches Bridge (10 minutes)

Train Schedule of Ella Odyssey

Weekdays

Every Thursday, the train operates from Colombo Fort to Badulla (train number 1041), departing from the Colombo Fort railway station at 5:30 am and arriving at Badulla railway station at 3:53 pm on the same day.

Every Friday, the train operates from Badulla to Colombo Fort (train number 1042), departing from the Badulla railway station at 5:30 am and arriving at Colombo Fort railway station at 3:53 pm on the same day.

Weekends

Every Saturday, the train operates from Colombo Fort to Badulla (train number 1041), departing from the Colombo Fort railway station at 5:30 am and arriving at Badulla railway station at 3:53 pm on the same day.

Every Sunday, the train operates from Badulla to Colombo Fort (train number 1042), departing from the Badulla railway station at 5:30 am and arriving at Colombo Fort railway station at 3:53 pm on the same day.

How can you make reservations?

Travellers have to make reservations before the travel date. By logging into Sri Lanka Railway’s online ticketing platform, you can reserve seats for the Ella Odessy.

Online reservation: https://seatreservation.railway.gov.lk/mtktwebslr/

Train Ticket Prices of Ella Odyssey

  • First Class Air Conditioning – 5,000 Rupees Per Person
  • Second Class – 4,000 Rupees Per Person
  • Third Class – 3,000 Rupees Per Person

These are the one-way costs of the entire trip from Colombo Fort to Badulla.

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