Traveling by train in Sri Lanka is a unique experience. The railway network stretches across scenic hill country, magically untouched countryside, and secluded beaches of the Indian Ocean. The train still runs on the legendary route built in the 19th century. Whichever route you choose, you are assured of an unforgettable journey.
The Viceroy Special is a colonial memento, complete with period fittings, luxury compartments and modern conveniences. The heritage train is the only steam locomotive still in operation in Sri Lanka and is pioneered and managed by JF Tours & Travels (Ceylon) Ltd. The main feature of the train is that it represents the heritage, luxury and dining, the three types of tourist trains in the globe today.
It offers a great mix of comfort and class. The two air conditioned compartments accommodate 32 passengers each in comfortable reclining chairs. With all meals served to your seat, you will preserve all scenic movements in your memory. The services of stewards are very sensitive and attentive. Tea and coffee is served at intervals and you can retire to the restaurant car for socializing with intimates. The well complemented bar is the perfect place for a relaxing evening cocktail.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, The Viceroy Special has ventured on hundreds of journeys from the capital of Colombo to the scenic hill country, ancient cities and golden beaches dotting the countryside, delighting visitors from all parts of the world. Among them, Hill Country Odyssey, Sense of Heritage and Glimpse of the Ocean are popular excursions.
The train ride to the hill country is considered to be one of the finest train journeys in the world. The rail track ascends from sea level to the summit level of 6226 ft at Pattipola, the highest point reached by a 5’ 6” broad gauge main line in the world. A great train journey is all about the subtle shift in geography as the journey progress through narrow passages, mountains and valleys, meadows and forests, and waterfalls. The magnificent railway bridges and tunnels are remarkable feats of engineering in the bygone era.
The Viceroy Special offers an elite tourism experiences at various destinations throughout our excursions in an environment of train travel. Road transportation and hotel accommodation are arranged to ensure uninterrupted luxury and pleasure. In a modern world where traveling between destinations is viewed as a waste of time, the Viceroy Special journey becomes your destination, turning every moment in to a memory you can cherish for a life time.