Sri Lanka Railways launches Ella Odyssey for local and foreign tourists to explore the hill country
Daily FT: Sri Lanka Railways recently commenced a special train service for local and foreign tourists from Kandy to Ella.
The train departs Kandy at 7 a.m. and reaches the Demodara Railway Station at 2:20 p.m. on a daily basis. The return journey will commence at 3:40 p.m. from the Demodara Station and reach Kandy at 9:35 p.m.
The train named ‘Ella Odyssey’, is unique and dedicated to provide an extraordinary train ride to the heavenly up-country of Sri Lanka. It comprises 176 air-conditioned first-class seats, 144 second-class seats and a restaurant.
The train will stop at stations with tourist attraction locations such as St. Clair’s Waterfalls, Great Western station, Elgin Fall, Summit, Tunnel No. 18, Idalgashinna station, Nine Arch Bridge, Demodara Tunnel and Bridge. A stage type platform is provided adjacent to the Nine Arch Bridge. Odyssey Special travellers can enjoy the adventurous experience while adjusting to the given time plans. An extraordinary stage and a view point is located at Demodara station for the purpose of observing the unique running of the trains through the Demodara railway loop. Passengers can also experience it while riding on Odyssey Special through the Demodara railway loop.
Sri Lanka’s tourism authorities continue to enhance facilities for foreign tourists visiting the country to ensure accessibility to the tourist hotspots in the country. The steady growth in tourist arrivals to the country is indicative of the overall growth and expansion of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. With the country being identified as a must visit destination and one of the top 10 island destinations through international media outlets have further boosted Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. The growth in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has also opened up many business/investment opportunities in the country’s leisure and hospitality sectors. Given the continuous growth in the tourism industry, foreign businesses/investors could explore the growing opportunities in the industry, especially in the leisure and hospitality sectors.
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