Breathe in the Sea Air on the Coast Line to Galle
On the ride south from Colombo to the Portuguese founded city of Galle, the Indian Ocean washes almost up to the rail tracks, bringing fresh breezes and the fragrance of sea salt right into the carriages. As you sit on the right side of the train, you would have beautiful views out over the ocean as the train clatters out of Colombo.
The rail line meets the shore just south of Galle Face Green, a large urban park on the outskirts of the capital, and follows it for almost the entire stretch of the journey. Travellers may hop off the train at beachside towns including Moragalla (via Hettimulla station), where you may indulge yourself in snorkelling amidst coral reefs, or Hikkaduwa, where surfers ride the swells and sip smoothies at the shorefront cafes.
Make sure you sample the vendors who join the carriages at small rural stations, grab some buttered sweetcorn, sliced fruit or packaged curry and rice while you soak in the rustic scenes of the coast life- from children and dogs playing in the surf to fishermen sitting atop their wooden perch- all the way to Galle.
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