‘Ella Odyssey’ Colombo-Badulla run launched

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The luxury inter-city weekend train ‘Ella Odyssey’ between Colombo and Badulla departed from Colombo Fort Railway Station at 5.30 a.m. on 13 August. Present on the occasion was Minister of Transport, Highways and Mass Media Bandula Gunawardena.

Earlier, this train operated from Kandy to Ella.

‘Ella Odyssey’ which started operating from Colombo Fort consisted of eight coaches. The seats have to be reserved by paying in advance and the train consists of first, second and third class seats.

Speaking after the train departed from Colombo Fort Railway Station, Minister Guanwardena said, “The main purpose of this is to provide a special luxury train service, not only to foreign tourists but also to locals.

This train service was started from Colombo Fort to Badulla as the first step of that purpose. We hope to operate such weekend luxury train service to areas like Anuradhapura, Jaffna and Beliatta in the future.

The uniqueness of Ella Odyssey is that the train stops for a while at the attractive sightseeing spots from Kandy to Badulla and gives the passengers an opportunity to see those places. We hope that the Railways Department will be able to support the uplift of the tourism industry by starting such special programmes in the future too.”