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Main Line Railway Stations, Sri Lanka

Railway Stationdistance from FortPhone Nmber
Maradana 1.9 KM (3.06 miles) 2695722
Dematagoda 3.668 KM (5.9 miles) 011-2421281
Kelaniya 6.873 KM (11.06 miles) 2911426
Wanawasala 8.676 KM (13.96 miles) 011-2421281
Hunupitiya 10.026 KM (16.14 miles) 2932271
Enderamulla 11.699 KM (18.83 miles) 011-2421281
Horape 14.043 KM (22.6 miles) 011-2421281
Ragama 15.546 KM (25.02 miles) 2959271
Walpola 18.116 KM (29.15 miles) 011-2421281
Batuwatte 19.083 KM (30.71 miles) 011-2421281
Bulugahagoda 20.731 KM (33.36 miles) 011-2421281
Ganemulla 22.522 KM (36.25 miles) 033-2260271
Yagoda 24.324 KM (39.15 miles) 011-2421281
Gampaha 27.538 KM (44.32 miles) 033-2222271
Daraluwa 29.921 KM (48.15 miles) 011-2421281
Bemmulla 31.905 KM (51.35 miles) 011-2421281
Magelegoda 34.164 KM (54.98 miles) 011-2421281
Heendeniya 35.67 KM (57.41 miles) 011-2421281
Veyangoda 37.478 KM (60.32 miles) 033-2287271
Wandurawa 39.331 KM (63.3 miles) 011-2421281
Keenawala 41.627 KM (66.99 miles) 011-2421281
Pallewala 43.913 KM (70.67 miles) 033-2270271
Ganegoda 46.213 KM (74.37 miles) 011-2421281
Wijayarajadahana 49.1 KM (79.02 miles) 011-2421281
Mihirigama 50.27 KM (80.9 miles) 033-2273271
Wilwatte 52.108 KM (83.86 miles) 011-2421281
Botale 54.433 KM (87.6 miles) 011-2421281
Abeypussa 56.224 KM (90.48 miles) 033-3961177
Yattalgoda 59.851 KM (96.32 miles) 011-2421281
Buthgamuwa 61.873 KM (99.57 miles) 011-2421281
Alawwa 65.672 KM (105.69 miles) 037-2278171
Wlakubura 69.784 KM (112.31 miles) 011-2421281
Poplgahawela 73.827 KM (118.81 miles) 037-2243271
Panaleeya 77.872 KM (125.32 miles) 011-2421281
Tismalpola 78.954 KM (127.06 miles) 011-2421281
Yatagama 82.555 KM (132.86 miles) 011-2421281
Rambukkana 84.437 KM (135.89 miles) 035-2265271
Kadigamuwa 90.239 KM (145.23 miles) 081-3753261
Gangoda 93.805 KM (150.96 miles) 011-2421281
Ihalakotte 96.081 KM (154.63 miles) 081-3753291
Balana 101.06 KM (162.64 miles) 081-2055371
Kadugannawa 105.53 KM (169.83 miles) 081-2571271
Pilimatalawa 109.44 KM (176.13 miles) 011-2421281
Peradeniya 114.85 KM (184.83 miles) 081-2388271
Koshinna 117.36 KM (188.87 miles) 011-2421281
Gelioya 119.54 KM (192.38 miles) 011-2421281
Gampola 126.93 KM (204.27 miles) 081-2352271
Tembligala 130.87 KM (210.61 miles) 011-2421281
Ulapone 134.30 KM (216.13 miles) 081-2352671
Nawalapitiya 141.52 KM (227.75 miles) 054-2222271
Inguruoya 147.30 KM (237.06 miles) 054-3546397
Galaboda 152.85 KM (245.99 miles) 011-2421281
Watawala 162.1 KM (260.87 miles) 051-2237271
Ihalawatawala 165.15 KM (265.78 miles) 011-2421281
Rosella 167.78 KM (270.02 miles) 051-2237270
Hatton 174.90 KM (281.47 miles) 051-2222271
Kotagala 179.96 KM (289.62 miles) 051-2244271
Talawakele 187.85 KM (302.32 miles) 052-2258271
watagoda 194.29 KM (312.68 miles) 051-2236071
Greatwestern 199.30 KM (320.74 miles) 011-2421281
Radella 202.70 KM (326.21 miles) 011-2421281
Nanuoya 207.05 KM (333.21 miles) 052-2222873
Perakumpura 212.20 KM (341.5 miles) 011-2421281
Ambewela 221.49 KM (356.45 miles) 052-2222114
Pattipola 224.93 KM (361.99 miles) 051-3504745
Ohiya 231.64 KM (372.79 miles) 051-3504744
Idalgasinna 240.56 KM (387.14 miles) 057-3587820
Haputale 247.96 KM (399.05 miles) 052-2268071
Deyatalawa 253.07 KM (407.28 miles) 057-2229461
Bandarawela 259.14 KM (417.05 miles) 057-2222271
Kinigama 261.44 KM (420.75 miles) 011-2421281
Heeloya 265.37 KM (427.07 miles) 011-2421281
Kitalelle 269.73 KM (434.09 miles) 011-2421281
Elle 271.59 KM (437.08 miles) 057-2228571
Demodara 277.71 KM (446.93 miles) 055-2294171
Uduwara 283.22 KM (455.8 miles) 011-2421281
Haliela 286.59 KM (461.22 miles) 055-2294271
Badulla 292.39 KM (470.56 miles) 055-2222271

Sri Lanka Main Railway Line Overview

Overview
OwnerSri Lanka Railways
TerminiColombo Fort to Badulla
Service
TypeIntercity rail
SystemSri Lanka Railways
ServicesUdarata Menike Express Train, Podi Menike Express Train, Tikiri Menike Express Train, Senkadagala Menike Express Train, Kandy Intercity Express Train
Operator(s)Sri Lanka Railways
History
Opened1864
Technical
Track gauge5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
ElectrificationNo

What is Main line?

The Main Line is a major railway line in the rail network of Sri Lanka and considered by many to be one of the most scenic train journeys in all of Asia. The line begins at Colombo Fort and winds through the Sri Lankan hill country to reach Badulla.

Route definition

The Main Line starts from Colombo and runs east and north past the rapidly developing centres of Ragama, Gampaha, Veyangoda, and Polgahawela.

At Rambukkana, the Main Line begins its steep climb into the hills of the upcountry. Between Balana and Kadugannawa, the track clings to the side of sheer cliffs, offering passengers views of Batalegala ('Bible' Rock).

From Peradeniya Junction, a branch line reaches Kandy and Matale.

The Main Line then continues its climb through tea country, connecting local market centres at Gampola, Nawalapitiya, and Hatton before reaching Nanu Oya. This is the connection to the former colonial resort of Nuwara Eliya, known for its temperate climate, classic hotels, and British-style gardens. The Main Line continues its ascent to the summit at Pattipola, 1,898 m (6,227 ft) above sea level, before descending past Bandarawela to Badulla. In the upcountry, passengers can view the tea gardens, mountains and valleys, cascading torrents and waterfalls.

History

The first segment of the Main line was opened in 1864, with the construction of the line from Colombo to Ambepussa, 54 km (34 mi) to the east. This was the first rail line in the country. The first train ran on 27 December 1864. The line was officially opened for traffic on 2 October 1865. The main reason for building a railway system in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was to transport tea and coffee from the hill country to Colombo.

The Main Line was extended in stages with service to Kandy beginning in 1867, to Nawalapitiya in 1874, to Nanu Oya in 1885, to Bandarawela in 1894, and to Badulla in 1924.

Till 1953, the Main line operated with steam locomotives. In the 1950s, service was enhanced with diesel locomotives, under the leadership of B. D. Rampala. Various types of diesel locomotives were added to the service.

In 2011, ExpoRail and Rajadhani Express began operating a premium section on trains on the Main Line. These services were launched to improve rail transport's appeal to the public. Sri Lanka Railways also began importing new diesel-multiple units to replace the aging rolling stock previously used on the line. Built by China's CSR Corporation Limited, the new S12 trainsets are designed to work on the steep gradients of the hill country. The commuter rail portion of the line, within the Colombo metropolitan area, is planned to be electrified, though no ground work has started.

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Last Update On : 01st Thursday April, 2021

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