18 September 2016


I like railway stations. Typically, lonely little ones in the hill country like Rozella and Great Western.

Idalgashinna is by far the most beautiful railway station in Sri Lanka. It is situated between two stations Ohiya and Haputhale. It is at an elevation of 1600m from the mean sea level.

Idalgashinna is a vantage point and you can see panaromic views from both sides of the station. The stretch between Idalgashinna and Haputhale gap is very scenic. On a clear day, you can see up to Hambanthota towards South and beyond Nuwaraeliya - Welimada from the North. But that is a rarity as most of the days, mist is covering the surrounding areas.

The 8km stretch between Ohiya and Idalgashinna also unique, as the train passes through 14 tunnels! That is the maximum for a stretch between 2 stations in Sri Lanka.

To learn more on railway tracks in Sri Lanka, refer my earlier post.


Rick (Ratty) said...

I wish there were more railway stations like this here. But here they are mostly a thing of the past.

George said...

I love the mist in this photo. Was it captured in the early morning?

Kirigalpoththa said...

Ratty - Our railway system has not changed for many decades. So we still see the old buildings as it is.

George - This is not early morning. We get the mist sometimes whole day due to the altitude.

rainfield61 said...

It looks very like a thunderstorm in the background.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Not really, It is a misty day