The National Railway Museum in Kadugannawa is one of the most appealing attractions in the region. Those who desire to catch a glimpse of the glories of the past should certainly pay this site a visit. It can be quite easily accessed while travelling from Colombo to Kandy.
The museum was opened on the 27th of December 2014, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of railway services in the island. It has a remarkable collection of artefacts and exhibits that enchant both the young and the old. The entrance fee is only Rs. 50.00 for Sri Lankans and Rs. 500.00 for foreigners. The museum operates daily between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. except on poya days.
What to see in the Museum ??
A remarkable collection of ancient railway equipment, engines, locomotives, trolleys, carriages, signs and memorabilia make the National Railway Museum in Kadugannawa quite an impressive destination. Displayed in it you will find an ancient sundial as well as a massive model railway with electrically operated trains.
An air-conditioned wooden carriage is also displayed in the museum and visitors will get the chance to enjoy video presentations that depict the colourful history of the railway system in Sri Lanka. If you are travelling with little children, be sure to pay this site a visit as it guarantees great infotainment for the whole family. Don’t forget to take your camera with you and take plenty of photos of the exhibits as well! The fascinating beauty of some of the artefacts will truly delight you.
You can have tours to this enchanting site arranged with ease as you are travelling in the island with Green Holiday Centre. A visit to the museum will give you the chance to witness the timeless beauty of the creations of yesteryear. You will be instantly transported back in time to an era where life moved at an easier pace (in vibrantly coloured locomotives!)