Last day. Our epic 8 places in 8 days, was almost finished. Were we going to travel to Colombo by car? No. We were going to catch a train. But first, we stopped off at a seafood restaurant with a single track railway running just feet from the back entrance. Had to get a photo of the train as it approached; a very dangerous idea especially when standing on the tracks.
After lunch, we went to Mount Lavina station and caught a train. Tickets were issued on cardboard and cost US$1.2o for six stops (Fort Colombo station). This section of track is famous because, in parts, the sea is only a couple of metres away. It's astonishing and well worth going on this trip. Our driver was going to meet us in Colombo.
We went for drinks at a nearby hotel overlooking the massive new port development in the city. There is a huge investment by China in Sri Lanka and some money went on building a highway from the city to the airport. This was well-lit, signposted and a smooth road.
We flew from Hong Kong to Chengdu, China, spent a night there, then flew to Colombo. Skyscanner, Booking.com and Taobao were used to book the flights, hotels and driver. Food and drink were inexpensive and we enjoyed the trip. There's still so much to see in Sri Lanka and we are committed to returning.