Train journeys in Sri Lanka are a very adventurous travelling option and also the best way to explore the natural beauty of the country. Especially the route between Kandy and Galle via Colombo is one of the best routes among all. Till the train reaches Colombo, the passengers enjoy the journey through lush green hillsides and the tea and coffee plantations. From Colombo to Galle it is completely a coastal route. The train runs just a few feet from the shore in a few places, and also passes over a few cool lakes and rivers as well.
The other best thing about this train journey is the local snacks. The local snacks Lavariya, Appa, Indiappa, Maalu Pan, Seenisambol Bunis, and Halapa arrive at your compartment just as the train starts moving. The juicy Lavariyas are the killers here. Lavariya is actually a stuffed string hopper dumpling. A bite of Lavariya and a sip of local coffee which is known better as ‘Kopi’ would make you the happiest person on earth. Usually, coffee and tea are prepared without milk and less sugar in it across the island. We love it that way.
The lavariya with jaggery syrup and coconut mix is common while a few others prefer making lavariya with sugar. The stuffing should be carefully stuffed and steamed for not more than 10 mins. Otherwise, it would become to dry.