The popular “Seethawaka Odyssey” tourist train, jointly operated by the Western Province Tourism Board (WPTB) and the Sri Lanka Railway Department, is set to extend its service to Saturdays, starting tomorrow. The decision comes in response to overwhelming demand from tourists, who have flocked to experience the enchanting Seethawaka tourist zone during the train’s exclusive Sunday runs for the past six months.
Announcing the expansion as the “Shanida Seethawaka Odyssey,” WPTB Chairman Sugath Hewapathirana expressed excitement over the opportunities it presents. By running the train on both Saturdays and Sundays, local and foreign travelers can now turn a day trip into a captivating full tour, complete with a night’s stay in the picturesque Seethawaka Tourist Zone.
This move is not only expected to boost tourism and elevate the Western Province’s lesser-known attractions to international visitors, but it also promises to attract more local tourists to explore the area. The potential increase in visitor numbers is anticipated to positively impact foreign exchange earnings, further supporting Sri Lanka’s thriving tourism industry.