|Service type||Express train|
|First service||23 April 1956|
|Current operator(s)||Sri Lanka Railways|
|Former operator(s)||Ceylon Government Railway|
|Start||Colombo Fort railway station|
|Stops||Badulla railway station|
|Distance travelled||290 km (180 mi)|
|Average journey time||10–12 hours|
|Train number(s)||1015 (Colombo Fort-Badulla)|
1016 (Badulla-Colombo Fort)
|Sleeping arrangements||Not available|
|Track gauge||5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)|
The Udarata Menike made its maiden journey on 23 April 1956. The Badulla-bound train departs from Colombo at 8.30 a.m., while the Colombo-bound train leaves Badulla at 5.45 a.m. The trip takes about 10 hours.
The train offers three classes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd, The latter sometimes gets very crowded and carries only basic facilities. The train also includes a buffet car.
The Udarata Menike travels the length of Sri Lanka Railways' Main Line through the hill country.
The Udarata Menike begins its eastbound service at Colombo Fort Station and runs east and north past the centers of Ragama, Gampaha, Veyangoda, and Polgahawela. At Rambukkana, the Main Line begins its steep climb into the hills of the upcountry. Between Balana and Kadugannawa, the track clings to the side of sheer cliffs, providing views of Batalegala ('Bible' Rock). The train then continues its climb through the scenic tea country, connecting local market centers at Gampola, Nawalapitiya, and Hatton before reaching Nanu-Oya. This is the connection to the former colonial resort of Nuwara Eliya, still visited for its temperate climate, classic hotels, and British-style gardens. The Udarata Menika continues its ascent to the summit at Pattipola, 1,898 m (6,227 ft) above sea level, before descending past Bandarawela to Badulla railway station. In the upcountry, passengers can view the tea gardens, mountains, valleys, and waterfalls.
- "The Island". Rampala regime in the local Railway History. 19 July 2010.
- "Sri Lanka Railways Timetable" Archived 31 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "A beginner's guide to Train travel in Sri Lanka . . ."
- http://www.infolanka.com/org/mrail/slrails.html The Railways of Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
- Great Railway Journeys of the World: Colombo to Badulla on the Udarata Menike Express (or: Why do you need to buy a newspaper before travelling on this train?), by Gyan C. A. Fernando,
- ASTRA Passenger Coaches