Gopalan was a medium pacer credited with bowling the first ball in Ranji Trophy. He played 78 first-class matches and a solitary Test ... the annual fixture between a Sri Lanka XI and Chennai XI that has become defunct.
2] Luggage space 'could just suffice', and for really large pieces there is also a cargo hold compartment at the back of the train ... go second class on trains, never a problem except the toilets are a horror show. Probably no better in first though.
Unfortunately, in many countries, notably much of India, train travel, while more comfortable than buses, is something to be endured rather than enjoyed. When I came to Sri Lanka, with its short distances and cheap first-class travel, I was agreeably.
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Sri Lanka is home, after all, to one of the most charmingly decrepit railway systems in the world. Yet compared to India's epic rail ... travel involves a modicum of discomfort. And I'm evidence of it, sitting on my weathered, torn upholstered "soft class.
For years, Sri Lanka stayed (somewhat ... tropical country is appearing on more and more travel itineraries. Few places can boast such a range of stunning beaches, world class surf, spectacular train rides, delicious cuisine and highland hiking through.
Just visit the station and buy your ticket for cash. In reality, the difference between the Sri Lanka train travel classes varies between trains. Often, first class carriages will have air-conditioning, a plus in the heat but not so great if you’re keen.
I've gotten off a train at the wrong stop before but never a plane ... It wasn't until passport control that we found out that we were not in Sri Lanka, but the Maldives! No one told us that the plane stopped on the way from Istanbul.