The train that met with disaster on the Tsunami day arrived in Paraliya amidst chanting of Seth Pirith following the repairs effected to its engine.
On 26th December 2004, the train that was carrying thousands of people from Colombo to Galle, was suddenly stopped after witnessing the huge tidal waves. It was expected to start the journey after the ocean calmed down. The tidal waves that unexpectedly hit the Paraliya Railway station toppled the train and snatched thousands of the people who were in it.
Arrangements were made to operate the train to Paraliya to commemorate the people who lost their lives. The Maha Sangha chanted Seth Pirith in the train that started its journey from Colombo Fort. It went past the Dehiwela, Ratmalaya, Moratuwa, Panadura, Aluthgama and Ambalangoda Railway stations to arrive at Paraliya around 9.20 am. Minister Kumara Welgama also traveled in the train. Arrangements were made to pay floral tributes to the memorial built at Paraliya by the “Tharunayata Hetak” organization and Dhakshina Lanka Bhikku Organisation. Senior Minister Piyasena Gamage, Governor of the Southern Province Kumari Balasuriya, Chief Minister Shan Wijelal de Silva, Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkody and Parliamentarians led by President of Tharunayata Hetak Organisation Namal Rajapaksa also paid floral tributes. A large number of members of the Maha Sangha and local residents were also present.