One of the world’s most iconic train journeys winding through the lush tea-steeped valleys and jungle-clad mountains, the vibrant rollercoaster from Kandy to Ella is a must-have Lankan experience.
The Early Bird Wins
While you may be tempted to spend a few more hours in heritage-rich Kandy, embarking on the morning train is your best chance to enjoy the spectacular views to best effect throughout the fleeting seven hours that will land you in the enchantingly quaint hilltop enclave of Ella.
Soak in the Views
If you’re craving untouched scenes of velvety hills broken by the intricate lacework of waterfalls and undulating plains, you can daringly hang from the train doors for more intimate glimpses, taking advantage of the photogenic stops at captivating highland towns like Nuwara Eliya and Haputale.
The Nine Arch Bridge
From hidden waterfalls and delicious rock pools to adrenaline-rich hikes, ziplining, and kayaking, Ella brims with soothing indulgence and audacious adventure. A must-visit spot is the majestically rustic Nine Arch bridge outside the dreamy town en route to Little Adam’s Peak. If you’re pondering on the most decadent places to visit in Ella, get customised assistance with the likes of Travel to Ella.
Train Tips to Note
You can easily book your legendary passage online, the price varying from 400 LKR upwards depending on the class of carriage. To hop around freely and get the best vantages of your surroundings, second or third class is preferable! For those Insta-worthy photos, the right-hand side of the train sports the most dazzling views until Nuwara Eliya when switching sides is ideal to capture the most epic theatrics of nature.