Kandy to Ella: One of the World’s Most Scenic Train Journeys

Winding through tea plantations, national parks and over waterfalls, the train from Kandy to Ella in Sri Lanka is a feast for the eyes. I had high expectations, which is usually a dangerous thing, but it certainly lived up to them. It’s a long seven hour journey (nine hours for us after a bus broke down on the tracks!) but with the constant dramatic landscapes, my partner, Mike, and I weren’t complaining. It was one of the highlights of my month in Sri Lanka.

Train tickets in Sri Lanka are relatively cheap. It’s advisable to book ahead when travelling this particular journey as tickets sell out fast. Don’t panic if the tickets are sold out online though, there’s always some more tickets saved for people to buy on the day. A good tip is to book tickets from the station after Kandy, Peradeniya in order to avoid queuing at Kandy station in the morning.

The first class cabins have air-con so it means no open windows to get that perfect photo. There’s an appealing sounding observation deck, though an Australian couple we met were unimpressed by this. Sitting at the back, they only saw where the train had already been. We chose to go second class for the reason that we could open the windows (and doors) and it wouldn’t have been as busy as third class.

They say that a picture can speak a thousand words so here are 14,000 words to convince you that this really could be the most scenic train journey in the world. It’s certainly the most beautiful I’ve ever been on.

The Most Scenic Train Journey in the World: Kandy to Ella

The Most Scenic Train Journey in the World: Kandy to Ella

Kandy to Ella Train Journey

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The Most Scenic Train Journey in the World: Kandy to Ella

The Most Scenic Train Journey in the World: Kandy to Ella

The Most Scenic Train Journey in the World: Kandy to Ella

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The Most Scenic Train Journey in the World: Kandy to Ella

The Most Scenic Train Journey in the World: Kandy to Ella

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Kandy to Ella Train Journey

Kandy to Ella Train Journey

Kandy to Ella Train Journey

 

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10 Comments

  1. roxannereid1
    September 30, 2017 / 8:57 am

    Lovely photos, it’s so incredibly green. Love the blue curve of the train.

  2. Michelle du Toit
    September 30, 2017 / 9:03 am

    How incredible wow! Thanks for the great tips about the tickets – good to know 🙂

  3. September 30, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    The photos are amazing and I’m looking forward to seeing this place myself. 🙂

  4. September 30, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    I love your photos, they really do speak a thousand words! I would love to go on a long train journey =, I feel like you always get the most beautiful views from them!

  5. Taylor
    October 1, 2017 / 12:47 am

    What beautiful photos! I can’t wait to visit Sri Lanka next month. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. October 1, 2017 / 6:08 am

    Ah your photos are so beautiful. This train ride really does look like such a scenic one. I have been dying to get to Sri Lanka. Your post just sealed the deal, I need to get there asap!

  7. October 1, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    Beautiful! Adding this train journey to my travel bucket list 🙂

  8. October 2, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Such a scenic route. I did this train journey a couple of years ago and didn’t stop looking out of the window the whole time. Your beautiful photos brought the memories flooding back.

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