Kandy To Ella - A scenic Train ride 

22, Mar 2021 | nepaltraveller.com

Though Switzerland and Canada have a popular and scenic train, Sri Lanka is completely different from both.

Traveling by train can be as exciting as planes and cars. Some train journeys can be mesmerizing. Though Switzerland and Canada have a popular and scenic train, Sri Lanka is completely different from both. 

The rail was initially started in 1864 to transport tea from Kandy to the port of Colombo. Later the routes were extended. The Journey from Kandy to Ella is considered one of the most amazing train rides not only in Sri Lanka but in the world too. 

What’s the hype all about? 

The Train ride from Kandy to Ella is one of the most popular in Sri Lanka. As the train passes through the picturesque view of hills, tunnels, and tea plantations. Many people add this journey to their bucket list to experience the beauty of Sri Lanka. Both Kandy and Ella are beautiful places to visit. While Kandy is urbanized and compact and Ella is quiet and small. Many people even stop at Nuwara Eliya.

How to get there?

The journey starts from Kandy another big city after Colombo in the central region. The Kandy does not have any airports so Colombo is the first point where the journey begins. There are various options to travel from Colombo to Kandy. But the train rides are popular among all. It would take  2-3 hours from Colombo to Kandy. The tickets are available online too for various classes


Explore the Kandy

Kandy is one of the go-to places in Sri Lanka. This hilly region of Sri Lanka has attracted a lot of tourists. Here is the list of things to try in Kandy before starting the train ride journey to Ella

  • Visit the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic 
  • World Buddhist Museum 
  • Explore Ceylon Tea Museum 
  • Stroll around Kandy Lake
  • Don’t miss the Royal Palace of Kandy 


Take a break at Nuwara Eliya


The train for Ella is available from Colombo but the journey from Kandy to Ella is more popular. The train journey can be 6-9 hours. That might be too long for a lot of people. Many people stop at Nuwara Eliya which is another attraction in Sri Lanka. The journey would take around 1.5 to 2 hours from Kandy. The Nuwara Eliya is also known as Little England. Here are some highlight of Nuwara Eliya 

  • Visit Lake Gregory
  • Get the panoramic view of Nuwara Eliya from Single Tree Hill
  • Take a hike on the Moon Plains

Final Stop Ella

The train ride from Nuwara Eliya to Ella would take around 2-3 or even 4 hours. The Ella is usually the final destination for most of the tourist. The Ella is picturesque and known for its iconic 3 arch bridge. This small Sri Lankan town has a lot to offer. Here are some things to try after reaching Ella:  

  • Don’t miss the iconic Nine Arches Bridge 
  • Get the top of Little  Adam’s Peak 
  • Visit the Ravana Fall 
  •  Marvel at the Ella Gap



So this is all about the things to try in the journey from Kandy to Ella. 




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