THE MOST EPIC TRAIN JOURNEY IN SRI LANKA
One of the worlds most beautiful train journeys is located in Sri Lanka. Because of its magical, beautiful scenery, the old local train route is popular with tourists. It’s one of the most popular activities, especially when traveling in the middle part of Sri Lanka. We made two train trips, one from Ella to Nanu Oya on our way to Nuwara Eliya and the other from Nanu Oya to Kandy.
During the trips, the scenery and the weather changed a lot. There were breathtakingly beautiful mountain views, huge tea plantations and amazing waterfalls. The train also passed through multiple tunnels which were pretty amazing.
The weather changed radically, at one minute the sun was shining and the other it was pouring down rain and sometimes it was so foggy that we could almost not see anything but mist above those beautiful landscapes.
Ella – Nanu Oya – Kandy
When we traveled from Ella to Nanu Oya, the journey took us about 3 hours. We were sitting next to a Russian couple and the journey was pretty funny because of them and their hustle and bustle with their vodka bottle.
From Nanu Oya to Kandy, the train trip took us over four hours. The travel time varies and it depends on how many stops the train does. Some take longer and others go faster, straight to the end terminal.
On the train there were a few central doors open all the way and most of the time tourists had Instagram-friendly photoshoots in the open doorway. As we had too, of course! There was also a bird riding along for some time and most people were terrified. Miz was the only one who was stoked about it!
Both train journeys were really nice with amazing scenery. The people, all the locals and other travelers were very friendly. There were also restaurants in the trains, but we didn’t use their services. We bought samosas from some local guys whom jumped on the train just to sell those salty yummies.
How to get the tickets?
Train tickets can be purchased from the ticket office at the train station. The ticket purchase is really easy and the price is extremely cheap – about 1-3 euros depending on which class of ticket you buy. There are three different classes. First-class tickets sell out faster than the general 2nd and 3rd class. As far as I know, the first class is only with better air conditioning and cleanliness.
For the first trip, the 2nd class was sold out so we bought 3rd class tickets with reserved seats. The second trip was in 2nd class and it was also with seats. The difference was almost none. There are also some train cars without reserved seats, they are a bit cheaper but if the train is really full, better run fast if you want a seat, otherwise you have to stand or sit in the hallways!
Overall the train journey in Sri Lanka was a super nice experience. The pictures don’t do any justice!