Without contemplating, I would say the Ella – Kandy train was indeed so far the most beautiful ride in my life. The landscape changes every dozen of kilometers and you pass by flourishing tea plantations, livid villages, followed by beautiful waterfalls and misty forests and you can’t get enough of them!
Before we got into the train, we dreaded overfilled carriages and the option to sit still and stiff during the whole seven-hour trip. However, we either had luck or the 1st of January was too harsh to get up for the tourists who celebrated the New Year eve the night before, or maybe, it was the 3rd class reservation made couple of weeks in advance, or the reverse trip (most popular is the Kandy to Ella trip) or the combination if all four factors, but the train was full only to two-thirds and we used all opportunities to hang out from the open doors (beware of the frequent tunnels which come suddenly) and out of the windows!
Different from my other posts, here will be more photos than words!
By the way, in the train, you will not stay thirsty or hungry – the locals selling soft drinks, water, spicy samosa and less spicy sandwiches frequently pass through the carriage.
Beware, when you are leaving the station on arrival in Kandy, you have to present your ticket to the controller, so don’t throw it away after showing it to the controller on the train.