Take the amazing Kandy to Ella train for mesmerizing views across the famed Sri Lanka hill country!

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Take the amazing Kandy to Ella train for mesmerizing views across the famed Sri Lanka hill country!

 

The train journey from Ella to Kandy in the Sri Lanka hill country is famed as being one of the best and most scenic in the world.

But for intrepid Irish journalist and travel blogger Janet it was a bit more than she bargained for!

“Once the train arrived, the madness began. People pushed and shoved their way onto the train, and whether you had a second-class ticket or third-class ticket didn’t matter—you just needed to find a few inches of space!”

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But it was worth it, she writes on Journo On The Run, because “from the moment the train left Kandy railway station I knew this was going to be a journey to remember!”

“There’s just something special about spending a few hours mixing with locals, hanging out the train door and being mesmerised by the passing tea plantations and picturesque hilltop railway stations.”

Those who want a guaranteed seat for the six-hour journey (or much longer if you board in Colombo and plan to ride the train the whole way) can book a first-class ticket in advance.

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Say Janet: “The best thing about riding second or third class is that you get to mix with the locals, the photography opportunities are better and you can hang out the doors and enjoy the fresh mountain air.

“The bad part is that you could well be standing for the six-hour journey because the train was totally packed and there was barely room to move a single step to your left or right for the first hour or two! Sardines in a can!”

“Each time the train stopped, local bread, roti and samosa sellers would jump on the train and attempt to sell their wares. More people would push on, and miraculously the train never seemed to be ‘officially’ full despite it being full from stop one!”

Read more here.

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