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Experience - Sri Lanka

Panoramic train ride from Kandy to Ella


  • Travel by train along one of the most beautiful scenic routes in the world from Kandy to Ella

  • Experience an authentic ride and chat with the locals

  • Watch tea pickers on the endless plantations


On the train ride from Kandy to Ella, you will swap your driver with a train driver and experience an unforgettable and multi-faceted journey on Sri Lanka's most popular public transport.

The railway line through the Sri Lankan highlands is a relic from colonial times when the English brought tea to the coast to export it to the kitchens of Europe. You can still watch the tea pickers at work today while the train slowly chugs past seemingly endless plantations, tranquil villages, and old temples.

You will get to know the locals on the train and roadside during the journey. The locals never tire of waving to you and the other passengers with a smile.

You don't have to worry about your luggage during this experience. Your driver will take it to Ella, where you will be picked up again after arrival.



  1. Sri Lanka

Closest city: Kandy

Closest airport: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport

Duration of the trip: 3 - 6 hours


  • Round-trip transfer from/to your booked hotel in Kandy/Ella/Nuwara Eliya

  • Train ride from Kandy to Ella/Nuwara Eliya

  • Luggage transfer

Not included

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Personal expenses and tips

  • Travel insurance


  • Can only be booked in combination with a round trip/accommodation

  • We recommend a journey with a seat reservation in the 2nd class. There the windows can be opened, and you can take beautiful photos in the pleasant wind. If you wish for a more comfortable journey, we recommend 1st class with air conditioning. However, the windows cannot be opened there.

  • Your guide will take you to the platform in Kandy and pick you up in Nuwara Eliya/Ella. There is no guide with you during the train journey.

  • The same price applies to the 1st and 2nd classes.

  • If you get off at Nuwara Eliya, the same price also applies.

  • The drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes about 3 hours.

  • The drive from Kandy to Ella takes about 6 hours.

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