The Ella to Kandy train ride has been the highlight of our visit so far. We arrived at the Ella train station at 11 am and booked first class tickets in the observation car for 11:50. I think we were very lucky to have gotten tickets as the train was very full. The ride itself was slow moving and bumpy but that only added to the charm. I spent most of the ride hanging out of the side entrance door for a close up view of the surroundings. The train climbs to almost 2,000 meters and cuts through the most beautiful section of the hill country. Interesting to see the locals and hikers re-emerge from the bush as we passed since the train tracks also serve as a walking path between villages. We stopped at many stations and had several opportunities to sample the local cuisine thanks to the hawkers that offered local cakes and hot chili’s either through the window or in the isle. The trip lasted 6.5 hours and was a bit long but all in all a great experience.
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