The train rides in Sri Lanka are the most scenic and unforgettable leaving you breathless and wanting more. It is one of the reasons as to why the country is famous and known as one of the main tourist destinations. It takes you through the hill country covered in beautiful tea plantations, beaches, foggy tea estates, waterfalls, steep mountains and old pine forests. There are various train rides to whichever location that you prefer from Colombo to Galle to Ella to Nuwara Eliya to Kandy and many more. One of the most scenic and epic train routes not only in Sri Lanka but also the whole world is the Kandy to Nanu Oya train ride. The scenery on both sides are breathtaking, taking you through the mountains overlooking farms and villages and not to forget vast tea plantations. The scenery changes throughout the trip from an entire green view to a woodland forest the next minute.
The train to Ella is also one of the scenic train routes in Sri Lanka as it takes you through the Demodara nine arch bridge which is built completely out of rocks and cement without a single bit of steel constructed in the early 1900’s close to the Ella station. It gives you a picturesque view as bridges can get with the framing of the sky when the bridge arches are seen from below. The train route from Colombo to Galle is different to the Hill country as it takes you first through the city, right along the coast and then into countryside close to the sea. The peacefulness of the people relaxing, looking out of the windows is a great part of the enchantment of the Sri Lanka trains apart from the scenery. The Colombo to Anuradhapura train route is a long route which crosses all types of terrain, from the coast to the hill country and many more scenic routes and it is commonly filled with pilgrims on their way to the Anuradhapura Temple.
Train travel in Sri Lanka is not only beautiful but also an affordable way to see the country and no trip is more scenic than the train ride from Ella to Kandy or vise versa. It is also quite interesting to see different sellers hustling treats such as freshly cut pineapple and mango with cinnamon, corn with salty butter, freshly made rice and curry, chili fritters, and crispy papadums at each station. Experiencing a train ride is a must, when travelling to Sri Lanka.