Kandy To Ella Train
Kandy To Ella Train
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  • Woody Vino
    Santa Cruz, California90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely must
    The Kandy to Ella train ride is an absolute must. Words can’t describe the beauty that I witnessed on the incredible journey. From the moment the train chugged away from Kandy station to its final destination in Ella, every minute is filled with awe-inspiring vistas, breathtaking landscapes, and an experience that will forever be etched in my memory.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 8, 2023
  • WillyDoug
    121 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not this time
    We had 2 nd class reservations but had to cancel as the train was 3 hrs late which is normal Plan a full day with long waits in a dirty station. Overnite in the trains final stop. Train cars looked beat up and grungy but some people love the look. Tickets are not fairly distributed lots of gouging by second tier sellers
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 3, 2024
  • Cristina E
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We recommend this tour as long as you buy RESERVED seats. Make sure to buy these tickets in advance. Otherwise, you will trave
    We loved this trip although it was long. The landscape is amazing and you can see the country all along the trip. We were scared reading the reviews the night before that said it was crowded... It is crowded. However, the difference is that we had reserved seats in third class. That makes ALL the difference. As it is not very well indicated in the trip station at Kandy, we jumped into the "regular" 3rd class. It was scary, too crowded and couldn't make it into the wagon farer than the door. Until some local told us we were not in the correct wagon. We got down and jumped into the Third Class Reserved wagon... wooow! Good difference! Our seats were there clearly indicated and it was not even full. Mainly tourist were there. It was a pleasant long trip and we enjoyed the views. No air conditioning and the windows were opened, good for the photos.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2024
  • JR_Essex
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom555 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great train ride
    We only to the train from Kandy as far as Nuwara Eliya, but it was well worth the experience. Our tour company had reserved seats in the Observation Carriage at the rear of the train and whilst some had said you don't get the full Sri Lankan train experience, we found it just fine. The advantage is the carriage has big windows so you get really good views as you climb through the hills and tea plantations, the disadvantage is all the seats face to the back of the train. Amazing to see so many people walking on the train tracks after the train has passed.The journey was about 3 and 1/2 hours. The train stops at about 6 stations and there are some refreshments available at the stations, although most people take their own.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2024
  • Graham
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book online early!
    It's easy to book tickets online from Sri Lanka Railways website but they sell extremely quickly. However a notice displayed currently at Kandy station reads, 'For the Convenience of Passengers' 'We kindly inform that starting from March 14, 2024 seat release to the reservation system will occur daily at 07.00 pm instead of the previous time of 10.00 am, 30 days prior to the date of train schedule.' Once in receipt of your travel document online my advice is to print it. Produce this document and your passport at the ticket office for the actual tickets!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 5, 2024
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Peter M
72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
This is a once in your life must do experience. The scenery through the mountains as the Train winds itself trough the tea plantations is simply mesmerising. Yes it’s a long 4hour rickety train trip but you won’t regret it. There is a 1st class that has aircon but be bought 2nd class reserved seats so we could hang out the windows and the whole family too turns sitting in the open doors (there are lower class/cheaper tickets available). Make sure you Take your own snacks and water but there are food/drink sellers that wanted the train.
Written January 13, 2020
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dignitywriter444
Potters Bar, England3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We took the train from Kandy to Ella two days ago. We bought 2nd class unreserved tickets. Sadly, the beautiful train journey experienced did not happen for us and many others. Crowds of travellers who wanted the dream, iconic open door photo, squeezed into 2nd class in huge numbers meaning that everybody who didn't get a seat had to stand, some like us, for 7 hours. There was no space to move. Local commuters couldn't board their train as it was crammed with tourists. Nuwara Eliya did not ease the situation, loads got off but loads got on the train, all hungry for the same experience.Travellers were so desperate to get their train door photo, the mood became tense and passive aggressive at times, as people pushed to get into the door space. Travellers locked themselves into the toilets to take photos out of the windows. We saw little local children unable to use the loo. We agree totally that the views of the countryside are absolutely stunning. That said, we wonder whether the beautiful experience so widely written about on various websites remains possible due to the number of people trying to replicate it.
Written January 1, 2020
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Ashbash
London, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our tuk tuk driver Kishore, and an excellent guide, picked us up from the Homestay timely, to get to the station at 0850, we bought the tickets and no grief there, my tells me that they were about 40p each in UK price, what a bargain, the train was die at 0820 but arrived a little early, we managed to get a seat, but couldn't find anywhere for our heavy backpacks, sat with them next to us, not an issue, the train didnt move for another 1hr remained in situ until then, eventually it was on the go, brilliant because, the view waamazing when I eventually got an opportunity for an un interrupted shot, other than the normal traveling backpackers, u do get the odd obnoxious (not locals) group, who is only aware their own presence no one else matters. Anyways the train journey is amazing, the views are stunning, the third class seats, I can see no issues with, the trains stopped at few stops then carried on, it was packed with traveling backpackers, count the locals would be the correct thing to say.
Definitely not forgetting my selfie stick and go pro next time :)
Written February 11, 2020
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brian r
Tacoma, WA16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The train was 2 hours late, which apparently is not unusual. Worse is that scalpers buy all the tickets each day so you are forced to pay more than the face value if you can even find the sellers among the crowd (even our tour guide had great difficulty). Dirty station throughout. The restrooms are totally inadequate with long lines and a 50 rupee charge.
Written February 4, 2024
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Gaia M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
We took the train from Ella in the early morning and when it arrived it was already overcrowded and all the seats were full. We had to stand during the whole ride which last almost 7 hours, we couldn't even sit on the ground because it was dirty, since the floor of the bathroom was flooded. Most of the locals were really rude, occupaying seats with their bags, pushing people standing, screaming the whole way. Even the vendors kept hitting us along the way through the train with heavy boxes. Although for fleeting moments the view was agreeable, the most of the time the scenery was mediocre at best. Anyway if the view was beautiful, the windows were to dirty to really notice it. Terrible experience, if you want to travel to/ from Ella I suggest you to travel by bus.
Written July 30, 2023
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Dorian C
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Sorry to dissapoint you, but there is nothing too "scenic'" about this ride. Sure, if you ask NPC tourists they will tell you otherwise. So this is approx. 150km ride that lasts 7 full hours on which you will not be able to sit. Only agenda is to sell as many tickets possible. Yes, nature is nice, but will you really enjoy it while standing for 7 hours with luggage? I was going on friday, so unless it is less crowdy on other days (which I doubt) I do not recommend this ride.
Written March 7, 2022
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Giulia N
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
It was so crowded that even if we bought a 2class ticket we had to stand up the whole time and the train usually takes 7h so you can immagine how our legs hurted at the end of the trip. Locals are so selfish and they occupy multiple sits with their bags even if they don't really use them and they push you without saying sorry. We do NOT recommend this experience at all, if you like the mountain sceneries, hiking up Ella rock or Little Adam's peak is way better and you can enjoy yourself more.
Written July 30, 2023
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JR_Essex
Chelmsford, UK555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We only to the train from Kandy as far as Nuwara Eliya, but it was well worth the experience. Our tour company had reserved seats in the Observation Carriage at the rear of the train and whilst some had said you don't get the full Sri Lankan train experience, we found it just fine. The advantage is the carriage has big windows so you get really good views as you climb through the hills and tea plantations, the disadvantage is all the seats face to the back of the train. Amazing to see so many people walking on the train tracks after the train has passed.The journey was about 3 and 1/2 hours. The train stops at about 6 stations and there are some refreshments available at the stations, although most people take their own.
Written March 11, 2024
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janell
Portland, OR6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I ended up taking the train from Kandy to Haputale - 2nd class unreserved - which was a scene of epic chaos, a mashup of human bodies and luggage shoved into every crevice and square inch of space in the carriage. I stood for the first 2 hours, tightly pressed up against humans and steel, then (most mercifully) was offered a piece of seat occupied by 2 Australian women. The scenery was incredible as promised but the experience was truly miserable. At Nuwara Elia some embarking passengers couldn't even get on because there was no room, so they went to 3rd class. Honesty, how could 3rd class be worse? I was informed that all the lst class/reserved seats were sold out one month in advance.
Written March 15, 2024
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CatherineO1970
United Kingdom444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Fantastic views! Writing a review to point out the downsides of first class- the windows don’t open and are a bit dirty so not great for photos. It can be cold. Also hawkers at stations can’t sell through the windows and this is a long way! People were jostling to stand by the open door for photos. I’d go for 2nd class. Our train was stopped at Nona Oya due to an earlier train being de railed. We had to pay for a car for the rest of the journey. This was just bad luck though.
Written January 26, 2020
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