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Sri Lanka’s Enchanting Train Ride: Colombo to Ella

Nestled in the central hills of Sri Lanka, among the green tea plantations and gushing waterfalls, is one of the most scenic towns in Sri Lanka: Ella. Situated about 200 km away from Colombo, Ella is famous for its natural beauty, laid-back vibe and cool climate, which provides an escape from the warm temperatures of the South. This gorgeous town offers a variety of activities that draw in travellers. From hiking up Ella Rock to crossing the famous Nine Arch Bridge, you won’t run out of things to do or see. One of the most popular ways to travel to Ella is by taking the famed train ride from Colombo to Ella.

Let’s take a look at how you can book the Colombo to Ella train ride, and attractions you will see along the way.

The Ella train journey is one of the most picturesque in the world. So it’s no surprise that embarking on this trip promises to be one of the most memorable things to do in the hill country. It is also the cheapest way to travel to Ella from Colombo. To reserve a ticket, you can either do so through the Sri Lanka Railway Department website, over the phone, or ask a travel agent. Many trains run between Colombo Fort Railway Station to Ella Railway Station daily. Choose the Intercity trains which offer air conditioning and luxury cabins, such as the Ella Odyssey. The trains usually take between 8 hours and 30 minutes to 9 hours, and run on time, so you won’t have to worry about delays.

The train will make stops at well-known tourist attractions and Ella famous places during the journey from Colombo to the hill country. You will have many opportunities to get off and capture snapshots of the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is set at 3,100m above sea level. It is located on the Demodara circle, and is one of the most famous attractions in Ella. Known for its unique nine arches set amidst the lush forests, the views from this bridge are truly breathtaking.

This is one of Sri Lanka’s widest waterfalls, also referred to as the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka”. Located close to the Hatton-Talawakele road, it is one of the most eye-catching waterfalls in the hill country, flowing between lush tea plantations and verdant hills.

Adam’s Peak is a conical peak situated in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, and is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the hill country, Sri Lanka. The climb to the summit is considered a spiritual experience, and the views from the top are incredible.

The Demodara tunnel and railway entrance, also referred to as the Demodara Loop, showcases a wonderful engineering feat. This unique spiral loop curves the rail line inwards, creating an amazing sight before the train emerges from a tunnel right beneath the Demodara train station.

Visitors to Ella can view gorgeous waterfalls such as Diyaluma, and take a refreshing swim and admire the beauty of Ravana Falls. Go on a hike to Ella Rock which provides scenic views of the surrounding region. Take a walk through the tea plantations, and relax in comfort in the accommodation offered in Ella. If you prefer more luxurious lodgings, consider one of the best hotels in hill country Sri Lanka, Jetwing St. Andrew’s. Situated in the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya about an hour’s drive away, this beautiful colonial-era hotel offers five-star amenities and deluxe rooms, allowing you to unwind in style among the vintage settings.

Experience the unforgettable charm of Sri Lanka’s hill country with a train journey from Colombo to Ella.

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