ELLA TO KANDY, THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL TRAIN RIDE
The train ride from Ella to Kandy is widely referred to as the most beautiful train ride in the world. This is all thanks to the gorgeous scenery you chug past, from lush tea plantations to winding hills and sprawling fields. If you find yourself in Sri Lanka, this is a must-do as it provides a fantastic way to see the country from the comfort of a seat while still allowing you to get up and walk around. We took this train after two days of hiking in Ella.
Some of Sri Lanka's best hiking is to be found in Ella, which is probably, aside from traveling, my all-time favourite activity. Ironically, Ella was our least favourite place in Sri Lanka. Described by the Lonely Planet as a secret mountainside haven, we very quickly realized it was not much more than a shamble collection of 'green eco-bliss homestays' offering a serene nature escape shrouded in diesel fumes, surrounded by half-finished construction projects and buried in rubbish.