Ella to Nanu Oya hailed by blogger Go See Orbis as ‘one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world’


The town of Ella in Sri Lanka’s renowned Hill Country is a magnet for tourists itching to experience one of the most beautiful train rides in the world.

The long and winding rails hug the steep contours of the region’s many mist-shrouded tea plantations, forests and scenic vantage points as it slowly meanders west to Nanu Oya.

Says blogger Go See Orbis (the Latin name for the World): “It wasn’t the fastest mode of transport, but it was the most beautiful way to travel.”


“The train weaved through hills and dales, the emerald eye-pleasing tea fields, and canopies that loomed once in a while. Not to mention a few silver sheened waterfalls that looked like gems on the way.

“It wasn’t the fastest mode of transport, but it was the most beautiful way to travel.

“As the train winded through the changing landscapes, I rested my head on my arms, poked my face out the window, and felt the air through my hair. My eyes stayed widened to see what would be unveiled next to dazzle me.”


And it’s not just the train. As The Lonely Planet guide says: “Welcome to everyone’s favourite hill-country village, and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisurely days resting in your choice of some of the country’s best guesthouses.

“The views through Ella Gap are stunning, and on a clear night you can even spy the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast.

“Don’t be too laid-back though; definitely make time for easygoing walks through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls and viewpoints. After building up a hiking-inspired appetite, look forward to Sri Lanka’s best home-cooked food and a reviving cuppa.”

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