Train Ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
The best of Sri Lanka, in my opinion, was the train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. There are buses with regular service from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. However, they take an alternate shorter route, which can never equal the scenic experience of the train ride. Why miss all the fun?
You would need to board a train at Peradeniya Station, which is about 7 Km from Kandy and alight at Nanu Oya, which is also at a distance of 6 Km from central Nuwara Eliya. Do not miss your train ticket. We came across a ticket inspector at the exit of Nanu Oya, who demanded for the tickets.
There are three options to take train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (Boarding point: Peradeniya Station)
- Rail Expo – Private Run – First Class (Check Schedule and prices)
- Rajadhani Express – Private Run – First Class (Check Schedule and prices)
- State Run trains – Second or Third class
The private run trains are comfy but expensive. You could book the tickets online and in-advance for the private run trains. The private run trains are air-conditioned, which means, you would be enclosed in the coaches, only to look through the glass windows! Schedule below for both trains for your convenience…
The best way to travel is to get the train ticket at the counter on the day of travel and travel by 2nd class coach. The 2nd class coach offers spectacular views of the lush green tea estates, waterfalls, dam and the mountains all along the journey. Moreover, it offers an opportunity to mingle with the locals. Make sure you get a window seat to enjoy the spectacular views at ease!