We made our way from Kandy to Ella on the train. Although it took six hours to travel only 130km the scenery was stunning the entire trip. So far this is probably one of the best things we have done! We pre-purchased our 1st class tickets online via a company called visitsrilankatours.co.uk as foreigners are unable to purchase tickets at the station. Although 1st class was comfortable, the carriage was completely booked with other tourists. The second class carriage was almost empty and looked just as comfortable. If we were to travel via train again in Sri Lanka I think we would just purchase 2nd or 3rd class tickets for the trip.
The little town of Ella itself is a little town located in the hill country approximately 3,415ft above sea level. The temperature while we were there was quite comfortable and the main street had a really nice and relaxed vibe. I really loved this town, we spent most of our time relaxing in our hotel overlooking a tea plantation or at one of the busy local cafes. Our favourite, Chill, the food and drinks were great, very reasonably priced and the service was excellent. A must visit for anyone in Ella.
Our favourite part of Ella was walking to the Nine Arches Bridge, so much so we walked to it twice in our short stay. Its about a 30-40min walk along the train track which was quite interesting and exciting in itself. The bridge built in 1921 is obviously quite a remarkable example of engineering.