The train routes run through local villages bustling with people, along endless hillsides of tea plantations, and even along Sri Lanka’s sandy beaches!
Actually, to be completely honest, there are pricey tours that “take you” on the known “Sri Lanka scenic train route” which goes from Kandy to Ella, but it’s super easy to do on your own! Plus there’s a lot of places to see in between those two popular towns, so doing it on your own time will give you the option to hop off!
Oh, and another thing! I found Sri Lanka to be very safe, and very catering to travelers. Locals are friendly, and interested to know where you’re from, and you’ll see on the trains that everyone is trusting enough to keep their luggage or backpacks overhead or on the floor! The trains do get quite crowded, in fact I had to sit on my luggage for a couple of long rides, but it really wasn’t bad, especially since I was sitting next to the open door!
Below you’ll find the scenic train route I kind of created as I went during my 2 weeks in Sri Lanka, but you can adjust it on your own, and use the resources to add in other destination. I’ll also list some places that seemed cool but I didn’t have time to go to at the end!
Also, if you want to stay connected in Sri Lanka, including most portions of the scenic train routes, check out the portable wifi and unlimited data hotspot that I use called Skyroam!