Tea Country train through Sri Lanka's mountains

Travelling by train has to be one of the most immersive and atmospheric ways to see a new country, and the Tea Country train is no exception. Winding its way through the Sri Lankan countryside, reaching thousands of feet above sea level, it’s arguably one of the most fascinating train journeys in Asia, if not the whole of the world. Feel your senses stirred as you climb up through the highlands, surrounded by views over lush tea plantations and stunning scenery in every direction.

What to expect on the Tea Country Train...

Enjoy a relaxing day marvelling at the picturesque surroundings as you travel by picturesque train through Tea Country from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, surrounded by bountiful tea plantations, beautiful waterfalls, and mountain peaks rising high above you.

Your scenic railway journey will begin in Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second largest city, situated right in the heart of the country. Kandy sits at over 1,500 feet above sea level, but your train will take you even higher, reaching around 6,000 feet, so climb aboard and prepare to be impressed.

The train winds up through the mountains, offering an overview of the splendour and diversity of central Sri Lanka's landscape. You’ll see plenty of abundant plantations, of course, growing some of the world’s finest tea and tended by the brightly dressed Tamil tea pickers, but there is plenty more to see besides tea.

From a comfortable first class observation carriage with excellent views, gaze in wonder as you travel through numerous tunnels, emerging to see crashing waterfalls and picturesque valleys and find yourself transported, so it seems at least, to a completely different world.

After your visual feast of a journey, you can continue the tea theme with an overnight stay in Tea Country. There are numerous accommodation options, each with its unique charms. Tea Trails - a Colonial era planters' residence set in acres of gorgeous tea gardens - is one of our favourites.

Another immersive option is the Tea Factory, which is set in the heart of an organic tea plantation. As the name suggests, the hotel is a converted tea factory, and the spirit of the old industrial building has been lovingly retained.

The Tea Factory boasts the highest guest room in Sri Lanka – the Flowerdew Suite – and at 2km above sea level it’s easy to appreciate the majesty of the views it commands.

Watch our video of the Tea Country train journey:

Location: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Duration: 4 and 8 hours journey, depending where in Tea Country you stay

Accommodation: Various picturesque mountain lodges

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Our client said...

'it was great fun buying foods from the vendors along the way, and we were pleased to find that families on board were keen to engage with us.'

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