Train Journey from Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka
This was my solo travel to another country, there were surprises every day when I step out and fear crawling through my nerves from head to toe! Highlight on this one full week’s travel was this train journey from Kandy to Ella that everyone kept talking about, I stayed for a night in Kandy only to board this train to Ella. Next day morning, I left to the railway station and bought a second class ticket.
This was the first railway station where I saw the ending or a beginning point for the trains to take off. I sat on the bench, watching this train slowly moving its wheels and resting on the tracks. It was painted all green with birds, waterfalls, trees on it; I sat there admiring the beauty of the painting on the train. It was time for this train to leave and the train I had to board arrived.
As the train started moving; I kept my Camera handy, my eyes wide open with the excitement to see what the hype is all about in this train journey. I was seated with a family, requested them if I could sit by the window and they happily said yes. I leaned myself on the window gazing at the mountains stretching, breeze cuddling my face, tall pinus trees surrounding the tea plantations.
My eyes had turned green with the reflection of what I was seeing, any corner I turn around I see lush green trees, tea plantations, banana plantations, fields and like an icing on cake there were rivers flowing. While the clouds begin to quarrel, rain drops started to romance with trees. Cold breeze, romance of nature, slow train journey through tunnels, was all an unforgettable experience.
Trains that do not function were left out in the corner in many places, there were trees growing through them as well. It’s either my love towards antique pieces or the way they appeared even if they are rusted; it just looked like a piece of art that I could have kept staring for hours. From Kandy to Ella, the minute train left and reached; the journey was just more than incredible. I have always loved train journeys and I can say this one is the best journey I have been in so far!