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Tea fields in Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by train

The rail route to Nuwara Eliya rises slowly from the subtropical spice and banana trees to pine and eucalyptus forest. From Hatton, the scenery is the most spectacular, passing St Clair and Devon waterfalls on the left hand side and many tea plantations. Look out for Adam's Peak in the distance on the left. After about four and a half hours, you will arrive at Nanu Oya station and from here there is a 15-minute drive to Nuwara Eliya.

N.B. Train tickets can only be purchased a very short time in advance and unfortunately seats cannot be guaranteed. Should tickets not be available, you will be driven from Gampola to Nuwara Eliya, a journey of a similar duration.

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Other experiences in Kandy

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.