Ella Railway Station started in 1918. It was gifted by the British, in their colonial period. This Railway station surrounded by tea estate and factories. They built this for transport tea to Colombo. This station still use 135 years old signal system. May be that would be a reason why tourist got their attraction to Ella Railway Station this much. Not only that. From here you can access to many tourist destination in Ella. Specially Ella Rock hike and rail path to 9 arched bridge starts from here.
Ella train journey is world famous because those journeys run through forests, jungles, tunnels and tea plantation with a scenic view. It’s a wonderful experience which you’ll never forget. If you’re staying in Ella you can have a 1 day train tour with us. Once you in you’ll never regret.
Train with a Observation Salon leaves the station at 10.56 am towards Kandy. Reservations available before 45 days. As seats got reserve in a hurry never miss the chance to reserve earlier as much as possible to make sure that you don’t miss the chance. Seat No. 21, 22, 43 and 44 are the best seats you can have.
Ella is an hour from Haputale and Badulla on the Colombo – Badulla railway line. The stretch from Haputale(through Bandarawela) has particularly lovely scenery. Roughly 10km north of Ella, at Demodara, the line performs a complete loop around a hillside and tunnels under itself at a level 30m lower.
Ella’s train station is so quaint it won the “Best Kept Station” award in 2013. The station manager Mr. Ashendra Dissanayake deserves mention for winning the “Most Helpful Station Manager” award. It’s like Thomas the Tank Engine come to life. Fares and timetables are well posted. You’ll probably be met by a few touts spinning fictional tales: Ella’s guesthouse fraternity is perhaps the most competitive in all of Sri Lanka. Touts sometimes board the train a few stops before Ella. Observation class is Rs. 1000 for anywhere between Nanu Oya and Badulla and Rs. 1250 to Kandy and Colombo. A 2nd Class advance reservation is Rs. 600 to any of the following destinations.
Eastbound trains to Badulla leave at 6.05am, 1.25pm and 3.15pm. Westbound trains to all other stations are at 6.40, 9.25, 10.55am and 12.05pm