The best way to travel around the Hill Country of Sri Lanka is by train! The colorful trains chug along through the hillside, leaving the towns several times throughout the day. The trains make for a great adventure at very little cost to the traveler. We left Ella for Hatton on the early morning train and were able to grab a few snacks for the journey from the corner shop that opened first thing in the morning. If you miss out on the shops, no need to worry … there are local sellers coming on and off the train at every stop selling hot samosas and fresh fruits for the ride.
I spent most of my time up off the train seat and standing in the doorway overlooking the tea plantations and waving to the locals as we moved past. Quite the adventure!