Earlier this week, we boarded the blue train from Kandy towards Ella, hoping for some respite from the rain that had enveloped Kandy. Little did I know then that thanks to the rain, we were going to witness one of the most spectacular train journeys I’ve done in all of Asia. We chugged up the hill country of Sri Lanka, winding along tea plantations, forests, waterfalls, streams, rivers, sleepy villages, and mountain tunnels.
Here’s a glimpse of this journey through my lens, taken with the Canon IXUS point and shoot:
1. RIDING THE BLUE TRAIN IN SRI LANKA
through its postcard countryside, a little like the toy train in the Indian Himalayas and Western Ghaats.
2. WATCHING THE RAIN
paint the hill country a lush green through the train window. It rains all year round in this part of Sri Lanka, and the light rain makes the journey even more spectacular.
3. WINDING ALONG THE TEA PLANTATIONS
of Sri Lanka to realize that with a terrain so pristine, it’s no wonder that the country produces some of the world’s finest tea!
4. STOPPING AT QUAINT LITTLE RAILWAY STATIONS
to catch a glimpse of life, as it unfolds on the Sri Lankan countryside.
5. CROSSING SLEEPY SRI LANKAN VILLAGES
where life could pass by just watching the clouds flirt with the tea-covered hills.
6. MUNCHING ON “SHORT EATS”
(fresh breads stuffed with veggies), peanuts, and KIK Cola (Sri Lanka’s version of Coke), and chatting with fellow passengers about romancing the rains in Sri Lanka’s hill country.
7. GAZING AT THE MIST
and realizing that your thoughts are as foggy as the scenery outside.
8. SPOTTING STUNNING WATERFALLS
among the tea plantations of Sri Lanka, and longing to cool under the gushing waters.
9. GAPING WHEN THE MIST RISES
because it hid beneath such stunning landscapes as no one warned you Sri Lanka would have!
10. FEELING THE WIND IN MY HAIR
as the landscapes transform, and never cease to take my breath away.
Have you taken the train to Ella? What’s the most spectacular train ride you’ve ever done?
Note: All pictures in this photo essay were taken by the Canon IXUS, given to me for a product review by Canon India.