Tissamaharama used to be the capital of the Sinhalese, Kingdom of Ruhuna as early as the third century B.C. Only few buildings from that period can still be seen today.
The most scenic train journey segment is between Nuwara Eliya and Ella. There is nothing but green tea plantation through the journey. The train moves very slowly, something between 20 to 30km per hour, slow enough and most travellers (if they can) prefer to sit at the open doors facing outward to enjoy the mountains and the beautiful tea hills.