Grand Ella Motel
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... looking at we can see why!
After a few pics we headed back into Ella and over to the train station to book our train tickets in the observation carriage tomorrow and cheekily got the last 2 tickets while the people in the queue behind us paid double for non-observation.......hopefully the recommendation of the observation carriage will be well worth it and we will have some fantastic views tomorrow!!
Then we stopped for a spot ...
... views of Ella hill peaking out in the landscape. We rent a scooter for a couple of days and take to exploring the area. Obviously the first stop is the Uva Halpawetta Tea plantation factory. One of the most famous in the area we take a tour and learn of the process from plant to cup. We learn of the 9 grades of tea and that the more course the better the quality. The tour ends with tea tasting in a glass framed upper balcony presiding over immaculate views ...
... as our spirit guide, as he would stop and wait for us if we lagged behind, but he got me up to the top! Once at the peak the view opened out and it was absolutely breath taking, there was a Hindu shrine at the top with colourful flags and flowers laid as offerings to their gods. Paul asked me to stand there with him and as we stood there taking in the amazing surroundings, he got down on one knee, opened a small box he ...
... food and the occasional guest).
Anyway, i digress; after getting to my hostel via a white knuckle taxi ride where drivers of any vehicle over here must have developed a sixth sense because the number of close calls was quite amazing. It really is something to behold, Tuktuks fill any small gap and pull out without being able to see past the bus they are overtaking (these guys have some balls). I believe the system is short sharp beep if you're turning or near ...
... scenery, amazing valleys, countless tea plantations and vegetable farms and as we got higher the sun went in hiding behind thick clouds and we were surrounded by fog/clouds, it was quite spectacular. For me (Brodie), this was probably the highlight of Sri Lanka. For most of the 6 hour train ride I was hanging out the side of the train door, taking happy snaps and taking in the scenery. We got a 1st class ticket, being the flash packers we are, ...