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Last Friday we did one of the top things to do in Sri
Lanka, hopped a train from Kandy to a small hill town called Ella. We booked
tickets in the observation car which has large windows looking out over the
incredible countryside as the train rattles along at around 15mph for 7 hours!
Definitely one of my top 3 favourite sunsets. …
Took the bus up into the tea country of Ella.
The winding hillside train station town of Ella was packed with backpackers - many had taken the train from Colombo via Kandy and were heading to the surf on the east coast.
The altitude made things a fair bit cooler, which was welcome. And the tourist trade meant that there were many eateries open later into the evening, which I appreciated as I ...
... snacks on hand to keep us full up during the wait. The silly thing is we both have ponchos and never thought to bring them!! A few hours later, a little worse for ware and sopping wet we finally make it home
Hoping not to be caught off guard again we pack the ponchos the following morning and set off to climb little Adam's peak. A snake charmer greets us at the entrance to the path, entranced by the melodic rhythm two cobras dance out of their basket ...
... Matara. We pit stopped at Ramona Falls which was the highest falls in Sri Lanka, right on the roadside, here people sold trinkets and there were even some locals offering to be a guide (completely unnecessary as the waterfall was clearly in sight!), we also noticed two creatures dabbling around by the water, which I later found out to be Mongoose. We then continued on, leaving the beautiful, fresh landscape of Sri Lankas hill country ...
... organized themselves, in kindness, to allow me to sit again. It felt terrible about this though. I paid the same ticket price as they did and could also stand for the journey but the other passengers were so gracious. Our bus ride back up the mountain was a little bit "hairy" to say the least. The road looks barely wide enough for one vehicle (and there is a steep 'cliff of death' to one side) and somehow these magic-bus drivers manage to ...