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The town sits at 1, 980 meters (6, 496 ft) a.s.l. under the shadow of the Knuckles Mountain Range. This is where the first of the many hill stations were built by the English tea planters. A walk around the town centre reveals traces of the Englishmen 'footsteps'. In fact, just about anything and everything 'English' can be found …
Nuwara Eliya isn't exactly tropical! In fact arriving on a public bus,after more than 5 hours being cramped on uncomfortable seats and being thrown around as the driver navigates hair pin bends and tuk tuks in the road, it's a complete come down from the West coast.
The weather is rainy and sadly a little miserable, much like I imagine the …
... it so quickly.). We were lucky as it didn't rain and the view was quite clear from World's End at the southern end of the park where the escarpment falls sheer for almost a kilometre to the lowlands below. On a very clear day you can apparently see as far as the coast. There are also views of Sri Lanka's second and third highest ...
Nuwara Eliya was founded by the English, it is high in the mountains, is much cooler and rains often, people tell us it is 'Little England'. We had to visit the famous Mackwood Tea Plantation, for the history.......and the free cup of tea!! Most visitors here take a taxi or 'tuk tuk' to the plantation, but not us, the public bus is cheap and you get excellent views over the sheer drops while hanging on to the overhead bars as the driver speeds round the blind hairpin bends ...
... the hotel then rush back again!!! We also learned that our guide had trouble communicating with him and his staff as they speak Tamil not Sinhalese…..Irosha says this is the hardest night on the trip. We all ordered simple meals but still waited the 2 hours before being served. No sooner finished and the plates were taken away and we were shepherded back to the bar. Didn’t stay long and only had one drink as we all wanted an early night in anticipation of our very early start ...
We stayed in 2 rooms. The room upstairs was dark & dusty. The one downstairs slightly brighter, but noisy hotel staff disturbed our sleep at night. Food on the other hand was quite good. I had the tastiest freshly-made garlic soup here. The cook who was also the waiter was generous in his servings. The owner on the other hand was a bit of a stiff neck. For USD60 per night, it's not worth staying here.
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