White Monkey - Dias Rest
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... 8217;s End s’il vous plait.
The hike is gently uphill for 6.3km and again, one of the best one I have done in my life. The valleys are just endless tea plantations and so much charm is added by the workers saying hello as we pass along. The weather is also perfect so we look forward to the view: Mr Lipton did choose his place well. Best of all, this view is free!
We came back to Haputale in time for check out and it was on to our next ...
... including the many children that are very curious about us and also like to say 'hello’ about ten times. We had to squeeze our way in and out and since we were near the door, a lot of people had to squeeze by us to get in and out. It’s simple: when you think it is not going to fit, there is always a way.
We arrived in Haputale and were greeted by Ali, the owner of guesthouse that just told us he had a room for 1500 rupees so off we went with ...
... we were given a spotter who is someone from the government that has to be present and also points out the animals that the untrained eye wouldn't spot. We were charged 5900 rupees for Steve and I (£25 for both) and Dinindu and Isuri were charged 120 rupees (60 pence for the both). You do the math!!! The locals get charged so much less it's amusing.
Within seconds of entering the park we saw our first elephant. It was just 10 yards from ...
For the first time in a few days, Amy and me managed to get a lie-in...8am. For those of you who know me, 8am is not a lie-in by my standards but in comparison to the 2am and 5am starts, it felt like it. With our achy legs still very much aching we decide to have a quiet day by the waterfall before getting a taxi to Tissa (near Yala National Park). Breakfast by the waterfall and an avocado and banana smoothie allowed for a much needed rest, we ...
... that altitude since our lungs are not used to lessened oxygen in the air. But this was Ohiya – our 'hood’ so to speak. So we trudged along like champions.
The ‘batta’ ride
A couple of kilometres into the trek and a Dimo Batta pulls up behind us and offered a ride. He was a
professional transporter who transports groups to and from Horton Plains and was on the way to pick up a group from the Horton Plains Visitor’s ...