From Negombo to the Roof of Sri Lanka

Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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White House Guest House

Flag of Sri Lanka  , Central,
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

After breakfast we decided to make the journey to Delhousie to climb Adam's Peak, using only public transport to keep it as cost effective as possible. We caught a local bus to Colombo from Negombo (2 hours), followed by a 5 hour bus to Hatton. Another two bus journeys later we rocked up at White House Guest House. Total bus time 9 hours and total cost 4 quid each! The local bus journeys are an adventure in themselves and well worth the extra effort. The roads were a mess, the driving disasterous but the people were inquisitive and friendly and you often found that you had to hold on for dear life so as not to fall out!
Travelling through Sri Lanka so far reminds us of something Karl Pilkington once said:"There's just so much to see it makes your mind tired", which is certainly true. Even though we were 9 hours on a bus and had no idea where we were going at times, we had the best time!
The White House Guest House was lovely and much cleaner/friendlier than Beach Villa, with our own deck area, table and chairs. Arriving in Delhousie in the dark meant that we couldn't see the surrounding landscape. As it was our plan to get up at 2am to climb Adam's Peak for sunrise, we had an early night after sharing some Arrack whisky, little grilled fish with chapati and chilli paste with the owner of the Guest House, Namar. 

A small group of us gathered outside the Guest House at 2am. It is pilgrimage season and the paths are lit up to the top of the mountain. Sri Pada (Adam's Peak) is a holy mountain and although it isn't the tallest in Sri Lanka, it is the most impressive. Consisting of over 5000 steps, the round trip is 14km with many pilgrims making the journey. On the way up, there are little stalls offering tea and biscuits.
3 hours later, tired and exhausted, we reach the top of Adam's Peak. We sit on the steps of the temple to watch the sunrise at 6am. There is a religious ceremony of live music and chanting at sunrise as light spreads across the Hill Country, revealing our surroundings in daylight for the first time. Instead of an orange and red glow, it gave off wonderful shades of blue that were cast across the lower cloud and mountains.
It took us a further 2 hours to get back to the Guest House, where we were presented with a Sri Lankan breakfast that consisted of chapati, dahl, toast, onion chilli mixture and coconut rice with a sweet date filling. Very nice! We had a fun, lazy morning eating breakfast in the sunshine watching humming birds and chipmunks play around us. We then fell asleep for 5 hours due to the early start and jet lag.
We woke up and went for a walk with fellow backpackers Ricky and Brook through the Tea Fields. Met some interesting locals including several leeches! Went for a beer at River View Wathsala Inn, that had amazing views of Sri Pada and the valley of Delhousie. For dinner we ate boiled vegetables with chips and chicken devil curry with rice.Ricky and Brook joined us.
We make the decision to travel to Nuwara Eliya to spend a couple of days including a visit to Horton Plains National Park and World's End.

Total Day 1 24 quid
Total Day 2 26 quid.
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Beth on

You look like you're having such a great time. Wish I was there! Blog is great, keep it up and make lots of friends. Love you both xxx

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