Trains and Mistaken Planes
Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
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Sri Lankan trains! The ultimate way to travel! For the pitiful 320 rupees (80p each) we paid for the 5 hour journey, we got a true aesthetic adventure through the hill country, tea plantations and waterfalls. We began sitting on the available seats in 2nd class, sliding our backpacks under them, but were soon taking it in turns to hang out of the door of the train; an exhilarating experience
We arrived in Kandy around 5pm during thunder showers and caught a tuktuk from a lovely Sri Lankan called Chris who pointed out the sights as we climbed the hill to McLeods Inn. 2000 rupees for a spotless room, friendly service and a wonderful view of the city and lake from the balcony. That evening, we sat and watched the giant fruit bats in the storm feeling very relaxed, enjoying a drink on our last full night in Sri Lanka.
Total 28 quid
Woke around 9am and had a lovely breakfast of egg, toast, jam and a fruit plate. After checking out we stayed chilling on the hotel balcony as the thunder storm was still going on from the night before. We saw trees fall down onto the road and a school and had heard one had crashed onto a bus
Idiots! Not sure how it happened but we soon realised that our flight was actually Tuesday and not Monday, so we had another day and night to kill. The hotel had already become fully booked that morning so we decided to head back to Negombo to be closer to the airport and to hopefully get better weather. Another 5 hours later and we were back in Negombo. Most places were booked up but we found a room at Sea Joy Hotel. Pretty basic and simple, but cleaner than Victoria Inn. 1500 rupees. Ate at a place recommended by the Lonely Planet and it was ok, expensive though. Ammehula restaurant, full meal cost 2000 rupees. Played cards outside our room drinking coke as alcohol was hard to come by. 1 day left till Bangkok.
Total 29 quid