Trip Start Oct 20, 2004
44Trip End Apr 26, 2005
When we left Dalhousie, we weren't exactly sure where our next move would take us. So while at the bus station in Hatton, we discussed our options over a small lunch of roti and chai, and finally reached the decision to visit the Knuckles Range. A few hours later we passed through Elkaduwa, and, following a beautiful, winding stretch up a mountain (reminiscent of Maui's Road to Hana) we arrived to our hotel: The Green View.
Words fail to convey the magnificence of the setting; pictures don't effectively capture it, either. Perched on the side of a mountain, each room overlooks a spectacular valley. In addition to the incredible view, the hotel's staff is extremely attentive, the home-cooked meals are delicious, the rates are great, and the few rooms that do exist are clean and quiet
We awoke early the first morning; I gasped when I pulled the drapes to reveal miles of lush green mountains and valleys, tangled in a blanket of morning clouds and mist. We awoke with the scenery as we ate our breakfast in the cool mountain air, and left shortly thereafter for a light hike. Our plan was to briefly explore the surrounding area, as our sore legs (post-Adam's Peak) refused to allow much more; thinking that an hour or two would suffice, we left the hotel carrying nothing but a camera. Six hours later, following an amazing day of hiking amidst tea plantations, spice gardens of cinnamon and cardamom, thousands of butterflies, sun-drying cloves, and a handful of goats and cows, we returned to the hotel and collapsed -- sunburned, sore, and exhausted.
We were greeted the next morning with another phenomenal sunrise. Desiring to stay longer, we instead decided to continue our journey, fulfilling our brief, self-proclaimed tourist quota. Therefore, we left after breakfast for a day of ancient temples and ruins.