Trip Start Oct 20, 2004
44Trip End Apr 26, 2005
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Where I stayed
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.