Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
9Trip End Apr 06, 2013
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What a spoiled bunch we are!
Anyway back to yesterday...it's not really a long way in kilometers from Nuwara Eliya to Bentota but with the roads the way they are it always takes ages to negotiate the single lanes and busy traffic. Luckily, the speed limit is only 70kph so though it seems hectic its not really
We started the day with a short stroll around the vegetable market in Nuwara Eliya. The stall owners all smiled and said "Good morning" as everyone does here. We can't speak highly enough of the people and the country. It's all been wonderful. Lovely, friendly people and fantastic sights, sounds, tastes and experiences. After the market, we hopped in the van to make the trek down here. It was simply 5 hours of S bends broken once for a sightseeing side trip to see a waterfall which Jen and I walked down to and wanted to sit under, and then a stop by a white water rafting river for lunch. Apart from that, it was curvy diving for hours on end. I didn't notice really, too busy looking at the lush scenery and the interesting, busy, little townships, but Leanne found it really tedious and was very glad to get out of the car at the end of the day. The countryside was stunning. Green, full of coconut groves, rubber and palm oil plantations , coffee bean trees, pineapple farms, banana groves all the way here
For the very last part of the drive yesterday we suddenly came to the new freeway. Only open for 10 months, its fantastic. We zoomed along at 100kph - the first time that's happened in Sri Lanka!
Now we've given Rohana a day off, which he was a bit unsure about and spent the day giving us little tips since he wouldn't be there to look after us. "Don't talk to the beach boys, they're dangerous. Don't buy jewellry from the hotel shop. I know a better place, much cheaper".
Time for another dip...